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by BillyBuerger
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacement fan for Seasonic Super Tornado?
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Replacement fan for Seasonic Super Tornado?

I've used a couple Scythe GentleTyphoons in some fan swaps for PSUs and have been very happy with them. They're quiet, have low starting voltages, and are ball bearing. I believe they move less air than other fans at the same rpm, but are also quieter at those rpms. So if you tend to push the PSU a ...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 540 i3 Higher Than Expexted Idle Wattage HTPC Wrong PSU????
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Re: 540 i3 Higher Than Expexted Idle Wattage HTPC Wrong PSU?

... I tweaked the snot out of BIOS settings, shut off everything I wasn't using, underclocked it to 2.93GHz, and got it down to 46W while sitting in the BIOS. I ran a Fedora Live CD from an external DVD drive, powered seperately, rechecked the power. Surprisingly it was only 33W idle with the OS ru...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" HDD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" H

IN WIN BM650.AD160TBL I just picked up one of these a month ago. It looked interesting. I haven't been able to do much with it yet but I'm planning on either using it for my HTPC (replacing my Antec NSK-1480) or for a new PC for my in-laws. What I liked about it is it's size. It's pretty shallow an...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Has anybody tried undervolting sandybridge yet?
Replies: 22
Views: 19226

Re: Has anybody tried undervolting sandybridge yet?

Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO H67 Motherboards SPCRs review included the Asus board where the EPU utility undervolts the CPU by about 0.05V at idle and 0.8V under load. I would guess that you can probably undervolt more. But like withe the Clarkdale CPUs, there's little to n...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 35687

Re: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU

Small 24 Pin to 20 Pin ATX Converter Adapter for HP Slimline Oh wow, it looks like someone actually makes an adapter for the small ATX power connector on the RM112 now. It's listed under HP but I believe HP and Dell use the same connector. I might have to pick one up just to to make sure. I was als...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: pico PSU and 4x4 connector
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: pico PSU and 4x4 connector

The more powerful picoPSUs (150, 160) are designed for newer systems and use the 24pin ATX connector and have the 4pin P4 connector. They run off 12V and I believe just pass the 12V from the brick. The lower powered picoPSUs can still be used for this, you just need a molex->P4 adapter which are eas...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU
Replies: 23
Views: 16798

Re: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU

@BillyBuerger I looked around on eBay, but i could not find the exact model. However i found two which appear very similar: Dell L305P-00 PS-6311-2DF2 and L375-P00 . Do you know if one of these is similar to yout unit? Dell makes other PSUs that are the same size but not as efficient. The first one...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Lucid's Virtu. Optimus but for the desktop as well.
Replies: 5
Views: 2201

Lucid's Virtu. Optimus but for the desktop as well.

CES 2011: Lucid's Virtu combines Sandy Bridge and discrete graphics features Will we finally have the ability to use onboard graphics for simple things and a separate GPU for gaming on a desktop? I've been waiting for nVidia to deploy their Optimus stuff on the desktop in vain for a while now. Hope...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU
Replies: 23
Views: 16798

Re: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU

Great, now I want one. :D Seriously, thank you for the review! How loud is the PSU with the fan replacement? Is it standard size except for the slight increase in height? I believe I'm using a Yate Loon 92mm low-speed ball-bearing fan. It runs very slow and I don't believe it's ever ramped up. So I...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU
Replies: 23
Views: 16798

Re: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU

BillyBuerger, which Optiplex systems did the H255E-00's come from? Also, brilliant work! =D I got them of ebay and not out of any specific system. So I'm not sure where they would originally have come from. I've also seem the H255E listed as PW115. But I think other models that aren't 80+ silver al...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: New high density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD
Replies: 52
Views: 16074

Re: New 750 GB/disc density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD

According to WD , the limit is 2.19 TB (2,199,023,255,552 bytes), which means that the actual limit in Windows is 2,199,023,255,552 / (1024^3) = 2048 GB, while a 2 TB drive gives you 1862 GB, so you'll only get 185 GB more. (someone correct me if I'm wrong here) Ug, I hate the confusion caused by d...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: NewEgg daily sales for the holiday season
Replies: 6
Views: 2127

Re: NewEgg daily sales for the holiday season

Seasonic X650 for $110 and free shipping. Comes with a free crappy case too. Which actually is a bit of a deterrent if you ask me. That case doesn't even look like it would be good for parts. But that's a great deal on the PSU.
by BillyBuerger
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Getting fanned PSU or fanless + fan?
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Getting fanned PSU or fanless + fan?

The fan in the bottom can come out. I take it your talking about removing the metal part that the fan snaps in to? Not sure how removing that would help with noise? And it might help with the overall support of the case. Even without the fan in the bottom, a good fanless PSU will be just fine down t...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is 9cm front fan effective on Antec Solo[?]
Replies: 10
Views: 2136

Re: Is 9cm front fan effective on Antec Solo

Iirc, SPCR found out that the case exhaust fan is more important for keeping a passive VGA heatsink cool. I personally have had fanless video cards get very hot (90-100C) with just a rear exhaust fan. Since I generally have a big HS on the CPU, I don't have much airflow from the CPU and the rear fa...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: X-400 buzz noise
Replies: 31
Views: 10121

Re: X-400 buzz noise

Are you sure it's the PSU and not something else? Have you tried a different PSU to see if it happens at all there as well? I had a motherboard at the office that did this. It was random as for when it would happen and then it would eventually go away. Sounds similar to your problem. That motherboar...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Could I do this setup with a 150W power supply?
Replies: 7
Views: 1344

Re: Could I do this setup with a 150W power supply?

I would estimate about 40-50W idle and probably 120W under load. So yes, you should be fine with the brick setup you're thinking. Although when you're using that much power, you don't get the same power savings as you would with a lower power system. From my testing, I've seen very similar power eff...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News: 80+ Fakes; Gigabyte in Tibet
Replies: 13
Views: 11778

I remember early on in the 80plus thing, there was a PSU on Newegg that said it was 80plus. I don't remember the brand or anything but it looked like a crap PSU with some bling as it's only selling point. Dead giveaway was that it had the 120/240V switch on it meaning it wasn't APFC which is require...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: is it possible to use a 60mm chassi fan and get a quiet htpc
Replies: 6
Views: 1788

It sounds doable to me. A small fan can be just as quiet if not quieter than a large fan. They just don't move much air. But your system probably won't need much. I see the fractal fan you mention comes with the rubber isolators. I think with those and the Q-fan on the motherboard, it should be able...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Arctic Cooling F12 PWM 120mm fans
Replies: 17
Views: 41393

Thanks for the review. I have three of the older models in my work PC using the PWM sharing feature to run all of them. 120mm on the front and back of the case and 92mm on the CPU. No problems routing the cables for to all of them. Although the Akassa PWM splitter cable looks really nice. And it's b...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Challenge: Quieting a PowerEdge 2900 III
Replies: 15
Views: 11792

Re: Karl: was this solved?

Karl: was this solved? I just got a Dell PE 2900. It came with 8G memory; I bought 4G more, 4 sticks, and put them in. Now the machine is really loud. The fans are on full throttle all the time.... Did you unplug any fans or anything at the same time? One of the tricky things with these Dell server...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do 4 Pin PWM Fan Headers Need PWM Fans to Control Speed?
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Depends on the motherboard. Some can control the fans using either PWM or voltage. I think all the Gigabyte boards I have do this. Default in the BIOS is auto where it detects automatically so that if you plug in a non-PWM fan, it then uses voltage. Although I've also seen a lot of boards where the ...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Idle consumption seems high, any ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

Quick followup from my previous post. I went an plugged in the Kill-A-Watt to my HTPC. I posted about it here previously although it's out of date. The current parts are as follows... - AMD AII 245 2.9GHz - Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - 2x2GB DDR3 1.5V (MB reports 1.6V which all my GB boards do :() - ...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Idle consumption seems high, any ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

My experiences with an AII 245 undervolted was that it was hard to break 40W idle. This was with a gigabyte board that was probably not the most efficient though. The fact that it has an 8-pin CPU power hints at being designed for the more power hungry CPUs. But I would still expect mid 30s idle for...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 128917

is the 2TB drive a 3platter one? and so the 1,5TB would be... 2 platter? thanks Yes, the F4 series drives have 667GB platters in them. 3x667GB = 2TB. A two-platter drive would be 2x667GB = 1.33TB. Any 1.5TB would have to be based on three 500GB platters (F3) or else they would have to use 3 platter...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Enermax Magma UC-MA12 120mm Fan
Replies: 13
Views: 23780

Personally would like to see the Arctic Cooling fans tested in PWM flavour because of the integrated daisy-chaining (1 PWM signal drives multiple fans), which should be tested too for any electrical irregularities. ... I have a handful of their older ones myself in 80, 92 and 120mm sizes. They are ...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Poll 2: How much disk space do you use on your PC?
Replies: 14
Views: 3753

Oh, I voted before reading your other poll where you mention only using your primary PC in mind. Although that's kinda hard to do. My primary PC only has a 64GB SSD. But I have 1.8TB of disk space on my server which I have mapped drives to. So where as I only have 64GB in my PC, I at the very least ...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless PSU Torture Test Roundup
Replies: 67
Views: 19853

On second thought lets NOT go to Camelot, tis a silly place.

The grail was a good addition. But after getting into the meat of the article, there was too much good stuff that it got forgotten.
by BillyBuerger
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless PSU Torture Test Roundup
Replies: 67
Views: 19853

That SilenX power supply is almost comical. I can't believe they can get away with charging so much for crap like that. :lol: I know I had a good laugh at it. Kudos to Mike for actually going out and picking up two of these things and letting us see for real what we all expected. Did you feel dirty...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Air cooled Lian-Li PC-A05N (with pics)
Replies: 10
Views: 6425

Ouch, that's pretty dusty. Has it been awhile since you cleaned it or do you have pets or just a dusty room? The problem with passive GPUs is that they generally do still need airflow. And that case really leaves the GPU sitting up there with none of it. Your exhaust only fans give you the good cool...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing TFX PSU in Antec Micro Fusion
Replies: 3
Views: 2476

I too swapped the fan on my MT-350 PSU. I wrote about it here. Been going strong now for over 2 years.