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by Vicotnik
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Old desktop - new build, simple upgrade or nothing?
Replies: 31
Views: 24449

Re: Old desktop - new build, simple upgrade or nothing?

During load it is. If you are limited by a weak power supply, or have size constraints then a low TDP CPU might be important. The low TDP parts (from Intel they are the -S or -T parts) are just normal parts limited in their max performance (and thus max power use). This makes sense in a few special ...
by Vicotnik
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Old desktop - new build, simple upgrade or nothing?
Replies: 31
Views: 24449

Re: Old desktop - new build, simple upgrade or nothing?

Thermal Design Power, helpful when you design a cooler for the system. Then you need to know roughly how much power the cooler will dissipate. Is it 10W or 100W. It matters. When Intel sets the TDP for a given part they don't measure it. Marketing gets involved and pretty soon you have something tha...
by Vicotnik
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Making the room itself quiet?
Replies: 4
Views: 10319

Re: Making the room itself quiet?

I'm not a fan of dampening material in computer cases, but in rooms (and hallways) it works very well. Textiles, special ceiling tiles, wall hanging DIY panels, floor mats etc can be used to lower echo and noise.
by Vicotnik
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Super Flower power supply doesn't fit my Fractal Design case
Replies: 14
Views: 6159

Re: Super Flower power supply doesn't fit my Fractal Design

The pictures were too big to post here so i link them instead. It may look like the left side holes are completely exposed but they too are not completely exposed even though they are more exposed than the right side. https://imgur.com/a/Re2E4 Yeah, the holes are not aligned properly. But it's not ...
by Vicotnik
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Super Flower power supply doesn't fit my Fractal Design case
Replies: 14
Views: 6159

Re: Super Flower power supply doesn't fit my Fractal Design

klappa, if you could post a picture that might help.
by Vicotnik
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Super Flower power supply doesn't fit my Fractal Design case
Replies: 14
Views: 6159

Re: Super Flower power supply doesn't fit my Fractal Design

Yeah, it should fit. :?: Some images.
SF-500P14FG.jpg
Fractal.Design.R5.White.jpg
by Vicotnik
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC Nofan A490S Silent Desktop
Replies: 8
Views: 4669

Re: Quiet PC Nofan A490S Silent Desktop

pure curiosity. how come you do prefer 'quiet' over 'fanless'? I mean: pursuing silence, one would think that fanless is the ultimate solution... +1 for what Steve wrote above. Also, achieving silence as in pure silence is not possible. Fanless is great, but even that is not silent. AC adapters som...
by Vicotnik
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Mugen 5 no fan
Replies: 5
Views: 2917

Re: Mugen 5 no fan

It will work fine as long as you don't load the CPU for long periods of time. If you can touch the heatsink without burning your finger it's ok. Provided that the heatsink is mounted correctly. It's also not hard to mount the fan using zip ties. :) http://cdn.overclock.net/d/d3/d303c431_ad363f5f_n55...
by Vicotnik
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is totally fanless possible with a fanless mini-ITX?
Replies: 11
Views: 7554

Re: Is totally fanless possible with a fanless mini-ITX?

It works if the case allow for some natural convection. Just a sealed box and weeks of Prime95 is a recipe for disaster. ;) The Celeron J3355 has a TDP of 10W.
by Vicotnik
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Game pc CPU cooling setup.
Replies: 4
Views: 2946

Re: Game pc CPU cooling setup.

I would stick with the current "standard" setup; feeding the CPU fresh air from the front instead of hotter air from the graphics card.
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: low-power, low-sound, low-cost PSU
Replies: 5
Views: 4195

Re: low-power, low-sound, low-cost PSU

Even if the picoPSU just passes the +12V rail on untouched there's still a limit. The traces and the cables can only take so much. The problem with feeding stuff from the brick directly is that we can have cases when the brick is on, feeding stuff 12V, while the picoPSU is off. Maybe that's not heal...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: low-power, low-sound, low-cost PSU
Replies: 5
Views: 4195

Re: low-power, low-sound, low-cost PSU

I'm not suggesting you do this, but it is possible to feed stuff +12V directly from the brick. I did this on several of my "high performance" picoPSU builds in the past.
by Vicotnik
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Possible to run random cheap fans slowly enough to be quiet?
Replies: 1
Views: 6462

Re: Possible to run random cheap fans slowly enough to be qu

Yes, cheap fans will most likely do fine. If you will use several fans, it would be good if they were the same model. That way, if you want to control them they would act the same. You could build a simple rheobus fan controller and then tune them as you see fit. Or give them a fixed voltage for sim...
by Vicotnik
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet large capacity hard drive - WD Blue 6 TB?
Replies: 3
Views: 4144

Re: Quiet large capacity hard drive - WD Blue 6 TB?

Welcome to SPCR! I would get a single large drive. WD Red would be my first choice but the price would ultimate determine what drive I would get. Then set it up to spin down after 30 min of inactivity or something. Maybe even use an external drive. And use that 500 GB SSD for the often accessed data...
by Vicotnik
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: MiniITX passive mate black acrylic case
Replies: 1
Views: 3863

Re: MiniITX passive mate black acrylic case

Very nice! :) I love the Alpine 11 passive. So simple, just a big piece of aluminium and nice wide fin spacing.
by Vicotnik
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Crazy CPU passive cooling idea
Replies: 4
Views: 2699

Re: Crazy CPU passive cooling idea

Indeed, there's usually no fins on the block at all. Check out the H1 for example.
by Vicotnik
Sat May 06, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD502HI clicking noise and delay
Replies: 4
Views: 2927

Re: Samsung HD502HI clicking noise and delay

I can never remember what tool to use, so I try them until I find the right one. Usually there's a few possible candidates, for example a feature tool, a diagnostics tool for older drives and a diagnostics tool for newer drives. There's usually two tests, the short one and the long one. The short on...
by Vicotnik
Sat May 06, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD502HI clicking noise and delay
Replies: 4
Views: 2927

Re: Samsung HD502HI clicking noise and delay

I would backup the data, then run the disk through the Samsung diagnostic program and see what it says. It's included on the very handy Ultimate Boot CD (works from USB).
If the program cannot find the HDD, change the SATA IDE/AHCI/RAID setting to IDE in the BIOS. Change it back after testing.
by Vicotnik
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet card for 4k/5k desktop use?
Replies: 15
Views: 7472

Re: Quiet card for 4k/5k desktop use?

Would integrated graphics + low-end card with DP work?
by Vicotnik
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ryzen 1700, thermal paste and Arctic 33 CPU Cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 4214

Re: Ryzen 1700, thermal paste and Arctic 33 CPU Cooler

Ah, grain in the middle would fill the gaps and perhaps not reach out to cover the pipes properly. I don't think it matters much if the gaps are filled as long as the pipes make good contact.
by Vicotnik
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ryzen 1700, thermal paste and Arctic 33 CPU Cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 4214

Re: Ryzen 1700, thermal paste and Arctic 33 CPU Cooler

The four lines don't need to be thick, when the thing is mounted they each only need to be squeezed out to cover 1/4 of the base. Be very conservative with the amount of paste applied.

It's a 2D picture. Those lines might be paper thin. ;)
by Vicotnik
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ryzen 1700, thermal paste and Arctic 33 CPU Cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 4214

Re: Ryzen 1700, thermal paste and Arctic 33 CPU Cooler

Since it's a naked heatpipe cooler they want the paste to be evenly spread on all the heatpipes. Rice grain in the middle will work I'm sure. But maybe performance will be slightly better if you follow the instructions.
by Vicotnik
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: need help choosing server OS (and file system)
Replies: 8
Views: 10055

Re: need help choosing server OS (and file system)

I use Linux myself. Usually Ubuntu Server. But I want more than a simple file server, I want a server that can do all sorts of things and Linux is great for that. Right now my server is mainly a file server, but also handles torrent downloads (transmission-daemon), MySQL (for several Kodi installati...
by Vicotnik
Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What's a good idle GPU temperature?
Replies: 8
Views: 4112

Re: What's a good idle GPU temperature?

My conclusion is still that fanless is better than semi-fanless for a 75W graphics card. How good semi fanless is depends on the controller. If the temp hysteresis is on the low side and you happen to be just on the edge, try adjusting the case airflow like CA_Steve suggested above. Maybe a duct or...
by Vicotnik
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet Antec NSK3480 replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 4026

Re: Quiet Antec NSK3480 replacement

Well, the Antec NSK 3480 is 8.1 kg and the Fractal Design Core 1100 is 3.8 kg for one thing. The build quality of the NSK 3480 is very solid. The Core 1100 is like I said not a bad case, but the build quality is not the same.
by Vicotnik
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet Antec NSK3480 replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 4026

Re: Quiet Antec NSK3480 replacement

Fractal Design Core 1100 is the best cheap case I've used. But it is a cheap one. The Antec NSK 3480 is much more solid. That said, if it's a simple system it will do the job.

Copy-paste from this thread. :)
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=69317
by Vicotnik
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Zip Ties Or Twist ties?
Replies: 9
Views: 14644

Re: Zip Ties Or Twist ties?

Both work but we all know that zip ties is the right way to do it.
by Vicotnik
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: New HDPlex H1.S Build & Review
Replies: 2
Views: 6830

Re: New HDPlex H1.S Build & Review

Very nice! :) It's a great case.
by Vicotnik
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is a soft material that conducts heat well?
Replies: 2
Views: 2260

Re: What is a soft material that conducts heat well?

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/e ... ?N=8704982

There's adhesive pads as well. I think you can get stuff like this cheap on eBay.