Welp, im finally starting to reach the point of satisfaction with my p150, so I decided it would be a good idea to show it off.
DFI|NF4 LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR - 6/23/05 BIOS
AMD Athlon64 3200+ Venice (e3) @ 2.7 (270x10) ~1.57v
2x1024MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum @ 2.5-3-3-8 @ 2.8v vdimm @ 225mhz (5/6 divider)
eVGA 7800 GT 256-P2-N518, 496/1220
Samsung Spinpoint 160GB SATA (8MB cache) (NIDEC)
Pioneer A07 DVD+/-RW Drive
Antec NeoHE430 430W
Zalman Northbridge Cooler ZM-NB47J
Artic Silencer rev3
As you can see, the system is overclocked quite a bit.
Idle system temps:
Ambient temp: 23c
92 nexus (for cpu) @ ~1150
120 nexus (exhaust) @ ~1070
PWM IC: 40-41c
After 10hr prime:
PWM IC: 45c
The stock dfi chipset fan was ridiculously loud, so I decided to go passive. In order to use the nb47 I had to move my 7800gt to the 2nd pcie slot and run it at 8x. No loss in performance that I can notice, and temps only increased slightly.
Not much to say here. No problems with it whatsoever.. installation was a breeze. Beats the hell out of the stock cooler, and shoots the heat right out the back.
A pleasant surprise. I donâ€™t know if I got the revision or not, but its working flawlessly with my dfi. Iâ€™ve never owned a seasonic, so I canâ€™t compare there, but I do own a smartpower 2.0 and it definitely beats that (by far). The x-connect style power connectors make cable management a breeze. In short, I love it. I removed the grill, but I donâ€™t notice any difference. Things were pretty quiet to begin with.
I canâ€™t say I donâ€™t regret buying this. It took away some of the whoosh, but that is about it. If I had to do it over, I wouldnâ€™t buy it.
PSU Duct: I made it out of some thick paper I had laying around. PSU doesnâ€™t rev up like it did before when things got hot. I think it may have increased CPU and PWM IC temps a bit, but I canâ€™t tell for sure. I used some gauze I had laying around as dust deterrence.
Nexus soft mount:
I used 4 rubber grommets from a Sonata II hdd tray (the black ones) and 4 from a p150 hdd tray (clear ones). Used the black ones on the back and the clear ones on the inside (between fan and case). I ran some tiny zip ties through to keep it all together, and 2nd zip ties to secure the end (see pic). I guess it helpedâ€¦ I didnâ€™t really notice any vibrations to start.
I think thatâ€™s about it. Overall Iâ€™m very happy with the results. All I hear is a very slight whoosh which is kind of drowned out by the hum of my router. Iâ€™d have to listen carefully to decide if the system is on or off based solely on what I hear.
I changed out the nb47j for a jing ting JTS-0006. The reason for this... the 7800gt in the 2nd pci-e slot was blocking the pci slot i needed for my x-fi extreme music. Now i can use both, as well as use the 7800gt @ 16x.
I'm running the JTS-0006 w/o the fan and temps are doing pretty much the same as the zalman. 51c idle and 55c after an 2 hours of Prey (a game).
One thing i do notice is that my CPU temp has gone up a bit. i kind of expected this as the JTS-0006 sits kind of close to the xp90.
Anyway, overall, i am happy with it. Installation was very easy... easier than the nb47j! Motherboard removal is required though (of course).
Pictures (click for a big1):
thanks spcr! comments/suggestions are welcome.