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by cloneman
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM G45 mATX motherboard
Replies: 62
Views: 32453

Re: Asus P5Q-EM G45 mATX motherboard

This has become my Dad's PC, 10 years later. I'm noticing the NorthBridge heatsink hits 75C under load (albeit this is with a C2Q 9500 and all 4 memory banks @ 2.1V). I'm thinking it's going to need more airflow. If the heatsink is 75C the chip itself must be at least 85C. Also, I don't see a valid ...
by cloneman
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 66
Views: 35601

Re: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?

The iPad was successful but it didn't really replace the computer or the tablet PC for most sane people. It become a content consumption device, a toy, and specific use case product like for restaurant PoS systems or smart homes. People here might look silly in hindsight but let's remember that prob...
by cloneman
Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?
Replies: 5
Views: 3892

Re: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?

Update: Replaced the tiny tower cooler with a Cooler Master T2 for real sustained fanless operation. Stress test now: 70C Gotta take this off my bucketlist now. Before http://i.imgur.com/9CsdunS.jpg After http://i.imgur.com/AhEK70O.jpg Notice I added a Zalman NB cooler for the Nvidia 9400 chipset.
by cloneman
Tue May 24, 2016 2:17 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mini PC Makers asleep at the wheel? Where's my semi-passive?
Replies: 5
Views: 8500

Re: Mini PC Makers asleep at the wheel? Where's my semi-pass

I'm mostly talking about prebuilt systems. I'm aware of mini-itx and fanless nuc cases. The NUC problem comes down to cost. If it was semi-passive out of the box I'd accept it, but if I have to purchase an additional accessory for it, I might as well do my own mini-itx build.
by cloneman
Tue May 24, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mini PC Makers asleep at the wheel? Where's my semi-passive?
Replies: 5
Views: 8500

Mini PC Makers asleep at the wheel? Where's my semi-passive?

I forget if I've ranted about this here before, but it seems to be coming up over and over again. Prebuilt mini pcs are just so expensive and unattractive. I recently had the opportunity to play with some Mac Minis. The thing is real sleeper. Sure, it has a fan, but afaik it's off on light loads, an...
by cloneman
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?
Replies: 5
Views: 3892

Re: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?

I ended up going with the only NB heatsink I could find. It's not big enough to be _comfortably_ fanless (reaches ~85C under load). http://www.moddiy.com/products/PC-Cooler-H.D.T-Technology-Northbridge-Cooler-.html Realized afterwards I should have just gotten a GPU cooler, that probably would have ...
by cloneman
Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?
Replies: 5
Views: 3892

use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?

I'm having trouble finding stock of northbridge coolers, specifically those with heatpipes, like the thermalright, noctua, etc. My goal is to make this old Mac Mini Fanless; it uses a 25W laptop CPU with a small stock heatsink so I think it's feasable with a large, heatpipe powered Northbridge coole...
by cloneman
Sun May 10, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Countdown... Fanless, Broadwell, i3 / i5 Class Mini PC
Replies: 0
Views: 4597

Countdown... Fanless, Broadwell, i3 / i5 Class Mini PC

Feel like I've been waiting most of my life for an fanless SFF system with a laptop-grade CPU. It seems to be _just_ around the corner with Broadwell / Core M. So far, I've seen mostly expensive custom systems and "coming soon" type products. There's some nice Baytrail stuff, but that's Atom. I'm no...
by cloneman
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review
Replies: 13
Views: 8378

Re: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

Glad to see doing this stuff is more popular/mainstream now. I remember just hoping/praying/ searching for reviews online that my GTX260 would support a modded bios for fan speeds, and it did. Palit had set it to a ridiculous 40% minimum. 70% was Leaf-blower tier. IIRC I changed it to 0%, which was ...
by cloneman
Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: New speedfan for laptops: Notebook fan control
Replies: 1
Views: 22007

Re: New speedfan for laptops: Notebook fan control

Just found out about this... it actually worked on my Obscure sony vpceg190s

This is great :D
by cloneman
Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his friends
Replies: 24
Views: 15762

Re: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his fri

I've been watching a lot of LinusTech videos. He touches on silent components really often in his videos, and I found it weird that he never mentioned SPCR before. I won't lie, when I saw MikeC show up in the video unannounced (no mention in the video's title), I was like, NO WAIII. Internetz crosso...
by cloneman
Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.
Replies: 20
Views: 16575

Re: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.

thanks for this. I'm a bit of a coil whine enthusiast , this was a good read. While all coil whine is bad, I don't have too much trouble with graphics cards because of whining is usually load triggered, like the article says, only in some very high load situations. I had this with my GTX260 "mild" -...
by cloneman
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 111023

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

Is the power brick the same one on the Euler & the Euler S? Any recommended bricks other then the "great wall" one that some suppliers have?
by cloneman
Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte BRIX Pro SFF Powerhouse
Replies: 5
Views: 5457

Re: Gigabyte BRIX Pro SFF Powerhouse

Am I the only one who wants a SFF system like this with a Heatsink mounted on it that is twice the size of the system itself? I'm not big on Adventurous DIY - if someone would put out products like this they would instantly relieve me of my wallet... https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/570792/_perm/...
by cloneman
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Amazingly simple quieting technique -- vacuum the dust out!
Replies: 5
Views: 23525

Re: Amazingly simple quieting technique -- vacuum the dust o

When I blew compressed air out of my Dell 9400's vents, I saw a 25C difference in both idle and load temps.
by cloneman
Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5134

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

Thanks for the tips guys, very interested in these options. NUC looks nice I'll look into it when it gets released. The PVR stuff looks nice too. Can that hauppauge stuff be used with some sort of streaming solution that isn't tied to twitch or some other service? For instance a direct VLC stream or...
by cloneman
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5134

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

I guess a third option is to just use an old laptop. The primary disadvantage is not being able to use normal expansion cards for special purposes... (video import card maybe?) There's USB-based tuner cards. Heck, there's tuner cards with NICs - you can just plug into the router. I wonder if there'...
by cloneman
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboards and CPUs without annoying whine
Replies: 1
Views: 1745

Re: Motherboards and CPUs without annoying whine

I don't build enough systems to know for sure. I think its improving? I built an i5-750 based system 3 years ago (Asus P7P55D PRO), it had some whine, but it went away when I disabled some of the C-states in the bios. I don't hear any whine anymore - but my fans are only borderline silent. I then "s...
by cloneman
Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5134

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

I guess my concern over max TDP isn't really warranted, since it will be idling 99% of the time. The only reason I wanted a low max TDP is to have the to option of using a passive cooler that isn't very large. Is there a way to safely lock (e.g. BIOS) some clock/volt settings so that the effective m...
by cloneman
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5134

server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?

Been poking around the interwebs and I don't see too many options for a high performance, low TDP desktop motherboard. I see some 17W TDP Core i3/i5 CPUs that are designed for laptops, I would imagine these offer at least 2-3 times the performance of Atom or AMD Fusion solutions. Are options for a d...
by cloneman
Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: searching desperatly a silent heatsink for gtx260 available
Replies: 8
Views: 5228

Re: searching desperatly a silent heatsink for gtx260 availa

I had Palit GTX260 216 core for 3 years. At stock the fans were way too loud. I was able to flash the bios using nvidia bios editor with a custom fan curve that made it "quiet enough" for me. As for coil whine, it did have some, but only when gaming with v-sync OFF if I recall correctly. I didn't bo...
by cloneman
Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Exclusive Seasonic Promo Deals at Newegg for SPCR
Replies: 3
Views: 7824

Re: Exclusive Seasonic Promo Deals at Newegg for SPCR

KayDat wrote:Sigh... I wish Newegg shipped to Australia. And I missed out on the Kingwin Stryker going for $140 on Amazon the other day! =[
You're no better off than Canadians ... feels like I'm in some random country somewhere in Europe, thanks to horrible shipping carriers and tariff trolls :^)
by cloneman
Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: ♞Horse Test ♞
Replies: 2
Views: 5686

Re: ♞Horse Test ♞

apparently its unicode... Was wondering where I could use it... I think it wouldn't be accepted as a password and I can't search on google using it
by cloneman
Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: ♞Horse Test ♞
Replies: 2
Views: 5686

♞Horse Test ♞

It's a horse! ♞
by cloneman
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU Fan minimum speed
Replies: 19
Views: 7680

Re: GPU Fan minimum speed

edh wrote:A BIOS mod is what you make of it. If you want, download a video BIOS, open it in NiBiTor and see if you can set 0% fan speed. The answer will almost certainly be yes.
Thank you, this is what I did on my GTX260, I hope the same options will be available.
by cloneman
Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU Fan minimum speed
Replies: 19
Views: 7680

Re: GPU Fan minimum speed

Does the GTX 660 have Bios mods to set the fan lower than 30%?

Looking to replace my GTX 260 which I was able to flash a 0% minimum fan speed, made the fans spin very slowly (unknown rpm)
by cloneman
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modern "cross-blow" PSUs for antec 300 case?
Replies: 3
Views: 1168

Modern "cross-blow" PSUs for antec 300 case?

The antec 300 has the PSU located rather close to the video card and both seem to be competing for air. I'm wondering if it's good idea to get a "cross blow" PSU , the older layout where the fan would blow through the psu horizontally. I'm not seeing many of these on the market anymore... any popula...
by cloneman
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: is it possible Static Damage to CPU by touching a heatsink?
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

Re: is it possible Static Damage to CPU by touching a heatsi

my youtube started doing this intermittently following the night where I kept shocking it. Dunno if its related, tried upgrading my videocard drives, no difference.

probably gonna have to reformat to see if its a hardware issue...

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by cloneman
Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: is it possible Static Damage to CPU by touching a heatsink?
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

is it possible Static Damage to CPU by touching a heatsink?

I've always sort of wondered this, because I have a habit of touching heatsinks. The real issue right now is, I appear to be wearing a combination of clothing that delivers devastating static shocks. I've read some threads on this internet about this. My main concern is for my laptop - I have the ha...
by cloneman
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 47407

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

Great writeup :^) The kind of narrative and viewpoint that keeps me coming back to SPCR. Sums up everything pretty nicely, can't say I disagree with anything mentioned above.

On a personal note, I'm proud of having more or less raised the issue of laptop coil whine to SPCR :)