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by merlin
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 38459

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

Yea it's funny like right after I made my last comment, I saw the 2 reviews from hexus and pc per on jonnyguru forums. xD Well I hope yours comes out soon even with the delay!
by merlin
Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 38459

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

I heard there's an embargo on reviews until some date within a week or so. So coming soon!
by merlin
Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14845

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

The main thing as mentioned is the hybrid fan control on the X-series. G-series fan should always be running. Also the X-series using a sanyo denki fan over whatever fan the g-series has. There are probably some minor component/topology differences in the psus as well, but those are not material dif...
by merlin
Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler
Replies: 7
Views: 4075

Re: Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler

Supposedly Scythe us was to come alive in august, but looks like it's delayed. I hope by the end of september at least, I like having scythe as an option for cooling anytime I'm making a new build.
by merlin
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU for 36+ hdd server
Replies: 4
Views: 1894

Re: PSU for 36+ hdd server

Running that many drives, I'd rather error on the side of caution with a beefy psu. I think both of your choices are perfect, it's all preference at this point. I think both have a fanless mode as well by my recollection.
by merlin
Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed on components for Lian Li PC-Q08 Haswell build
Replies: 8
Views: 3012

Re: Advice needed on components for Lian Li PC-Q08 Haswell b

I personally got an Antec Truepower New 550 as a warranty replacement for an older antec psu which I'm using in the case. It's a 150mm semi-modular, which works pretty well. Cabling is a pain, but it was doable including hooking up 4 HDD, 1 SSD, and 1 optical. The one big recommendation when buildin...
by merlin
Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Mid Tower Case NZXT H230
Replies: 1
Views: 2171

New Mid Tower Case NZXT H230

This case looks really interesting. I'm going to be curious how it comes with the Fractal R4 and similar mid tower cases - The price seems right too since it retails for $69 and I bet there will be deals for $60 and less. Also it seems like it will have better airflow than the H2 considering the air...
by merlin
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming desktop build for my daughter
Replies: 19
Views: 8589

Re: Gaming desktop build for my daughter

Look like a good build, I don't see any major changes needed. You might want to consider getting this seasonic psu for a lot cheaper(on sale for $59 after rebate currently), it does not have a fanless mode, but it should still be pretty quiet - SeaSonic SSR-650RM. Also I honestly would not consider ...
by merlin
Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed on components for Lian Li PC-Q08 Haswell build
Replies: 8
Views: 3012

Re: Advice needed on components for Lian Li PC-Q08 Haswell b

I have a PC-Q08 I use as a 4 hd nas server. Definitely the psu would be more than enough, as mentioned modular is preferable to reduce the number of cables because it can be a pain to route cables in a small case like this. I personally have a ton of cables that I tried to hide in creative ways, one...
by merlin
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for Optical Drive Speed Utilities
Replies: 2
Views: 1903

Re: Looking for Optical Drive Speed Utilities

I think you completely misunderstood my post. I'm talking about max read speed on a drive. Nero drivespeed was the tool that let you set this. I don't care about write speed at all.
by merlin
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for Optical Drive Speed Utilities
Replies: 2
Views: 1903

Looking for Optical Drive Speed Utilities

I used to use nero drivespeed to control the speed of my cd/dvd drives to keep them quiet when used. However I don't know if there's a good alternative for this on blu ray drives. I just picked up a couple blu ray drives recently and they are pretty loud during blu ray playback. I suspect setting a ...
by merlin
Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build - Advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 3369

Re: New HTPC Build - Advice?

I'd agree with everyone else, if you can wait get a haswell i3 when it comes out in september. Otherwise I'd possibly suggest getting a 4670t, which is a 45w quad core haswell.
by merlin
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet
Replies: 4
Views: 4942

Re: Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet

Yea I'm rather interested in this case as a replacement for my old Antec Solo on my next build. Going to be curious how reviews look on this guy.
by merlin
Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Looking for Silent Heatsink for ISK300-65
Replies: 1
Views: 1269

Looking for Silent Heatsink for ISK300-65

I'm finally looking to replace the stock intel cooler in this case since it's by far the biggest noise maker within the htpc. It's using a Core i3-2100 and I'm just looking for a near silent cooler. Sadly since scythe coolers are almost impossible to find, I'm having some trouble finding a reasonabl...
by merlin
Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 154042

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

This is totally a perfect psu for any budget build I do for people. Can't beat getting a high efficiency seasonic device for $60 or less. I'm definitely gonna be interested in seeing the pricing for the G450 as a modular device is popular as well.
by merlin
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build
Replies: 15
Views: 3259

Re: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build

HFat wrote:Making stuff up won't make the math go away. Either the maximum draw is higher than the PSU's rated capacity or it's not.
Yep, one person you, make up stuff based on your own guesses. Meanwhile I have wattage meters and actual practical usage. Go complain to yourself.
by merlin
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build
Replies: 15
Views: 3259

Re: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build

It's not that they're conservative (not if you keep inn mind that the GPU is on board anyway). It's that the slower CPUs get the same rating as the faster ones in the same family. So the 2100 which is a good bit slower than some dual-cores is rated well over its actual consumption. Not so in the ca...
by merlin
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build
Replies: 15
Views: 3259

Re: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build

Nope, also ran a blu-ray burner on there and tested blu ray movies. Worked perfectly fine. Try again on your complaints as usual.
by merlin
Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build
Replies: 15
Views: 3259

Re: Suggestions on i3 2100T MiniITX build

I'm running a Core I3 2100 non-t on the ISK300-65. Works perfectly fine even at full prime95 + furmark. I don't even pass 60w in that test config. I find it highly doubtful you'll have any issues with the 2100t. Zero stability issues.
by merlin
Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: JFYI: Intel 320-series SSD "8MB" power cycle issue solved...
Replies: 6
Views: 2711

Re: JFYI: Intel 320-series SSD "8MB" power cycle issue solve

I don't know reputation. Almost every single ssd consumer class has had firmware bugs. Intel has had 2 major ones. Indilinx has had them, Sandforce has had a ton of them. It's just teething issues with new tech that's also budget.
by merlin
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i3 2100 web server PSU
Replies: 14
Views: 4479

Re: i3 2100 web server PSU

The antec might be like 76% at 30w. The 30W figure was AC. This is SPCR. You know, the site with the measurements. So read first and pontificate later. The plantinum-rated Kingwin scored 77%, yeah. But the old $100 "high-efficiency" Antec scored 67% at 60W (not 30!)... so I don't expect the Antec y...
by merlin
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i3 2100 web server PSU
Replies: 14
Views: 4479

Re: i3 2100 web server PSU

Actually I've always seen reviews that show pico's aren't that efficient. Jonnyguru's is one example of this testing. If you check the review, depending on the power brick, you could get anywhere from like 77-83% efficiency. That's certainly not that good. The only advantage is that pico's are low p...
by merlin
Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10937

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

If it was like a $20-30 premium over Lian Li, it's possible this OrigenAE case is worthwhile. But Lian Li is already a high end luxury case maker. How can you make a luxury case that's somehow 2-3 times better than an extremely high quality case already? I don't believe it for a second. And I always...
by merlin
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10937

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

May i point you to: http://www.origenae.co.kr/en/htpc_m10.htm Tschöö :) Soooooo overpriced!! £330 here from a reputable shop! Consider the Wesena ITX7 for £109. Admittedly without PSU (and thankfully without dreadful VFD display), but for £221 price difference I don't consider this a problem Wow, t...
by merlin
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Bitcoin mining with 2 graphics cards & a Corsair 400CX?
Replies: 7
Views: 4788

Re: Bitcoin mining with 2 graphics cards & a Corsair 400CX?

Bitcoins looks like it's dying now. The value has plummeted recently and it gets harder and harder to get more coins over time.
by merlin
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 12116

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

Asrock has the cir also. For both the HT and non-HT versions. Only the HT includes the remote and the wifi card though. I'd suspect the intel can't be much more power miserly. 22w idle is pretty awesome in itself. I don't think I'm quite done with my build yet, very likely I'm going to swap the heat...
by merlin
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mobo without video ports
Replies: 8
Views: 1878

Re: Mobo without video ports

You didn't specify the connectors of your displays. If your 30" display does not have Displayport you need an aktive Displayport-to-Dual-Link-DVI connector. It has to be dual-link, otherwise 1920x1200 is the maximum resolution. This connector is expensive, at least 100$ so it might still be cheaper...
by merlin
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS P8H67-I Non-Deluxe
Replies: 0
Views: 757

ASUS P8H67-I Non-Deluxe

I was curious if anyone outside of the us has gotten the non-deluxe asus h67 itx board? I see it listed on asian and european sites, but sadly not the us. And it's the only LGA1155 ITX choice with 6 sata ports besides the last resort Zotac H67, which I would prefer not to get. The fact of the zotac ...
by merlin
Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom VS Pentium 4 - IT IS ON!
Replies: 25
Views: 8322

Re: Atom VS Pentium 4 - IT IS ON!

Not sure what this is really about beyond the fact that Atom is slow in single threaded apps, especially ones that are slower with in order architectures. We've known this since they came out. Atom should improve once they go to out of order and also make some ipc improvements. Of course for any non...
by merlin
Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What size picoPSU for my new HTPC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: What size picoPSU for my new HTPC?

Gotta agree, a 90w should be plenty. I'm getting away with a 65w in the isk300 right now with my Core i3-2100 system, seems like it'll be fine since the only time it's even gotten close was doing a full prime95 + furmark test, which is never going to be realistic load on my system.