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by WR304
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Near-Silent mITX SG07 w/ Acoustipack, HR-02, GUP Smart Drive
Replies: 13
Views: 14121

Re: Near-Silent mITX SG07 w/ Acoustipack, HR-02, GUP Smart D

My current PC has a Samsung HD103SJ hard drive in a Growup Japan enclosure. I have it sitting behind the case on a block of foam, connected to an internal SATA header. It's been like that since 2009. After running all day the hard drive is at 26c according to the SMART monitoring. If you don't need ...
by WR304
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212437

Re: HP MicroServer

Could the same loss of GPT partitions on a >2TB hard drive when used with Windows potentially happen if the motherboard had a UEFI BIOS also then? I'd hope it wouldn't but it would be useful to have a definitive answer either way. It's better to be clear on this sort of issue before you lose all you...
by WR304
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212437

Re: HP MicroServer

My understanding is that this problem wouldn't exist if the motherboard had a UEFI BIOS. As the UEFI BIOS natively supports drives larger than 2TB shouldn't the large drives work properly on a UEFI motherboard, when used with a current Windows operating system, without any drama or workarounds neede...
by WR304
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212437

Re: HP MicroServer

Bugs or not, Windows or Linux, if you cut the power ANY system can take a serious damage. That's why they use those APC units. And if administrated correctly, Windows and Linux/Unix are stable enough to be used in a productive environment. If you don't exactly know what to do and what not to do wit...
by WR304
Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Near-Silent mITX SG07 w/ Acoustipack, HR-02, GUP Smart Drive
Replies: 13
Views: 14121

Re: Near-Silent mITX SG07 w/ Acoustipack, HR-02, GUP Smart D

I'm really impressed. I think I'm going to have to make something very similar to that too. :) One thing that works well with the Growup Japan hard drive enclosures is to get some cheap thermal paste and put a layer of thermal paste between the metal hard drive shell and the copper plates inside the...
by WR304
Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212437

Re: HP MicroServer

I think it's something to do with Windows. Happy drive failures! The interesting thing was that cutting the power didn't just break the mirror but the 3TB drives were also no longer initialised, losing their storage partitions and drive letters. The 250gb drive was unaffected. I should really have ...
by WR304
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212437

Re: HP MicroServer

After that happened the first time I also tried the two 3TB drives using the built in Windows drive mirroring after formatting and re-initialising them. Windows Home Server 2011 built the mirror with no problems. As a test I then pulled the power cable whilst the server was running, just to see what...
by WR304
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212437

Re: HP MicroServer

I've got a HP N40L Microserver at the moment. The stock unit is quite noisy, most of the noise coming from the PSU. The Scythe Slipstream fan mod mentioned in the SPCR article is easy to do and works well. There's a torx key included inside the server's case door that you can use for removing the fa...
by WR304
Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II
Replies: 24
Views: 12826

Re: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II

OTOH, my sample does freeze a lot in all sorts of games. It's not a cooling issue. My temp/RPM numbers match those in the review. An RMA is probably called for. A few months ago my brother's Nvidia GTX570 graphics card began crashing in nearly all games. Before then it had been a fairly stable card...
by WR304
Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20586

At idle, default fan speed is 32%, it's the loudest of my system... but still very quiet(near silent) and tolerable when I want a quiet environment. but not dead silent. Seasonic M12D 850W is next loudest part, then fanmate2 connected 18cm case fans of Silverstone FT-02 case. At 20% fanspeed using ...
by WR304
Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HIS HD Radeon 5870 iCooler V Turbo
Replies: 16
Views: 8102

Combined with JamieG's experience with the Vapor-X, maybe a 5870 wouldn't be so bad afterall... :) Just be warned that other users are reporting higher idle rpms than mine with their 5870 Vapor-X here . My backordered Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X card finally turned up after a long wait. It's one of th...
by WR304
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20586

There's an interesting thread about Radeon Bios Editor and fan control here:

http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=114686

It looks like any BIOS fan speed changes you make are currently overriden by driver settings. :(
by WR304
Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet GTX 480? Forget about it!
Replies: 26
Views: 5105

These top end graphics cards have always been large, expensive, power guzzlers, and noisy and whether one or other models have more or less of these attributes to me is a bit obscure. But people are free to spend their own money as they see fit, I guess.... However some of that technology is certai...
by WR304
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet GTX 480? Forget about it!
Replies: 26
Views: 5105

In some situations it could be a very useful card as this comparison chart summarises. :) http://www.tinyland.org/PCStuff/gpuo.png Nvidia GTX480 and GTX470 compared to ATI HD5xxx cards Taken from: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?s=90ce8a55ab921650dd67667460f7eb0c&p=29594136#post29594136 I...
by WR304
Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20586

Having the hard drive external to the case, mounted in a Growup Japan Smartdrive 2002 enclosure stood on a block of foam, actually works quite well. It has the advantages of freeing up space inside the Antec Solo case, lower hard drive temperatures (10c lower out of the case) and takes a heat source...
by WR304
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20586

Interestingly, the HD 5870 Vapor-X is about 1cm shorter than the Nvidia GTX260 card. It fit in my (modified) Antec Solo case easily without needing any more metal cutting away from the drive bays. Do you have a picture of this setup? I'd like to see what modifications you have in place. I got round...
by WR304
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20586

This is a repost of my post about the HD 5870 Vapor-X as I'd missed this thread. :) My backordered Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X card finally turned up after a long wait. It's one of the blue PCB second revision models. I thought I'd get one of these instead of a reference HD 5870 card after reading lots...
by WR304
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X Minimum Fan Speed Problem 1455 RPM
Replies: 1
Views: 2483

Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X Minimum Fan Speed Problem 1455 RPM

My backordered Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X card finally turned up after a long wait. It's one of the blue PCB second revision models. I thought I'd get one of these instead of a reference HD 5870 card after reading lots of comments and reviews such as the Bit-Tech one about how quiet and effective the ...
by WR304
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8986

The problem with going for the first DirectX 11 cards to come out is that you don't actually know how well they will run games in DirectX 11. You could buy a mid range "DirectX 11" card now, only to find that when you buy a high profile DirectX 11 game, and enable all the effects, that your graphic...
by WR304
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8986

Nvidia.... The way it's meant to be played. Ever see that? Yup. ever see: ATI.... blah blah blah whatever ? No. Nvidia spends a lot of money and time to make sure they are optimized with current card selection, ATI does not. Nvidia is by far the larger company as well, and, makes more profit as wel...
by WR304
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8986

I just switched from xp pro to 7 this week. the SAME games I played on xp look better in windows7. Quite an obvious bump in water and reflections. textures is all to do with art, so that is more about the artists, of which few seem to be employed or know what they are doing. (mostly geekatists, gee...
by WR304
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project ZdB (Zero deciBel)
Replies: 41
Views: 13122

The stock heatsinks on the standard Asus P6T are relatively small compared to other X58 chipset motherboards, especially on the southbridge which is right next to the graphics card . Replacing them with Thermalright ones is sure to be an improvement. :) It looks like you can monitor a lot of differe...
by WR304
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:03 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project ZdB (Zero deciBel)
Replies: 41
Views: 13122

Since the pc is used for music production, currently there is no DAW software (I use Cubase) that uses more than 30% actual CPU when it reaches their DAW peak at CPU usage. This is mainly due to bad cpu utilization programming of the respective company for each DAW. So all in all, I only underclock...
by WR304
Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project ZdB (Zero deciBel)
Replies: 41
Views: 13122

How did you fit the Thermalright IFX-10 rear CPU cooler onto the Socket 1366 motherboard? Did you mod the bracket? I'm trying to work out how to re-use the IFX-10 when my new Socket 1366 motherboard arrives. :) :D :D :D I thought someone would ask. Asus P6T has BOTH 1366 and 775 mounting holes. I s...
by WR304
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8986

After watching this "old" Unreal Tournament 3 Tech Video ( DirectX 9 ), can someone explain me what the real, hands on benefits of DirectX 11 are? Have a look at this AMD demonstration video from Quakecon 2009 where Neil Robison goes into some detail about what graphical and performance improvement...
by WR304
Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8986

The problem with going for the first DirectX 11 cards to come out is that you don't actually know how well they will run games in DirectX 11. You could buy a mid range "DirectX 11" card now, only to find that when you buy a high profile DirectX 11 game, and enable all the effects, that your graphics...
by WR304
Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project ZdB (Zero deciBel)
Replies: 41
Views: 13122

Specs are heavy which was a problem. P6T, i7 920, etc Temps are at load but underclocked. PSU fan only starts at 65 degrees Celsius, which is seldom to never. How did you fit the Thermalright IFX-10 rear CPU cooler onto the Socket 1366 motherboard? Did you mod the bracket? I'm trying to work out ho...
by WR304
Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8986

Re: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent

I think the vast majority of people like me really want to buy a much more neato Nvidia card like a 260GTX but do not as it is uses a retarded dx 10, not even dx 10.1, and obviously not dx11. Realistically, most PC games being released at the moment (October 2009) are still using DirectX 9. The one...
by WR304
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need help to re-apply (-stick) heatsinks from Accelero S1
Replies: 24
Views: 5966

Another stress test you could try is Furmark v1.6.5: http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1326/FurMark_1.6.5.html You could also try pointing a fan directly at the back of your graphics card to see if that helps with stability. :) GPU-Z 0.3.3 might show you the VRM temperatures of your ATI HD 3850 c...
by WR304
Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need help to re-apply (-stick) heatsinks from Accelero S1
Replies: 24
Views: 5966

If you want to remove the 3M thermal tape from the Arctic Cooling ramsinks then "Sticky Stuff Remover" works well: Sticky Stuff Remover That works much better than Arcticlean. Soak the thermal tape and then it will just wipe off.:) For re-applying ramsinks non permanently clean off the thermal tape ...