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by vincentfox
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fast, Silent, HDPlex H5 system - Skylake 6700 K w/heatpipes
Replies: 25
Views: 22264

Re: Fast, Silent, HDPlex H5 system - Skylake 6700 K w/heatpi

Any more pics of the build?

I'd really like to build one of these for my living room setup.

The only thing that puts me off, is no optical drive.
by vincentfox
Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptor noise: difference among different IcePaks?
Replies: 8
Views: 3401

I'm hoping to see SPCR review of the new VelociRaptor.

I love the 300-gig earlier model I have for speed, but the noise is at the upper margin of what I consider acceptable.
by vincentfox
Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card research is giving me a headache
Replies: 8
Views: 1761

Re: Video Card research is giving me a headache

I've tried to figure out which card is best for me just by reading, but my brain is going to explode - The last silent purchase I found technically easy was the Voodoo2 SLI setup. OK it was a crazy expense of $500 back in the day but no fans and it just worked. The only hard part about it was crack...
by vincentfox
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 1878

Sapphire 5750 Vapor-X I am very pleased with it.

Although after seeing Avatar I am looking forward to real 3D someday.....
by vincentfox
Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5750 cards
Replies: 39
Views: 16938

You can fit a high-quality passive cooler to a good card later. Or you can live with the OEM passive cooler fitted to a sub-standard card. Your choice. I'd go with Sapphire, in fact I did. It's a better card. The way I see it I can fit some MASSIVE cooler array designed for a 58xx series card later,...
by vincentfox
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5750 cards
Replies: 39
Views: 16938

My review is the first one posted on NewEgg for the Vapor-X 5750. I like the card. If you read the existing thread comparing PowerColor to Sapphire, the concern I grasped for PowerColor is it's another slapped-together budget card. Sapphire is using better components. See here: http://www.silentpcre...
by vincentfox
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: help finding right video card
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

If money is not an object just hire a consultant to do this for you.
by vincentfox
Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

What's your fans configuration? I only have 2 fans. The Corsair PSU fan is fairly quiet. And the Antec Solo chassis fan which is pulling air over the Ninja on the CPU. Chassis fan is the one provided with the case and has that 3-position switch that dangles out of the rear of the case. Unless it's ...
by vincentfox
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

Well I suppose one thing you could do to make use of existing Vapor-X heatsink is just take something like old Zalman FB123 and bend it. Have the large fan at low RPM blowing over the card and just disable the existing fan.
by vincentfox
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

Ah I see.

I found Radeon Bios Editor (RBE) but it doesn't seem to support 5750 as yet.

I have noticed the Sapphire spinning the fan a bit faster and the noise ramping up after playing L4D2 at 1680x1050 with all settings maxed for a while. Tolerable but does need improvement IMO.
by vincentfox
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Still looking for quiet vga solution
Replies: 9
Views: 3614

The best term is indeed QUIET in any system with fans. Then it's just a matter of whether this new component is at least as QUIET as the existing fans. Sapphire 5750 Vapor-X is quiet enough for me. Fan generally runs at 40% and is only a little louder than chassis fan. See thread here: http://www.si...
by vincentfox
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

Parappaman wrote:I would rather recommend you to take some time and explore BIOS fan settings:
What do you mean by "BIOS fan settings"?
by vincentfox
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21050

Author left out simple NEGLECT.

Opening up computers and finding thick carpets of dust covering everything, and fans that are choking or even dead.
by vincentfox
Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

I played around with CCC fan-settings. If I set it to manual, and start cranking up the speeds the 100% is certainly quite loud! The default automatic settings seems to run it at 40% which is not loud, but is noticably louder to me than the Antec Solo chassis fan is on low setting. If I manually set...
by vincentfox
Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

Just received my Sapphire Vapor-X 5750. Overall I'm impressed. Pros: Delivers on performance versus 7600GT Cons: Fan is audible but pretty quiet. Curiously the video connectors are unlabelled (no 1 or 2) ATI driver weirdness (9.11 CCC sometimes uses 50% CPU until I kill it?) I have a pretty quiet sy...
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

I ended up deciding on the Sapphire HD 5750 card from Newegg. I will run it with stock cooler at first. It looks to me like the SCS3 card is using the Arctic Cooling S1. Perhaps in a few weeks I will order that and equip with the "turbo cooling" fans.
by vincentfox
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 Accelero S2 Fits?
Replies: 22
Views: 24361

Can you post some pics of your setup? Very timely thread.

I am trying to decide on 5750 or 5770, and would like to pair whichever one I get with something like the Accelero S1 or S2.
by vincentfox
Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive PowerColor SCS3 HD5750 Vs. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD5750
Replies: 21
Views: 16337

I am weighing the same issues.

In my case upgrading from a 7600GT with ZM80.

However I am leaning towards the Sapphire for quality reasons. I suppose some additional fan noise is a price I'll have to pay.....
by vincentfox
Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nvidia GT220
Replies: 1
Views: 1503

Nvidia GT220

NVidia GT220 series looks decent & cheap. 40 nm GPU and Zotac will have a passive cooled variant.

http://hothardware.com/Articles/Zotac-G ... on-Review/

Bit disappointing that it's DX10.1 not DX11.
by vincentfox
Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 5750 announced
Replies: 21
Views: 11165

Well it's interesting but .... no cards!

I checked NewEgg and no entry there to even indicate "autonotify when it's in stock". This guff about shortages of 40nm parts from the fabs, means it's likely to be a paper launch.
by vincentfox
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell G2410 -> any owners out there?
Replies: 36
Views: 13859

Interesting, BUT... no S-IPS monitors with LED backlight? Owning a Dell 2007WFP monitor now which I'm extremely pleased with the display. In fact I tried at one point swapping out for a Dell 24" which was not S-IPS and after a few days of fiddling with it sent it back. No matter what I did to the co...
by vincentfox
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: considering 9600gt or 4670
Replies: 23
Views: 5086

This 5750 seems quite interesting. BUT..... The SPCR article on the 4670 claims AMAZING low idle wattage of 3-4 Watts! As seen here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article873-page5.html Although some articles I read claimed more like 10. The 5750 in various reviews say idle 18 Watts. I'd rather have ...
by vincentfox
Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: considering 9600gt or 4670
Replies: 23
Views: 5086

This 4670 looks quite interesting. I wonder why it's not sold more heavily, slap a big GREEN label on it at least should give it a push. Do you think it's better to get the Sapphire and then try to fit some sort of passive heatsink to it, than buy one pre-built? I gather that the factory passive I l...
by vincentfox
Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: considering 9600gt or 4670
Replies: 23
Views: 5086

That 4670 looks nice, but review is over 1 year old and Newegg shows "deactivated item" so it's not generally available.

Next?
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Pasive GT220 to replace 7600GT?
Replies: 2
Views: 2320

Pasive GT220 to replace 7600GT?

Nvidia GT220 with passive cooling:

http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/15941/65/

I have a 7600GT (256meg) that I refitted with ZM80 to make it passive. Works fine, but I'd like a bit of an upgrade and a speed bump without breaking the bank or requiring active cooling.
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of Socket 775?
Replies: 21
Views: 5060

Found a madshrimps article comparing E7400 to E8600.

The cache does make a difference, but to me the "bang for buck" to buy the more expensive E8600 just isn't there. YMMV.

http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&articID=908
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of Socket 775?
Replies: 21
Views: 5060

I picked up an E7500 recently. Great CPU. I'm not sure about the claims that E7xxx is markedly inferior to E6xxxx and E8xxxx. I mean how much diff does the bigger cache really make in average desktop apps or gaming? I believe this is about the "sweet spot" for maxing out this architecture, and then ...
by vincentfox
Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low Power Consumption CPU/Motherboard dillema!.
Replies: 9
Views: 3799

NAS needs only VERY modest CPU. What are your other tasks that caused you to reject Atom?

One sub-20W board that looks interesting to me is the Via EPIA M700. Paired with a couple of 2 TB drives mirrored seems like plenty for NAS.
by vincentfox
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman ZM-80 on a modern card?
Replies: 7
Views: 2414

I have a Zalman fitted to a 7600GT.

OK stop laughing I know this is "state of late 2006" card.

But my point is that the ZM-80 fits on lots of cards. Max power output on newer cards gets worrisome.
by vincentfox
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help me figure out a low power Linux based server
Replies: 12
Views: 3338

I have a Fit-PC Slim and it works great for me. http://www.fit-pc.com/new/whats-new.html Total power consumption 4-5 Watts, small and silent. Dunno if the 512-meg version is enough to handle all your needs but it works great for mine. I am just running FreeRADIUS, Apache, Nagios3, lightweight admin ...