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by lunadesign
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?
Replies: 8
Views: 4680

Re: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?

CA_Steve wrote:fanless GT 1030 cards. However, all have 2 outputs.
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#F=1&c=396
Thanks! Two of the MSI parts have one DisplayPort 1.4 each. I wonder if they support daisy chaining? How does one tell?
by lunadesign
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?
Replies: 8
Views: 4680

Re: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?

The newest low end is the GT 1030...but, oddly, only 2 outputs...and while there are plenty of single slots, all of the fanless are double slot width. I might be able to make a double slot work depending on the dimensions of the card by using a PCIexpress extension cable. But oddly enough, I just c...
by lunadesign
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?
Replies: 8
Views: 4680

Re: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?

Well single slot, triple digital and falness... i havent seen on any. With two things yea. I know....kind of a unicorn, eh? What's interesting is that there appear to be quite a few nowadays but the 3rd port always seems to be VGA on the newer ones. One thing you should check also, in DP you can da...
by lunadesign
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?
Replies: 8
Views: 4680

Any good fanless cards with 3 digital outputs?

I'm looking for a good, single-slot fanless card that can support three (3) 1920x1200 monitors. Any mix of HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI are fine. It's for a workstation use case with lots of 2D desktop apps (Photoshop, etc). I currently have an double-slot Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD 6670. It acceptabl...
by lunadesign
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?
Replies: 6
Views: 6228

Re: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?

In case anyone is interested, I spoke with my contact at WD and he didn't seem to think this was normal. I got two more new WD60EFRX units and they not make the squealing noise. These new ones sound very similar to the WD30EFRX but the single click sound made at power down is a bit louder on the new...
by lunadesign
Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?
Replies: 6
Views: 6228

Re: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?

I finally got some decent audio recordings tonight. I recorded a WD60EFRX unit and then a WD30EFRX to compare. In each case, I powered up the drive by itself outside of the cage with no OS or other drives connected, then hit the power button to spin the drive down. I've posted the two MP3 files on S...
by lunadesign
Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?
Replies: 6
Views: 6228

Re: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?

Thanks Mike.

I've had no problems reproducing this on both drives with 2 systems. In one case, I had the drive outside the cage so there were no case effects involved and I'm still getting the noise. It's truly strange....I'll try to find a way to record it.
by lunadesign
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?
Replies: 6
Views: 6228

6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?

I just bought 2 WD Red 6 TB (WD60EFRX) drives and noticed something odd while doing some testing on my usual test system. When I power off the system using the PC's power button (i.e., because I've just finished doing some DOS-based tests), the drives emit a noticeable squeal/screech noise for about...
by lunadesign
Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Hissing/squealing sound from motherboard?
Replies: 6
Views: 5170

Re: Hissing/squealing sound from motherboard?

CA_Steve - Thanks for the quick response and the nice stethoscope idea....that helped! I'm 95% sure I've identified the VRM circuitry and it appears the sound is primarily coming from there. But what's interesting is it really seems like the power supply (which I've moved as far away as possible) is...
by lunadesign
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Hissing/squealing sound from motherboard?
Replies: 6
Views: 5170

Hissing/squealing sound from motherboard?

I'm trying to build a quiet workstation using a Supermicro X9SRE-F motherboard and Xeon E5-1650. I'm hearing a noticeable hissing/squealing sound from the vicinity of the motherboard. The sound is directly correlated to read/write activity on the system's only SSD. It almost sounds like my system ha...
by lunadesign
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Reasonable temps for Xeon E5-1650 (equivalent to i7-3930K)
Replies: 3
Views: 2808

Re: Reasonable temps for Xeon E5-1650 (equivalent to i7-3930

Can anyone please help me out? Are temps in the 59-63 C range OK for an i7-3930K / E5-1650 when testing with Prime95?
by lunadesign
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Reasonable temps for Xeon E5-1650 (equivalent to i7-3930K)
Replies: 3
Views: 2808

Reasonable temps for Xeon E5-1650 (equivalent to i7-3930K)

I'm new to Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. Are these roughly normal/expected values? Idle: Cores range from 29-34 C After running Prime95: Cores range from 59-63 C Ambient is 22 C CPU: Xeon E5-1650 (equivalent to i7-3930K) (3.2/3.8 GHz, 130W TDP) CPU cooler: Megahalems Rev C with Nexus 120mm PWM fan (currently...
by lunadesign
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus 120mm PWM Fan
Replies: 0
Views: 1271

Nexus 120mm PWM Fan

I just bought my first Nexus 120mm PWM fan and at lower speeds (ie, 850 RPM) it definitely has a buzzy sound to it that the Nexus 120mm Basic (non-PWM) fans do not have at the same speed.

Is this buzzy sound normal for the Nexus PWM fans or did I get unlucky and get a bad one?
by lunadesign
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

Re: New system build: Xeon workstation

Other potential cases: Fractal R4, Antec P183 v3, Corsair 550D, Nanoxia DS1. If you like $250 cases, consider the Silverstone FT02. It'd beat the pants off the Lian Li for noise. Thanks! I'm not really looking for $250 cases but unfortunately the only one with five 5.25" bays and a door was in that...
by lunadesign
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

Re: New system build: Xeon workstation

If you're concerned about noise, and don't intend to move the machine terribly often, I'd try to find something other than an aluminium case. Although Lian Li cases have awesome build quality, they're still lightweight and let a lot more noise out than a well built steel case. ... however, for the ...
by lunadesign
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

Re: New system build: Xeon workstation

Video card: Latest generation cards from both NVIDIA and AMD are better energy wise. Thanks! I checked Newegg's selection of fanless video cards and the only cards I saw that looked newer than the HD 6670 I was thinking about were based on the HD 7750. (I'm not as familiar with the NVIDIA cards so ...
by lunadesign
Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards
Replies: 10
Views: 9400

Re: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards

Thanks for the pics! Its hard to see from the photos (not your fault...that's a very tough angle to shoot photos at) but it looks like there's not a lot of room above the coolers. To play it safe, I'm seriously rethinking my original plan of using a 140mm-type cooler and switching to the coolers you...
by lunadesign
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

Re: New system build: Xeon workstation

One possible change: I may end up building another system like this one and putting it in an Antec P182, which means the Archon SB-E/SB-E X2 probably won't fit. Any thoughts on a good alternative? Maybe Noctua NH-U12P SE2 or Megahalems Rev C with Noctua or Nexus 120mm fans? Any advice would be grea...
by lunadesign
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Confusing Seasonic part numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 4183

Re: Confusing Seasonic part numbers

I just spoke with the Sales Manager for Seasonic USA. He says the "2" denotes the newer parts that are 80 Plus Platinum while the ones that don't have it are the older 80 Plus Gold models, which are now discontinued. The funny thing is that I've seen the old and new in the 400W and 460W sizes but do...
by lunadesign
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 2929

New system build: Xeon workstation

Hi all, I'm building my first all-new system in 5 years and need your advice. Its a Windows 7 64-bit workstation with three 1920x1200 monitors. I'm a big multitasker and typically have 50+ windows open, numerous VMs, Visual Studio, Photoshop, WinRAR, plus occasional video encoding/rendering. No gami...
by lunadesign
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards
Replies: 10
Views: 9400

Re: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards

Neat! Great photo! The case I'm likely going to use is the Lian Li PC-A71F, which is very similar to yours. Your coolers are 158.7 mm, which isn't too tall. Did your case have more room in case you needed to go with taller tower-style coolers? The coolers I'm looking at range around 170-175 mm tall....
by lunadesign
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards
Replies: 10
Views: 9400

Re: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards

Thanks for the info! This is great to hear! The motherboard I'm looking at appears to have the exact same set up as yours (except mine only has one socket) so I think I'm safe.

Just out of curiosity, which case, procs and CPU fan are you using in your setup?
by lunadesign
Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards
Replies: 10
Views: 9400

LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards

Can I mount a typical consumer LGA 2011 cooler (i.e., Thermalright Archon SB-E, Noctua NH-D14 SE2011) in a Supermicro Xeon E5 board that has a "Square ILM" LGA 2011 mount? Has anyone done this? I'm aware Supermicro does some odd things with the case mounting holes on their motherboards. I'm also awa...
by lunadesign
Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Archon SB-E X2
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

Re: Thermalright Archon SB-E X2

Yes, I saw that but the review was a bit hard for me to follow, even after translating to English. They compared an Archon SB-E (which comes with a single 150mm fan) to an Archon SB-E X2 (which comes with two 140mm fans). If I read it correctly, it seems that they compared them head-to-head with a s...
by lunadesign
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Confusing Seasonic part numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 4183

Confusing Seasonic part numbers

I'm looking at the new Seasonic X-series and Platinum series power supplies but am very confused about the part numbers. For example, with regards to the new Platinum 660W part, I see the part on the Seasonic USA site (http://www.seasonicusa.com/Platinum_Series_XP2.htm) referenced as SS-660XP2 (some...
by lunadesign
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Archon SB-E X2
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

Thermalright Archon SB-E X2

Has anyone seen one of these for sale yet? Or any reviews? (Hint, hint, Lawrence....) :D
by lunadesign
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-A71F?
Replies: 4
Views: 2951

Re: Lian Li PC-A71F?

I think you'd be better off sticking with a P18x case. Have a look at my old rig for some modding ideas. I really like what you've done and really like the P18x cases (I have 4 of them) but I unfortunately need at least five external 5.25" bays and the P18x series only has four (P280 has only three...
by lunadesign
Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-A71F?
Replies: 4
Views: 2951

Re: Lian Li PC-A71F?

I found another similar case from Lian Li that is interesting: Lian Li PC-B10 http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=598&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62&g=f This one is smaller but if you remove the 120mm intake fan, you get five 5.25" drives. This particular unit is marketed...
by lunadesign
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-A71F?
Replies: 4
Views: 2951

Lian Li PC-A71F?

Does anyone have any experience with this full-size tower case? Lian Li PC-A71F http://lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=338&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61&g=f Is it relatively quiet (i.e., like a stock P182)? I've never used an aluminum case before and I've heard they can be nois...
by lunadesign
Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any experience with Antec Titan 650 server/workstation case?
Replies: 2
Views: 1913

Re: Any experience with Antec Titan 650 server/workstation c

Good to know....thanks!

I also just realized that this case only has four 5.25" external drive slots and I need five so that pretty much rules this case out. Doh! Back to the drawing board!