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by boost
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 100279

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Could you please give the model number of the 8TB WD Read drive you use. There are two different models currently listed for sale: WD80EFAX and WD80EFZX. Thanks in advance.
by boost
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Define S / PC-V33B / Bullet BH7 and Noctua vs Noiseblocker
Replies: 2
Views: 2548

Re: Define S / PC-V33B / Bullet BH7 and Noctua vs Noiseblock

I also prefer Noctua. The e-loop is not an all purpose fan. When there is something in the airflow path closer than ~2cm in font of the fan they can develop a strange tonality and/or a humming sound. I use Noctua PWM fans wherever possible, controlled by Asus Fanexpert or the graphics card they are ...
by boost
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Got BRIX Pro, now need DIY help
Replies: 7
Views: 10730

Re: Got BRIX Pro, now need DIY help

Noctua also makes a 92mm PWM fan which is only 14mm deep . The original fan in the Brix pro is 15mm deep, in the GB-BXi7-4770R model . I doubt that fan was changed from your model, but you should double check. The 14mm Noctua fan wouldn't protrude from the case. When you use this fan, you could have...
by boost
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet cooler for Socket 479?
Replies: 5
Views: 3183

Re: Quiet cooler for Socket 479?

How a bout a (used) Northbridge cooler? They were pretty common back when nvidia still made chipsets, I don't now if they're still available new. They should have the proper mounting hole distance, most used two push pins for installation. If I remember correctly I used a cooler like that in a S478 ...
by boost
Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help with first build - Ncase M1
Replies: 21
Views: 14878

Re: Help with first build - Ncase M1

The Noctua NH-C14 just barely fits. The Samuel 17 has a weaker performance than the other coolers mentioned. A top-down cooler makes sense in the ncase m1, the NH-L-12 is a very good fit.
by boost
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help with first build - Ncase M1
Replies: 21
Views: 14878

Re: Help with first build - Ncase M1

- With the Accelero Extreme (or any after market GPU cooler), how does fan control typically work? I'm wondering if the fan speed scales up or down with GPU temperature like the stock coolers on some cards? I'm intrigued as the stock coolers on some cards turn the fans off at low GPU temps. If AE's...
by boost
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help with first build - Ncase M1
Replies: 21
Views: 14878

Re: Help with first build - Ncase M1

1) If I was to use the Twin Turbo but not use the backplate to get more PSU room, then would it matter if I had a short card vs a regular length one (e.g. does the fact that its a smaller card mean componets are closer together and therefore heat up more / don't cool as well)? I'm thinking if the G...
by boost
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:45 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help with first build - Ncase M1
Replies: 21
Views: 14878

Re: Help with first build - Ncase M1

Liquid cooling can be quiet, but a complete custom loop is expensive and AIO solutions can't beat a quiet air cooler. A smaller Noctua tower cooler like the NH-D9L or NH-U9S would be a good option. Using a tower cooler has the additional benefit that you can reach the connectors on the mainboard eas...
by boost
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Compact mATX case recommendation?
Replies: 12
Views: 7718

Re: Compact mATX case recommendation?

Jonsbo RM2 or RM3.
by boost
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: New build PC boots at 68db - HELP!!
Replies: 12
Views: 6909

Re: New build PC boots at 68db - HELP!!

When I run Fan Xpert, it sees the CPU and Rear fans, an unknown fan (Fan Header 1A) but does not see the front fans in 2B. Are the fans spinning when the computer is running? Maybe you have to disconnect the low-noise cable for Fan Expert to detect and optimise the fan speed? Does it even make a di...
by boost
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: New build PC boots at 68db - HELP!!
Replies: 12
Views: 6909

Re: New build PC boots at 68db - HELP!!

Have I made a bum steer and bought the wrong fans? YES. Those industrial fans don't belong in the home. I think the low limit on those NF-A14 Industrial PPC 3000 PWM fans is 800RPM on a 140 mm fan. That's a high RPM for my 140mm Noctua NF-P14s redux. It idles in the 400 RPM range. Get normal non-in...
by boost
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:40 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SFF Options (Silent / Quiet but powerful)
Replies: 11
Views: 13154

Re: SFF Options (Silent / Quiet but powerful)

Merovanq SFF attractive case (ideally silver not black) Attraction is an highly subjective matter. With reference to how little you can go with the dimensions, you might give a look to the SPCR's Lian Li PC-Q10 review. Second best (noise wise) but 1/3rd smaller is probably the Silverstone RVZ-02 al...
by boost
Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Xeon Skylake: E3-1200 v5 series - It looks awesome.
Replies: 16
Views: 8594

Re: Xeon Skylake: E3-1200 v5 series - It looks awesome.

I buy the mainbaords with the most and newest connectors. DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1, M2 ad 8 SATA ports. I'm not going to use M.2 and USB3.1 right away, but I fully expect to use at least one during the system's lifetime. Spending money on a mainboard with more onboard connectors of the new...
by boost
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Compact mATX tower
Replies: 5
Views: 4507

Re: Compact mATX tower

The Modecom Alfa M2 is a little bit too big at (WxHxD): 176x380x300mm. But it uses thumbscrews for the side panels and has tall, HTPC-style aluminum case feet. If you replace the thumbscrews with phillips head screws and remove the feet (and maybe put it on sliders you can stick under furniture, or ...
by boost
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet ITX gaming build - advice are welcome )
Replies: 13
Views: 5039

Re: Quiet ITX gaming build - advice are welcome )

Here's a little list of some other good CPU cooler than can fit in the RVZ01 case : NT-06 PRO Thermalright AXP-200 Muscle BE QUIET shadow rock LP I bought a Raijintek Pallas , but I haven't received it yet. It's supposedly a little better than the AXP-200. As its only 68mm tall with a 13mm fan, I c...
by boost
Mon May 09, 2016 5:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX for 900$?
Replies: 13
Views: 4869

Re: Mini-ITX for 900$?

I think the Lian Li Q21 is the smallest case with room for a dual slot full profile graphics card. You'd need a CPU cooler under 60 mm tall, like the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 and a SFX PSU like the SilverStone Strider Series 300W SFX12V, which is semi-passive. With these components and especially if yo...
by boost
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Unusual setup – case and placement recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 5040

Re: Unusual setup – case and placement recommendations

To answer both your questions we need to know how many hard drives and what size hard drive (3.5" or 2.5") you plan to use. Depending on the answer these drives could be the loudest component and their selection limits the selection of possible fitting cases. If you need more than one or two drives ...
by boost
Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need a new CPU cooler with more clearance for my video card
Replies: 28
Views: 9364

Re: Need a new CPU cooler with more clearance for my video c

OK - I was being a total dork. The plate that you secure the cooler too on the CPU side can be screwed in in two directions. I took the cooler off - turned the plate and now I have JUST enough clearance. I could either get a slimmer fan, move the fan to the top to a pull configuration (touching the...
by boost
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: PWM desing of reference modern graphics cards
Replies: 12
Views: 4409

Re: PWM desing of reference modern graphics cards

edh wrote:I have no trouble using one of these cables:
http://gelidsolutions.com/products/inde ... d=11&id=60
Worked great for me, too, on my GTX970.
by boost
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Questions about the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV on a 980ti
Replies: 12
Views: 6449

Re: Questions about the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV on a 980ti

So did you replace the fans with the 90mm noctuas and leave the cover or did you remove the cover? I'd love a picture if you still have it! Sorry I don't have it anymore, the HDMI port stopped working. On the plus side EVGA gave me store credit for the original price and I upgraded to a 980ti for a...
by boost
Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Questions about the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV on a 980ti
Replies: 12
Views: 6449

Re: Questions about the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV on a 980ti

Thanks for the advice on the 970 - I have the EVGA 780 and I might consider that method - will the EVGA card have enough power for 2 120 noctua's? I never had any problem with power or otherwise. The 92mm fans fit snuggly in the ACX cooler and the card used 2.5 slots. With 120mm fans you'll need 3 ...
by boost
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Questions about the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV on a 980ti
Replies: 12
Views: 6449

Re: Questions about the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV on a 980ti

There are two 980ti from PNY: Vanilla and XLR8 . The XLR8 is not so bad in terms of noise , though not as good as Asus or MSI. You could try if the Accelero fits with this VRM+RAM cooler on the XLR8 card. Alternatively you could use the XLR8 cooler with different fans. Remove the plastic shroud from...
by boost
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:45 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [WTB] HDPLEX H1.S Case
Replies: 10
Views: 12832

Re: [WTB] HDPLEX H1.S Case

Streacom FC8 Alpha is the closest match with FM2 compatibility.
by boost
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [HTPC] Shopping list feedback please
Replies: 6
Views: 2347

Re: [HTPC] Shopping list feedback please

I do like the idea of streaming games locally if it works well. And I actually don't really like the idea of buying 2 expensive GPUs (1 for the desktop and 1 for the HTPC). There are still some issues with this I think... I currently have an AMD GPU, which is not (and will not be) supported. I also...
by boost
Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [HTPC] Shopping list feedback please
Replies: 6
Views: 2347

Re: [HTPC] Shopping list feedback please

You could buy a nVidia Shield TV and stream all the games from your PC. It also has more than enough power for media playback.
by boost
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest ITX Case for this setup (without a graphic card)
Replies: 7
Views: 4409

Re: Smallest ITX Case for this setup (without a graphic card

Lian Li PC Q07?
If you don't already own the components a NUC5 in a Akasa Max S with a 2.5" HDD is better for silence and small size.
by boost
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: DAC
Replies: 7
Views: 9931

Re: DAC

Audioquest Dragonfly is nice and portable. 02 DAC is another favorite for a starter kit. I use the Creative E5 , I bought it for Bluetooth, it also has an optical in. Now that I have it I only use it wired via USB, though the EQ is nice for my headphones. Are you happy with the onboard sound? If so...
by boost
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is 550W enough for i7 6700K + single GTX980Ti?
Replies: 13
Views: 6694

Re: Is 550W enough for i7 6700K + single GTX980Ti?

A fanless configuration with 5-6 HDD doesn't make much sense to me. Sound wise you're better of putting the HDDs in a separate NAS in a different room. When you want two M.2 SSD and 5-6 SATA HDD connected to a Z170 board, read the mainbaord manual very carefully, that is not posssible on all boards,...
by boost
Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice to choose Z170 mobo
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: Need advice to choose Z170 mobo

The Asus Z-170 Deluxe has all the features and extras you want. You can use a second M.2 SSD with the included adapter that uses the PCIe 4x slot, farthest from the CPU. I bought it for the HDMI 2.0 port. The Samsung 950 runs really hot . If you have a workload that benefits from the extra bandwith ...
by boost
Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 28255

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

Why It Took So Long For Linux To Properly Handle 2.1 Speaker Systems.
Don't know if pertinent, but an interesting read on channel mapping and crossfeed in ALSA. I found it Phoronix.