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by kike_1974
Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 43775

I suggest you reread the entire thread every bit of what you just asked is thoroughly discussed here. Short version is No, Yes, No, No if I counted the questions right. Thank you :) I thought that my question(s) was about not the exact same thing... I've read in the thread about the comparison with...
by kike_1974
Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 43775

One question about the powercolor passive versions (SCS3 and Green): Are the cards exactly the same, but with different operating voltages, or do they have different designs? Because I'm thinking that it could possible that going with the SCS3 (cheaper) and undervolting it, the consumption results c...
by kike_1974
Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Zalman PWM Mate
Replies: 3
Views: 2763

Zalman PWM Mate

I discovered this controller thanks to the spcr review of the Zalman CNPS10X heatsink. Now it sells separately as well, and I'd like to know a couple of questions. Maybe someone in the forum has one of this controllers, or the CNPS10X article authors can ask this questions: - Can the controller be c...
by kike_1974
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec CP-850: Unique PSU with Top Performance
Replies: 63
Views: 31927

I don't see it so obvious... You can remove the grill, that's the only obvious thing I see. It still doesn't mean that you can remove the fan with those screws. The ones holding the fan in place can still be internal, and it is the most probable situation... In fact, most power supplys have external...
by kike_1974
Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec CP-850: Unique PSU with Top Performance
Replies: 63
Views: 31927

Was I the only one who saw this psu and thought, easily exchangable external 120mm fan? Seems like a plus to me! I thought about that, but I suppose it is not so easy. Probably the screw heads are in the inside part of the PSU (maybe someone can confirm this point, but it seems to me the most likel...
by kike_1974
Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec CP-850: Unique PSU with Top Performance
Replies: 63
Views: 31927

Did anyone try to fit the PSU in a P180/P182 case (modding the case...)?
by kike_1974
Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone ST40NF, 400W, Fanless, 80Plus Bronze, dual PCIe
Replies: 6
Views: 3249

Here in Spain I've found only two places where I can buy either the ST40NF or the ST45NF (and could not find both in the same shop), and the price is nearly the same for both PSUs, around 160€. Of course, with such a small number of shops to compare, it is hard to tell he real difference... But it...
by kike_1974
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone ST40NF, 400W, Fanless, 80Plus Bronze, dual PCIe
Replies: 6
Views: 3249

The ST45NF is a very similar power supply, with 50W more. It may not have the 80plus certification, but looking at the results in the reviews (for example this one at spcr ), it meets the requirements for it. I wonder why silverstone has launched this ST40NF when they already have the ST45NF for a s...
by kike_1974
Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 208512

I wonder why this thread is not a sticky :)
by kike_1974
Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Intake fans...next to useless?
Replies: 29
Views: 15114

Well... It depends on how and why you use the intake fans. As Great Gig already said, one have to take note of the dynamics involved. First let me ask a question. Which set up will move most air through the case? (in the hypothetical situation that no air enters/exits the case other than through th...
by kike_1974
Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Software - Speedstep
Replies: 3
Views: 2172

Or Crystalcpuid.

RMclock does not work in Vista64, but crystalcpuid does.
by kike_1974
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Undevolt ATI 38xx videocards!
Replies: 17
Views: 9224

I also have my HD3870 undervolted, with these values: http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/4431/image2kn1.th.jpg http://img444.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif I've been using it for some time, and I knew that it was saving some watts because of the lowered temperatures. But I finally have had some time...
by kike_1974
Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 272
Views: 347600

Dell 2408WFP Whines badly between 16 and 66 brightness. Under 16 is almost inaudible if the monitor is warm (it takes 10 minutes to warmup) , then I can hear it only at night and very slightly. If it is cold it whines (although not so much as between 16 and 66).. Over 66 I can not hear it at 1m even...
by kike_1974
Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus PWM 120mm fan details released, more yet to come...
Replies: 22
Views: 17129

I bought 4 of these 120mm fans and I've found that they are not as quiet as the standard nexus silent case fans. Of course, at 2000 rpm is was expected, I didn't even try them at those speeds. The problem with noise comes when they are controlled to lower rpms. Using speedfan and my ga-p35-ds3 mothe...
by kike_1974
Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Enclosure vs. Suspension
Replies: 16
Views: 3765

I have my disks enclosured with coolpacks (alleycat's method), with the enclosures suspended in foam. In my opinion, this is by far the best method to isolate noise from hard disks. Of course, this method coupled with an already "quiet" disk, and probably AAM enabled, provides the best results. I've...
by kike_1974
Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nice new big S-IPS monitor, too noisy!
Replies: 13
Views: 7953

I have a dell 2408WFP, as LongJan, and mine is not silent.

It is only silent if I set brightness above 70%. Otherwise it makes an annoying whine.

I've read in more forums that more people complain about this problem with this monitor.

Sorry for my poor English.
by kike_1974
Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: How to stop the whining noise of your LCD monitor
Replies: 36
Views: 66593

My dell 2408WFP whines when brightness is set between 16 and 66 (range goes from 0 to 100) Some time ago I tried first the solution proposed by Mike, but I discarded it for this reason: I measured power consumption for different brightness values, while displaying a full black image and a full black...
by kike_1974
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Decathlon DA700 power supply
Replies: 16
Views: 9391

Good review! The new test equipment and the new chamber provide excelent information. I especially like the sound frequency information graphs, now we have something more than a simple SPL number, which sometimes does not provide accurate information about what we really hear. And it is very good to...
by kike_1974
Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec signature
Replies: 2
Views: 1651

Thanks, the information has been useful, I've seen comparisons of the blue neopower and the standard one, so I have an idea. Maybe the information that is missing is the comparison of startup noise. In anandtech they measure it as 17dB for all the power supplies in that comparison, maybe because it ...
by kike_1974
Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec signature
Replies: 2
Views: 1651

Antec signature

Does anyone have references (noise related) about these new power supplies from antec? I have a neopower 650W and it was rather quiet, but not enough for a hardcore silencer as I am, even with small loads. I made a fan swap, using a noctua 8cm fan and it became silent enough for me (not as silent as...
by kike_1974
Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Windows Vista and CPU energy saving
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

What I did, just for trials, was creating a new profile. And I tried to change those values for min and max states. Frequency and voltages where constant all the time, but performance and power consumption where affected when changing options. I guess that is some kind of "halt" instructions that vi...
by kike_1974
Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Windows Vista and CPU energy saving
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

Windows Vista and CPU energy saving

I'm new to windows vista and I don't understand how it manages cpu energy saving. In windows xp I used crystalcpuid or rmclock to adjust voltaje and frequencies using differente P-states. But now, in vista, I've seen that there is an option to manage cpu energy. It has only two options: - Processor ...
by kike_1974
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-C12P: A Top-Down Cooler Rises to the Top
Replies: 55
Views: 29272

Great article. I've found very interesting the fan comparison (maybe even more than the heatsinks comparison itself ;))

There is a typo through all the article: The noctua fan model is NF-P12 and not NH-P12 (I think that NF stands for Noctua Fan, and NH stands for Noctua Heatsink).
by kike_1974
Mon May 26, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CrystalCPUID - any trick to get voltages below 0.8v?
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Have you tested if it REALLY changes voltage to 0.65V?

You can try cpu-z to see if voltage changes, or better yet, you can try to measure power consumption before and after changing voltage.
by kike_1974
Fri May 23, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CrystalCPUID - any trick to get voltages below 0.8v?
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

There is no trick, it is a design limitation. Those programs use VIDs to select voltage (a VID is just a code that is sent to the VRMs to tell them which voltage to use), and these vids are limited. In fact, the 0.775V that you see in RMClock is just a tag associated to some VID, probably the lowest...
by kike_1974
Tue May 13, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte EP35 series (Rev 2.1) cpu fan control issues
Replies: 1
Views: 1417

Yes, I'm having the same problem with my GA-P35-DS3 (rev 2.1).

This problem has been reported in this thread:
gigabyte's p35-ds3 line...
by kike_1974
Sun May 04, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive ATI HD3650 - PowerColor 3650 or Club3D 3650?
Replies: 32
Views: 20420

I have the passive asus hd3650 512MB ddr2 (the cheapest asus one) and powerplay is working perfectly. It downclocks to 100MHz in 2D mode.

It included the DVI-VGA adapter, but not the dvi-hdmi one.
by kike_1974
Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Limited fan control on new Gigabyte motherboards
Replies: 28
Views: 20577

Assuming your BIOS has a similar layout to mine, there is CPU Smart Fan Control, which as you say is Enabled or Disabled. Then below that I have an option for Auto / PWM / Voltage. Assuming your BIOS has a similar layout to the one I have on my X38 based mobo you should also have that option, and I...
by kike_1974
Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Limited fan control on new Gigabyte motherboards
Replies: 28
Views: 20577

I have the 2.1 firmware revision of the ga-p35-ds3. My report is this: - CPU_FAN: Can not control 3-pin fans. There is no option in bios to select a mode for 3-pin fan. Although in the manual there is an option named "Smart Fan Control Mode" that should allow to choose between 3-pin and 4-pin fans, ...
by kike_1974
Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Most efficient ATX power supply for 50-100W loads?
Replies: 17
Views: 5655

"quietly at 463 rpm"... does it mean without any kind of clicking or ruttling noise?

If it is so, I'm definitely getting this PSU ;). I'll just wait for the SPCR review for confirmation.