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by Mescalero
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide
Replies: 76
Views: 34519

Re: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide

From a power efficiency point of view, the ideal PSU would be no more than ~400W, but we don't know of any fan cooled PSUs of that rating which stay super quiet at ~260W load (the approx output of the PSU at 290W AC). A Seasonic X560W would have been better than the X650; alas we didn't have one. I...
by Mescalero
Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide
Replies: 76
Views: 34519

Re: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide

Great timing, I was about to post questions for something like this on the board. One thing, I would like to know, though. :?: Why do you use a 650W PSU when the maximum AC power draw was 290W? The reason I'm asking is because I wonder whether I can continue using my oldish Seasonic 380W PSU for a s...
by Mescalero
Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H10 Fanless microATX Case
Replies: 26
Views: 9540

Re: HDPLEX H10 Fanless microATX Case

I skimmed the review, so I may have missed the answer to this, but -- is there an option to use heatpipes to cool a high powered video card using the left side heatsink? afaik, no. I don't think any high power vga card -- say 150W tdp or maybe even 125W -- could be cooled this way. Perhaps a 100w c...
by Mescalero
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HIS HD 5550 & 5570 "Silence" Graphics Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 5223

I don't get, why they recommend a 400W power supply for a 40W card? Sure the rest of the system won't need so much power if it matches these "lowly" graphic cards.

Are we going to get a 5770 review or maybe even a shootout between different card coolers anytime soon?

Keep up the good work!
by Mescalero
Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel LGA1366 Stock Cooler Performance: Good Enough?
Replies: 12
Views: 6131

Interesting article, good to see how the stock heatsinks really perform.

At how many RPM does the fan run when set to Q(uiet)? Did I miss that in the article somewhere?
by Mescalero
Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 Accelero S2 Fits?
Replies: 22
Views: 24357

The cheaper Accelero L2 should fit. I read a review on a German website where they did that mod because they were quite unsatisfied with the stock cooler. Can't find the link though, pretty sure I got it from this board though, so maybe if you look at all the 5770 threads you'll find it.
by Mescalero
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

Have you seen the Nissan Land Glider? Concept is similar to the VW L1 but supposedly all-electric and it leans into the corners like a motorcycle. Pretty cool!
by Mescalero
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 272
Views: 344047

LG - 2442: Medium-High pitched whine when brightness is set below 90%. Inaudible when at max brightness
by Mescalero
Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005HA netbook
Replies: 63
Views: 29894

I always like it if you review things like notebooks and not just fans and heatsinks (although I read all of those reviews as well). Keep on diversifying! SPCR is the hardware site I trust most. I have a question concerning the way you express battery capacity. You tend to give it in W/h which I fin...
by Mescalero
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

Longer trips will require: planning, and/or renting another vehicle, and/or taking other modes of transportation. Exactly why no one is going to buy such a car. I'll spare you all that stuff about freedom etc. etc. People like cars becuse it spares them the inconvenience of having to plan ahead and...
by Mescalero
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

160km looks better than those 40km or what the Chevy Volt has, but still, to own a car which won't even allow you to visit the next city? I don't know. Even though in Germany every house has a 3-phase connection for electricoal stoves and such devices (not sure if it's 400V or 230V) the infrastructu...
by Mescalero
Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Sonata Elite ATX Mid-Tower Case
Replies: 40
Views: 22189

Would it make sense to use the slot blower as an intake to blow cool air directly on a passive graphics card?
I've always thought, that placing exhaust fans at the top of the case made more sene, it aiding natural convection and all.

As always, nice review!
by Mescalero
Wed May 27, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Coolermaster Sileo 500: Quiet ATX Midtower Case
Replies: 44
Views: 18958

The Coolermaster looks like a good case to me, but the price-difference is marginal. Comparing prices in Germany, the Coolermaster is just about 10-15€ cheaper than a Antec Solo. The build in suspension and better build quality of the Solo is definitely worth 10 Euros. They should sell the Sileo f...
by Mescalero
Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

Good article. When they complain about the road noises it's probably just because they aren't masked by any engine sounds that makes them sound loud.
by Mescalero
Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

The major source of a blunt object like a car is still form drag. It depends not on the size of the object but on its proportions. Cars, in contrast to airplanes, are still rather short compared to their width and height. Up to 80% of the total drag of a car is actually form drag. It's not just the ...
by Mescalero
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

What they write about laminar and turbulent boundary layers is correct, but they are exaggerating the seperation of the flow with a laminar boundary layer.
The flow will seperate above the windshield but it will reattach a little later on the roof, so the wake won't be as big as they show.
by Mescalero
Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

If they can really make the Aptera for 20-something-thousand Dollars, that be huge. It wouldn't even need fancy all electric angines. A nice modern diesel engine and you could probably achieve 100 mpg. I have another interesting thing concerning safety of big vehicles: The Euro NCAP board recently c...
by Mescalero
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

I think the whole hybrid thing really only works in an urban environmen with a lot of braking and accelerating. That's actually incorrect. Braking and accelerating is bad for any vehicle, even hybrids. Yeah sure. But whats the advantage of a hybrid if you drive long distances with (near) constant s...
by Mescalero
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

On the British TV show Top Gear they raced three cars from Basel, Switzerland to Blackbool, England, 750 miles away. They used a Jaguar, a Subaru Legacy and a VW Polo BlueMotion, all diesel enginges. The VW was quickest and most economical with 80mpg. 80mpg is better than the Toyota Prius although t...
by Mescalero
Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

I don't think the ideo of energy efficient cars will vanish again. In the "60 Minutes" interview Obama said that abandoning the quest of alterntive fuels and energy independence now would be absurd. Also Vokswagen is developing a 2l car and other German car companies have also already invested heavi...
by Mescalero
Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini antec p182
Replies: 82
Views: 120093

I think it's a Noctua. It's not really white, more a kind of beige.
by Mescalero
Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281313

I don't get why they also give these electrical cars these 1990s baby faces (look at the Thin City to know what I mean). Otherwise very impressive stats 200km range is pretty good. That VW 1l car was supposed to be shown at my university a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't show up because the VW gu...
by Mescalero
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hot....Firefox 3.0 Final.
Replies: 45
Views: 10190

BTW, Opera 9.5 is horrible, I wouldn't wish it even upon my worst enemy. Opera 9.5 works great here. I'm waiting for my new laptop to see how well Opera Link works. ThsT#s going to be really sweet to automatically synchronize all your bookmarks and notes betwenn the different devices. I'm not troll...
by Mescalero
Sun May 25, 2008 1:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Michigan/Florida Delegates
Replies: 14
Views: 3223

I think if the system kept the electoral college but switched from the winner-take-all to system with proportional representation (like the Dems are using), the system would be a little fairer. People like Aris could still make a difference helping their candidate to pick up delegates in their state...
by Mescalero
Sun May 25, 2008 1:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A Quick Euro Poll
Replies: 39
Views: 8428

1. I don't own a car so I'm not that informed about gas prices they tend to go up and down a lot. But here in Germany it's above 1.40€/l so thats about $8.35 per gallon. I think the big problem for Americans is that their whole infrastructure and the cars they own are still based on the assumption...
by Mescalero
Sun Mar 09, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 74372

Hi I think there's a small error in the second postscript: If the fan is set to *medium*, then just one volt drop to 11V brings us to 230RPM. Shouldn't that read *low* ? I was just a little confused looking at the table and then reading that sentence. Great article, I wish more sites were as objecti...
by Mescalero
Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How Harry Potter Ends!
Replies: 6
Views: 2679

However, the most disappointing aspect was indeed the fact that Harry survived. What about "one cannot live without the other"? It's exactly the opposite. "One has to die for the other to live." Plus harry did die, sort of. I found the epilogue to be very kitschy also, but I guess she wanted to del...
by Mescalero
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Upcoming Reviews & Articles
Replies: 193
Views: 324306

I see Nexus has some exciting looking new stuff. What are the chances of a review of the following? NX-8040/8050/8060 PSU. 80+, 120mm fan, modular cables, 17.6 dBA in idle, 400/500/600W. Curiously, their noise graph shows the 500W model as quieter than the 400 at all loads. This looks very close to...
by Mescalero
Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freaking global warming!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 9998

It's 23.2°C here in Germany, unusually warm for April. it whould be raining the whole day. We had the last snow two weeks ago in the southern regions of Germany (Munich). So the change in temperatre is quite drastic.
by Mescalero
Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Vista 64bit compability?
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Vista 64bit compability?

Hi, I know several users here are running Vista on their machines. I'd like to know how well software and drivers are running on Vista64. Most suppliers of drivers and software only have Vista32 versions on their websites. Can anyone tell me if these or the XP64 versions also work with Vista64? I ju...