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by ame
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 47396

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

Congradulations to SPCR ....10th! 8)

Thanks Mike, and all other contributors for changing the world, one db at a time.

Keep up the good work
by ame
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is best fanless cooling for i5 2500k at stock speed?
Replies: 3
Views: 3312

Re: What is best fanless cooling for i5 2500k at stock speed

Acordign to Lian Li http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=263&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=64&g=spec CPU cooler height: 135mm . So most if not all 120mm fan towers are out as they tend to be 155+ mm tall. That leaves you with either 92mm fan towers or low profile coolers Som...
by ame
Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need a quiet PC case for i7 build, moderate OC
Replies: 13
Views: 3786

Re: Need a quiet PC case for i7 build, moderate OC

I'm also doing some video production, where the GPU comes into play. You don't think the Silverstone allows for better cooling wrt. overclocking the CPU either? Yes, it will likely run a bit cooler than a P183 or R3. Still having 3 180 fans (with no valid option for swapping them) + a 120 means it ...
by ame
Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need a quiet PC case for i7 build, moderate OC
Replies: 13
Views: 3786

Re: Need a quiet PC case for i7 build, moderate OC

The P280 is IMHO the worst choice listed. It was designed for ease-of-build, not silence. The P183 fixes many of the issues of the original P180 (especially lack of inlet cross-section) without reducing any of its sound reduction techniques. Thanks for confirming this :) I decided on the Silverston...
by ame
Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock 2600k + Noctua NH-U9B SE2 = 60°C
Replies: 14
Views: 5842

Re: Stock 2600k + Noctua NH-U9B SE2 = 60°C

60c at load is not bad at all and perfectly safe. It doesn`t seem too unusual considering the relatively small size of the cooler, the slow speed of the fan and lack of a case exhaust. The hyper 212 could lower your temps a little but I don`t think it`s worth the trouble as they are fine to begin w...
by ame
Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo II or Fractal Design Define R3
Replies: 14
Views: 4040

Re: Antec Solo II or Fractal Design Define R3

Out of the list you have, i would probably go with the Define R3, not sure how quiet is the Antec Neo Eco 520 + Coolermaster 212, so having it on the top with it open might be much more noticable on the Solo II than on the R3, with quieter PSU n heatsink, i would go with solo II. I used the Neo 520...
by ame
Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Would this system build work?
Replies: 8
Views: 2145

Re: Would this system build work?

With regards to the PSU and case heat buildup, I believe that the Solo II is ideal for a fanlees setup as it has a top vent to allow heat from the PSU to escape not affecting other components. Having 2 front fans even at low speed may help push heat out by creating positive pressure inside the case....
by ame
Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: DAW - Sandy Bridge i7 2600K - in a new Antec P-150!
Replies: 20
Views: 17782

Re: DAW - Sandy Bridge i7 2600K - in a new Antec P-150!

Why a P150 and not something like a P280 or R3? If this is for music production you want as little noise as possible and you're using 92mm fans for intake when you could be using 120's and there's no sound dampening material in there. I don't count the P150's vinyl sheets as doing anything but look...
by ame
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Build: Lian Li PC-X2000F, Silverstone FT02, or Antec P280
Replies: 11
Views: 3561

Re: Build: Lian Li PC-X2000F, Silverstone FT02, or Antec P28

I REALLY like the design of the X2000F. If there is a case on your list that would make it as a 10 year buy I would say the Lia Li is the one. It has the latest features such as USB 3.0, and the only issue may be whether the 140mm fans will be quiet enough when turned down to 800 rpm with the in-bu...
by ame
Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 1,200 RPM VS Scythe SFF21E 1,200 RPM
Replies: 28
Views: 8322

Re: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 1,200 RPM VS Scythe SFF21E 1,200 RPM

There is no good or bad bearing, though fluid fans typically last longer, and it's a known fact that sleeve are NOT suited for horizontal mounting. I have a few fluid bearing fans in use, including Galacialtech and Arctic cooling all of which are as quiet as they were on day 1. Most PSU fans are bal...
by ame
Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Home computing upgrade path (Life after Sandy Bridge)
Replies: 8
Views: 2088

Re: Home computing upgrade path (Life after Sandy Bridge)

SNB is fast but how a people perceive the speed increase is all depending on what they do. For office and HTPC tasks, speed increase that you may see in benchmarks (if you read some of the test details) is time accumulated by automatically performing many task - not your typical human work flow. eg....
by ame
Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor
Replies: 26
Views: 7699

Re: AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor

Thanks for the review. SPCR and other review sites have all struggled to find some task that AMD FX is good at. It is a noble effort to save a dying breed, and while it seems the FX might have some potential in multi threaded apps this is often very tilted. In SPCR's review HandBreak is as mentioned...
by ame
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 23268

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

My first PC was Apple ][ , and then an Apple //e, so I guess I owe some of my PC love to the creators of that machine. I can say this - a lot of what I loved about my original Apples only exists in todays PCs. Jobs himself was knows for thinking out of the box. On a creative level that is a very goo...
by ame
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 300: Owner Opinion/Amateur Review
Replies: 6
Views: 14649

Re: Antec 300: Owner Opinion/Amateur Review

The front is filtered, but there is a side vent that is open to dust (needs to be blocked IMO).
by ame
Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Silencio 550 Quiet ATX Tower
Replies: 31
Views: 12952

Re: Cooler Master Silencio 550 Quiet ATX Tower

I've kept the HDD cage in place. Otherwise you cannot load more than 3 hard drives. For reading temperature of the CPU core, I was always using Everest, which showed me an idle CPU temp of 100 degrees C, going up to 120 degrees when doing some activity. After replacing the fans, and still a temp of...
by ame
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo II is not too bad
Replies: 14
Views: 4257

Re: Antec Solo II is not too bad

Nice to see Antec paid attention to some of what has been said on this forum. Secont intake (this alone got me sold), removable bar (its about time) and the motherboard tray has so many routing holes it can now be called a motherboard frame :wink: It obvious that Anand's noise testing is still lacki...
by ame
Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: I7 930 no oc temps am I going nuts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1234

Re: I7 930 no oc temps am I going nuts?

Your temps seem fine.
Idle temps might be a few degree higher than avarage but still within the sample variance of i7 9xx. Temps should get lower over time (~2 weeks) of applying th MX. I'm using MX-1 on an i7 2600K and idle temps dropped about 5 degree withing a few weeks.
by ame
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Heatpipes are useless at low CFM?
Replies: 16
Views: 5988

Re: Heatpipes are useless at low CFM?

bacwooz wrote:... first silent htpc setup used intel oem 274g aluminium heatsink for 2.4GHz P4. 80mm Noctua (with U.L.N.A) kept the system way more cooler that with Scythe (same fan, same rpm)....
I find that hard to believe.
by ame
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower
Replies: 39
Views: 22446

Re: Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

Having the hot air from the radiator blow into the case is just plain wrong IMO.
by ame
Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower
Replies: 39
Views: 22446

Re: Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

So, I installed the Corsair H60 with the following airflow: * 140mm intake at bottom * 120mm intake at front * 120mm from the H60 at rear * GTX570 with Accelero cooling inside Idle temps from my Core i5 750 are now about 40°C, same for my GPU. When gaming, the GPU goes up to around 60°C (very good!...
by ame
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower
Replies: 39
Views: 22446

Re: Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

I just installed a 140mm fan in the top of my R3 case (blowing air IN) but the fan noise is very annoying. This is not due to it being a loud fan (it is no, completely silent) but seems to be caused by the grill pattern at the top. When I place my hand over it (or a very thin paper handkerchief), i...
by ame
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?
Replies: 26
Views: 6578

Re: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?

Looks good to me. Swap the Solo's exhaust fan to keep noise levels down to minimum. Slipstream 800 or similar slow fan will work

The 400 FL is better choice and more efficient than the S12.
by ame
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 90049

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

Now that it's out, it seems not as bad as it could have been. Top vent and removable bar make it better. Still many people use more drives and only one 120 front fan is gonna make positive pressure even more of a challenge to cool properly. A second drive cage with them both being removable (like in...
by ame
Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?
Replies: 26
Views: 6578

Re: Are There any Socket 1155 MoBos That Don't Suck?

One thing i can say about the socket 1366 setup i was looking at earlier is that this corner of the market is well supplied with features that i find useful. By comparison, the 1155s seem stripped down... The features they do typically offer don't seem very beneficial to me. RAID? Quad SLI/Crossfir...
by ame
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 - dampening the front door
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Re: P183 - dampening the front door

Why is there so much noise comming from that bottom vent? Maybe the fan is too loud / too fast , maybe a noisy HDD? If some thin foam can't absorb it, I don't see a way to block the vent for sound without blocking it for air that is needed to cool the HDDs and PSU.
by ame
Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 1,200 RPM VS Scythe SFF21E 1,200 RPM
Replies: 28
Views: 8322

Re: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 1,200 RPM VS Scythe SFF21E 1,200 RPM

NH-P12 is a really good fan for CPU coolers. Use the resistor cable that comes with the fan to lower ts speed. If you already own this fan it would be a shame not to use it, more so if you need to spend money on a new fan. If you must have a Scythe fan you can get a Slipstream 1200 or 800RPM. The 12...
by ame
Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?
Replies: 26
Views: 6578

Re: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?

Hi, and welcome to SPCR You didn't mention of 2 key elements: Case and PSU. Its is loud case fans and crappy PSU that make a system noisy and inefficient (hotter or more power hungry or both). If you have no experience with building a quiet system, going for a common combo like Antec Solo Case + Sea...
by ame
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I have a challenge for users who know their motherboards
Replies: 9
Views: 1265

Re: I have a challenge for users who know their motherboards

Hi bonestonne, I see what your trying to do but if I was you I'd go about it abit different. Keep your current working 9450 rig as a dedicated DAW with the 2x 1010s, possibly drop any vid card you can find to power the displays (keep everything else). Then build a new Sandy bridge or other rig for g...
by ame
Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need feedback from Samsung F3 (HD103SJ) owners
Replies: 10
Views: 3163

Re: Need feedback from Samsung F3 (HD103SJ) owners

rpsgc wrote:I don't need opinions any more since I bought a WD10EALX (tip: stay away from it)......
Thats too bad :shock: :cry:
ame wrote:I think WD black/blue 7200RPM drives are somewhat louder.
:? :!: :wink: