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by kel
Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Squealing nVidia cards
Replies: 4
Views: 1753

I have a GTX-260 (55nm) and it does indeed squeal a bit (well more of a buzzing sound, it's not all that high frequency) - only under load though and you need to dial the fan down a bit manually to hear it (in my system the gtx-260 fan is the loudest part - rest is cooled by 3 12cm Noctua's running ...
by kel
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: EVGA GTX260 SC - 55nm vs 65nm
Replies: 10
Views: 4178

Using a Lian-Li A10 here, but with the sides lined with 2mm Bitumex (vibration/resonance damping as it's an alu case) so you should probably be fine ;-)
by kel
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: EVGA GTX260 SC - 55nm vs 65nm
Replies: 10
Views: 4178

Yeah, just don't expect it to be quiet at the default settings ;-) I also noticed a sort of coil whine...well rather a buzz (it's at a much lower frequenzy then the usual "whines") yesterday evening, but I was only able to hear this with the case open and the fan at around 25% and the card under loa...
by kel
Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: EVGA GTX260 SC - 55nm vs 65nm
Replies: 10
Views: 4178

It's one of the new 55nm ones, first ones I've seen for sale around here (Switzerland) ;-)
by kel
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: EVGA GTX260 SC - 55nm vs 65nm
Replies: 10
Views: 4178

I got one of these on last week( EVGA GeForce GTX-260 SC - 626mhz core), so here's my impressions: On Bootup the card quickly revs up, but quietens down after about 3-4s (no more roaring fan until the drivers are loaded as with the 9600gt's). Fan seems to stay around the 40% mark by default which is...
by kel
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:12 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which 120mm Fan?
Replies: 8
Views: 2489

I did removed all the meshes/fanguards on my case, but for my case (lian-li) they were easily removable in the first place and they were "meshes" (i.e. ~1mm holes) so I didn't have to take any drastic measures like clipping and the fanguards were much more confining than a honeycomb. If it's a reall...
by kel
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:34 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which 120mm Fan?
Replies: 8
Views: 2489

tbh most (decent quality) fans sound very similar at the same rpm, and judging by the reviews on spcr airflow is also pretty close between most of them at the same rpm, so don't expect any wonders there. The advantage on more expensive fans (like the noctua) is that you get decoupling kits (which ma...
by kel
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:21 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Can people recommend me a laptop with consistent fan noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 5172

yeah the new macbooks have very consistent fan noise - at idle it's next to inaudible and the fan only kicks in under fairly heavy load and then stays at a consistent level - and even under full load fan noise isn't annoying, if I had to describe the sound charasteristic I'd say the fan sounds like ...
by kel
Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:01 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 9963

Good to see we're both coming up with very similar numbers :-) There's one very odd thing I've encountered so far...when I had my macbook plugged in at the office it seemed to "vibrate" - that even continued when I put it to sleep (so it wasn't the HD or the fan). It was an odd very low intensity bu...
by kel
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:17 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Lian-Li A10 Project
Replies: 37
Views: 20107

Doing some thread necromancy here with a few updates ;-) As for the above question (yes I know I'm months late...should probably turn reply notifications on again...): I removed all meshes to improve airflow and minimize noise. I'd probably be hard to fit the mesh in as the "spacers" on the rubber m...
by kel
Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: VeryPC Launch 16Watt Dual Core PC
Replies: 5
Views: 4478

Nice idea, but this seems awfully pricey...for the same money you can get a unibody Macbook*, which idles at 15W and that includes the screen, offers very similar performance (probably even better 3D performance), you can also hook a usb tv tuner if you still need that and you'll end up with a porta...
by kel
Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 9963

Actually I just found out that you don't even need a powermeter to measure powerdraw - if you go into the system profiler you can see the current powerdraw if you have a look at the power section :-) Running on battery (averages of several measurements, voltage is 11.7V): Full brightness: 1100 mA Mi...
by kel
Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 9963

Battery fully charged, sleep ~ 0.9W (actually my Wattmeter shows 0 Watt, amps cycle between 0.01 and 0.00 @ 235 V, guess it's just not accurate enough for this ;-) ) This would predict a power draw in sleep mode of around 80mAH - i'll see how much power is left in the morning (...or how flawed my ma...
by kel
Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 9963

Did some testing: seems I overestimated framerates, with my settings framerates in shatt are around 20-30fps, enabling 2x AA is possible and costs about 3-4fps, 4x another 3-4fps - so with 4x you're down to around 18fps average which is a bit on the low side. Minimum settings seems to give a consist...
by kel
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 9963

I've got 2.0ghz Macbook with the integrated 9400 gpu - I haven't done much playing yet, but so far framerate seems to be in the 30-50fps ballpark in shatt with textures on max and fancy shadows switched on, viewing distance set to medium. I'll screenshot the settings later so that you have a better ...
by kel
Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 9963

I bought one of the new unibody Macbooks last week, will hook it up to a wattmeter today and see what it'll show. Noise: at low load the machine is virtually silent, the fan does however turn up quite a bit if you put it under full load (ran World of Warcraft for a bit), however even then the fan ha...
by kel
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: We have a new puppy here
Replies: 10
Views: 4387

The switch on the wheel is purely mechanical to engage the clicky/non-clicky feature of the wheel, I really don't think it sends any signal to the computer at all and even if it did it requries way too much force to press for actual use as a button. No software app is going to help with that ;-)
by kel
Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: We have a new puppy here
Replies: 10
Views: 4387

Got the rx1500 today: Pro: - looks great - comfortable shape - mouswheel can be switched between free-wheeling and and "clicky" - so if you don't like clicky mouswheel this one is perfectly silent in free-wheeling mode. - *very* precice, works perfectly on a wooden desk and is just as accurate as my...
by kel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Motherboard that enables booting from external esata drive?
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

eSata is basically just another type of plug - I had a eSata enclosure that came with a simple slot cover that you could plug into the MB. As long as the eSata drive is plugged in at boot any MB will work. Depending on your MB hotplugging may or may not work, I'm not entirely up to date on that thou...
by kel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:52 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: We have a new puppy here
Replies: 10
Views: 4387

Yeah looks quite nice, although I'm not all that much of a fan of the shiny type of plastic ;-) I ordered one of these here today (also quite new I think...at least I've never seen it before): http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/business/products/mice_pointers/devices/4431&cl=us,en At 30$ it's also qu...
by kel
Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Can Heatsinks damage other cards and/or components?
Replies: 3
Views: 1708

Same motherboard, I have a eVGA GF9600GT with a Accelero S2 heatsink on it.
by kel
Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Can Heatsinks damage other cards and/or components?
Replies: 3
Views: 1708

I'd say it's unlikely - I have the same board and with some airflow (from a 650rpm exhaust) the heatsink is only slightly warm to the touch (I do know that the chip itself hits around 70c, but I'd interpret the temp of the heatsink "slightly warm to the touch" (= above body temp) as around 45c or so...
by kel
Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What's that all about? [heavy Nvidia quality problems]
Replies: 26
Views: 11490

I've quickly scanned over the heise article (i'm a native german speaker) - it goes into a lot more detail on what causes the problem, in short: gpu's get hotter than cpu's (thus gpu's have higher quality requirements than cpu's and thus pose new challenges to chip design) and that leads to increase...
by kel
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Thermaltake VI-ON: my P150 would like the white one...
Replies: 1
Views: 888

ohoh...thermaltake is at it again...lets see... - all those venting holes are going to make this one noisy enclosure and that's just drive noise... - that fan is going to be a screamer...4800rpm? it's prolly going to squeal like a pig at full speed and probably whine even at low speed... - the top/b...
by kel
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Wester Digital Passport - can you open one up?
Replies: 2
Views: 1351

I've got 2 passports - an "older" 160gb black one (previous series) and a new 320gb Elite Passport. Neither look like they can be opened - there's no visible screws for one thing, so you'd probably have to try to pry it apart and pray that it isn't glued together - sorry I can't give you a clear ans...
by kel
Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New cooler from Artic-Cooling: Accelero TWIN TURBO
Replies: 59
Views: 22134

Has anyone tried using one of these with a side fan? As the heatsink isn't wider than the card it should be possible to have a 12cm fan blowing air at it from the side. There's quite a few cases that have sidefans or fanducts (i.e. lian-li) - sidefans can't be used with most heatsinks on the market ...
by kel
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: INTEL and SSD
Replies: 22
Views: 6507

Sounds interesting, but searching a bit around these are going to be rather pricey: Intel's keeping the announcements coming at this year's IDF -- today we got word that the company will launch its first SSDs in a month or so just as we expected. The 1.8-inch X-18M and 2.5-inch X-25M drives will be ...
by kel
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9600GT with Accelero S1 Rev. 2 -- One question
Replies: 6
Views: 4924

I have an eVGA 9600 GT running without any ram or vrm heatsinks at all - I do have a noctua 12cm fan strapped to the heatsink (S2) though running at ~650rpm. So far no problems at all and I had this setup up and running for a couple of months now with room temperatures hitting up to 27c all the whil...
by kel
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: S1 Fan Mounting
Replies: 2
Views: 1244

I've tried it with an S2 - had a 1200rpm fan mounted abuot 5cm away from a GF 9600GT in the 5 1/4 bays blowing at the card with the slot covers open at the back. Didn't work at all for me though, the card hit 80c+ in no time at which point I powered the system down, no idea how high it would've gone...
by kel
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: smallest mATX case with 12cm Fans @ both Front/Rear?
Replies: 21
Views: 8597

Though call really...maybe your best bet would be to look for small case that's easily moddable the way you want it instead of a case that comes with 2 12cm fans out of the box... This probably won't fit your bill, but the Lian-Li A05 might still be worth a look - it's not exactly all that small, bu...