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by maf718
Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3678

Re: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?

It seems that the solution to my problem was released by Thermalright six weeks after I gave up looking and bought a new cooler instead! How's that for timing. Although I haven't tried out the new bolt thru kit on the IFX-14 yet, Thermalright have confirmed it is compatible. See this thread for deta...
by maf718
Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright introduces VX BTK II mounting kit
Replies: 13
Views: 9745

Re: Thermalright introduces VX BTK II mounting kit

Thanks Steve. (Maybe Thermalright only respond to email requests from USA?) I am still a little confused though. The BTK from the Macho rev.A is not compatible with the IFX-14 due to the different sized cpu block. (The top plate from the Macho is too small to fit properly on the IFX block.) If this ...
by maf718
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright introduces VX BTK II mounting kit
Replies: 13
Views: 9745

Re: Thermalright introduces VX BTK II mounting kit

Lol, last time I emailed Thermalright I didn't get a response, not trying again.
by maf718
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright introduces VX BTK II mounting kit
Replies: 13
Views: 9745

Re: Thermalright introduces VX BTK II mounting kit

Anyone know the size of the block the top plate will fit onto? I am wondering if it is compatible with IFX-14; not listed on Thermalright's site, but Silver Arrow is..... Edit: Some European sites are listing the kit as being for the IFX-14 as well as the Silver Arrow. http://geizhals.at/eu/thermalr...
by maf718
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Blue 1TB single-platter WD10EZEX
Replies: 5
Views: 8230

WD Blue 1TB single-platter WD10EZEX

Anyone have experience with the 1TB single-platter WD10EZEX? It is 7200rpm but is supposed to be tuned for low noise, for example seek times are around 20ms. It seems to have pretty good sustained transfer rates. I just ordered one for use as a storage drive, will post back impressions when I can. h...
by maf718
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3678

Re: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?

I would be a little scared to drill holes in the motherboard for fear I might damage it! Seems high risk when the mobo costs more than the cooler. Unfortunately the new Thermalright mounting hardware (HR-02 Macho) is not compatible with the old IFX-14 due to the cpu blocks being different sizes; the...
by maf718
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3678

Re: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?

I don't have the tools or inclination for home made. When I tear down the old system I am going to see if the new mounting hardware for the HR-02 is compatible with the IFX-14. If it is I may try contacting Thermalright to try and purchase an extra set. Surely they must supply replacement kits to pe...
by maf718
Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3678

Third party mounting hardware for Thermalright coolers?

I finally upgraded to Ivy Bridge and socket 1155, but found myself having to buy a new cooler (HR-02 Macho) because there is no stock in the UK for any of Thermalright's 1155/1156 bolt thru kits that could have retrofitted my perfectly good IFX-14. I have been looking out for these bolt thru kits fo...
by maf718
Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: BitFenix Ghost
Replies: 17
Views: 8096

BitFenix Ghost

The newly released BitFenix Ghost seems like it has the potential to be a good case for SPCR types. Hopefully it lives up to the marketing. Youtube guided tour from BitFenix marketing people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxcnTuOGKco&feature=relmfu Product page at BitFenix.com: http://www.bitfenix....
by maf718
Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 15795

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

Mats wrote: Wouldn't it make sense (for once) to turn the CPU fan upside down when the PSU is that close?
I would very much like to see the performance of this case with a Noctua NH-L12 installed with the underneath fan blowing up through the heatsink towards the PSU.
by maf718
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 16990

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

Can power consumption in zerocore power state be tested please? The ability of the 7 series cards to more or less turn themselves off in long idle is one of the biggest advantages over the previous generation. I hope this card has not shipped without this feature, that would be a shame.
by maf718
Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 24525

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

The FT03 seems designed from the ground up for a tower cooler, a shame that it could not be tested with one. The rest of the design flaws rule out a purchase in any case, but a future revised version addressing some of the weaknesses would be very interesting. BTW, the Silverstone link on the last p...
by maf718
Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler
Replies: 16
Views: 7782

Re: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

When comparing the AC Accellero Xtreme plus and the Shaman in the final thoughts section, the article states that: The Xtreme Plus can be controlled by the fan header on most high-end graphics cards Is the implication of this comment that the Shaman cannot be controlled by the fan header on the grap...
by maf718
Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does Sapphire 5670 realy idle to ~8W, like 4670?
Replies: 13
Views: 3640

Re: Does Sapphire 5670 realy idle to ~8W, like 4670?

My Sapphire 5670 (SKU# 11168-02-20R) idles approx 13-14W AC at the wall, so about 10-11W DC allowing for PSU inefficiency. RBE reports 3d voltage of 1.1V and 2d of 1V, haven't checked the voltages manually. This card doesn't overclock well though, unstable, but running at stock is fine. Agree that t...
by maf718
Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does Sapphire 5670 realy idle to ~8W, like 4670?
Replies: 13
Views: 3640

Re: Does Sapphire 5670 realy idle to ~8W, like 4670?

Interesting. I have the exact same Sapphire card on order, not arrived yet. 12W idle not bad, about the same as my old 4670. What are the idle clocks, any scope for lowering them to save more power?
by maf718
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI r5770 Hawk (Updated!! S1 R2 installed, OC graphs)
Replies: 8
Views: 8612

4. Are PWM case fan headers electrically compatible with the VGA card PWM fan header? Yes, see this thread: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=471363&sid=f2d04f529b455b192f7522abc97bc01a Also some of the aftermarket coolers like AC twin turbo come with PWM fans. Just make sure to ...
by maf718
Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 42976

It seems that the GoGreen does save the extra power by using a lower GPU voltage. TechPowerUp measured the actual voltage on the card as 1.00 V in all three clock profiles (page 31 of their review). This explains why the load power consumption is very good compared to other 5750 cards, but the idle ...
by maf718
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Not all 5750's are equal
Replies: 35
Views: 11307

The main issue with these mid to low end ATi cards is where the board "partners" leave out the chip that lowers the voltage on the fly, thus saving a few cents on manufacturing costs. The clock speeds can usually be corrected in the bios, but the voltages cannot because there is no physical way for ...
by maf718
Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 24296

If I'm reading this correctly, the Mugen-2 with two fans is the best combo you've ever tested at 12 dBa or less, bar none. Yup. The caveat -- it's about the only one we've tested this way. It's possible that some of the other elite silent coolers could match it... but at this time, we don't know fo...
by maf718
Thu May 14, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: True or True Extreme?
Replies: 5
Views: 1562

I thought the True was the Extreme. ThermalRight Ultra Extreme = TRUE.
by maf718
Tue May 05, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ZEROtherm CORE92 Direct-Touch CPU Cooler
Replies: 4
Views: 2944

Another minor point, typo on page 4: At 9V the CORE92's fan measured 16 dBA — equivalent to our reference Nexus 120mm fan at 12V. Thermal rise at this level was 19°C Should read "At 7V....." Good review as ever, interesting product and performance at 7V is good with stock fan, but as previously m...
by maf718
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107064

Was the card SPCR reviewed even downclocking properly at idle? SPCR's review states: When idle and during video playback, our card downclocked to 500/800 MHz according to GPU-Z. The 4770 that Xbit reviewed idled at 250 on the core (as it should); I guess that might be the reason for the difference i...
by maf718
Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:43 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Radeon 4650 temperature
Replies: 1
Views: 1026

Um, this is in the wrong forum, but GPU-Z supports the 4650. http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/
by maf718
Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: C430 vs E1400 vs E5200 - power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 23985

Yeah I'd go dual core too, the power savings of EIST at idle would I think make up for the consuption by the extra core. As you say it'd be nice to have the extra core, and to be honest most of the system power consumption at idle/low load will be from the chipset rather than the processor itself. A...
by maf718
Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Best replacement fan for [Corsair] 400CX?
Replies: 24
Views: 10397

Glad to hear it went well and is as quiet as that. Sounds painful with the hair in the fan. :)

My 4670 uses only approx 12w AC (maybe 9w DC) at idle, so I doubt yours would make any difference to the fan speed in the PSU. At least at idle and watching HD video etc, maybe gaming will be different.
by maf718
Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD4890 review at Xbitlabs
Replies: 13
Views: 3261

The memory doesn't downclock because when the clockspeed of GDDR5 is changed it causes the screen to flicker momentarily, something that doesn't seem to affect GDDR3 etc. I guess they would get lots of people complaining about "faulty" cards.
by maf718
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best dust filter setup for a 3x5.25 bay fan?
Replies: 8
Views: 2866

With a KamaBay you can remove most of the dust simply by holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle against the front exterior. Only very occasionally do I actually take it out and wash it, and I'm not sure if this is even necessary. As for the drive rails, it fits on the optical drive rails used with an Antec...
by maf718
Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire HD 4850, non reference design, best way to cool!
Replies: 8
Views: 2166

The Sapphire card is non reference design, but the usual accelero s1 fits, although the placement of the GPU causes it to extend past the end of the card towards the HD cage area in the typical PC. http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=51246&highlight=sapphire+4850 (edit - agh, should...
by maf718
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New fans...
Replies: 3
Views: 1443

It is interesting how the metal fan guard holds the hub and frame together instead of the usual plastic arms. I'm not sure if there is more area being blocked or less. Might be beneficial for a filtered air intake with the extra static pressure. I'd be interested to hear how the 1200rpm one sounds w...
by maf718
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended socket 775 cheap mobo?
Replies: 10
Views: 4264

What about the Intel G41 chipset? I've been looking at this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128367 I was looking at that one too, same graphics chip as the G45 boards but cheaper. Can't find any reviews though. Gigabyte mATX boards usually have reasonable overclockin...