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by tropical_nut
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's 890GX Chipset
Replies: 24
Views: 8436

It appears the Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 board has improved efficiency and fan control over the Asus 785 boards, too bad its price is so much greater. :( check the results at xbit : with the following setup: CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635 (Propus, 2.9 GHz, 4 x 512 KB L2 cache) Mainboards: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/...
by tropical_nut
Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recent article: Power consumption of graphic cards.
Replies: 3
Views: 1367

Recent article: Power consumption of graphic cards.

There is an article in French on power consumption of graphic cards at: http://www.hardware.fr/articles/781-1/dossier-vraie-consommation-73-cartes-graphiques.html Google's English translation here: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.hardware....
by tropical_nut
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: new light weight 5450/5670
Replies: 9
Views: 4929

I thought pages 4 and 14 of the Anand review linked above had some relevant information in choosing between these two model cards.
by tropical_nut
Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 272
Views: 343654

Dell ST2410 No noise nor humming that my ear can perceive at 1 inch distance.
by tropical_nut
Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 31042

Any chance for an i3-5x1 in the very near future?
by tropical_nut
Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus NVIDIA GT240 is very quiet.
Replies: 4
Views: 3411

Thanks, its good to see nVidia has manage to put out an interesting card.
Yes, Nvidia is reacting quite late not only to the 4670 but also to soon to be released 56xx cards which could nail this offering from Nvidia in performance/power delivery.
by tropical_nut
Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670 vs Geforce 9600 GT Low Power
Replies: 7
Views: 3240

Also take a look at the MSI N240GT which seems to be an improvement on the 9600GT low-power as far as power consumption.
Performance-wise better than 4670 but weaker than 9600GT.
by tropical_nut
Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Differences between ethernet controller and transceiver?
Replies: 4
Views: 4893

Thanks, that makes sense after I did a bit more searching and more reading. 1. So, motherboards with the RLT8211 chips are probably using a non-Realtek MAC, is that right or wrong? 2. And as long as the MAC and PHY are communicating correctly it doesn't matter to the end user? (basically what you me...
by tropical_nut
Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:42 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Differences between ethernet controller and transceiver?
Replies: 4
Views: 4893

Differences between ethernet controller and transceiver?

Sorry, I am new at networking and my searches have landed in technical documents that are difficult for me to sort out. This lan chipset: Realtek RTL8111DL is referred to as an "ethernet controller" This lan chipset: Realtek RTL8211CL Is referred to as an "ethernet transceiver" Can someone explain i...
by tropical_nut
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 66813

Check out review of Seasonic X 650W at jonnyguru.
by tropical_nut
Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: my humble opinon on the OCZ StealthXstream 400w(warning 56!)
Replies: 4
Views: 3174

The OCZ SXS400-EU was reviewed at HWSecrets.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/794

The components look good (unit made by CWT).
Any news on the acoustics of the 140mm fan by SPCR members who have this PSU?
by tropical_nut
Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Arctic Cooling 120mm fluid dynamic bearing fans
Replies: 14
Views: 2798

I have two of the pictured fans running vertically at about 1100 rpm and very satisfied with them as case fans. My average ambient room temp is above 30 degrees celsius and ambient noise level is perhaps higher than SPCR norm however. I didn't reply earlier because I don't have them mounted horizont...
by tropical_nut
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:54 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Help! Need advice on case fan
Replies: 2
Views: 1036

Moondoggy, Welcome to the SPCR forum. Ultra is not one of the highly regarded brands here, and for $20 you should be able to find something with better performance. If you haven't done so yet you should probably read the following review of 120mm fans: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article695-page1....
by tropical_nut
Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: BFG & Tagan PSU testing request.
Replies: 1
Views: 1227

BFG LS-450 PSU review

There is a recent review of the BFG LS-450 at Hardware Secrets:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/732/1

I saw no mention of acoustic performance or close-ups of the cooling fan.
Another site did show the fan as an ADDA.
by tropical_nut
Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Opinions on Noctua NF-P12 and NF-R8 vs. Arctic Cooling fans
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

My opinion is, go for Noctua if your board can control the speed of non PWM fans. If not, AC is not a bad choice. rellaghs, thanks for your input. After reading several more SPCR threads on the Noctua P12, I got the impression that many members here were very disappointed in the P12, value-wise, wh...
by tropical_nut
Tue May 26, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Opinions on Noctua NF-P12 and NF-R8 vs. Arctic Cooling fans
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

O.K., 70 views but no response so I will ask a new question in this regard: Are the Noctua NF-R8 and Arctic Cooling AF8025PWM much louder than the three fans on the SPCR 80mm "Recommended Fan List"? It seems most of the interest these days is with the 120mm and larger size fans--it is difficult to g...
by tropical_nut
Tue May 26, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Opinions on Noctua NF-P12 and NF-R8 vs. Arctic Cooling fans
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

Opinions on Noctua NF-P12 and NF-R8 vs. Arctic Cooling fans

This is a continuation of another thread I started here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=53588 I have taken Silverstone off my short list of case & cpu fans, so I decided to start a new thread. Arctic Cooling was at the top of my shopping list, but I have hesitant to order those...
by tropical_nut
Tue May 19, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: BFG & Tagan PSU testing request.
Replies: 1
Views: 1227

BFG & Tagan PSU testing request.

@MikeC, I know it's not possible to test every model manufactured on Earth, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Is it possible for SPCR to test the following couple of PSUs? Tagan SuperRock 400W BFG LS-450 Both are made by Enhance. The BFG LS-450 uses an ADDA fan unlike the LS-550. It is also single 12V rai...
by tropical_nut
Tue May 19, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: MadShrimps 120mm Fan comparison May2009 (30 models)
Replies: 10
Views: 2391

MadShrimps 120mm Fan comparison May2009 (30 models)

I noticed a new fan comparison today. Have a look here:
http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&articID=936

In this comparison a Gentle Typhoon model, two Panaflo models, and a Sanyo Denki San Ace model seemed to fair quite well.

The big loser seemed to be a Silverstone model made by Everflow.
by tropical_nut
Mon May 04, 2009 2:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

Here is a good article that compared one of SilverStone's fan you lised to some of the other ones on the market. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/fan-roundup.html Thanks SST Guy, I was aware of that article before the OP. I take all reviews on the web with a grain of salt due to: 1....
by tropical_nut
Sun May 03, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

Thanks truckman, It looks like I will be getting at least an Arctic Cooling Fan 8 to replace the old Coolermaster on the CPU heatsink. Seems like a good choice for that duty compared to all the other brands I have to choose from. I would also probably go for the Fan 9 to replace my 7-year old 80mm P...
by tropical_nut
Sun May 03, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

Thanks for the welcome, Neil. Spurred on by reading many threads in this forum, I did more searching and I stand corrected --I have found a shop which has some Arctic Cooling fans. Not easy to find that site though. They have older models however, the Fan 8, Fan 9 and Fan 12, the others listed on th...
by tropical_nut
Sun May 03, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

edh thanks for replying, Yes, those are unavailable as well. The past couple of hours I have been combing the net using google and I have found a quasi-local distributor for Xigmatek cooling, including fans. For example the Xigmatek XLF-F8253, 80mm LED (2200rpm). How does that model compare with the...
by tropical_nut
Sat May 02, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

quote, Can you get Enermax, or GlobalWin NCB, or Arctic Cooling -- what other brands can you get? Nope, none of those brands are available. I'm not thrilled with my current old CoolerMaster fan, but as I have few options, I just checked the CoolerMaster options I can get: CoolerMaster Ultra Silent 8...
by tropical_nut
Sat May 02, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

O.K. Maybe I will rephrase the question to: Are there any particular Silverstone fans that should be avoided? The models that are on my list are: Silverstone FM-83 80mm, 1300-3600 rpm (CPU) Silverstone Suscool81 80mm, 900-1750rpm (Front Intake) Silverstone FM-92 92mm, 1800-3800 (Rear Exhaust) Silver...
by tropical_nut
Sat May 02, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 11
Views: 4235

Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm

I live in an area where most of the fans recommended by SPCR are not available in shops or with local on-line retailers. Not available include: Nexus, Scythe, NoiseBlocker, Noctua, YateLoon, and the list goes on. I have searched and telephoned and both the country I live in and a neighboring country...
by tropical_nut
Sat May 02, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm
Replies: 0
Views: 608

Silverstone fans: 80mm,92mm,120mm

I live in an area where most of the fans recommended by SPCR are not available in shops or with local on-line retailers. Not available include: Nexus, Scythe, NoiseBlocker, Noctua, YateLoon, and the list goes on. I have searched and telephoned and both the country I live in and a neighboring country...