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by coreyography
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet single slot card with HDMI for HTPC
Replies: 7
Views: 3228

Well it seems that there isn't a single slot solution. I think I'm leaning towards a 5750. I was going to tell you to give up on the single-slot quest, but it seems you've already come to the same conclusion. The only reservation I have is that it doesn't push hot air out of the case like the 5770....
by coreyography
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI and Linux
Replies: 13
Views: 2746

ATI closed drivers are quite ok. Necessary to have full 3d support and power management features atm. I had lots of problems with them on 64-bit; maybe 32-bit is fine, or on a distro that does the 64/32 mix differently than mine (Arch Linux, which does not officially support that mix; they prefer t...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will this be quiet? Core i7 860 with 5850 (passive?)
Replies: 17
Views: 4401

Was afraid I'd need some extra cooling for the 5850. But an extra undervolted Slip Stream can't increase the noiselevels too much. Careful with the VRM and RAM chips on that thing. I have an unused Sapphire 4870 sitting on my desk because the crappy VRM heatsink would not stay cool with TWO 120mm f...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SDHC to SATA, What are your thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 3091

I think I'd go with the CF as well. They are faster than SDHC cards by a good bit; even the cheaper Sandisk Ultra II cards whip almost any SD in read/write speed. This is why most higher-end DSLRs use CF cards. I have a Sandisk Ultra III in a USB reader that I'm using to build a boot drive for my So...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best silent case for a positive pressure system?
Replies: 18
Views: 4535

Couldn't you do positive pressure from the front on a P183? It has a really open front (with a door) and I believe you can have 2 12cm intakes up front and even one in the middle (behind the drive cage). Not really, at least not in the stock configuration. You have two 120mm front intakes, but one ...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Random Thought on this whole Video Card Thing - Vent
Replies: 48
Views: 8654

Out of curiosity, what's so hard about DX11? Why is NVidia not supporting it yet? Is it just NVidia getting weary of Microsoft changing APIs like most people change underwear? I bought a HD4870 because for ~$165, as at that price it seemed to have the best performance out there (I just can't bring m...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI and Linux
Replies: 13
Views: 2746

I'd also advise you to check out Phoronix, as another poster pointed out. My experience? For what I did on Linux, ATI worked just fine, on a Mobility X1400 and a HD4870. ATI's problem is that their proprietary drivers, which have the best support for newer boards, are pretty much crap compared to NV...
by coreyography
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to Remove Speed Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 1511

Well, dangit, you piqued my interest, so I took the switch apart on an unused TriCool. It has 3 wires going to the switch. It appears to short no wires in the low position, red and black in the medium position, and red and yellow in the high position. This is just by visual, mind you, I didn't put a...
by coreyography
Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe SFF12G 120mm noise?
Replies: 7
Views: 2883

will SFF21D, SFF21E, SFF21F and SFF21G make same amount of noice at the same rpm (let' say 600rpm) ? Don't know, but the G I have in a rear exhaust mounting I can't hear below about 1200-1250 rpm. 600 rpm is at the low end if its operable speed range, so if you want to go slower, you might want ano...
by coreyography
Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fans setup for a P183?
Replies: 5
Views: 3973

I have a P183 with a Gentle Typhoon 1850 rpm in the middle front slot; I took the drive cage out to clear the video card and because I didn't need it. I have a Noctua NH-C12P downdraft CPU cooler with the Noctua-supplied fan, and a Scythe S-Flex SFF21G as rear exhaust (yes, I was on a fan quest). I ...
by coreyography
Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5870 baseplate not compatible with 3rd party coolers?
Replies: 4
Views: 1959

Similar on a Sapphire 4870. RAM and GPU cooled by the baseplate/heatpipe/fin unit. The VRM cooler is a separate aluminum heatsink, but it is small and apparently relies on the wind tunnel the stock heatsink/baseplate and shroud create. I can't keep them cool with an Accelero S1 r2 and two (!) 120mm ...
by coreyography
Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6271

Re: Via Padlock Hardware Encryption

I actually have a couple of Via C7 ITX boards. One's currently running my firewall, the other was to be a HTPC but really didn't have the horsepower for that (one of the reasons I didn't consider Via for the box I have in mind). The onboard encryption hardware does work well, and is well-supported i...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Gentle Typhoon First impressions (pics added 8.8.09)
Replies: 52
Views: 36951

I'm using the 1850 rpm model as one of my front intake fans on an Antec P183. I find the noise character to be quite pleasing, just a slight woosh of air, at full RPM. My "handemometer" doesn't think it pushes quite as much air as my S-Flex SFF21G, but it is close and is much quieter at full speed (...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6271

I'm looking at a dual core CPU (I assume an i5 is a quad core, don't know actually). The reason for it is that I want to do software RAID and disk encryption. The RAID I'm not worried about too much, as others have mentioned, but the encryption might be somewhat CPU-intensive. I don't think normal f...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting the AMD 240e: Can it run passively? Best mobo?
Replies: 23
Views: 15703

Regarding another aspect, what OS will you be running your HTPC on? If it's Linux, you might want to consider NVidia graphics instead. From what I've been reading the state of the proprietary ATI Linux driver is hit or miss, and even though they are (slowly) releasing docs for their cards, the open-...
by coreyography
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Most silent GeForce 200 Series card with stock cooler?
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

I am probably not much help here, but I have about decided that I can't get enough air through my case to have a GPU exhausting heat inside the box along with the CPU and other components. So I'm either giving up noise with a squirrel-cage, exhaust-out-the-back cooler, or I'm giving up noise with hi...
by coreyography
Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone know if a 3pin fan to 4pin GPU fan adapter exists?
Replies: 15
Views: 11104

Story continues (as if anyone cares :))... I was going to put the original heatsink/fan back on the 4870, but the screws decided they didn't ever want to be that hot again and made a break for it. They are still hiding.... In the meantime, I did some more digging on SPCR, and basically came to the c...
by coreyography
Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Help choosing fan for TRUE (ultima-90)
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

I have a couple of the Arctic Cooling 12025 PWMs, and I don't care for them. They don't push much air at a full 12V and have a "propeller" noise character to them, about as loud as my S-Flex SFF21E is at its full RPM (and, subjectively, about twice the airflow). They also won't give an RPM signal ba...
by coreyography
Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone know if a 3pin fan to 4pin GPU fan adapter exists?
Replies: 15
Views: 11104

Hmmm...more testing reveals that even with the proper homemade adapter cable, my aftermarket cooler/fan solution is not going to cut it. I still couldn't get the 4870 to survive a soft reset without the red temp fault light going on and video output going off. I tried running the fan full out, with ...
by coreyography
Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone know if a 3pin fan to 4pin GPU fan adapter exists?
Replies: 15
Views: 11104

Though im not sure if it is specific to Nvidia or even just the series of gfx cards. I ended up just controlling the fan on the gfx card via my motherboard. but just upgraded it to water cooling ^^ Turns out this color scheme: ATI 4870 Std fan Signal mini PWM connector PWM connector ---------------...
by coreyography
Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Good heatsink for i7 920 that is less than 150mm tall?
Replies: 13
Views: 3815

I'll put in a vote for the Noctua NH-C12P. I have it paired with the Noctua 120mm PWM fan and it's great. I wanted a heatsink of this type to blow down onto the MB and give other nearby components some cooling, but a side effect of its design is the shorter height. My CPU has never gotten above 45 d...
by coreyography
Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet(er) Cooling for HD4850?
Replies: 6
Views: 2524

I recommend Accelero S1 + 120mm fan ziptied. It keeps my HD 4850 very good temps with 800 rpm fan. I wanted to do the same, but my 4870 card won't start up unless it sees the fan RPM on the card's fan port during the POST. If I plug in the stock heatsink fan it works fine. This has been an annoying...
by coreyography
Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone know if a 3pin fan to 4pin GPU fan adapter exists?
Replies: 15
Views: 11104

I m looking for the same thing, or a 4-pin MB-style to 4-pin GPU-style adapter. I can't believe they are not out there, but I've been Googling and browsing for one for two nights already and haven't seen one. I have an Accelero S1 r2 on my Sapphire 4870 board, something I did because the board's own...
by coreyography
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Will the Accelero S1 Rev 2 Clear This?
Replies: 8
Views: 2066

Should be fine. I had an interference with one heatpipe and a RAM heatsink on the lowest-right RAM chip, but Dremeled it a bit and it fit. The stock VRM heatsink on my card (an ATI 4870) I left in place, and it's taller than yours.
by coreyography
Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which fans to use for i7 920 build in a P183?
Replies: 19
Views: 4880

Looks like I am not alone in this territory. I apparently have used my P183/i7 920/Radeon HD4870 build as an excuse to start a fan laboratory, as I ended up with several of them. I also have 12GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 RAM, an Intel X-25M SSD velcroed to the bottom of the 5.25" drive bay, and two WD...
by coreyography
Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe SFF12G 120mm noise?
Replies: 7
Views: 2883

I really wasn't looking for a 1900 rpm fan. I wanted the SFF21F, but the place I ordered from was out of stock, and I didn't want to go through the hassle and extra shipping expense of ordering that fan from a different place (and different order) than the one I was getting the rest of my supplies f...
by coreyography
Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe SFF12G 120mm noise?
Replies: 7
Views: 2883

Scythe SFF12G 120mm noise?

Anyone have one of these? Do you like it? I got it because the SFF12F was out of stock where I was buying some other stuff. Hooked it up and there is a noticeable whine I can hear from several feet away, even over my house A/C. Turning down the speed mostly reduces its frequency, not its amplitude. ...