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by Potenza
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet 4K Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 58313

Re: Quiet 4K Gaming PC Build Guide

Is there a particular reason why the WD Greens aren't mentioned when speaking about extra storage? I do know the difference between a Blue, Green and Red, but I was wondering wether not mentioning the Greens means they are not to be recommanded?
by Potenza
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn
Replies: 43
Views: 48932

Re: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

Great review. A major question rises tough. If I had to choose between these recent top-scoring models from Scythe (Mugen 4/Max - Kotetsu - Ninja), which one should I take and why?
by Potenza
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fractal Design introduces Dynamic Series & Silent Series R3
Replies: 3
Views: 2025

Re: Fractal Design introduces Dynamic Series & Silent Series

€12,99 for the GP-14 - excellent! I hope they live up to my expectations.
by Potenza
Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:40 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fractal Design introduces Dynamic Series & Silent Series R3
Replies: 3
Views: 2025

Fractal Design introduces Dynamic Series & Silent Series R3

Interesting news from the much respected Scandinavian manufacturer! http://www.fractal-design.com/home/news/new-fans-from-fractal-design I'm eager to try those Dynamic fans, I'm not unhappy with the Fractal fans in my R4, but they could definitely be improved. I was considering Noctua Redux (NF-P14s...
by Potenza
Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version
Replies: 71
Views: 37878

Re: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

Great article, Mike! It has convinced me even more to sell my R4 and pick up a R5.
by Potenza
Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

I got a quick and friendly reply. They asked me to check some settings (BIOS, mostly), if none of those would help they'd send me a new unit and swap with the old one. I was asked to pay for it in advance, but I would get that money back once my unit was declared defunct. A fine arrangement but the ...
by Potenza
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Define R5 review
Replies: 24
Views: 12683

Re: Define R5 review

I just looked at some other reviews... be quiet! Silent Base 800 is a far superior case in both cooling and silence. There aren't that much reviews about that case yet, and some are not that enthousiast. Userreviews are rather scarce for now, I think it's safer to wait a little longer before labell...
by Potenza
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: be quiet! Silent Base 800
Replies: 4
Views: 3994

be quiet! Silent Base 800

Be quiet! released its first case and as it turns out, it's a solid efort! http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/Silent_Base_800/ Although I dislike the looks (I'm far more happy with the straight and simple lines that my R4 offers), the presence of great fans, solid materials and a decent pric...
by Potenza
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passively Cooled R9 270 by Powercolor
Replies: 31
Views: 21008

Re: Passively Cooled R9 270 by Powercolor

I actually don't see much use for passive cooled GPU's anymore, to be honest. A few years ago I had a HD4850 (Gigabyte). The card itself was silent, but without decent airflow the card got fried in no time. I had to buy extra casefans, modify the case and ended up with a louder system than I had bef...
by Potenza
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

That's probably the infamous "coil whine" which this platform is not exempt to. Keep it until you can stand it. Well, I can't stand it anymore... It keeps occuring now and then, not being very constant though. Sometimes it's gone after a few minutes, as I'm typing this it has been (clearly audible)...
by Potenza
Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

Update A few months ago I bought an P-660. It was temporarily discounted and I planned a new GPU anyway (which I have bought in the mean time, an R9 270). Above that I'm considering a crossfire-setup some day, so the P-660 was definitely the best choice. So far so good, great performance. The fan d...
by Potenza
Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360 died after 1 month!
Replies: 4
Views: 2480

Re: Seasonic G360 died after 1 month!

I've installed three G360's over the last few months and they're all going strong.
by Potenza
Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Heatsinks updated
Replies: 158
Views: 179669

Re: Recommended Heatsinks updated

Great, thanks a lot! Just bought myself a Mugen 4. The new ranking is slightly more complicated, but after a good read it all makes sense.
by Potenza
Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Heatsinks updated
Replies: 158
Views: 179669

Re: Recommended Heatsinks updated

A polite request: perhaps it's time for another update? :)
by Potenza
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement for Fractal Define R4 140mm stock fans
Replies: 8
Views: 5336

Re: Replacement for Fractal Define R4 140mm stock fans

Thanks, mate. I've been toying around with fans being controlled by my motherboard. Unfortunately, it's not great at that. I've tried controlling several fans (Nexus, Scythe, Fractal,...) with SpeedFan and the bios, but the succes was always limited. That's why I was very happy with the simple, stra...
by Potenza
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement for Fractal Define R4 140mm stock fans
Replies: 8
Views: 5336

Replacement for Fractal Define R4 140mm stock fans

A few days ago I ditched my humming Lian Li PC-A05 for a Fractal Design a Define R4. So far I'm very pleased with the sturdy case. Looks nice, great quality and a pleasure to work with. The 140mm fans that came with it are less impressive, though. They do the job and aren't extremely loud, but there...
by Potenza
Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair CX and CXM - anyone used these?
Replies: 2
Views: 2499

Re: Corsair CX and CXM - anyone used these?

I use those models often, great budget models. As you might expect - given the price - they're just good. Nothing special. If all the other moving parts are high end, the PSU might be the loudest part. Above that, so far I had to RMA two times a CX430 because of abnormal coil whine. But then again, ...
by Potenza
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)
Replies: 9
Views: 7193

Re: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)

An interesting idea that has crossed my mind several times, MattP. I often wonder why GPU's aren't like CPU's. In an ideal world a motherboard would have two chip-slots so that you can install a CPU and a GPU with an aftermarket cooler. Whenever I'm thinking about a case with perfect airflow, I have...
by Potenza
Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I have really bad whine from my Seasonic P-520FL
Replies: 12
Views: 6737

Re: I have really bad whine from my Seasonic P-520FL

Are the active-cooled Platinum PSU's also known for abnormal whining? I'm in no rush to buy a new PSU, but I've been considering a P-520, P-660 or X-650 for the last few weeks. The P-520 so far seemed top be the best pick, but this is yet another bad experience...
by Potenza
Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25227

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

A nice built, so far I've made two silent PC's in the Define Mini. A splendid case, I love it. Can I ask you a question about the PSU and GPU combination? I've been talking about this in another thread, but I feel that a passive PSU isn't an advantage in this kind of set-up because it will heaten up...
by Potenza
Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18561

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

@ ggumdol: Thanks for the input mate. I do not doubt the qualities of the Seasonic fanless PSU's, not at all. Every single review highlights the ability to withstand high loads (and temperatures). I'm more worried about the GPU. It seems to me that the a passive PSU would rise the GPU temperature in...
by Potenza
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18561

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

I'd like to add one question. As stated in another thread, I'm in the midst of finding a new PSU. After lots of reading and searching, I've narrowed my options to the Seasonic X-650 and the Seasonic P-460. Here in Belgium they're roughly the same price, the P-460 being slightly cheaper (€5) at the m...
by Potenza
Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anno 2013 - fancontrol: hardware or software
Replies: 13
Views: 3939

Anno 2013 - fancontrol: hardware or software

Dear SPCR-readers For the last weeks I've been thinking about a new case, a new PSU en a new way to control my fans. That last thing is what has given me a lot of headaches and doubts, lately. I can't decide what the best approach is: to control my fans via software (like Asus Fan Xpert 2) or via a ...
by Potenza
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

Thanks a lot for the advice, mate. It's appreciated. You managed to described my concerns and hesitations as good as possible! I took a look at that CoolerMaster. It seems to be a good unit as well, you're right about that. The difference in price however is not that big overhere (€15). Above of tha...
by Potenza
Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

I do agree about alternatives, but I've been happy with Seasonic PSU's for years. I have no reason to pick another brand. After 5 years I'm still happy with my M12-II and the other models I used to own were great as well. Normally I wouldn't be so picky about selecting a PSU (I make quite a lot of s...
by Potenza
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

Thanks for the input, gentlemen. I've been thinking about that as well, that's why I also started to consider the P-460. I mentioned before the Platinum series was too expensive for me, but this model costs as much as the X-650. I must admit I'm not too sure about having a PSU without a fan. I like ...
by Potenza
Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

Thanks for the information. I'm leaning towards the X-650, a shame the X-560 is no longer around, that one would have been a perfect match. 650W will be plenty, but I suppose it won't do any harm...
by Potenza
Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Re: Seasonic G- or X-series?

Thanks for the information. Is the difference between the ever spinning G-550/G-650 and the X-650 audible? I don't mind the fan spinning all the time, as long as I can't hear it.
by Potenza
Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G- or X-series?
Replies: 20
Views: 14445

Seasonic G- or X-series?

Hi all The Nexus Value 430W I bought a few years ago for my sisters PC broke down (a shame, it was a great PSU) so I decided to give her my old and thrusty Seasonic M12II 430W and get myself a newer model. I'm about to upgrade my GPU as well, so a bit of extra power will do no harm. I recently bough...
by Potenza
Wed May 08, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus 140mm fan!
Replies: 3
Views: 3188

Nexus 140mm fan!

From TechPowerUp Nexus introduced the 140mm Real Silent Case Fan. The Nexus 140mm Real Silent Case Fan is the ultimate solution to bring some extra airflow in your quiet computer. Don't you just hate it when you have build a nice and quiet computer and it turns out that your high-end components are ...