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by widdlecat
Wed May 30, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua to use Active Noise Cancellation in new Fan
Replies: 49
Views: 72483

Re: Noctua to use Active Noise Cancellation in new Fan

If you look at RotoSub's page, they have photos which allude to the concept of how the noise cancellation might. It could be a relatively simple concept that utilises the fan itself as the out of phase transducer. It appears that the inner edge of the fan frame has an electromagnetic strip which int...
by widdlecat
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: NEW Lian-Li V354
Replies: 3
Views: 3460

Any idea what size restrictions there are for a CPU cooler? Seems pretty roomy.
by widdlecat
Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 24835

Excellent write up on your mod! You make it sound simpler than it probably is though. LOL!
by widdlecat
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I got the Qs but I'm missing the As :/
Replies: 2
Views: 564

I would definitely recommend going for at least the 5770 vid card for your desired resolution. The 5750 performs close to the older 4850. I have both cards and play at 1680x1050 res and a single card cannot run with all the bells and whistles effectively. I have two 5750s in CrossfireX and it does ...
by widdlecat
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Maingear SHIFT
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

Well I've suspended a 700 rpm 120mm fan about 10mm beneath the graphics card coolers and have the adjustable speed 180mm fan spinning at 900 rpm with a resultant peak temp of 91* C. That's a delta T of 14* C versus doing without the 120mm fan. Most of the time while I play Assassin's Creed, the tem...
by widdlecat
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Maingear SHIFT
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

Thanks very much for your reply! I still need to look into possibly suspending a 120mm fan under the graphics cards (I can always pull one from another case and try it out) and I need to look at my mobo's manual, but I don't think I have any other card placement options.
by widdlecat
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Maingear SHIFT
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

The airflow is from bottom to top. There is a 180mm variable Silverstone intake fan under the GPUs and a reg 180mm Silverstone intake under the CPU. The mobo temps remain good, but the best I can achieve for my GPUs is 95* C when playing Assassin's Creed while the rear fan is spinning at 1200 rpm. ...
by widdlecat
Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a few components, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 2101

If silence is a big part of the decision process, I can recommend the Seasonic X650 PSU. The advantage of this PSU is that the fan rarely comes on and even when it does, it is silent. I've never been able to hear my PSU, even when I've put my ear down where it mounts. Just something to think about....
by widdlecat
Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: looking for advice from all you experts...
Replies: 28
Views: 4874

Sorry for such a late post, but I have the Sony Optiarc DVD-RW and would like to say that it is very quiet for an optical drive. It's very quiet if you have it mounted well. I've mass damped my drive and made it so that it's fairly innocuous barring the occasional spin up. I highly recommend it and...
by widdlecat
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Phenom II Stock Coolers
Replies: 20
Views: 13608

The reason for this type of article is to provide information. Most people are just curious as to how their components fare in relationship to other options. It's all about providing the readers with extra knowledge. Otherwise, it's difficult to make an informed decision about upgrades.
by widdlecat
Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: [Poll] What's your system's noisiest parts ?
Replies: 31
Views: 13484

While my HDD is the main source of very slight noise in my PC, the optical drive, when active, is an order of magnitude louder than the HDD. It's still not particularly loud since I've massed damped it.
by widdlecat
Tue May 25, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Need advice for an almost silent AM3 build?
Replies: 16
Views: 8040

Are you able to obtain a Scythe Ninja 3? I'm not aware of any passive coolers that can perform as well as the Thermalright HR-01 plus. There are other active air cooling designs that will work well with the phenom IIx4 965BE if you're not going to OC. I would recommend something from the recommende...
by widdlecat
Tue May 25, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 30815

MikeC wrote:[...]
Please, don't anyone send any fans right now -- we are drowning in samples!
That's actually a good sign of a strong... errr... fan base!?! LOL! :wink:
by widdlecat
Mon May 24, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Need advice for an almost silent AM3 build?
Replies: 16
Views: 8040

If you're adding fans, I don't see why you couldn't also consider the Thermalright HR-01 plus w/ fan duct running passive. The duct does help with the CPU temp, but, more importantly, makes a tremendous difference on mobo temps as it doesn't allow the CPU heat to linger within the case. I don't thi...
by widdlecat
Fri May 21, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Maingear SHIFT
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

With an ambient temperature of 75* F, my CPU idles at 37*C and GPU core runs at 50*C. My HDD stays between 27*C and 28*C even while I'm gaming. While gaming for hours, with everything maxed, incl. AA, the GPUs can hit peaks of 105*C without any artifacts nor other gaming issues. The rear bottom inta...
by widdlecat
Thu May 20, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 30815

[...] On the other hand, there are fans which measure within 1 dBA of each other, yet we have a clear, unquestionable preference for one. This is where, as I said earlier, subjective listening becomes all-important, and SPL by itself cannot be the final arbiter of fan acoustics. As an ex-audio comp...
by widdlecat
Wed May 19, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 30815

I like the move to returning to the basics! Cooling performance vs. noise output is what we're here for. I look forward to your running this test with all the favorites as well as new fans passing through your hands. While no single test can provide all information, this new system should give us m...
by widdlecat
Wed May 19, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Maingear SHIFT
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

My quiet Maingear SHIFT

Hey everybody! I've been spending some time playing various games on my new PC and am very happy with how quiet it is. I know it's not silent, but I'd have to do some mods to make it any quieter. The people at Maingear listened to my needs and worked hard to provide me with a good system. The SHIFT...
by widdlecat
Wed May 12, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator v2 video compatible cards
Replies: 27
Views: 10492

[...]Silly (ish) question, but I have some spare RAMSinks as the 5770 only has 4modules. Although on the back of the card, you can see them too - should I attach the spare RAMsinks to the back as well? I'm pretty sure that would be a yes. I have passive cooled 5750s and they have RAMsinks on the ba...
by widdlecat
Wed May 05, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Good value Tower AM2 CPU cooler
Replies: 11
Views: 1889

If you plan on going with passive cooling, you can add the Thermalright HR-01 plus to the list. The new AM2/AM3 bolt through mount rev. 2 allows for 90* rotation.
by widdlecat
Wed May 05, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which PWM, CPU or Specialty Fan do you Want SPCR to Review?
Replies: 50
Views: 23155

I'd love to see a review of quality quiet 180mm fans! Does Nexus, Scythe or Noctua have a 180mm fan in the future? Surely Silverstone aren't the only source of 180mm fans are they? I'd like to see fans that can fit in the raven / fortress ft-02 cases.
by widdlecat
Tue May 04, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 Accelero S2 Fits?
Replies: 22
Views: 23470

Anyone know if a Accelero S1 (Rev 2) fits a 5750? I have one at the moment on my 3870 but I would like to upgrade (need 3 monitors, infrequent PC gamer as well). The Club 3D/PowerColor ones seem to have an S1 but I don't have know if it's been modified. They are not available in the UK still. I'm r...
by widdlecat
Mon May 03, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 Plus: 2nd Gen Killer Tower Cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 31631

I'm currently using the HR-01 plus with the fan duct attached to a Noctua S12-B @ 500-650 rpm cooling a Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 3.6GHz. The new Thermalright AM2/AM3 rev. 2 bolt-through mount kits allow for 90* rotation for better flexibility in installation. This cooler provides excellent performance...