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by cerbie
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Case fan RPM's and diminishing returns
Replies: 1
Views: 1644

Re: Case fan RPM's and diminishing returns

Yes, there is a point of diminishing returns, often severely so. You have to exhaust a nearly-fixed number of Watts (cooler devices use less power, but the difference is not big). With a lower bound for cool air (a few degrees above room ambient), any given heatsink will only be able to reach up to ...
by cerbie
Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Wich CPU cooler for me ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3087

Re: Wich CPU cooler for me ?

With the D15, be careful about your space. It may use up your first PCie slot, block RAM, make the P4 connector or fan headers hard to get to, etc.. The Macho can do the same with P4 and fan headers, but will clear RAM and expansion slots just fine. The Kotestsu is probably the best overall option, ...
by cerbie
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet CPU cooler and RAM clearance
Replies: 4
Views: 2117

Re: Quiet CPU cooler and RAM clearance

If you don't put the fan on the front of the heatsink, the Macho should have plenty of clearance on any LGA1150 board, and IME, performs quite well with just a case exhaust fan right behind it, or with the fan pulling.
by cerbie
Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet and Cool PC build advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Quiet and Cool PC build advice

Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Overkill? PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V/EPS 12V, 660W For low power, if going with a fulll-size supply, why not go passive right off the bat? Either a 400W Seasonic, or maybe ~150W PicoPSU. Storage: Haven't d...
by cerbie
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Raijintek Aeneas as a Silent Case?
Replies: 1
Views: 1445

Re: Raijintek Aeneas as a Silent Case?

No. It's an awkward design, and should end up no better than the Corsair Air.

The Fractal Design Node are probably the best choice, with sufficiently quiet drives.
by cerbie
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Very Low consumption (Media) Server
Replies: 8
Views: 15932

Re: Very Low consumption (Media) Server

1. This may be difficult, unless you use exactly the parts soeone else has, that measured that way. But, keeping max power use reasonable won't be hard at all. At low power use, losses in the PSU and voltage regs onboard can be hefty. Or , you can use a notebook, but noise may be hard to control. 2....
by cerbie
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Easiest, simplest micro-ATX to build silent PC in?
Replies: 11
Views: 5164

Re: Easiest, simplest micro-ATX to build silent PC in?

if you do, i would suggest to consider Nexus Basic 120s or Scythe Gentle Typhoons or Noctua Redux NF-S12B or Noiseblockers M12-S1/2. Having used the NF-S12A PWM in that case, for Noctuas (which are far cheaper in the U.S. than Noiseblockers), the NF-P12 PWM is the way to go for the intakes. It's to...
by cerbie
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASRock Fan Control
Replies: 8
Views: 10435

Re: ASRock Fan Control

... with Noctua NF-P12 and NF-S12A. They seem to be voltage controled (3pin) They're PWM models. The ASRock utility reported down to 85 RPM w/ the S12A at 10% w/ the resistor (I don't recall for the P12s), and 0% makes them stop moving. RPM gets misreported if too low on the CPU header (somewhere u...
by cerbie
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: help me to choose a silent case
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

Re: help me to choose a silent case

1080P in software will be no problem, for the foreseeable future (including new codecs), with anything above a Pentium. Common codecs that may be CPU-intensive have decoding done in hardware, though, so use very little CPU, most of the time. If your budget isn't too tight, an i5-4460 through i5-4590...
by cerbie
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 5 AMD FM2/FM+ within $11
Replies: 5
Views: 3982

Re: 5 AMD FM2/FM+ within $11

I concur. You might even go with an i3, for something more likely to last just as long all over again, for barely more than the AMDs.

That said, of those AMDs, the A8-7600 is the best all-around choice.
by cerbie
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASRock Fan Control
Replies: 8
Views: 10435

Re: ASRock Fan Control

Notes: - CPU Fan 1 (4-pin) and Chassis Fan 1 (4-pin) cannot be turned off. Even at 0% they will keep spinning at the minimum rpm. Interesting. On my B85M Pro4, I can set mine down to off, with Noctua NF-P12 and NF-S12A. Around 5% or so, they will start and stop, not being able to keep up the duty c...
by cerbie
Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Please recommend a cooler
Replies: 28
Views: 8027

Re: Please recommend a cooler

whispercat wrote: Question: does taller necessarily mean cooler? (given same make and model)
They aren't the same make and model :).

Bigger means more surface area, and needing lower RPMs.

In a full sized case, I see no reason to not get a cooler made for 120mm or larger fans.
by cerbie
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Best barebone system ever, Intel Compute
Replies: 8
Views: 6707

Re: Best barebone system ever, Intel Compute

Intel Compute Stick. However, I can't find the exact specifications. From visual inspection alone how would you connect keyboard, mouse, headphones, external hDD like WD Elements to do all the non-gaming activity like MS Office, browsing, watching movies and youtube videos.. Assuming you can do all...
by cerbie
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire R9 270
Replies: 13
Views: 4818

Re: Sapphire R9 270

Lots and lots of plastic. The worst front panel between the Tj08 PS07 and this. I plan to buy a pre-dampened variant by Caseking. The case has previously been presented at Computex 2014. I Hope I don't have to wait too long for a release. The TJ08-e and PS07 versions have some clever construction t...
by cerbie
Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?
Replies: 25
Views: 9723

Re: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?

Pardon me, but what's to "delid"? It's the removal of the CPU IHS in order to substitute the thermal interface material: http://www.silentpcreview.com/IvyBridge_3770K_IHS_removal_and_results But, Devil's Canyon has better TIM, so it wouldn't be as much of a difference, on top of the procedure being...
by cerbie
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: It is so hard finding a PSU doesn't have high pitched noise
Replies: 19
Views: 8894

Re: It is so hard finding a PSU doesn't have high pitched no

Cool. I almost hated saying something, given one sample in one PC, but it is my 3rd PSU for that PC, between whine and fan noises. But, you know you can do better than that 600 RPM, right? :twisted: I need my video card dumping heat back in the case to need that for my case fans, which are all that ...
by cerbie
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?
Replies: 25
Views: 9723

Re: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?

1) I assume the die is same sized in both the 4790 and 4790K, right? Yes. All of the Devil's Canyon desktop Core i5, Core i7, and Xeon E3 CPUs are identical. The diferences are entirely features and binning. 2) I guess as long as everything is installed properly, condition 2 will not exist, correct...
by cerbie
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?
Replies: 25
Views: 9723

Re: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?

Does some gaming include a video card? If so, and the extra speed may not be worth it, look at dropping down to near i5 costs, with a Xeon E3-1231V3.
by cerbie
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: It is so hard finding a PSU doesn't have high pitched noise
Replies: 19
Views: 8894

Re: It is so hard finding a PSU doesn't have high pitched no

My Rosewill SilentNight-500 (Super Flower Golden Silent) has emitted no noise so far, at least that make their way to my ears, when I'm in my chair.
by cerbie
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build for work/office - virtualization
Replies: 5
Views: 1974

Re: Build for work/office - virtualization

Point well made re the i7-S,T etc, if they all use the same power when idling, then I guess the question is whether I wish to max out the power at 65W or 84W. Or higher, if you like. I run my 80W CPU with a 100W max, because it doesn't seem to hurt anything for it to use a bit more than spec when s...
by cerbie
Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: backup to guard against bit rot.
Replies: 8
Views: 2911

Re: backup to guard against bit rot.

If it's just a little extra work to replace the data, rather than a ton of work or impossible (such as files changing often), then sure, just archive them, par them, and check the pars every now and then. If redoing Linux boxes anew, I'd go with BTRFS, though, provided you're using a distro with a f...
by cerbie
Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: backup to guard against bit rot.
Replies: 8
Views: 2911

Re: backup to guard against bit rot.

Git will not protect you from the bit rot, but it can allow you to detect it, if the file checksums have changed, but the data has not. If the data has also changed, there's no way to tell corruption like that so simply. You also have to be looking for it. With BTRFS or ZFS, you may find it, but you...
by cerbie
Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Turbo Boost and K CPUs
Replies: 5
Views: 4522

Re: Turbo Boost and K CPUs

As I understand it, the ones without the K still have turbo option which enables it to overclock to 3.9GHz, so if you only want to overclock i5 4690K to 4GHZ, it doesn't really make sense to buy the K one? .. Is this correct? No. It is running within spec, and so is not overclocking. If you want to...
by cerbie
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quality of fans
Replies: 5
Views: 2574

Re: Quality of fans

You might do just fine with IGP. For desktop-only work, it's generally large resolutions that get you. Intel can only do 4k at 60Hz over Displayport, for example, and is even then known to be a bit sluggish, sometimes, just pushing all those pixels. For photo/video type work, or light 3D modeling, a...
by cerbie
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.
Replies: 20
Views: 16923

Re: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.

It's been years since I bought a graphics card, so I must be a bit out of date, but a question comes to mind: Is this coil whine really so bad that it is audible above any fan and game noise? That's pretty bad, especially given that the issue only seems to show up under heavy load. Sorry for the n0...
by cerbie
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus GTX970 STRIX
Replies: 106
Views: 52270

Re: Asus GTX970 STRIX

cerbie, if the noise level of the card is ok compared to the rest of the system or the environment noise floor, then you have found your card, it makes no sense to waste time exchanging cards. I am in the unfortunate position where I live in a very quiet environment, and I have this ambition to mak...
by cerbie
Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Comments/Advice on mATX build
Replies: 33
Views: 10307

Re: Comments/Advice on mATX build

Hi there, again. Being in the U.S, consider the Rosewill SilentNight 500W, for about $105 for the next few days at Newegg, with a promo (search shows the promo, the product page didn't, for me). Unless "fake" Virginia isn't in Virginia...
by cerbie
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS Z97-PRO Motherboard
Replies: 19
Views: 11225

Re: ASUS Z97-PRO Motherboard

I don't understand the purpose of the VRM heatsinks. They look cool. I stopped worrying, except to check out a board's power performance, when I could hold my fingertip on the tops of my Core 2s board's VRMs, under load, only getting very mildly burned. Stay clear of boards with really poor efficie...
by cerbie
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus GTX970 STRIX
Replies: 106
Views: 52270

Re: Asus GTX970 STRIX

My 2nd MSI came in. There's some mild buzzing in some circumstances, but it's otherwise fine, with my ear right up it, at least if v-sync or a frame cap are in use. This is only from a couple hours of open-case testing, so I'm not sure of the buzzing is too bad to let be or not, or if there may be o...
by cerbie
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Best value contender
Replies: 11
Views: 3746

Re: Best value contender

Single high-end GPU is too variable. Stock v. stock, a single GTX 980 could use 100W or more less than a R9 290X (counting common models often over GPU maker's speed specs at "stock"). I paid a bit less than the EVGA 750W's cost for a fanless 500W. I doubt I'll ever reach more than 250W from the wal...