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by flyingsherpa
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best silent hard drives in 2020?
Replies: 3
Views: 949

best silent hard drives in 2020?

Just curious what everyone is buying for silent drives these days. The industry seems to have slowed down a lot as the tech has leveled out and SSDs have ramped up, but many of us still need mass storage and want it to be quiet. This is definitely major area that I miss official SPCR reviews for...
by flyingsherpa
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?
Replies: 35
Views: 27493

Re: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?

So it cant be fixed ? how hot does it get while browsing? this is disheartening, i dont want the fan to become noise browsing the internet, thats nuts I have not seen this reported elsewhere, and I've read many reviews. It could be an issue with his particular setup? It's certainly not universal......
by flyingsherpa
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B SCSK-1100 4-pin on old 3-pin mobo?
Replies: 5
Views: 2986

Re: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B SCSK-1100 4-pin on old 3-pin mobo

An 8-year follow-up, that might be a record!
by flyingsherpa
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: the impossible quest of finding a dead quiet, low-power SFX
Replies: 6
Views: 2819

Re: the impossible quest of finding a dead quiet, low-power

I have the SF450 platinum and a low power system (see signature)... I've never heard the fan turn on, even in the summer with 95F ambients. I just don't pull enough power to trigger it. I think they claim the fan turns on based on wattage, not temperature, but am not sure. In any case, I've never pu...
by flyingsherpa
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua NH-U12
Replies: 2
Views: 2539

Re: Noctua NH-U12

It'll perform fine, though I had to swap the included "F" series fan to an "A" series due to noise... the A is a huge improvement.
by flyingsherpa
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1030 Video Decode Disapointment
Replies: 22
Views: 9017

Re: GTX 1030 Video Decode Disapointment

No Kodi is generally fine, I haven't seen any stutter or framerate dips. On the other hand I don't have any 4k vp9 videos that I play on kodi, most of it is still x264. This video seems to stutter really bad, and its only 1080p @ 24 so there must be something else going on https://www.youtube.com/w...
by flyingsherpa
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1030 Video Decode Disapointment
Replies: 22
Views: 9017

Re: GTX 1030 Video Decode Disapointment

This one pushes it regularly to 100% on various parts of the video at 4K, sometimes there are stutters at even 1080p https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVWLD3064Ng I think there might be a compositing issue going on as well, as if I move the mouse a bit so the cursor is visible on the full screen vide...
by flyingsherpa
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1030 Video Decode Disapointment
Replies: 22
Views: 9017

Re: GTX 1030 Video Decode Disapointment

Could you post some links to video examples? I've never had an issue with my 2400g (integrated Vega 11), which is often compared to the 1030 in performance, so I'm curious if I see the same issues on the same videos.

Could you just rig a new fan on the 1050ti, or did the card die?
by flyingsherpa
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent 4TB+ HDD at idle
Replies: 8
Views: 8845

Re: Silent 4TB+ HDD at idle

I never liked suspending drives, personally. What I have done for many years is put the bare drive on two .5" thick strips of sorbothane, one running along each side on the bottom. The sorbothane then rests on a layer of foam, at least .5" thick. The sorbo absorbs vibes and raises the drive off the ...
by flyingsherpa
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: WD Elements 10TB $159 @ NewEgg on Sept 5 only
Replies: 1
Views: 2741

Re: WD Elements 10TB $159 @ NewEgg on Sept 5 only

Anyone have one of these and can comment on noise? I believe these have "relabeled" WD Reds in them, which have some reports as not being quiet at higher capacities.
by flyingsherpa
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet down Ryzen 5 3600 in FD R5
Replies: 19
Views: 12442

Re: Quiet down Ryzen 5 3600 in FD R5

It shouldn't be hard to quietly cool this 65W CPU. If he's using PBO, it's no longer a 65 W CPU... but still, you're right, it shouldn't be that much worse. OP, that heatsink and CPU should work well. Things to try: - Tweak fan profile curve... sounds like you thought of that, but this can make a h...
by flyingsherpa
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 26
Views: 28894

Re: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

Abula,
I assume you have those 12TB Ironwolfs now? Can you comment on their noise (were newegg reviewers accurate)?
by flyingsherpa
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 3.5" HDD dock - recommendation please
Replies: 5
Views: 6979

Re: 3.5" HDD dock - recommendation please

I have a similar unit... never had an issue with spin-up, but did have an issue with sustained operations (like cloning a 3TB drive to another 3TB drive). Like after 20-30 minutes of continuous writing, the speed dropped dramatically. I opened the box and put small heatsinks (from a raspberry pi kit...
by flyingsherpa
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Vertical hard drive holder?
Replies: 0
Views: 13143

Vertical hard drive holder?

I've decoupled my hard drive in my case the same way for many many years: it's screwed to a tray and that tray rests on some .5" thick sorbothane pads, which then rests on a layer foam, all resting on the bottom of my case. They tray allows airflow over the top and bottom, which is really the only r...
by flyingsherpa
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The state of fans in 2019?
Replies: 8
Views: 8153

Re: The state of fans in 2019?

Just a late update. I ended up buying a PWM A12x25 for my bottom intake (InWin A1, which has a dust filter), and an S12 as the rear exhaust (no filter). It's working well. I then decided I wasn't happy with the NH-L12s and switched to a NH-U12s, which has much better performance, but its fan (F12, I...
by flyingsherpa
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Ryzen 3000 chips leaked
Replies: 52
Views: 29642

Re: New AMD Ryzen 3000 chips leaked

X570's BIGGEST Problem.... (Ryzen 3000) MSI @ Computex 2019 Yeah, that is pretty disappointing as I'm planning to build a Ryzen 3000 to replace one of my passively cooled Haswell PC I built almost six years ago. The new PC will still be very compact but no longer passively cooled as I need somethin...
by flyingsherpa
Thu May 30, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?
Replies: 35
Views: 27493

Re: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?

Noctua has supported AM4 socket for quite a while now. Though not all models have support by default, some need an add-on kit (free from Noctua, last I checked). But check compatibility, most now have it in the box. The massive D15 may or may not fit... check a site like pcpartpicker, you can probab...
by flyingsherpa
Tue May 28, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Ryzen 3000 chips leaked
Replies: 52
Views: 29642

Re: New AMD Ryzen 3000 chips leaked

Anyone else having flashbacks of the Zalman chipset heatsinks? Especially the blue one, where you'd have to "comb" it over sometimes to fit in a graphics card. Good times...

And 11W really doesn't seem like much. Surprised all the OEMs so far are doing fans instead of a Zalman-like heatsink.
by flyingsherpa
Mon May 06, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread
Replies: 26
Views: 15334

Re: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread

Thx. I got through maybe 8 min of it. His perspective is basically: 570 gives more fps and is cheaper, power use doesn't matter except for maybe a small percentage of people . My perspective is: power use matters as it affects heat and noise. So, different viewpoints, different conclusions. <shrugs...
by flyingsherpa
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are WD Red 6TB as quiet as 3TB?
Replies: 3
Views: 5303

Re: Are WD Red 6TB as quiet as 3TB?

I have heard of shucking, but didn't know all those details, thanks. I guess I am leaning towards a NAS eventually, but part of me really likes the simplicity of one PC only... don't have to worry about managing multiple devices. I have been reading about the ODROID HC-2 a bit, it seems darn simple ...
by flyingsherpa
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are WD Red 6TB as quiet as 3TB?
Replies: 3
Views: 5303

Are WD Red 6TB as quiet as 3TB?

I've seen several people here comment that Reds larger than 6TB are not quiet, but I'm not sure I've seen many comparisons of 3TB and 6TB. Ideally I'd want larger than 6, but I'd rather have the quietness... basically, if the 3 and 6 are basically the same, I'll get a 6. But if the 6 is noticeably l...
by flyingsherpa
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The state of fans in 2019?
Replies: 8
Views: 8153

Re: The state of fans in 2019?

Woah, cool charts, Abula... what tool/software is that?

I'm still deciding on getting both or just going with an A12. Last night I realized I have the thinner A12x15 on my heatsink, and it is indeed a great fan.
by flyingsherpa
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The state of fans in 2019?
Replies: 8
Views: 8153

Re: The state of fans in 2019?

Thanks guys, do you recommend that A12x25 for use as intake/exhaust fans too? I see it's excellent on heatsinks / rads (higher pressure scenarios), but some say the S12x25 might be better as a case fan (good for more airflow at lower pressures). I believe my motherboard has decent PWM control, so I ...
by flyingsherpa
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The state of fans in 2019?
Replies: 8
Views: 8153

The state of fans in 2019?

I'm in the middle of a new build and am looking for 120mm fan recommendations. A lot has changed since the recommended list was last updated. I know SPCR isn't quite what it used to be, but surely we can get a sticky here with a summary of currently available fans and users' reviews/recommendations?...
by flyingsherpa
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 66
Views: 37283

Re: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?

The iPad was successful but it didn't really replace the computer or the tablet PC for most sane people. I mean, it wasn't supposed to, so that seems a silly nit to pick. It become a content consumption device, a toy, and specific use case product like for restaurant PoS systems or smart homes. Whi...
by flyingsherpa
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Modest Video Card to keep me quiet?
Replies: 9
Views: 6140

Re: Modest Video Card to keep me quiet?

There are some passive GT 1030 models out there, and even some passive GTX 1050ti (Kalit Palmx, IIRC). If you're feeling sporty, undervolting a GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X a bit can get its power consumption (and noise) very low. Even at stock it might be ok.
by flyingsherpa
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SFF silent build for e-mail etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 4391

Re: SFF silent build for e-mail etc.

What about an all-in-one? Doesn't get smaller footprint than that. My dad has a 3 yr old Dell one (Inspiron 24, IIRC) with decent specs. Not as quiet as I'd like (SPCR fanatic here), but definitely quiet enough for him. It actually has "HDMI in" too, so can be used with a different PC one day (I tol...
by flyingsherpa
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: CES 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 6760

Re: CES 2019

Don't know what you need for resources/horsepower for the 3D modeling...but if all you need is a basic card, consider a used GTX 1050 2GB or GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. I'm pretty happy with the MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X I got off of eBay for $100. Steve, is the noise on that 1050ti good? When I did a recent b...
by flyingsherpa
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet cooler for a Ryzen 2600
Replies: 10
Views: 7999

Re: Quiet cooler for a Ryzen 2600

If you mean XFR2/PBO, I thought that was only on the x models? I might be confused... I recently bought a Ryzen 2400g and put a noctua NH-L12s on it. It got hotter than I liked during some loads, though I suspect something weird was going on with my boost clocks (I was getting all cores at max boost...
by flyingsherpa
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 66
Views: 37283

Re: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?

For some reason this thread (from 2010!) popped into my head just now, so I'm necro-posting to bring it back on the radar for the lolz. It's hilarious how much vitriol people were posting here for a product that went on to become so wildly successful and iconic. I'm not a fanboy, but many of these c...