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by deadbolt
Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless Seasonic = Would this work in bottom mount PSU case?
Replies: 4
Views: 2547

Re: Fanless Seasonic = Would this work in bottom mount PSU c

Thanks for all your feedback. I just finished the purchase today. There is a reasonable deal on at Newegg. I am gambling that a positively pressurized case will be okay with the fanless PSU. Here's my current setup: 2 Nexus silent case fan 120mm - Intakes (front) 1 Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 120mm CPU...
by deadbolt
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless Seasonic = Would this work in bottom mount PSU case?
Replies: 4
Views: 2547

Fanless Seasonic = Would this work in bottom mount PSU case?

I am considering purchase of a silent PSU and the Seasonic SS-400FL is at the top of the list. I have a Fractal Define R2 case that has a bottom mounted PSU. I have heard that the Seasonic Fanless need to be mounted in a particular orientation. Would the SS-400FL be a good choice for that case? Are ...
by deadbolt
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 60030

Is anyone besides Newegg going to carry the X-400 and X-460? Their shipping prices and tax (CA) just kill it for me. I'm not sure where you are located but NCIX has the 400 and 460 listed. They show stock in the main Richmond warehouse. Newegg often does deals where they pay the shipping so that mi...
by deadbolt
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 60030

Still waiting for local supplier NCIX to get the 400s and 460s in stock. Even with the promo I think I'm better off waiting until the locals have them. Save the shipping and if they are available in more places it should help drive down the prices.
by deadbolt
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 80Plus Platinum (115v) finally exists
Replies: 20
Views: 4710

The next step should be for the mobo manufacturers to get onboard with 80Plus. Since more and more of the power is getting converted on the motherboard they should have a certification for them. :idea:
by deadbolt
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power meter recomendations
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Power meter recomendations

I am looking to pick up a power meter. Are there any killer features that would be mice to have that are not available on the average 30$ units ?
by deadbolt
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 60030

I'd like to see a review of the passive 460 as well. I am interested in a fanless supply but just don't think the 400 is big enough for my current rig with a 125W CPU 1055T combined with VaporX HD5770 108W Video card add to that the mobo and a dual tuner TV card. Currently I'm on a M12 II 550 Bronze...
by deadbolt
Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Sugo SG07: The Ultimate Mini-ITX Case?
Replies: 17
Views: 10641

600 Watt !

Am I the only one that thinks this is a giant step backwards ? I just can't make sense of needing a 600W PSU in a Mini ITX case. I don't think there is enough slots for SLI or Xfire so why bother with the killer PSU ? If you dump lots of money on a video setup would you waste your investment on an I...
by deadbolt
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 60030

-- Seasonic Rep A question about the complete X series - will Seasonic start providing custom length cables and if not why ? In many SFF projects for example the 58cm long 24-pin cable is extremly long. Currently our facilities in the US & EU are not equipped to deal with customized cabling as we w...
by deadbolt
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 80Plus Platinum (115v) finally exists
Replies: 20
Views: 4710

If it were Seasonic's name on the 80+ Platinum PSU it would not be a "small incremental increase" over 80+Gold, we'd all be singing the praises of the spanking new Seasonic with the "difficult to attain 80 Plus Platinum" rating. The 80+ database is flooded with Gold ratings. The platinum rated PSUs ...
by deadbolt
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help with VRMs - a couple questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1166

Help with VRMs - a couple questions

I have a couple questions regarding current motherboards. Are the VRMs linear or switching regulators ? What supply voltage does the VRMs use to derive the 1.5V ? Why no 1.5V output on ATX supplies ? I understand if we use higher voltage we can use less current and therefore smaller gauge wiring but...
by deadbolt
Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Would plain oil immersion in an aquarium work?
Replies: 4
Views: 3285

There's all kinds of videos on YouTube showing systems running in an aquarium full of mineral oil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJdUhtD1 ... re=related
by deadbolt
Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: quietest CPU cooler that doesn't clog w/ dust?
Replies: 14
Views: 2569

Hmm...what to do with those sexy black stocking that have runs in them. Use a cut up nylon (sheer) stocking or a J-cloth over your air intakes so the machine has a clean supply of air. All of the components are going to be better off if they don't have an insulating blanket of dust on them. Check th...
by deadbolt
Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: THE end all most quiet keyboard EVER! (from IBM nonetheless)
Replies: 62
Views: 96463

Logitech illuminated wired board is very quiet

The Logitech Illuminated keyboard is very quiet. The board has very short keystrokes so I guess it is considered a notebook style but it has a full numeric keypad, three keys for audio and one for keyboard lighting. Personally I would have preferred a large L shaped enter key but it does have a rath...
by deadbolt
Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for ATI based card 5770 preferred but want quiet
Replies: 8
Views: 2100

Mozartrules, that's a very nice monitor. Even with a monster like that I'd still opt for a secondary say a 21" in portrait mode for web browsing and office documents. Most web pages seem to be in portrait. I wonder if that will ever change. I find the on board video to be very slow on my new PC whic...
by deadbolt
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for ATI based card 5770 preferred but want quiet
Replies: 8
Views: 2100

Looking for ATI based card 5770 preferred but want quiet

I'm putting together a new dual monitor setup. Currently I use 2x 19"CRTs but I plan to replace them with 24"LCDs when I find the right monitor. I think 1900x1200 LED IPS has some benefit for my application. What I am pondering is with Win7 x64 what (ATI) video card will be best to get snappy graphi...
by deadbolt
Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q: process used in mfg HS fins w rough surface
Replies: 6
Views: 1929

I've seen all kinds of smooth aluminum surfaced ones as well. Think back to the 80486 heatsinks. I've heard the term "bifurcated" used to describe fins and was wondering if it may involve a process like using a cheese slicer that slices fins into two or more smaller fins leaving a chaffed surface.
by deadbolt
Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q: Heat pipes need gravity - do they work better vertically
Replies: 6
Views: 2638

Thank you for the insightful replies. Yes I should have searched and can see the importance on very busy boards. Is it all that critical on quieter boards when activity inspires more frequent visits ? Some boards look pretty stagnant even though they do contain pertinent information. I am still left...
by deadbolt
Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q: Heat pipes need gravity - do they work better vertically
Replies: 6
Views: 2638

Q: Heat pipes need gravity - do they work better vertically

The way I understand heat pipes is that they perform a phase change causing a liquid to evaporate. As the gas comes into contact with a cooler metal part it looses energy and condenses. Gravity carries the liquid back to the heating element and the cycle continues. So if gravity is needed how can a ...
by deadbolt
Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q: process used in mfg HS fins w rough surface
Replies: 6
Views: 1929

Q: process used in mfg HS fins w rough surface

What process is used to create the rough surfaces on the heat sink fins ? I have a copper Thermalright HSF in my pc and it has smooth fins but I also have a few Intel and AMD aluminum heatsinks with the rough surfaced fins. This might be hard to visualize but if you removed one fin, the surfaces are...
by deadbolt
Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec P180 Airflow Diagram. 3 Chambers. 8800GTS w/ HR-03
Replies: 10
Views: 4748

Don't worry about cardboard (or paper) igniting in a computer. The hottest part of a PC is less than half the flash-point temperature of paper (451F). However, cardboard will degrade significantly (and eventually crumble) even at 100F, so plastic is a better long-term choice for baffles and ducts. ...
by deadbolt
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec P180 Airflow Diagram. 3 Chambers. 8800GTS w/ HR-03
Replies: 10
Views: 4748

How many fans are you going to use. I count at least 5 maybe 6 which is allot. isnt lots of slow fans quieter than a few loud fans? to push the same ammount of air You did not answer my question. 5 or 6 fans seems like allot for three tunnels. I would think you could do as good with 4 fans. You may...
by deadbolt
Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec P180 Airflow Diagram. 3 Chambers. 8800GTS w/ HR-03
Replies: 10
Views: 4748

How many fans are you going to use. I count at least 5 maybe 6 which is allot.
by deadbolt
Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for sound deadening panels
Replies: 30
Views: 16522

Blacktree wrote: Foam rubber, as used in computer cases, is only thick enough to effectively absorb the higher-pitch noise.
I should have added that the foam I am using is at least 2" thick.
by deadbolt
Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for sound deadening panels
Replies: 30
Views: 16522

You hit one of my pet peeves. Tape.... I would never recommend someone use tape on their system. Ever! Given enough time duct tape turns into a gooey mess. Only removable with strong solvents. Masking tape petrifies with no known solvent, and scotch tape needs to be chiseled off with a razor then ba...
by deadbolt
Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: about to get a P180B, how many fans to order?
Replies: 4
Views: 2338

I was about to commit to a similar system 182se but after seeing the Antec 900 I am pondering if it might suit me better even though it is a gamer case and I could care less about case windows and games.

So what's with the thick fan and where do you plan to use all your fans ?
by deadbolt
Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 - LEDs showing through right side of case
Replies: 5
Views: 3143

A simple resistor will dim the LED

Adding a 2k ohm resistor will dim the LED substantially. Buy a 5pack of 2k 1/8 watt resistors. Cut one lead to the led and wire in the resistor. Add more in series if it is still too bright. Nominal values for LED resistors are less than 400ohm, but since the blue LEDs are so efficient you'll need t...
by deadbolt
Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for sound deadening panels
Replies: 30
Views: 16522

Which begs the question............

Has SPCR ever done a comparative review of sound dampening materials. This would be an interesting to perform. I envision a test of 4 PCs with identical base system components and cases and cloned HDDs, then mod each case with sound dampening material in a way that might be typical of a DIY isntall ...
by deadbolt
Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for sound deadening panels
Replies: 30
Views: 16522

The sound dampening sheets I normally use are PF 365 made by Pro Form http://proformproducts.com/ These are very heavy bituminous panels designed for cars. All of my PCs are very heavy from liberal application.. ok, obsessive compulsive application of this stuff. There are many interestng roofing pr...
by deadbolt
Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for sound deadening panels
Replies: 30
Views: 16522

Looking for sound deadening panels

I am planning a new Quad Core system and wanted to start with a case, power supply and fans. Planning on an Antec P182SE case with Nexus 120mm fans, lots of acoustic foam and generous application of those heavy peel and stick sound deadening panels. Leaning toward a Sythe Ninja HS. On all my previou...