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by eLekTRiK
Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My watercooled P182
Replies: 2
Views: 4988

Nice to see that you only need a 350 watt PSU with a Q core also and video card that you use. Yeah, my back-of-the-envelope calculations went something like CPU ~ 120W, GPU ~ 110W, other ~ 50W. I think the reason most people go for a bigger PSU than they need these days is because many cheap PSUs c...
by eLekTRiK
Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:43 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My watercooled P182
Replies: 2
Views: 4988

My watercooled P182

I finally finished putting together my new rig. The components are a little more power-hungry than a typical silent PC, but I needed the extra cores and overclock for work (saves around 4hrs daily compared to my old 2.4 Northwood), and the video card is fun for occasional gaming. At any rate, I thin...
by eLekTRiK
Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting Experiences with Athlon64 X2
Replies: 17
Views: 6747

I just set up an X2 4400+ on a DFI nF4 UT Ultra-D board. The processor stock VID is just 1.30V, and it also will only accept settings down to 1.10V. I think the 1.10V is a constraint that the processor imposes (just like the FID locks on non-FX CPUs). At the very least, it is not just ASUS. I am not...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help, all components < 22 dBA, still noisy!
Replies: 7
Views: 2700

See how your temps do when you get rid of all the intake fans... your system isn't especially high-power so the combination of PSU and case exhaust fans may be enough to get by. Chipset fans are notoriously whiny. I have been running Zalman NB47J fanless heatsinks on 4 NForce4 boards w/o trouble, bu...
by eLekTRiK
Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Zalman Reserator 1 and HDD Water cooling?
Replies: 27
Views: 11123

The pump in the Reserator is fine for cooling CPU+GPU+NB in my system. It is probably also fine for cooling hard disks, but given that the load temperature may level off at over 40C (depending on how much heat the other components produce) this temperature of water may not be useful for "cooling" ha...
by eLekTRiK
Mon Jul 04, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Zalman Reserator 1 and HDD Water cooling?
Replies: 27
Views: 11123

Can the above happen to the GPU or CPU as well? The idea is that the HDD at 50C is "running hot" while a CPU at 50C is fine. So unless your system is producing too much heat overall for your cooling to handle, this is probably not a concern for the CPU/GPU. Maybe I don't understand the question. Wh...
by eLekTRiK
Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Zalman Reserator 1 and HDD Water cooling?
Replies: 27
Views: 11123

On the topic of using the Reserator for HDD cooling... the Reserator works fine for me cooling CPU+GPU+NB... but when I had my HDDs in the loop, at max load, the water "cooling" was actually acting as a water heater, making my HDDs hotter. I think there were a few basic problems: 1) Load temps that ...
by eLekTRiK
Fri Jun 24, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Looking for experiences with passive PSUs
Replies: 8
Views: 2420

When I first got my Phantom, it made too much buzz for my liking. It has been running w/o problems for roughly half a year now, and the buzzing subsided quite a bit in the first few weeks. The buzz may still be there, but I can't hear it anymore. If yours is new, I suggest giving it some time. Other...
by eLekTRiK
Mon May 23, 2005 2:28 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Zalman ZM-2HC2
Replies: 12
Views: 4237

I think the idea is to have as much surface area as possible exposed to the open air. More heat pipes => more surface area. They probably could have used a heatsink instead, but I am guessing that the heatpipes that they are using are extremely cheap - possibly cheaper than using an aluminum heatsin...
by eLekTRiK
Mon May 23, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Zalman ZM-2HC2
Replies: 12
Views: 4237

afaik, hard disk drives are designed to dissipate most of the heat through the sides. Typically, the sides are in contact with the case (where they are screwed in) and can conduct some heat away like that. As a result, the sides may stay slightly cooler than the rest of the drive. The only spot I ca...
by eLekTRiK
Sun May 15, 2005 3:11 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Stopping the Resserator from leaking gases/vapor
Replies: 43
Views: 14852

I'm using HydrX (the Swiftech stuff).

The nice thing about it is that it is green, so even if something was growing in my water I wouldn't know the difference.

You may be able to buy the HydrX bottles with a quantity discount. I think I got 5 bottles for ~$15.
by eLekTRiK
Mon May 09, 2005 10:29 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Stopping the Resserator from leaking gases/vapor
Replies: 43
Views: 14852

I just put some duct tape over the hole to close the system. It is easy to remove again if you need to equalize pressure to unscrew the cap.
by eLekTRiK
Mon May 02, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: would a phantom work?
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

I am running a system similar to yours but with a beefier GPU, and the Phantom is working fine for me. You may be able to get away with that single 120mm exhaust fan, especially if you are not overclocking.
by eLekTRiK
Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which PSU for MSI K8N NEO4 Platinum?
Replies: 4
Views: 1652

I have 4 systems running on MSI K8N Neo4 (non-Platinum) boards on some cheapo Sparkle 300W PSUs with only the 20-pin connector (as opposed to 24-pin). The PSUs are loud, but the systems are for a compute cluster that I administer remotely so I don't have to listen to them anyway. No stability proble...
by eLekTRiK
Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ElanVital Greenerger PSU <- Is this what we're looking fo
Replies: 32
Views: 11116

As long as you have some sort of exhaust fan running, I don't think you'll have a problem running the Phantom 24/7 (provided that you don't get a dud unit). The way I tested my system was to cram a temperature probe from my fan controller into one of the internal heatsinks in the phantom. That helpe...
by eLekTRiK
Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ElanVital Greenerger PSU <- Is this what we're looking fo
Replies: 32
Views: 11116

Yeah I have some serious concerns about that THG review. I could not find details of their test setup anywhere... I'm starting to wonder if they tested the units with the PSU just laying out on a bench on its own, and I still can't make any sense of their efficiency results. From personal experience...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: DIY Heatpipes for everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 2443

These heat pipes will also work at reduced efficiency unless they are oriented in a "heat-travels-upwards" direction.
by eLekTRiK
Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: DIY Heatpipes for everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 2443

I was in touch with these guys a while ago. It isn't as flexible as you might imagine. You can bend it into place once, but bending it any more often than that (like if you need to add/remove hardware) is likely to break it. Also, at just 45W, you'd need 2-3 of them for high-powered components. Cost...
by eLekTRiK
Sun Mar 20, 2005 1:21 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom Menace - Lota talk, no answers.
Replies: 54
Views: 15179

1. me too 2. me too 3. P4 2.4GHz @3.0GHz, ATI Radeon 9800... not exactly top of the line but I think they burn enough juice to make the point 4. monitor temperatures... if anything looks too hot either add more fans or run your existing fans faster. For this particular PSU, I suggest making sure tha...
by eLekTRiK
Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 256291

No trouble yet with mine, but based on some experiments I wouldn't trust this PSU to run in a system with zero airflow. I've made sure in my setup that there is a slight intake airflow through the PSU. I've had the unit since a few weeks after the product became available to the general public. With...
by eLekTRiK
Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SP1614N Temp Reporting
Replies: 8
Views: 2871

I have 2 SP1614C 160GB drives in SmartDrive 2002C enclosures. They idle at 31-33C. I also noticed that the drive temps don't update very often, and couldn't find a workaround. Not only that, but I've found using an external probe that the drive temperature (measured on the side of the drive) is abou...
by eLekTRiK
Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Very High NorthBridge Temps!
Replies: 4
Views: 1752

Definitely not too hot. Chipsets are specified to run without problems at even higher temperatures than CPUs. Typical CPU throttle is at 70C, but chipsets tend to be rated for operation up to the 90-100C range. I accidentally snapped the retainer on my overclocked 865PE chipset heatsink, and until I...
by eLekTRiK
Tue Nov 16, 2004 10:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Owners, Please give feedback on Antec Phantom hum noise.
Replies: 6
Views: 2184

Mine had some hum when first installed, but it went away after a few days of use. There is still a very slight hum, but nothing I can distinguish without sticking my ear up within a few inches of the case. It seems like it will run very happily provided there is some fan somewhere in the system that...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Nov 03, 2004 12:04 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Speedfan 4.17. New Version.
Replies: 7
Views: 2062

Putz - that wasn't very nice! At least add a smiley or something when joking around... funny though ;)

mai9 - The Temp3 value is probably just the result of not having that sensor in your system. You can configure SpeedFan not to display it.
by eLekTRiK
Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Phantom Buzzing?
Replies: 1
Views: 928

When I first installed my Phantom, the hum was more noticeable. The hum faded over a the course of a few days (or I got deaf... who knows?). My computer sits on my desk just a few feet from my head. Currently I have to be well within one foot (probably just inches) from the case to hear the PSU buzz...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: D8000 VS. Black Knight VS. Evercase 4252
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

I'm having some success with the Black Knight. Pros: The fans are sweet and the case is cheap. Thinner steel is easier to mod, built-in fan control, nice drive bay door design which can also inhibit noise. Not many easy paths for sound to take out of the case. Cons: Thinner steel, front bezel a pain...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Oct 20, 2004 4:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Super Tornado vs Antec Phantom Fanless + Case Fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

I should ask you too, did you consider the SilverStone ST30NF Fanless as well, and if so why did you go with the Phantom? My main reason is that the Phantom has much more amps available between its dual 12V rails. The 17A on the ST30NF is probably enough for either of our current configs but I may ...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Oct 20, 2004 3:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Super Tornado vs Antec Phantom Fanless + Case Fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

I could do a Seasonic plus a case fan as you mention but if I use a rear exhaust that puts 3 fans in close proximity (CPU, PSU, rear exhaust) which seems counterproductive. I mention this because others have reported their Seasonics being too loud when they are solely responsible for exhaust. The C...
by eLekTRiK
Wed Oct 20, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Super Tornado vs Antec Phantom Fanless + Case Fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

Based on what I've read, going with the Phantom + case exhaust fan could be just a pinch quieter, especially if the Seasonic had to spin up its fan to a higher level due to being the only exhaust. Still, it seems like a Phantom is a bit extreme for silencing compared to the noise that other componen...
by eLekTRiK
Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: FYI: Availability of NIDEC Spinpoints in Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 2647

I know it is no guarantee, but I picked up a pair of 160GB NIDEC SATA SpinPoints on NewEgg just a few weeks ago. Maybe just lucky :D