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by merlin
Sun May 22, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case
Replies: 49
Views: 21272

Re: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case

Sadly not my cup of tea because I actually like low rpm fans for their cooling properties Very nice, however should I be concerned about motherboard VRM and chipset cooling with this case? You can always cut a 120mm hole on the top and mount a slow dowdraft fan externally. Actually perhaps two such...
by merlin
Sat May 21, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with quiet, low power games / htpc machine
Replies: 13
Views: 1848

Re: Help with quiet, low power games / htpc machine

I'd guess a Llano quad core might be the best bet, especially if it's low power using only 1 or 2 cores. Llano seems like an insanely good chip for htpcs considering it combines basically a Radeon 5670 with 32nm Athlon/Phenom II cores. Anyways we'll see for sure in a few weeks it seems :)
by merlin
Sat May 21, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Fanless AMD systems??
Replies: 16
Views: 4554

Re: Any Fanless AMD systems??

Most logical thing to me is clear. Wait for Llano 32nm chips. Should blow anything else out of the water in terms of making it easy to be fanless on amd side.
by merlin
Sat May 21, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case
Replies: 49
Views: 21272

Re: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case

Looks like an almost perfect case for fanless htpcs. Sadly not my cup of tea because I actually like low rpm fans for their cooling properties, although this almost makes me want to reconsider that. Definitely something I will recommend to anyone who wants a truly fanless and tiny system though. Als...
by merlin
Wed May 18, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 12
Views: 5197

Re: Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard

Looks like a winner, now to hope the non-deluxe comes out soon, because that's definitely my pick. I like the fact this board actually supplies proper cpu voltage and has good bios functionality. Unless Zotac improves their bios and the weird board quirks such as voltage, they're always going to be ...
by merlin
Wed May 18, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??
Replies: 30
Views: 16165

Re: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??

Yes, it should work: An m-ITX with 6 SATA ports and a 2P SATA controller like HighPoint Rocket 620 (low profile and works with Linux) gives enough ports, and there's room in the PC-Q08 for the drives. Cooling: With the CPU cooler at 1300 rpm, stock case fans at half speed with Zalman Fanmate and 10...
by merlin
Tue May 17, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??
Replies: 30
Views: 16165

Re: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??

Ok now there's one major question. What the heck case are you gonna use that's small enough for mini-itx to make sense plus use 8 sata ports??? It seems pretty illogical to go mini-itx with 8 devices. At that point microatx makes far more sense. I think there is only one such case, the LIAN LI PC-Q...
by merlin
Tue May 17, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??
Replies: 30
Views: 16165

Re: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??

Ok now there's one major question. What the heck case are you gonna use that's small enough for mini-itx to make sense plus use 8 sata ports??? It seems pretty illogical to go mini-itx with 8 devices. At that point microatx makes far more sense.
by merlin
Mon May 16, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??
Replies: 30
Views: 16165

Re: H67, mini-ITX, 6+ SATA ??

Seemed a bit too much to open a new post for this: The Asus P8H67-I rev 3 (non-deluxe) mentioned here seems very interesting for a HTPC/fileserver (6xSATA, digital audio out), does anyone have any idea/data on the power usage? especially compared to the Intel DH67CF (B3)? Thanks! Except one problem...
by merlin
Mon May 16, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10690

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

Omg I'm so mad, was out hanging out with friends and the ISK300-65 was on amazon for freaking $33. Best deal ever, and not there for it. I am extremely disappointed. :/ That woulda been worth buying 2 or 3 even.
by merlin
Thu May 05, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: small, quiet mini-ITX gaming build
Replies: 35
Views: 23478

Re: small, quiet mini-ITX gaming build

of course it's not the fastest card, but i'll challenge you to find one that is half-height low profile card, single slot brackets, not longer than the mini-ITX mobo, that will be able to share the 150w PSU with the i7 CPU, and also give good frame rates in the game. after lots and lots of digging ...
by merlin
Thu May 05, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do you really need these days?
Replies: 12
Views: 1879

Re: How many watts do you really need these days?

These days? Nothing has changed recently. Peak power has plateaued, but not decreased. Maybe idle power is a little lower. HDs aren't major power hogs in modern systems so SSDs don't change anything. But using an integrated GPU uses a lot less power and what has changed recently is that there is ve...
by merlin
Thu May 05, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: small, quiet mini-ITX gaming build
Replies: 35
Views: 23478

Re: small, quiet mini-ITX gaming build

Or the 6670, which is probably still a decent amount slower than the 5750, but still should be pretty good and more power efficient. That's what I plan to use personally for my htpc/lan box once the price drops to around $70
by merlin
Thu May 05, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10690

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

That's a bit iffy since I read the FSP 150 has a 40mm fan, unless that fan spins really slowly or rarely comes on, it would be a risk. I`m using a Seasonic psu with the same form factor, the ss 250u (and if I remember right, the OP does too) which also comes with a 40mm fan. It stays quiet even at ...
by merlin
Wed May 04, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10690

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

I do kind of like the Lian Li PC-Q09, but the price is definitely wrong. It actually costs more than the PC-Q08B, which is ridiculous since one's a tiny case that holds very little. The Q09F includes a very nice FSP 150 watt power supply. If you like Red, Newegg has been selling them for $99 (I thi...
by merlin
Wed May 04, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK-300 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 86
Views: 58023

Re:

sluk wrote:FYI, Antec reply the DC-ATX board of this case support up to 100W power brick.
This is awesome to read. I think this may make my decision to get the ISK300-65 clear since I also have a 90w power brick I can try if the power isn't sufficient.
by merlin
Wed May 04, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10690

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

I'm actually building 2 mini-itx systems, one of which needs to be as small as possible, and one of which is 98% likely to be a Q08b so that there's space for 6 drives. So two different directions for two different purposes. Got the same processor (Core i3-2100) for both systems and a set of hard dr...
by merlin
Tue May 03, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclosures
Replies: 32
Views: 10690

Re: Currently available (2011) really worthy mini-ITX enclos

I'm looking for a good Mini-itx case to house a sandy bridge Core I3-2100 with mini-itx htpc myself, the Antec ISK-300/310-150 would be perfect except the rather poor psu and I'd prefer not to go picopsu if possible. Plus who wants to pay for a second psu? :) I wonder if antec would come out with a ...
by merlin
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SFF Case for Sandy Bridge CPU?
Replies: 21
Views: 5004

Re: SFF Case for Sandy Bridge CPU?

The ISK-300 is a much better idea imho. The only negative is the 150 watt version has a pretty terrible psu.
by merlin
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge on Mini-ITX
Replies: 19
Views: 8181

Re: Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge on Mini-ITX

... the Zotac H67-ITX offers far more functionality than anything else we know of. ... the H67-ITX is the most capable mini-ITX board on the market. As such, its US$150 street price is seems perfectly reasonable I disagree with your closing paragraph, I don't think the Zotac is the most feature fil...
by merlin
Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge on Mini-ITX
Replies: 19
Views: 8181

Re: Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge on Mini-ITX

Hmm, this was a board I was hoping would somehow have better power consumption, but obviously it has the same issues with previous zotac boards. That's too bad, because I would have gladly wanted it otherwise. Plus it's definitely pricey at $150. The non-deluxe asus mini-itx might be more interestin...
by merlin
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS modding for coil whine?
Replies: 4
Views: 1697

Re: UPS modding for coil whine?

Not really doable, first because I need to be able to get to it and see the status lights and info, second because a ton of cables stick out of it.
by merlin
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS modding for coil whine?
Replies: 4
Views: 1697

UPS modding for coil whine?

There's a lot of discussion of modding psus for various reasons and I've heard some talk of using possibly glues for fixing coil whine as well, but I'm guessing a ups would be a lot trickier. I've got an APC SmartUps 1000 that works great except it has a lot of whine(quite a bit louder than my compu...
by merlin
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W @ Jonnyguru
Replies: 12
Views: 1750

Re: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W @ Jonnyguru

Well with a review by HardOCP also. I think it's clear this unit probably beats the X-series in noise along with being more efficient. Killer stuff. I'd say it's the best psu for any single gpu system bar none right now if price is no object.
by merlin
Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: seasonic x650 Gold
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: seasonic x650 Gold

Uh it's actually bigger than standard, not smaller. Normal dimensions would be 5.9 X 5.7 X 3.4" Honestly it doesn't matter, most cases can accommodate up to 6.3" depths easily. If you start getting bigger, it'll tougher to fit. I said mass produced machines. Like HP, Compaq, Dell, Emachines, Acer.....
by merlin
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair CX400 vs Corsair CX430, CX500, CX600
Replies: 30
Views: 25877

Re: Corsair CX400 vs Corsair CX430, CX500, CX600

Is there a way to tell if a 650TX is made by Seasonic based on the serial number or something like that? I'm getting one from Amazon next week and reading this thread is freaking me out... Sure, if it doesn't have an appended C, it should be Seasonic. Also there's a second revision of the tx series...
by merlin
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: seasonic x650 Gold
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: seasonic x650 Gold

Uh it's actually bigger than standard, not smaller. Normal dimensions would be 5.9 X 5.7 X 3.4"
Honestly it doesn't matter, most cases can accommodate up to 6.3" depths easily. If you start getting bigger, it'll tougher to fit.
by merlin
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i7-2600K outpaces Intel top of the line 6 core i7-990X
Replies: 5
Views: 2141

Re: Core i7-2600K outpaces Intel top of the line 6 core i7-9

The 980x/990x is idiotic to purchase imho for 99% of users just because it's far more expensive, far more power hungry, and on a much more expensive platform. Sandy bridge really blows everything out of the water efficiency and speed-wise. I can't see anything else getting recommended unless bulldoz...
by merlin
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W @ Jonnyguru
Replies: 12
Views: 1750

Re: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W @ Jonnyguru

Just read the review on jonnyguru. Assuming no coil whine issues, we may have a new winner for mid-range power psus. It does seem a little too crazy how little the fan runs though.
by merlin
Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 5dBA 120mm Fan.
Replies: 55
Views: 11830

Re: 5dBA 120mm Fan.

Hmm your graphical analysis seems reasonably sound from what I can see assuming things work as you'd expect, but unfortunately I'm nowhere near an expert in how to measure sound and what actually is the main cause of noise in the first place. I'm also wondering if there's some sort of relative minim...