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by merlin
Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Corsair VX450 fan seems loud
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: My Corsair VX450 fan seems loud

I think compared to some of the newer psus out there, the VX450 will never be nearly as quiet. Over the years depending on the person, a number have said it's quiet, but not silent. If you can, I'd say the best option is to return it and buy something from the recommended list that's known to be qui...
by merlin
Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus EAH6850: does yours meet up to the review?
Replies: 19
Views: 7969

Re: Asus EAH6850: does yours meet up to the review?

Testing on mine shows about 1590rpm at 22%, I can't get it to drop below this. It is definitely quiet enough to be lower noise than my current hard drives, not sure how it'll be when I build my next system later this year. Max speed is 4000rpm, 50% is 2875 rpm, which is definitely hearable. 35% is 1...
by merlin
Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Intel 6-series chips are damaged goods, now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: Intel 6-series chips are damaged goods, now what?

Why not wait until mid-march-aprilish before upgrading?
by merlin
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall
Replies: 34
Views: 22859

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall

Semiaccurate, aka completely inaccurate crap fud. It's sad I think semiaccurate is more fud than fudzilla. We've already gotten a pretty good detailed explanation directly sourced from Intel by Anandtech that explains exactly what went wrong and that it was because of a new shipping revision of the ...
by merlin
Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall
Replies: 34
Views: 22859

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall

While it's obviously egg on the face. Intel totally did right. They announced the issue in a relatively timely manner( and are basically funding a refund/repair of everyone's motherboards. Far better than the problems with apple, toyota, nvidia, bp *cough cough*, etc. There are many companies that h...
by merlin
Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-760 or CP-850?
Replies: 6
Views: 1641

Re: Seasonic X-760 or CP-850?

The advantage of the CP-850 is that it's really cheap for the wattage and really quiet. But I think The seasonic x-series is likely one of the few that can rival the CP in quietness, while having higher efficiency, but I assume it'll cost more. Of course it's also standard sized which can be both an...
by merlin
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey
Replies: 50
Views: 14662

Re: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey

Whoa I thought this thread was dead since nobody replied for a while. I haven't done much testing yet since I was waiting for a way to edit the bios itself. Since that seems like an option more, I'm going to see if I can make adjustments as well. My card is pretty quiet in general, but it could cert...
by merlin
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Serenity i7 Sandy Bridge PC, SPCR Edition, by Puget Computer
Replies: 34
Views: 15764

Re: Serenity i7 Sandy Bridge PC, SPCR Edition, by Puget Comp

does not mean that everybody else uses it in same way. Fair point, why not then use a much much cheaper lower powered PSU and wipe at least $100 off of the bill.? Sacrafices can and are made everywhere, this particular system was made for Dr X, if you are Mr Y, or Miss Z, I am as sure they can do s...
by merlin
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics (Updated)
Replies: 46
Views: 17772

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics

I appreciate the break down ... I'm running a Q6600 2.4Ghz system, I will upgrade when 5Ghz systems come out. I don't move until a doubling of tech has been made available. If you mean doubling, I think sandy bridge at 4ghz is probably going to be at least double the speed of a Q6600. GHZ doesn't m...
by merlin
Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommend a quiet gigawatt or higher PSU?
Replies: 10
Views: 1440

Re: Recommend a quiet gigawatt or higher PSU?

Now what you can say is I'm doubtful it'll use over 600 watts. Absolutely no need for a giga...or kilowatt psu. A good 750-850 would suffice.
by merlin
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone else looking forward to a 6970?
Replies: 17
Views: 3976

Re: Anyone else looking forward to a 6970?

It looks like the big issue with the 6970 is kind of fermi syndrone. The original GTX 480 was fast, but also very power hungry and with a lot of features not for gaming. This is kind of how the 5870 evolved into the 6970. I think bang for the buck-wise, the 6850 and 6870 are much better choices. The...
by merlin
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will the Antec Solo get too hot with these components?
Replies: 5
Views: 841

Re: Will the Antec Solo get too hot with these components?

I'm running an Asus Radeon 6850 in a solo. Perfectly fine and good temps for everything. I was a bit surprised because mike's review showed a 10 degree temp increase for the cpu/mobo with this card. But the 5830 is a really bad choice, it's way less efficient than the 5850 or 6850.
by merlin
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey
Replies: 50
Views: 14662

Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey

The Radeon 6850 looks like a great balanced card for silence + gaming. I just picked up an Asus 6850 and I was curious what stable undervolts anyone is getting? I've gotten to 1.05v and it seems pretty stable, but I haven't pushed the boundaries yet since I haven't had the time to find a perfect sta...
by merlin
Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone else looking forward to a 6970?
Replies: 17
Views: 3976

Re: Anyone else looking forward to a 6970?

Considering I just bought a 6850, not from a personal standpoint. But I gladly await the battle to the death between nvidia and amd from a practical viewpoint. Also the 6970 is way above my power threshold. I'm addicted to low power, but fast systems :)
by merlin
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
Replies: 51
Views: 22440

Re: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

Woohoo, just ordered the Asus 6850 also :) Can't wait to undervolt this little friend too. Thanks for the timely review Mike!
by merlin
Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo upgrade soon?
Replies: 71
Views: 20722

Re: Antec Solo upgrade soon?

Depressing. I haven't seen antec do any innovation for classy and quiet cases in ages. The dark fleet is ugly and pointless for gaudy gamers.
by merlin
Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico Psu review at jonnyguru
Replies: 2
Views: 774

Pico Psu review at jonnyguru

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=207 I think this review proves that the picopsu is a nice small package, but has some major drawbacks compared to a normal sized psu. The falling out of 12v voltage regulation specs is scary with certain power bricks. Also not a fan o...
by merlin
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ review)
Replies: 20
Views: 6511

Re: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ r

Yep I should say I'm a gamer too, not really high end, but I would prefer a video card like a Radeon 6850. That's not the easiest thing to keep quiet. My goal is to have a silent, but very fast pc. I also dislike fanless because fanless means poorer cooling. I'd prefer the lowest temperature, lowest...
by merlin
Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ review)
Replies: 20
Views: 6511

Re: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ r

I'd beg to differ that any useful technology on the high end can also come down to help with lower end devices. This is very similar to the trends in cars, many high end technologies are now things that we can get in inexpensive vehicles. Such as dual clutch transmissions used to be only in the 50k+...
by merlin
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 80Plus Platinum (115v) finally exists
Replies: 20
Views: 4679

Re: 80Plus Platinum (115v) finally exists

Unobtanium is when it's like 101% efficiency and it actually gives power back right? :p
by merlin
Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:12 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modular, quiet 500-600W PSU
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: Modular, quiet 500-600W PSU

I still love my HX520, but there's no way I'd buy it new now. It's a totally outdated model at this point. You might as well pick up something newer with high efficiency and a quieter fan. Also it's not like the HX520 is particularly cheap either.
by merlin
Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Upgrading from Nexus 430w Value (HD6870)
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Upgrading from Nexus 430w Value (HD6870)

Really dependent on your other components, but the 6870 has a max tdp of 151w, so you shouldn't be anywhere near the max of your psu unless you have some other power hungry components.
by merlin
Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini-ITX Mini Tower Case
Replies: 53
Views: 45464

Non-SPCR review of the PC-Q11 here (posted on the Cases forum): http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/LianLi/PC-Q11/ I do like the look of this case better -- it is taller than the Q08 but has a much smaller footprint. Would like it better if it were shorter, since I personally don't see the appeal of...
by merlin
Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-650 and X-750 superseded ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1321

Yep, nothing more than updating the model line to match up with the newer ones. Either way they have a long warranty backing them up.
by merlin
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini-ITX Mini Tower Case
Replies: 53
Views: 45464

This has been my dream NAS case ever since I first heard about it. It's unfortunate the drive cage vibration issue, but if that's the only issue, I'm sure I can come up with some sort of solution. It's annoying how almost no company has come out with a good many drive case in a small form factor, bu...
by merlin
Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a NAS box and using ZFS, question about PSU
Replies: 7
Views: 5343

Re: Building a NAS box and using ZFS, question about PSU

That's funny, you have almost exactly the same specs I'm thinking of getting for my nas box. The only concern I have is that the Zotac mini-itx board is not very power efficient. Anyways personally I think I will be putting a Truepower New 550W in the system because it's something I ended up getting...
by merlin
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair Gold AX850 PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 8777

Another boring review of another boringly great PSU ;) * Is it too much to want a PSU like this in < 500W range and at < $ 100? * smiley is here for joyless haters who need it to properly read the post... It might be boring, but it certainly gives us proof that unlike the latest Corsair HX psus, th...
by merlin
Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 80+ Gold = very quiet ??
Replies: 9
Views: 2277

Major misconception here. Being efficient doesn't guarantee any type of quietness. An 80plus gold psu could easily have a terrible fan controller + low quality fan and be quite loud. Now having less heat to dissipate will generally help a manufacturer keep fan speeds down, but not every psu is a fre...
by merlin
Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 80Plus Platinum (115v) finally exists
Replies: 20
Views: 4679

OddSilence, you're making me wonder what the maximum theoretical limit for efficiency in a switching power supply could be. I think the main advantage of these efficiency increases is more about having technology be released and than slowly trickle down into the cheaper models. More cheap and effici...
by merlin
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo upgrade soon?
Replies: 71
Views: 20722

Beyond the great suggestions made so far, one other important thing. The front power/reset buttons need to be much sturdier/better designed to handle a serious press. I've broken my button twice now without even using that much force. Should be a pretty easy fix methinks :)