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by cmthomson
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 54872

Chris, what temperature is your video card when it is idling? I have the x800XL version of the passive Gigabyte card that idles near 50C in my P180. Thanks for writing up your work! Jason I am not aware of any way to measure the temperature on this card. It is a GIGABYTE GV-RX80L256V. The heat pipe...
by cmthomson
Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is Antec P180 best case for silence?
Replies: 26
Views: 7499

Btw, Acousti-Pack (as we discussed in the other thread) DOES suck up cavity resonance no? Rendering it superior to these vinyl sheets? Since I intend to use Acousti-Pack in a P180 anyway. Thanks ~ Kris :D When I had fan resonance in various parts of the P180, AcoustPack foam didn't help. What did h...
by cmthomson
Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How much power does your system draw at idle (Poll)
Replies: 70
Views: 45842

so, what is the best, most inexpensive and accurate way to measure power at the wall socket? I'm happy with the Seasonic PowerAngel: http://www.seasonicusa.com/products.php?lineId=8 Lots of features, easy to use, reusable to measure any appliance over short or long time periods. It's not cheap thou...
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My future Rock Solid, Rock Silent DAW : Advices needed !
Replies: 33
Views: 9782

By the way, and this is important to me : I'm still hesitating about the choice of the CPU / Motherboard . I've read tons of review saying that the AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000 series just outperform every single Pentium D 900 series out there... I mean, how is this possible ? The D 900 series have 4MB of...
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is Antec P180 best case for silence?
Replies: 26
Views: 7499

I've already got a suitable PSU (Seasonic S12-600) and it does just fine (it's quiet too!). I'm a bit sceptical to passive PSUs overall (and as I understand, once the 80mm fan of the Antec Phantom spins up, it's actually louder than the Seasonic S12-series). You can run a Phantom 500 passive in a P...
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:55 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja SCNJ-1000 Copper Base Is Concave!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 5611

I couldn't get consistant contact across my Pentium-D and temps were pretty bad. Looking closer at the base, I can see fine arched grooves like a grinding wheel was used. Also around two of the base screws the edges are rounded off and continue up along the side till half way. Other side has sharp ...
by cmthomson
Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 54872

diver wrote:I have discovered the ultimate computer quieting technique. Its even more effective than placing the machine in another room. I am using my notebook poolside in Mexico.
Yep, a Mexican poolside would even silence a deisel generator...

Enjoy your holiday, and hoist a marguerita for me!
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 54872

Asian Dub Foundation wrote:how well does the BGA sinks stick to the VRMS? im thinking about the same mod to my ASUS for they are also naked VRMS
At first they don't stick very well, but after a few hot/cold cycles they are very solid.
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 54872

I'm not sure if this was brought up before; I did a quick text search for "tv card" on the three pages of this thread and didn't find anything. In the final picture , the TV tuner is in the PCI slot right below the video card. I was wondering if there is any reason like fiddly operation or IRQ conf...
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My future Rock Solid, Rock Silent DAW : Advices needed !
Replies: 33
Views: 9782

You must use DDR2 memory. Your old memory is destined for eBay...
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My future Rock Solid, Rock Silent DAW : Advices needed !
Replies: 33
Views: 9782

When purchasing a 9xx D CPU, make sure you get the "C" stepping. Earlier versions did not support the low power modes that reduce power while idling. I was a big fan (pun intended) of the AcoustiFan DustProofs, until I did a direct comparison with Nexus. Although the Nexus orange fans are garish, th...
by cmthomson
Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is Antec P180 best case for silence?
Replies: 26
Views: 7499

It's a good choice if you don't mind ending up with a big heavy expensive box. It doesn't come with a power supply; many people pair it with an Antec Phantom. The fans that come with it are rather loud; most people replace them, typically with Nexus or Scythe. The Antec P150 (which does come with a ...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My future Rock Solid, Rock Silent DAW : Advices needed !
Replies: 33
Views: 9782

Well that's a bit overstated. The 950D consumes about the same power as an 830D, and I was able to cool and quiet mine. The performance claims are dubious from both sides of the debate. Do you mean that I'll be able to cool down an Intel 950D with P180 Fans and the Scynthe Ninja ? Unfortunately, th...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My future Rock Solid, Rock Silent DAW : Advices needed !
Replies: 33
Views: 9782

I urge you to buy a Scythe Ninja instead. The tower-style fits in perfectly with the two fans located oh-so-close to the CPU socket in the P180. Okay, passive cooling it is. But someone warned me that, in first place, passive cooling was good to go for AMD64 X2 3400+ max. Don't you think that the O...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 54872

I would like to know which specific applications you use, or intended to use, when designing the PC around the Intel CPU. Mostly video AVI/MPEG2 recoding and audio MP3/CDA with Screenblast, Cinema Craft, TMPGEnc, DVD-lab and Nero. The choice of CPU was driven mostly by prejudice, not benchmarks, al...
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - Socket 775 HSF
Replies: 36
Views: 104087

FWIW, as a former architect at Amdahl, I can tell you that most ICs are designed to last five years at 105C. Of course that's the mean...
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Thermalright HR-05 chip(set) cooler
Replies: 46
Views: 16952

That link went to the push pin pdf, but you are right, the clip style pdf seems to match the P5LD2 style HS mount.

But I already have ducts installed that cool the NB very well, so this is mostly a matter of curiousity.

Thanks for the pointer.
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5600

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by cmthomson
Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Thermalright HR-05 chip(set) cooler
Replies: 46
Views: 16952

I was taking another look at the HR-05, and saw that Thermalright has updated their web page to include a pretty comprehensive motherboard compatibility list. It is here: http://www.thermalright.com/a_page/main_support_faq_motherboard_hr05.htm The list includes the ASUS P5LD2, but I'm skeptical: tha...
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 54872

I recently got a 3 5.25 slot 120mm fan from Scythe that fits above my dvd burner and blows cold air right into the front of the ninja. It doesnt have a silenx fan (I ran out) but the quiet one that comes with it. I didn't respond right away, but your comment sent me down a radical path that I'm jus...
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best damping material(s) for P180?
Replies: 26
Views: 7697

[*] Acousti Products Acoustifan Vibration-dampers for fans (4-Pack) Are these AcoustiFan Case-fan DustPROOF 120mm superior to the Nexus fans (for silent usage)? They cost about twice as much as a single Nexus fan (Dustproof = $40, Nexus = $20). The fan mount kits work well. To properly install one ...
by cmthomson
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Change the fan in Phantom 500?
Replies: 2
Views: 999

Possible, but not particularly easy. First, you void the warranty by breaking the seal. Second, you pop off the back part that holds the fan by inserting a tiny screwdriver into a hole on the side, releasing the clip. Then you replace the fan (soldering may be required). Finally snap the fan holder ...
by cmthomson
Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: high idle temp on new build. worried newbie here.
Replies: 18
Views: 3667

just an update. Ive dropped my case fans to low again. Ive installed speedfan 4.28. it shows my idle cpu temp as being 41C? If i run burnin v1.01 it climbs to 53C and settles. Who should i believe regarding the temps? I still havent updated the bios as intels site seems to be offline or something. ...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: high idle temp on new build. worried newbie here.
Replies: 18
Views: 3667

hmmmmmm cmthomson thanks for the input. I did indeed remove the plastic but when i did i noticed the base wasnt the cleanest. it had some kind of residue. Also the d920 bizarrely had some slight marks that looked like it had been previously used (i freaked about this for a while but the box was com...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: high idle temp on new build. worried newbie here.
Replies: 18
Views: 3667

A 920D consumes about 80% as much power as an 830D. My 830D idles at 51C with a duct and fan (700RPM Nexus) on a Ninja. Your system has much more airflow, so I'd say something is wrong. You should be seeing something in the 40's. The way you describe using the Arctic Silver 5 sounds okay. But your l...
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: My Ninja has been defeated...
Replies: 23
Views: 5390

Take a look at the OC'd P4 [EDIT: P 830 D] article . The fan is mounted very low on the Ninja. In my setup, that was not possible. My fan could only be lowered on the hs to the top of my memory sticks. Leaving a good 3/4 inch between the buttom of the fan and the surface of the motherboard. That ex...
by cmthomson
Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: any cheap way to turn on a fan automatically?
Replies: 10
Views: 3420

Well, I don't know how cheap you are, but you might consider the NMT-2 or NMT-3 together with a Nexus fan. The fan never really turns off, but they run the fan at 5V below 30C or 28C respectively.
by cmthomson
Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nidecs, Seasonic, and 125 Hz
Replies: 6
Views: 2141

It's almost certainly the drive motors. My Samsung SpinPoints are soft-mounted, and when I put a finger on one I can feel it vibrating, but can't hear them. I'm betting if you soft-mount your disks, the hum will go away.
by cmthomson
Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Holy smokes... P D830 running 46 C at idle! Please help.
Replies: 12
Views: 2803

First of all, 46C idle is perfectly normal for this CPU with a Ninja and modest airflow. So don't worry, be happy. :) That said, I'd like to understand your current fan/vent/duct arrangement. I think you have a fan bolted to the Ninja (Nexus@12), a rear case fan (Nexus@12), the P180 top fan hole ope...
by cmthomson
Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Holy smokes... P D830 running 46 C at idle! Please help.
Replies: 12
Views: 2803

Holy smokes... P D830 running 46 C at idle! Please help. Well the max Tjunction temp for that proc is circa 70C, and the TDP is 130W, so IMHO that is not an unreasonable idle temp. Actually, it is the max Tcase that is 69C for the 830 D. The max Tjunction isn't published, but my 830 D throttles at ...