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by cmthomson
Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best PWM fan for CPU cooler?
Replies: 8
Views: 3581

Re: Best PWN fan for CPU cooler?

Arctic Cooling F12 PWM.

It's almost as quiet as a 3-pin Nexus, but only if you slow it down below 700 RPM.
by cmthomson
Fri May 27, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any socket 478 to 1155 bracket adapter?
Replies: 6
Views: 3204

Re: Any socket 478 to 1155 bracket adapter?

It should be a simple matter to mount the Ninja with some (insulated) washers in place of the back plate on an Asrock board.
by cmthomson
Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: DIY Temperature Controlled Case Fan Controller Design
Replies: 10
Views: 5309

Re: DIY Temperature Controlled Case Fan Controller Design

Take a look at the Noise Magic NMT-3. Compatible with all 3-pin fans, and can be used in combination with SpeedFan or other software (or FanMate or other hardware) to auto-adjust speed settings based on ambient temperature.

I use two of these in my system, and they really work well.
by cmthomson
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Socket 1156 adapter for (original) Scythe Ninja
Replies: 16
Views: 8361

Re: Socket 1156 adapter for (original) Scythe Ninja

Hmm, after looking around some more, I finally found a photo of the back of this board on Newegg. It does indeed have a backplate that would interfere with the original Ninja backplate. Bummer. But maybe with longer bolts, or just some washers, all would be well... :?
by cmthomson
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Socket 1156 adapter for (original) Scythe Ninja
Replies: 16
Views: 8361

Re: Socket 1156 adapter for (original) Scythe Ninja

The 775 mounting holes mean that any push-pin type fitting will work. However 1155 motherboards have a CPU socket backplate which I think will interfere with 775 coolers that use a 775 backplate fitting, including I suspect the venerable Ninja 1000. Here's a review where a guy says he got a Ninja2 ...
by cmthomson
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: ..
Replies: 5
Views: 1294

Re: Need a ~500GB HDD

I've been using a Samsung F2 drive for years and it is as close as you'll ever get to silent. The F3 was reviewed as being equally quiet.
by cmthomson
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7711

Re: Which SSD to buy?

So for me at least, the answer was: no, XP and AHCI and SSD do not play together. I think the more correct statement would be: XP and SSD do not play together. Win 7 does a number of things to optimize installation and configuration of an SSD. Well of course XP doesn't have good SSD support; it pre...
by cmthomson
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Arctic Cooling F12 PWM 120mm fans
Replies: 17
Views: 40709

Re: First Impressions: Arctic Cooling F12 PWM 120mm fans

The CPU runs at 60C 24/7 folding. The fan sits between the DRAM and the Ninja (you may recall this from my SuperQuiet SuperClocked article), so the air flowing over the bearings is probably about 40C; the DRAM heat sinks are warm to the touch. The fan is mounted vertically, blowing through a duct ac...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Controlling CPU fan speed on Asus P5Q
Replies: 2
Views: 6280

Re: Controlling CPU fan speed on Asus P5Q

To let the BIOS control your fans, enable Q-Fan as described above.

To use SpeedFan, disable Q-Fan control in the BIOS Power/Monitor page. SpeedFan works just fine on my P5Q.
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD Endurance - My Personal Surprise
Replies: 35
Views: 8784

Re: SSD Endurance - My Personal Surprise

I was doing some maintenance the other day, and discovered almost 10G of cruft that had been autoinstalled on my SSD C: drive (my free space had shrunk in half since the last time I looked, not a good thing. TreeSize is your friend). AND, indexing had been magically enabled too... Yikes. Something e...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Question about installing an SSD in an Antec P183 V3 Case
Replies: 10
Views: 5040

Re: Question about installing an SSD in an Antec P183 V3 Cas

There are lots of 3.5" to 2.5" adapter boards to choose from for the "best" solution. I use one that has room for two 2.5" devices.

But for way less money, get a bit of velcro that has stickum pre-applied.
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7711

Re: Which SSD to buy?

I was an early adopter of SSD ($$$$$ G1 X25M), while still running XP. I had installed the AHCI drivers during the initial install of XP (which requires a floppy drive unless you can get your hands on a slipstreamed CD), and they stopped working when I installed the SSD. So for me at least, the answ...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Socket 1156 adapter for (original) Scythe Ninja
Replies: 16
Views: 8361

Re: Socket 1156 adapter for (original) Scythe Ninja

The Asrock P67 motherboard also supports 775 mounting. That is, it has holes at both the 1155/1156 and 775 spacing.

My (so far just hypothetical) upgrade to i7 is this board plus my (ancient) Ninja 1000, possibly the best heat sink ever.
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Do 775 push-pin coolers work 1156?
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Re: Do 775 push-pin coolers work 1156?

1155/1156 CPU mounting has its holes in different positions from 775. Most motherboards will not accommodate a 775 heat sink. The Asrock p67 Sandy Bridge motherboard has holes for both kinds of heat sinks (they did this mostly for folks with expensive water cooling systems, but other heat sinks such...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Arctic Cooling F12 PWM 120mm fans
Replies: 17
Views: 40709

Re: First Impressions: Arctic Cooling F12 PWM 120mm fans

I've had one of these fans on my CPU for a little over a year. Using Speedfan, I slow it down to ~600 RPM and it is very quiet. But...lately I've noticed that when rebooting (when the fan runs at full speed), it is getting noisy, kind of a buzz/click sound. This of course goes away once Speedfan sta...
by cmthomson
Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS recommendation needed
Replies: 11
Views: 2395

Re: UPS recommendation needed

I have a couple of APC 500's, one quite new, the other 10 years old. Had to replace the battery in the old one after about 6 years. The clicking (happens about once a day) is self-test; once it becomes marginal, you get a pop-up suggesting it's time to buy a new battery. Battery replacement is very ...
by cmthomson
Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: "best" temp monitoring software
Replies: 9
Views: 7550

Re: "best" temp monitoring software

Speedfan is the best freeware. If you're willing to pay a few bucks, Everest Ultimate is excellent and updated more frequently.
by cmthomson
Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan controller with 12V spin up?
Replies: 10
Views: 2065

Re: Fan controller with 12V spin up?

The NoiseMagic NMT-2 and NMT-3 controllers do this. They start the fan at 12V, then reduce the voltage based on ambient temperature. I've used NMT-3 controllers for years with no problems.
by cmthomson
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: How would you improve on Pudget's Serenity i7?
Replies: 9
Views: 3377

The case already has lots of damping in the side panels. The foam really doesn't add anything. The main thing I'd recommend that hasn't already been said is to stick in a baffle to separate the GPU portion of the system from the CPU/memory portion and remove some of the PCI panels to improve airflow...
by cmthomson
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: SOLD: Scythe Mugen
Replies: 2
Views: 1114

Say whether it is an original ("Rev A"), or later Rev B version. This matters a lot.

The original has four hooks that go into a frame that mounts on the motherboard, while the Rev B comes with the Intel push-pin mounting system. The former works wonderfully, the latter not so much.
by cmthomson
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PCI Express x16, but 1 lane?
Replies: 3
Views: 1192

PCIEx16 uses a very big connector (about 5 inches long, lots of pins). PCIEx1 uses a small connector (less than 1 inch, hardly any pins). All (or I guess I should say nearly all) PCIE devices are configurable at boot time to use some or all of the lanes their chips support. Although I've never come ...
by cmthomson
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: No email notification for new posts?
Replies: 11
Views: 10799

Probably not. I used to get emails all the time, but haven't seen one for weeks lately.
by cmthomson
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help with VRMs - a couple questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1207

All modern motherboards use PWM-based VRM components that draw their input from 12V. The main variation among motherboards is the number of "phases" (separate VRM circuits that timeshare the CPU voltage output), and quality of capacitors (electrolytic on cheap boards and "solid state" on high-end bo...
by cmthomson
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: DIY Duct/partition?
Replies: 11
Views: 1670

I use a small hair dryer on high. The plastic has to just get hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch. But it will tend to bend back about half way, so it may take a couple of tries to get the curve you want.
by cmthomson
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Pairing PWM
Replies: 2
Views: 1033

Take a look at the Arctic Cooler PWM fans. They come with all the cabling and connectors needed to daisy chain multiple fans off a single PWM motherboard 4-pin controller header, and attach the sense lines from each fan to any available 3-pin headers on the board.
by cmthomson
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: DIY Duct/partition?
Replies: 11
Views: 1670

My preferred material for this sort of thing is styrene. It's a stiff white plastic that is easy to cut and glue, and can be bent using heat if needed. If you don't like white, you can paint it. It's also available in clear. BTW, this is the material of choice of model railroad builders, so you know...
by cmthomson
Sun May 23, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: bulging capacitor still problem?
Replies: 26
Views: 9653

I am wondering if its capacitors will burst any day now...could you look here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=13-130-051-S01&SCList=13-130-051-S01%2c13-130-051-S02%2c13-130-051-S03&S7ImageFlag=2&Item=N82E16813130051&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=MSI%20975X%20Platinum%20V....
by cmthomson
Sun May 23, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: bulging capacitor still problem?
Replies: 26
Views: 9653

Look at the board. If all the power capacitors (the cylinders about 1/4" diameter for the uninitiated) look like metal with a purple D painted on top, they are solid state and likely to outlive the rest of the system. If they look shiny on the top with an indented X then they are electrolytic and su...
by cmthomson
Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision
Replies: 73
Views: 80477

Nice update. Thanks.

The model number of the Samsung F2 500GB isn't right (the link does go to the correct review though). It should be HD502HI.
by cmthomson
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for good LED-backlit 1920x1080 monitors
Replies: 5
Views: 2127

I've been really happy with my Samsung 244T. Outstanding color accuracy, very good sharpness, wide horizontal viewing angle.

OTOH, power supply does buzz a tiny bit (~18 dB or so), narrow vertical viewing angle.