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by flinx
Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182
Replies: 18
Views: 6340

Re: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182

Ah interesting - I actually used the screw holes for the CP850, but through the vent holes of the case. Note the position of the screws in my picture.
by flinx
Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182
Replies: 18
Views: 6340

Re: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182

Ok, I see. At least I think I do. So basically in your case, the PSU "hangs" suspended by the screws in the back? With no support from the bottom or the top? Correct. As for vibration - "what vibration?" :) The entire point of using a CP850 is because of the low vibration and quiet operation. While...
by flinx
Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182
Replies: 18
Views: 6340

Re: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182

There is air between the PSU and bottom of the case. The screw holes don't line up, but instead I used the vent holes. This is also why I mounted it with the case upside down: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CaosTngoNS_mnDa2rPrGHA If you want to use more than the two screws I did, you'll want t...
by flinx
Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler
Replies: 16
Views: 7781

Re: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

The greatest benefit seems to be from the improved VRM temperatures, which should leave to better durability in the long run. About the only thing "wrong" with is the space it takes, as not everyone can let a video card take up 4 slots. I can't for instance, as it would cover the second 8x pcie slot...
by flinx
Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Gaming System Build Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 32010

Re: Silent Gaming System Build Guide

A hacksaw would have taken care of the cooling plate incompatibility. The cooling plate is a lot better than the small heatsinks since it covers a much bigger area, and the thermal tape usually used with the small heatsinks tends to be bad - they fall off easily if not applied correctly and it's not...
by flinx
Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus
Replies: 58
Views: 72092

Re: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

Nowadays there are quite a number of people who claim that wifi is bad for there health too and some schools have come under attack from such groups for offering free wifi in school, something they claim may be bad for kids. That's just FUD in effect though. They don't understand the phenomenon, so...
by flinx
Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus
Replies: 58
Views: 72092

Re: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

Richard's story is interesting, but confusing also. He claims to be bothered by 'noises' in the RF spectrum which just isn't possible..-sniip- Actually it's not only possible, but a known phenomenon. You don't even need a lot of power for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_auditory_effect A...
by flinx
Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec TruePower New TP-750
Replies: 19
Views: 8102

Since samples of both the 550 and the 650 are on hand, we'll find out soon enough. EDIT - forgot to mention... the main reason for my comment is that the TP-550 has heatsinks identical to the ones in the TP-750. That does sound promising, and more logical. I've gotten more skeptical about PSU noise...
by flinx
Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec TruePower New TP-750
Replies: 19
Views: 8102

Since you picked Corsair - that's actually a good example of how noise differs when you look at their PSUs which are made by the same manufacturer. Their Seasonics perform very different from each other, as do the ones made by CWT.
by flinx
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec TruePower New TP-750
Replies: 19
Views: 8102

The lower power models can surely be expected to provide the same acoustic and electrical performance at <300W, which is the main power range of concern to the vast majority of DIY PC builders. I wonder where you get this from? As we've seen time and time again, fan ramp ups are not the same for PS...
by flinx
Sat May 15, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Aerocool FP01 - avoid at all costs
Replies: 0
Views: 997

Aerocool FP01 - avoid at all costs

Got this a while ago, but only now had the time to install it. Tried it out at first outside the case, but the fan control didn't work. After a lot of troubleshooting, I finally discovered the 12V wire to the molex connector was loose. Fixed that, but the trouble didn't end there though - when tryin...
by flinx
Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Aerocool FP01 - PWM only?
Replies: 0
Views: 802

Aerocool FP01 - PWM only?

I got an FP01, and imagine my surprise when it doesn't work with a Scythe Slipstream SY1225L 12M. After scratching my head for a while, I'm starting to wonder if the fan controller on the FP01 is PWM only - can anyone confirm/deny? I can't find any information in the documentation slip that comes wi...
by flinx
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What is so great about DVI & HDMI?
Replies: 28
Views: 5848

What I want to know is if I XFire two cards can I use the outputs on the second card to attach even more montors? Yes, but EyeFinity only works from the monitors connected to one single card. In other words if you have say 3 monitors connected to card A, you can add card B to achieve increased perf...
by flinx
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT Accelero ramsinks falling off
Replies: 13
Views: 2208

Actually superglue is used quite a lot when you want a more semi-permanent installation of a heatsink. There are other glues of course that are specialized for heatsink applications, but their benefits are questionable. Another option is to dab a drop of heatsink compound in the center of the chip, ...
by flinx
Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT Accelero ramsinks falling off
Replies: 13
Views: 2208

One word: Cyanoacrylate
by flinx
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet GTX 480? Forget about it!
Replies: 26
Views: 5091

lodestar, except Nvidia hasn't come out with any low end parts yet, so this is what we have to deal with. Unfortunately as we've seen the GTX 470/480 parts are pretty much unusable for silencer purposes - the only way I can imagine being able to deal with the heat output is water/liquid cooling, and...
by flinx
Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Merits of 2x slower passive cards vs one powerful (noisier?)
Replies: 10
Views: 2264

accipiter wrote:However, I'm beginning to understand that a 'quiet' pc that can run current game titles is never going to be quiet, and is limited by niose made by the GPU.
You can easily have a quiet gaming PC, with the right cooling. Silent is also possible, but much harder to attain.
by flinx
Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 temperatures
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

Of course the lifespan will be somewhat shorter than if you can run it cooler - that's just how electronics work. By the time the card dies however it will already have been obsoleted for several years. The built-in safety features and low power usage already means that the 5xxx generation should la...
by flinx
Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 temperatures
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

The stock 5850 and 5870 run at higher temperatures than that, so you're perfectly safe. As long as the VRM temperatures aren't going high enough that the gpu downclocks, there's no problem. If that happens during normal usage (not furmark/OCCT) you need to add more cooling somehow.
by flinx
Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Merits of 2x slower passive cards vs one powerful (noisier?)
Replies: 10
Views: 2264

The problem is that with dual cards you're pumping out a lot more heat into the case than with a single powerful one. In addition neither crossfire nor SLI work perfectly, and there's also other related issues such as gaming with two cards not working with dual monitors (one will have to be blank, o...
by flinx
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

Well there is the Vapor-X version. If you have time to wait, we should be seeing more custom designs. On the custom 5850s they redesigned the power section, which means we might see a 5870 with more VRMs that run cooler due to better load distribution. Nvidia's new cards should be showing up in a mo...
by flinx
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

On the 5870, you'll have to use 3rd party VRM/RAM sinks - if you look at my pictures you'll notice the stock cooler is part of the base plate and can't be separated from it, unlike the 5850. If the base plate is separable, it's a much better cooler for VRMs and RAM since you get a much larger surfac...
by flinx
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

ok got a new cooler and stuck it on and voila it does auto adjust..only prob is CCC never pushes higher than 40 and with furmark, my card is still hitting 90 when all is said and done..how can i get the fan to get up to 90/100%? Don't. That temperature is fine, and so is the fan speed. The ramping ...
by flinx
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Can you undervolt a Radeon HD 5000-series?
Replies: 9
Views: 7593

Parappaman is right - there's really not much you can improve on for the HD 5XXX series. The idle power usage beats anything else out there already. You might be able to save a watt or two during full load by undervolting, but could quickly run into limitations due to the tight tolerances involved. ...
by flinx
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Safe to keep my Vapor-X 5750 @ 20% fan speed?
Replies: 10
Views: 2821

Re: Safe to keep my Vapor-X 5750 @ 20% fan speed?

How would you know if it is safe to keep a video card at a certain fan speed? 20% is the fan speed used on reference card for idle temperatures. The bios is programmed so that once a certain temperature is reached, the fan speed will slowly begin to ramp. So unless you screw around with the fan spe...
by flinx
Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: There needs to be a modification to Catalyst drivers
Replies: 11
Views: 2020

sakraycore wrote:Don't you void your warranty if you change your bios?
Depends on whether it's an official bios or not. If you modify it, sure, but if you flash back an official bios then the warranty is intact again.
by flinx
Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: There needs to be a modification to Catalyst drivers
Replies: 11
Views: 2020

Or you could just realize that fan speed is set by GPU temperature. Since the temperature goes up when you use 3D games, the fan speed does as well. Once you stop gaming the GPU temperature will go down, and so will the fan speed.
by flinx
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

Sorry to hear that. At least we did manage to trace the error.

I must say I'm still surprised that manual fan speed control works, but the auto one doesn't though.
by flinx
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

Ati Tray Tools let you set up profiles, so you can have different ones for different situations. CCC is the same as usual - hopefully the newer version makes the fan ramp up properly like it's supposed to. Since manual fan control does work, it's most likely either a driver glitch, or a bios one. Yo...
by flinx
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: fastest fanless cards available?
Replies: 7
Views: 2609

ekerazha wrote:There's also a 4850 from Gigabyte, older, less efficient, not DX11 but maybe a bit faster.
Umm.. the 4850 is slower and hotter.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=1