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by flinx
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for TV Tuner
Replies: 3
Views: 1025

Noise isn't really an issue with TV tuners, so this is probably not the right place to ask. That said, there's no such thing as a "good" analog tuner and you'll never get good quality from them. Some have better comb filters, sure, but you'll have to read up on reviews for that. They also don't real...
by flinx
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

just want to double check that only one of the pwm connectors from the coolers connect to the video board and the other connector just hangs lose not connected to anything, right? Right. I have the four-pin one connected - three pin hangs loose. Reason I suggested setting the speed permanently, is ...
by flinx
Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

Actually that looks normal. Once the GPU hits 55C, the fan should slowly start ramping up. Do another furmark test and check GPU-Z to make sure it does. If it doesn't, something is wrong. You'll want to manually set the fan speed in the driver to something appropriately safe, permanently - say 35% o...
by flinx
Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

In that screenshot the GPU temperature is 47C, and the fan's running at 22% - 20% is the default for idle, so it looks like it's working to me. What you can try is to use RBE and check if the fan ramps are set correctly: http://www.techpowerup.com/rbe/ Also make sure that the TTP fans are connected ...
by flinx
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Prolimatech MK-13 - best current lo-noise hi-end VGA cooler?
Replies: 25
Views: 10246

Since I've actually got the Twin Turbo Pro working now on my 5870, I disagree with their conclusion. Not only are the VRMs are designed to withstand high temperatures, but you realistically never get the loads that Furmark and OCCT provide. The only thing that could do that would be certain GPGPU ap...
by flinx
Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: cooling passive vga with case fans only?
Replies: 2
Views: 893

No, because the VRMs on the 5850/5870 will get too hot. You'd need a lot more airflow than three case fans set to low for that. It might work for less power hungry cards though.
by flinx
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 4850: to upgrade, or not to upgrade?
Replies: 11
Views: 2558

You're right about the driver bug, and I was wrong about the clock speed - it switches between 400/1200 and 850/1200. That's normal and "correct" behavior on my card - 157/300 doesn't really work as I get screen glitches. Some googling explains why - I have a dual-monitor setup: http://forum.beyond3...
by flinx
Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 4850: to upgrade, or not to upgrade?
Replies: 11
Views: 2558

Well if you seriously need the 3 monitor output, I hope that at least one of those monitors has displayport, since otherwise you'll need to buy a $99 converter from displayport to hdmi/dvi. Driver wise I have the following problems with my 5870: 1. GPU scaling is always activated, so if I run a game...
by flinx
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 4850: to upgrade, or not to upgrade?
Replies: 11
Views: 2558

The problem with EyeFinity is that if you're going to use it, you'll want a pretty heavy duty video card to begin with. The 5770 would be fine for say, WoW, but for anything else that would actually support it (i.e. new games), you'd want a 5850 minimum - preferably 5870. Considering the cost of 3 m...
by flinx
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: power consumption
Replies: 2
Views: 772

The manufacturer's website should usually tell you the specs, but they're not exactly what you get in real life. For that you'll need to check reviews of the card (like on Anandtech) and compare power draws.
by flinx
Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Differences between these 650W PSU's?
Replies: 37
Views: 9167

You can't trust the fan ramp up curves at Corsair - they lie. The VX ones in particular are just completely wrong. Here's an old chart from SPCR: http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/corsair_psu/psu_noise_vs_power.gif I guesstimate that with a 5770, you could hit peak loads of around 250 W. Th...
by flinx
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My corsair 450HX fan is loud, disable?
Replies: 10
Views: 2379

I actually bought the Corsair based on SPCR recommended and it's not as quiet as I had hoped in terms of fan speed so I'm a bit hesitant to buy the Nexus. I guess SPCR and I have different ideas on what quiet is. I don't see any recommendations for the HX 450 anywhere on SPCR. Sure you didn't read ...
by flinx
Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Differences between these 650W PSU's?
Replies: 37
Views: 9167

judge56988 wrote:Interesting - The Antec TruePower New TP-650 wins out over the X-650; it's also made by Seasonic and is a lot cheaper...
I don't see a noise test, so I don't understand how it would win anything.
by flinx
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Differences between these 650W PSU's?
Replies: 37
Views: 9167

While the modu87+ do look very good, they're rather expensive. Here's the mentioned Anandtech review for reference:

http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsu ... i=3723&p=1
by flinx
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Differences between these 650W PSU's?
Replies: 37
Views: 9167

In that case, you're left with the Seasonic X-650, simply because it's the only one on your list that's been reviewed. At 300W there's hardly any ramping, so you should be safe in getting it, provided you're not planning on going for a dual video card setup or something similar at a later point.
by flinx
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23034

The fan is temperature controlled, so if the speed is not going up, it's because it's not necessary. Try something that loads the GPU more, and for a longer time period, like OCCT.
by flinx
Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Differences between these 650W PSU's?
Replies: 37
Views: 9167

The "overkill" thing comes from people thinking they really need a powerful PSU, when they don't. While there is some truth to the more powerful ones being more efficient, that doesn't necessarily mean that they're quieter. They can have a really bad fan ramp up curve, or just a fan that makes more ...
by flinx
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: cooler master silent Pro or Corsair VX
Replies: 10
Views: 2455

Do not buy the VX550 - especially if you need that second PCIe connector. It has a very bad fan ramp up that starts around 200W or so, and seems to ignore ambient temperature. The VX550 is also made by CWT, while the VX450 is made by Seasonic. The CM 700W is not representative for the 600/500W versi...
by flinx
Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182
Replies: 18
Views: 6340

I just bought this PSU yesterday, and I have a P182 case as well. I connected the PSU to the PC without actually putting it in the case. Was it hard to take out the platform so you can fit the CP-850 in the case? How did you do it? Turn case upside down. Place something to gather up dust/filings. D...
by flinx
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182
Replies: 18
Views: 6340

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

I figure this could either go in the Cases forum or here, but I figured this would be best since someone interested probably already has the P182. I hadn't seen anyone else post details on this, so I thought I might as well document it so others can see what's necessary. Anyway, click each picture t...
by flinx
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

CP 850 installed. I didn't have to clip any metal or drill mounting holes, but I did have to drill out the bolts for the hard drive cage.
by flinx
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

ToKa wrote:I have a Seasonic X-750 in a P182 and its totally silent. The fan doesn't even spin when i put load on the 8800GT and the cpu. The fully modular cables make a very tidy case.
It's also twice the price of a CP 850 or HX 650 here - not really an option.
by flinx
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

you might have to snip out some of the case metal, on the backside around where the power supply cooling air exhaust is, and maybe drill out some mounting holes for the power supply screws to go thru? There's quite many air holes in the 182 already, so I doubt I'll need to cut any metal. The mounti...
by flinx
Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

The CP 850 actually costs more than the HX here, normally. I did manage to get a discount on it though and got it for the same price.
by flinx
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

Actually I changed my order to the CP 850 :). I figure it could be fun to get it working, but from the research I did last night, it might not even be a problem. The dimensions seem to indicate it will fit after removing the fan in the lower chamber, so the only real remaining issue is how to get it...
by flinx
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5670 fan control question. Can it be done in software?
Replies: 2
Views: 1824

The fan controller is integrated on the GPU of all the 5xxx cards, so yes software control will work.
by flinx
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: antec signature 650 vs seasonic x650 vs ENERMAX MODU82+ 625
Replies: 6
Views: 1724

do you think i could reuse this psu APEX AL-B450E 450W ATX12V for the above build It might. It depends on whether the length of the ATX power cable to the motherboard is long enough for a P182 case. You could always just hold off on ordering a PSU for now and try with the apex first. It's not an is...
by flinx
Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

The CP850 is comparable to the HX 650 pricing wise, but the problem is it won't fit in an Antec 182, at least not without some mods. I'm not sure what those would entail, nor have I found any details on the internet, or even pictures. If you think it's worth doing, I can probably still cancel the HX...
by flinx
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent or fanless ITX Psu for a Shuttle SG31G2?
Replies: 5
Views: 2415

Wattage ratings for PSUs are DC ones, not AC, so a 250W PSU is guaranteed to deliver 250W sustained. At 80% efficiency that means the AC load will be 312,5W for 250W DC. Shuttle uses the SilentX series of PSUs in all their XPCs, but the noise scales with the power - swapping to a different one won't...
by flinx
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: antec signature 650 vs seasonic x650 vs ENERMAX MODU82+ 625
Replies: 6
Views: 1724

Wattage wise, it's definitely a waste. If you're just using onboard GPU, you probably won't ever pull more than 200W. Even if you want to add a GPU in the future, something like a Nexus Value 430W should handle that easily. It's really only when you go dual GPU that you may want 600+ W PSUs. For noi...