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by flinx
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need to pick a PSU for Antec P183 / 200W system
Replies: 3
Views: 930

The Antec CP series is quiet, but the power they deliver is overkill for most uses. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page6.html They're fairly cheap though, so if you know you need the extra juice they provide, you can't go wrong with one. The Nexus Value should be enough for most people tho...
by flinx
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23033

I forgot to mention - there's no point in setting the fan speed to a fixed 40% like falcon26 did. If you just leave it on auto, it'll very slowly ramp from 20% (idle) to 40% max. In my Antec P182 case with stock fans set to low the max GPU temperature after one hour of OCCT was 87C, and VRM temperat...
by flinx
Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

The HX650W was actually quite a bit cheaper than the Signature, and the only other possible alternatives (if they ever come out here) are the Enermax Modu87+ and Seasonix X 650 - but they'd cost a fortune. There's some serious price gouging going on, probably because the stores are importing them on...
by flinx
Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

The Liberty Eco 400 W has 45 cm cables, the 500/620 has 55 cm. The Coolermaster has only 40 cm cables, so yes I'm worried. Routing the cables through main chamber doesn't seem to be a solution at any rate - you don't really save anything compared to going behind the mobo as you have to route it past...
by flinx
Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

A friend recommended the HX 650, so I'll definitely be taking a look at that. Would the Coolermasters work in P182 with the short cable length? I actually didn't think the Modu82+ was available here, but it turns out there's one store that sells them. It tests better than the Antec Signature at SPCR...
by flinx
Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182
Replies: 18
Views: 3362

Need replacement suggestions for Corsair VX550 in Antec P182

Right now I'm rather miffed with the PSU in my case - I just recently got a 5870 with a Twin Turbo Pro that's fairly quiet, but the extra load the video card needs from the PSU means that the fan is ramping up fast and loud. I did a load test with OCCT loading up all 4 cores of my Q9450@3Ghz and vid...
by flinx
Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23033

He was referring to bending fins on the S1 for a 5850 card. You can't use the TTP on the 5850 at all.
by flinx
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23033

Is this badboy Crossfire compatible? So will it fit 2x 5870 both with twin turbo? It should be, barely. You have to use the Crossfire connector closest to the back of the case. In addition the card and cooler take up 3 card slots, so there's not a lot of clearance for airflow. I've posted some pict...
by flinx
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80645

It might be the fact that I'm unable to explain the 'problem' properly. But since you have disassembled the stock HSA, you know how it's designed. Now take a close look at the thermal pad for the vregs / VRM:s. You will find imprints in the actual thermal pad made from the capacitors that I pointed...
by flinx
Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23033

Finally got my Twin Turbo Pro installed. It's not silent, but it's a lot better than the stock cooler. I took some pictures of the installation, but will post them later. VRM temperatures under normal game load (Mass Effect 2) are hotter than with the reference cooler, but nowhere close to critical,...
by flinx
Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:17 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20553

The Prolimatech MK-13 with two 120mm fans is probably the best at the moment, but the S1 is no slouch either: http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/hardware/gehaeuse_kuehlung/2009/test_vier_grafikkarten-kuehler_vergleich/8/ The problem as you can see, is the VRM temperatures. You might need a VRM-3 or ...
by flinx
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Prolimatech MK-13 - best current lo-noise hi-end VGA cooler?
Replies: 25
Views: 10218

The VRM-4 should be enough to cool the VRMs passively, but I have my doubts about the S1 and the GPU. You'd need very good active airflow in the case for that. At any rate, you can get virtually silent 12 cm fans to hook up to the S1 to solve the problem.
by flinx
Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80645

How would XFX be any different warranty wise than say, PowerColor? Replacing the cooler would void your warranty either way I'd think. I suppose you could fit the regular cooler back on and hope they don't notice that you swapped them if doing an RMA, but you have to be really careful that you don't...
by flinx
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80645

By the way it seems some people are experiencing some problems with their ATI cards: http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=260&threadid=124747 Anyone getting a card might want to do some proper stability testing here before attempting any mods that void the warranty (such as replacing the...
by flinx
Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80645

Hmm.. that's interesting. I guess I'll find out what the threshold is for the 5870. I'll use OCCT, but only to "preheat" the VRMs and GPU to a decent temperature before switching to a game to see how it performs.
by flinx
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80645

One thing I'm wondering is with the high VRM temps, the card might attempt to throttle the GPU. More info here: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643&p=11 EDIT: More info - looks like 120C is the point where the VRMs start throttling on the 5970, so it's probably the same on the 5870 an...
by flinx
Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Occasional Gaming video card recommendation quiet/passive
Replies: 6
Views: 2316

Which one?

http://www.powercolor.com/eng/products_ ... odelID=659

That link you gave on ME2 makes me happy I ordered a 5870 though - never thought I'd have a use for such a powerful card already (have a 8800GT atm).
by flinx
Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Prolimatech MK-13 - best current lo-noise hi-end VGA cooler?
Replies: 25
Views: 10218

Probably not without bending the heat pipes.
by flinx
Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Prolimatech MK-13 - best current lo-noise hi-end VGA cooler?
Replies: 25
Views: 10218

That almost makes me regret getting the Twin Turbo Pro. Oh well, there's no distributor for the MK-13 here anyway so I guess the point is moot. Good comparison link there though.
by flinx
Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 23033

Now the question becomes - what's better, this solution or a Vapor-X card? :) EDIT: Nm - just ordered a 5870 and Twin Turbo Pro. Hopefully this turns out to work as well for me as for the original poster. On a different note - I do have to wonder if it's possible to use the shroud from the 5870 cool...
by flinx
Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80645

I'd be very interested in a noise comparison between a 5870 Vapor-X, vanilla 5850 and 5850+S1. Anyone know of any sites that have done such a comparison or have any idea how it would turn out?