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by whispercat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 93
Views: 57488

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Awesome, thanks Abula.

Would love to also see a 140mm fan round-up from you sometime.
by whispercat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cube of HVAC filters w/ PC inside cube?
Replies: 11
Views: 10083

Re: Cube of HVAC filters w/ PC inside cube?

Interesting. But you wouldn't necessarily need to make the whole PC case out of HVAC filters. Why not just place HVAC filters where the case openings are?
by whispercat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Calyos 0dB gamer / workstation PC
Replies: 9
Views: 13889

Re: Calyos 0dB gamer / workstation PC

Well, at least they've got the weight down to about 48 lbs now.
by whispercat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

Thanks faustus, edh, Olle P, and Abula. So it sounds like most current systems on average, would use around 80-110 watts just idling. Then when the CPU and/or GPU are loaded, this will add whatever those components are rated at (or have been reviewed at). I'm assuming the CPU and GPU would almost ne...
by whispercat
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R6 stock fans
Replies: 3
Views: 7857

Re: Fractal Define R6 stock fans

The Venturi fans from Fractal Design are supposed to be even better than the GP ones. The Venturi are divided into the HP (High Pressure) and HF (High Flow) series. Both come in 120mm and 140mm sizes. The HP series are 4-pin PWM fans, whereas the HF are 3-pin. They have received generally positive r...
by whispercat
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: One or Two front intake fans?
Replies: 27
Views: 16549

Re: One or Two front intake fans?

So the noise of two fans would not be a simple linear doubling of a single fan, then? Great, that's good to know. Thanks.
by whispercat
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: One or Two front intake fans?
Replies: 27
Views: 16549

One or Two front intake fans?

I was just wondering: is it better (i.e. quieter) to have one 140mm front intake case fan running at a higher rpm, or two 120mm fans running at lower rpm? (everything else being equal). I'm assuming two 120mm fans would create more airflow, but not sure if the acoustics would be simply double the db...
by whispercat
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nvdia Geforce RTX
Replies: 3
Views: 3126

Re: Nvdia Geforce RTX

Some early specs and price points from Anandtech: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13249/nv ... -2080-2070

Hoping to see some lower TDPs in this new series.

MSI, Asus, and Zotec, would be the third parties to watch for quiet versions.
by whispercat
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?
Replies: 9
Views: 9707

Re: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?

Yeah, I guess it depends on how the window panel is designed and attached. Also, whether it's a full glass panel or just a half window. And I think Be Quiet has a TG side panel on their 900 case that has foam/rubber around the edge.
by whispercat
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?
Replies: 9
Views: 9707

Tempered Glass -- Worth It?

So many cases have come out in the last year or two with tempered glass side panels. Even Fractal has jumped on the bandwagon. Just wondering, given the evolution of quieter individual components over the past decade, have we reached the stage yet where tempered glass panels can be used without affe...
by whispercat
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: can anyone verify seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless
Replies: 5
Views: 8200

Re: can anyone verify seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless

Reviews: JonnyGuru rated the Seasonic 600W Titanium fanless higher than the 650W Prime Ultra Titanium fanned model. Dead silent. Very efficient (stayed above 92% at full load [and overload], was a bit below 90% at idle or very low load). Doesn't get too warm. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?nam...
by whispercat
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

Are those online PSU wattage calculators reliable? They keep telling me my wattage use would be around 450W. I recently bought a 550W (Seasonic Prime Ultra Gold) but I'm not sure how much headroom to give my planned system. It will be a Ryzen 2700 X with a GTX 1060 (possible upgrade to a 1080 later)...
by whispercat
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

If people are buying a PSU not for their normal usage but for their peak usage, then they are not "buying PSU's far bigger than they need for no practical reason". They still need a PSU that will deliver power for their peak usage.
by whispercat
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

Thanks. I see what you mean. However, people don't buy a PSU for normal usage, they buy a PSU to accommodate their estimated heaviest workload needs, so that they have enough headroom for those few times when they do use a lot more power. I could see how using a much higher capacity PSU might draw m...
by whispercat
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

I suppose compared to a 650W PSU, it would run a bit warmer with the fan coming on more often. Not necessarily. The efficiency dropoff at max load is small so the extra heat output (even if you were running at 500W+) would be only a Watt or two. With higher rated PSU's they will often up the fan ra...
by whispercat
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

From reviews I've read so far, the 2700 X maxes out at around 220W It's a 105W TDP processor. So, either the reviews are talking about total system power or they've got an insane overclock/overvolt going on. Bit-tech has these graphs labeled in reverse, but you're right, it's total system power. My...
by whispercat
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

From reviews I've read so far, the 2700 X maxes out at around 220W The MSI GTX 1060 maxes out at 135W RAM about 5W PCIe NVMe SSDs about 10W Fans would be 10W MoBo ? total ~ 380W - 400W I read somewhere that you should also leave about 20% wattage for headroom. So that would be 550W - 20% (=110W) = 4...
by whispercat
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 21197

Re: You may not need as much wattage as you think.

This is my proposed rig I am planning: Ryzen 7 2700 X MSI GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12 16 GB RAM 4 fans (including cooler fan) optical drive possible 2 PCIe NVMe SSDs AsRock X470 mobo I put the components through a PSU calculator and it recommended a 650W PSU. However, I had already recently bought a...
by whispercat
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua Cooler Comparison
Replies: 8
Views: 6013

Re: Noctua Cooler Comparison

Yes, Amazon automatically calculates all that when you go to check out. The Le Grand Macho works out to being only around $20. more than the Noctua NH-D15 (from Newegg.ca). I'd rather have a single than a double heat sink. I can't get your attachments to open or enlarge. The SPCR website is acting w...
by whispercat
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua Cooler Comparison
Replies: 8
Views: 6013

Re: Noctua Cooler Comparison

It looks like I can order the Le Grand Macho from Amazon.com (US), and they will ship to Canada.

Impressive review from TechPowerUp: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/The ... cho/9.html

Do you think it's worth putting a second fan on it? Or swapping out the TY147B fan?
by whispercat
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua Cooler Comparison
Replies: 8
Views: 6013

Re: Noctua Cooler Comparison

The NH-D15 seems rather bulky, especially with two fans. Since it interferes with the RAM slots, how do people normally use it? This made me wonder about something: In an air cooler, which of the components is doing most of the cooling...the heatsink, or the fan? If it's the fan, would adding a seco...
by whispercat
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua Cooler Comparison
Replies: 8
Views: 6013

Re: Noctua Cooler Comparison

Thanks Abula. I hadn't heard of La Grand Macho RT, even though it's a two year old cooler. I've just been out of the loop. After reading some reviews of it, it seems very good, even beating the Noctua D15 in some reviews. The La Grand Macho isn't on Newegg.ca or a few other places that I usually sho...
by whispercat
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua Cooler Comparison
Replies: 8
Views: 6013

Noctua Cooler Comparison

So, I'm thinking of getting the Ryzen 2700 X, and looking at potential coolers for it.

There's a couple of Noctua's that caught my eye. 1). NH-D15 SE-AM4 2). NH-U12S SE-AM4

Would I notice much temp difference between them? Just wondering if the D15 is worth the extra cost.
by whispercat
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New Asus WS C246 Motherboard
Replies: 4
Views: 7624

Re: New Asus WS C246 Motherboard

Hmm...interesting..on this anandtech article it lists two M.2 slots at 3.0x4 and says "or SATA?" for each.

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13118/as ... s-c246-pro

Do most boards with two M.2 slots have both at full speed PCIe?
by whispercat
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New Asus WS C246 Motherboard
Replies: 4
Views: 7624

Re: New Asus WS C246 Motherboard

You could put a Samsung 970 Pro VMe PCIe SSD on each of those M.2 slots, and use them to store videos or video editing files on them.

I'm hoping this board gets released soon so I can read some reviews. Hopefully AsRock will do a C246 chip board too.
by whispercat
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
Replies: 19
Views: 48090

Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?

Thanks. The only small NAS I've been able to find that has both Btrfs and ECC RAM is the Netgear ReadyNAS 524 series. But It's too pricey. https://www.amazon.ca/Netgear-ReadyNAS-Attached-Diskless-RN524X00-100NES/dp/B01M7X2FP2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1532662721&sr=1-1&keywords=NETGEAR+Re...
by whispercat
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
Replies: 19
Views: 48090

Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?

Open to suggestions for an affordable NAS (under $600. US).

I'd prefer a small form factor 2 bay (or 4 bay) with ECC RAM and a self healing file system like Btrfs or ZFS.
by whispercat
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Can't Post
Replies: 16
Views: 15863

Re: Can't Post

testing

Posting is still intermittent. It takes several attempts to get something to stick.