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by ascl
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Recommend speed setting for case fan? what is your speed.hlp
Replies: 18
Views: 13303

There isn't really a good answer to this question. You need to run your fans fast enough so your computer isn't over heating, but aside from that, its very personal how much noise you can deal with. Personally, I'd turn em down until you are okay with the noise, and monitor your PC to ensure its tem...
by ascl
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water Cooling Heresy
Replies: 34
Views: 229360

Re: Water Cooling Heresy

5. With modern CPUs, if the pump breaks the CPU throttles and shuts down long before any significant damage is done to the processor. I had an old e4300 in a watercooling loop and the pump broke down. It throttled and shut down. I ran the watercooling quite happily pumpless with the CPU underclocke...
by ascl
Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Zalman LQ1000 + i7 + ati 5850
Replies: 5
Views: 6083

Thats an amazing looking case! I use a Laing D5 vario pump... once its dialed down to 3 or less its pretty quiet. However, before you go changing pumps, you should check if you have any build of gunk (algea etc) in your blocks, and make sure you don't have any kinks in your tubes that could cause fl...
by ascl
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD Reliability
Replies: 120
Views: 42561

1.3 initially, but since then I've upgraded to 1.5 and still having problems. Its been suggested that I should do destructive flash (ie to 1.1) and upgrade again. Which I'll do, and may work... but it suggests that the firmware is corrupting itself, which is scary. Alternatively, it could be some ba...
by ascl
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD Reliability
Replies: 120
Views: 42561

I am currently in the midst of issues with my OCZ Vertex 60. One thing to keep in mind is that the firmware is very new (relative to HDDs) in these things, and it borked firmware can and will cause data loss and corruption. While my sample size of one is not exactly conclusive, these types of drives...
by ascl
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus fans: worthless on heatsinks
Replies: 10
Views: 2378

Typically when people say things like "sleeve bearings don't like being mounted horizontally", they mean the fan is horizontal, ie blowing air up/down. Basically think of it as saying that the fan is mounted on a horizontal/vertical surface (so the air is blowing perpendicular to the plane the fan i...
by ascl
Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: X2O 750 Dual 5.25â€
Replies: 22
Views: 29534

The Liang DDC/Swiftech MCP350 is reported to by a pretty quiet pump. I haven't heard one myself, though it's supposed to be quieter than a D5/MCP655. Swiftech reports it to be ~25dBa @ 12v, and it can be undervolted to 8 or 9v. Your radiator isn't really a good choice for low fan speed operation, t...
by ascl
Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: X2O 750 Dual 5.25â€
Replies: 22
Views: 29534

I don't have this pump, nor have I heard it, so I can't say... however, I would be concerned about 2 things. Given the pump is inside the res it might be hard to de-couple it from the case, which I find is a huge problem with pump noise. Secondly, from what little I can find about it on the net, it ...
by ascl
Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fan Direction Question P183
Replies: 4
Views: 1278

In my opinion, bonestonne is basically right with some qualifications: 1. Cooling often doesn't work they you reasonably expect it to. Cooling seems to be not fully governed by obvious logic. There are just too many subtle and non-subtle variables. Often even the experts are surprised by flying bum...
by ascl
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator v2 video compatible cards
Replies: 27
Views: 11229

I hate relying on what people say is "enough" cooling etc (and this isn't a go at you Jefe, not at all, I appreciate your input here) its always only half the story! And yes, I did exactly the same thing in my first post... for want of better information. Most forums will tell you that you "need" X ...
by ascl
Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator v2 video compatible cards
Replies: 27
Views: 11229

Sure its not listed... but the GPU block seems very adjustable. You should pull the heat sink off the card and see if you can make the block fit. I think you should have one fan in the case, as there needs to be some air movement to cool the hard drives, ram etc (not much, but some). Once you have e...
by ascl
Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:29 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator v2 video compatible cards
Replies: 27
Views: 11229

I think I read somewhere that the reservator can handle about 200 watts of heat (but I can't find a link, so lets take that with a grain of salt!). Intel core duo 3Ghz (E8400) 65 watts North Bridge 15 watts Radeon 3850 105 watts Not sure that graphics card is a good choice for you, due to the high p...
by ascl
Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator v2 video compatible cards
Replies: 27
Views: 11229

I am not sure about the tubing size included with the zalman, however, the swiftech mcw60 block comes with a couple of different size barbs, one of which should work. Worst case you will be able to buy barbs that will fit (although I think the ones that come with it should work). From their spec she...
by ascl
Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator v2 video compatible cards
Replies: 27
Views: 11229

I am sure you have probably seen the compatibility list here: http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=174 They are all pretty ancient cards unfortunately. Zalman doesn't have much in the way of newer stuff (that I can find anyway). It does seem like the mounting points allow for a l...
by ascl
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Control Apple Mac Pro 4 wire fans (not PWM though)
Replies: 7
Views: 9664

3500 rpm! No wonder my Mac Pro's sounded like airplanes when they crashed (when they drop to the kernel debugger, the fans go 100%).
by ascl
Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water Cooling Heresy
Replies: 34
Views: 229360

I would have guessed passive meant no fans.
by ascl
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: My Thoughts on the Scythe Flex G
Replies: 17
Views: 8838

It was aimed at ces, he asked if any radiators were designed for low restriction air flow a number of posts back. Ah sorry. In that case, yes, I completely agree with your post. RPM and dBa aren't really the deciding factors here. Noise character is. A smooth noise character lets the fan spin faste...
by ascl
Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:07 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: My Thoughts on the Scythe Flex G
Replies: 17
Views: 8838

1. From what I can read off that graph (and I had nothing to do with this, so this is purely my interpretation), I would say that the Gentle Typhoon, Yate Loon, San Ace and Panaflow all perform well at the low end of the scale -- ie with all fans under volted to varying degrees. The caveat here is t...
by ascl
Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: My Thoughts on the Scythe Flex G
Replies: 17
Views: 8838

Yeah its a bit nuts with the number of fans on it... and its also not entirely accurate to compare fans based on RPM, as some fans blow more air at the same RPM.... although, as a crude generalisation it works. Given the topic of this particular forum, this graph is probably most useful: http://img1...
by ascl
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: My Thoughts on the Scythe Flex G
Replies: 17
Views: 8838

The Thermochill PA120.3 series and PA140.3 series are designed for low pressure fans. They have about 10 fins per inch. The Black Ice 480GTX has about 19 double stacked fins, and the Feser Monsta 120.3 has about 12 per inch. There's pic in this link: http://martin.skinneelabs.com/HWlabs480GTX-Revie...
by ascl
Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: My Thoughts on the Scythe Flex G
Replies: 17
Views: 8838

Most published stats about fans are crap... CFM and db are usually a joke (there are exceptions), so expecting accurate static pressure stats? ah we can dream! hehe. I do find it a little amusing that the OP has posted in SPCR about using 2000 rpm fans! 2000rpm tends to be very loud in my books! Wis...
by ascl
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: peltier coolers
Replies: 11
Views: 8582

+1 with the above. This is really not to forum for peltier stuff. Check out xtremesystems or one of the other 'performance over everything else' style forums. I seriously doubt its possible to build a SPCR type silent system with a peltier!
by ascl
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water Cooling Heresy
Replies: 34
Views: 229360

Heatsink (and waterblock) tests are generally pretty terrible. There are a BUNCH of factors: -ambient temp -airflow (ie fan used, case (or testbench) used) -heat source (ie cpu) -mounting -thermal paste used -limited temp sensors (both numbers and accuracy) -mods performed (ie lapped CPU, washer mod...
by ascl
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: water + i7 + sff
Replies: 15
Views: 7583

72c core temp is okay under Linpack load, depending on your ambient temps. Prime95 will likely run 10c (or more) cooler than linpack... so it really should be fine. In my experience people tend to over estimate how much radiator is required, but we need to keep in mind there are 3 major factors at p...
by ascl
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: recommended quiet GPU for Dragon Age: Origins?
Replies: 8
Views: 2637

FWIW I am playing with a gtx 260 at 1920x1200 with everything at max. Its fine.... CPU usage is pretty heavy across all 4 cores of my Q6600@3600, but in game it plays very well. So, I don't think its particularly demanding on a graphics card, depending on resolution. Your 9600 gt might work with it....
by ascl
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

alley cat is saying that when he hits back, the browser navigates to the previous page and reloads it, which, depending on the complexity of the page and bandwidth used etc, can take some time. He (and I) would prefer it if it remembered the exact page and just re-displayed that. I suspect it would ...
by ascl
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

Hah! I totally agree on the back button thing! Its always annoyed me!
by ascl
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

64 bit browsers are currently pretty pointless, as not very many 64 bit plugins exist.
by ascl
Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

I just installed the dev channel of google chrome, which has extensions enabled... including ad-block! seems to work well.
by ascl
Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

FWIW I just tried Iron again... and scrolling causes CPU usage to spike (which makes my crappy PSU make noise). So I'm back on chrome. Strange the different behaviour!