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by nagi
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?
Replies: 16
Views: 8568

Re: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?

As someone who still employs the original P180, good move. Due to the hinge and cabling problem, not great, but still, a step in the right direction. I do agree with all the conclusions. Maybe a 8 and a 24 pin PSU extender cable should have been included as well, and the back side clearance increase...
by nagi
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?
Replies: 25
Views: 9446

Re: CPU for a silent high performance PC - i7 4790 or 4790k?

What is your intended usage? If its gaming, you don't need an i7 as games generally aren't that well multithreaded. For gaming i5 makes the most sense. Actually, now that the new gen consoles are also heavily multicore, the PC games are becoming increasingly multithreaded. Granted, they only have 6...
by nagi
Tue May 12, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The most powerful fanless PSU?
Replies: 5
Views: 3024

Re: The most powerful fanless PSU?

It's not the only 600W fanless. There is the very niche SilentMaxx 600W watercooled PSU: http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/SilentMaxx-Fanless-Watercooled-600W-PSU-108mm-G18andquot;_20802.html Thanks for pointing it out. Unfortunately that one looks like a fake 600W unit: apparently on its label it'...
by nagi
Tue May 12, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman Z11 Neo ATX Case
Replies: 3
Views: 3580

Re: Zalman Z11 Neo ATX Case

...and to believe Zalman was one of the innovators in the past. :-/

Granted, they were never did it in the budget category IIRC.
by nagi
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet SLI Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 39
Views: 46308

Re: Quiet SLI Gaming PC Build Guide

Hmm, I wonder what results would a pair of 290X + Arctic Xtreme IV custom cards like my single would get. Then again, I wonder what case and motherboard they would fit with a slot between them. :D
by nagi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NoFan CR-80EH & CS-60 Fanless Cooler & Case
Replies: 4
Views: 4965

Re: NoFan CR-80EH & CS-60 Fanless Cooler & Case

How the heck does a heatpipe work in that arrangement? All that I've played with transport heat from 1 tip to the other, not across the diameter. Think of it as a hundred heatpipes. AFAIK, heatpipes actually transport from the hotter to the cooler parts. If the heatpipe could only transport from 1 ...
by nagi
Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Re: Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler

I have their air-only cooler on my R9 290X, and it also leaves the VRMs without any additional cooling. There is however a way to deal with this: take the original heatsink and a metal saw. That lowered my VRM temps to ~70 on load. I'm not sure about the "they can take a lot more" comment, do you h...
by nagi
Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Re: Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler

I have their air-only cooler on my R9 290X, and it also leaves the VRMs without any additional cooling. There is however a way to deal with this: take the original heatsink and a metal saw. That lowered my VRM temps to ~70 on load. I'm not sure about the "they can take a lot more" comment, do you ha...
by nagi
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide
Replies: 76
Views: 33130

Re: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide

Nice one. I have a slightly different rig, with a modded R9 290X, an i7 and a fanless PSU in my R4, (see sig) with that nasty front grille removed of course. What can I say: it works great!
by nagi
Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.
Replies: 20
Views: 16468

Re: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.

Another two examples for the immense sample variation: As a heavily modded "reference" 290X owner, luckily my card does not produce whine. It was a Sapphire tri-cooler, which uses a reference design plus a manufacturer-custom 3-fan cooler. I simply replaced that with an even better one. My previous ...
by nagi
Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter
Replies: 12
Views: 7530

Re: NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter

It certainly is a novel idea, but I think I'll stay with my air cooling solution... Then again, I modded that to hell and back too. Still, I can only hear my R9 290x very occasionally.
by nagi
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon R9 290X Cooling
Replies: 12
Views: 11090

Re: Radeon R9 290X Cooling

Hi guys, I just popped in to talk about my Arctic Xtreme IV equipped 290X I finished a couple months back... So, the main problem is that the Xtreme IV doesn't have really adequate VRM cooling (only some passive cooling by the backplate through the PCB and some thermal pads directly between the PCB ...
by nagi
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Heatsinks updated
Replies: 158
Views: 179784

Re: Recommended Heatsinks updated

Nice! On the future VGA cooler update: I have the Accelero Xtreme IV, and there is one big problem with it: VRM cooling. Many users go ahead and cut the original heatsink in half, and put it under the Xtreme IV, and then cooling is absolutely a beast. Seriously, in most games you won't hear the fans...
by nagi
Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup
Replies: 10
Views: 6990

Re: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

Hey there, just popped in to say nice review and good idea.
by nagi
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a new PC (gamer&etc)
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: Building a new PC (gamer&etc)

I really want to ban the phrase "future proofing".... :D Feel free to throw the extra $100 at the CPU. I think you are better off with the i5-4670K and then just OC it a bit a few years down the road if you need the boost. Most games benefit from higher clocks more than extra threads. OK, then I'll...
by nagi
Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a new PC (gamer&etc)
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: Building a new PC (gamer&etc)

Thanks for the quick answer :) An i7 is overkill as few games make use of the 8 threads. Heck, many still run on 2 cores. Get the i5-4670K. It's more future-proofing than "I need it now". See my ancient 550 BE that I still use. :) Plus, I MMO a lot, and neither the Phenom II nor the A8 are enough (b...
by nagi
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a new PC (gamer&etc)
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Building a new PC (gamer&etc)

Hi, Thanks to some changes in my life, I've decided to start building a new PC. The problem: it has to be both silent and powerful. A bit of a background: I'm quite a big gamer, plus love silence, and because of this, for the last couple years, I had two main PCs: one for 24/7 "office" work, and one...
by nagi
Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 271
Views: 334572

Re: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey

Dell U2414H:
No PWM and utterly silent. Just bought it, and as the TFT Central review stated it, it does not emit any sound at any brightness. (It is a relief after having a Samsung F2380 that was only quiet at 100%)
by nagi
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Microsoft Surface Pro
Replies: 3
Views: 22184

Re: Microsoft Surface Pro

Hi there, Surface Pro 2 owner here for a couple months. Till this day, I've heard the fan exactly 2 times. In a game, and during pre-boot Windows update. Other than that, it is dead quiet. The fan does not run on idle, and browsing the net does not require the fan either. That said, I didn't notice ...
by nagi
Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-7600 Kaveri APU
Replies: 10
Views: 6514

Re: AMD A8-7600 Kaveri APU

#corrections
1st page, last image:
* EOL. Price of closet current comparative used.
You mean closest, not closet.





Also: Great article, but why take only the i5-2500k and not a newer i5?
by nagi
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 33
Views: 27217

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Just an update: the folks at Fractal Design have already replied to my concerns. Well, it isn't that long, so I'll just post it here. :)
Hi,

Thank you for your feedback, we'll try to improve the threading/painting.

Regards,
Fractal Design
by nagi
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 33
Views: 27217

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

4. The top screws holding the drive bays were already worn from the factory, so I'm sure they won't last more than a few shuffles. I had a bit of trouble there too, at least that they were overly tight from the factory. I removed those screws and threw them away, not being a necessity short of ship...
by nagi
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 33
Views: 27217

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

I'm glad to see your testing showed that the drive cages really are as good as my impression of them were. I found that the front fans does not turn on with the built in controller set to its lowest, but that could both be good and bad depending on your needs. The 140mm exhaust is so effective on i...
by nagi
Sat May 25, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 31078

Re: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

Sharkoon Silent Eagle 800 . They claim the golf ball dimples on the blades "reduce air resistance and turbulence, resulting in particularly quiet operation while maximizing airflow volume." On the face of it (pun intended), this seems laughable. I've seen these used in many builds. I've a number of...
by nagi
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Mobile Convergence: W8 Convertibles Samsung 500T, SurfacePro
Replies: 16
Views: 8755

Re: Mobile Convergence: W8 Convertibles Samsung 500T, Surfac

My second problem is of course Windows 8, which I abhorr from the moment I tried it on my home PC. The best word I can use to describe it is scyzophrenic. One hand does not know what the other does, and the dual-GUI is just pure madness. I had the same reaction to a W8 desktop, but the tablet-noteb...
by nagi
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Mobile Convergence: W8 Convertibles Samsung 500T, SurfacePro
Replies: 16
Views: 8755

Re: Mobile Convergence: W8 Convertibles Samsung 500T, Surfac

Correction for first page: The basic problem with either Apple or Android tablets is that they don't run a full-fledged operating. Missing a "system" after operating. To the topic: as a tach savvy and long-time (from around 2008?) user of a wacom stylus equipped tablet PC, I was waiting for the Pro....
by nagi
Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anandtech preview of next gen Sandforce SSD
Replies: 8
Views: 1819

Re: Anandtech preview of next gen Sandforce SSD

I don't know. No-one is complaining that current SSDs were too slow. The key issue is they're too expensive. Making one x times faster at a slightly higher price point isn't exciting news to me. Making it decidedly cheaper at the same speed point, now that would be awesome. SSD prices have been a l...
by nagi
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silent systems
Replies: 3
Views: 2380

Re: My silent systems

Unused cables can be a mess and a good bed for dust. Thats why I like modular PSU's. That might be so, but the front/top/bottom dust filters mostly alleviate this problem (unless you don't open the case for years). The front ones are quite thick on the Rebel9. I can't really do anything about the p...
by nagi
Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silent systems
Replies: 3
Views: 2380

Re: My silent systems

#2 rig: Office / server / work CPU : AMD Athlon II X3 400e (undervolted quite a bit, but at stock speed) Heatsink : Scythe Mugen II w/ the stock fan Mobo : ASRock A785GMH/128M RAM : 5GB VGA : ATI 4200 IGP (128+512 RAM) PSU : PicoPSU + 65W delta brick HDD : 2x 1500GB Samsung EcoGreen + 2x 160GB Sams...