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by QUIET!
Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Inspired by Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version
Replies: 19
Views: 4106

Re: Inspired by Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

The only bug I have seen with my i7-6700k (and Windows 10) is that when it resumes from Hibernate it sets the screen resolution to 1024*768 despite it's connection to a 1080p monitor. I have also had a little trouble trying to set up ultra-fast boot but that is probably me just doing something wrong...
by QUIET!
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

After looking for a cheap Windows 7 or 8.1 license and not finding anything, I took the leap with a Windows 10 license. So far the OS does not seem ideal but not too bad. I stress tested with Prime95 and Furmark. With Prime95 at maximum settings, the computer pulled about 134 watts at the plug and t...
by QUIET!
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Skylake thoughts
Replies: 81
Views: 35288

Re: Skylake thoughts

I think it would be just great if the computer industry was headed for things like NUCs with discrete GPUs but I just don't think its happening. With Intel trying to phase out socket CPUs, I think ATX form factor is nearly on the way out. I think the future will look a big different.
by QUIET!
Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler without backplate (easy installation)
Replies: 18
Views: 6668

Re: Best CPU cooler without backplate (easy installation)

After your recommendation for "backplated" solution, I will go for that (it is faster than to search for a non-back plated good solution). Its not that it takes time to find a good pushpin cooler, its that there is nothing out there good enough to reccomend. I went with the Macho 90 because I only ...
by QUIET!
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Skylake thoughts
Replies: 81
Views: 35288

Re: Skylake thoughts

I was thinking along the lines of plugging a NUC in to a monitor. Thunderbolt2 is not USB3.1, it just uses a similar cable. It is the equivalent of a 4 lane PCIe 3.0 link. I'm guessing the next generation will double that bandwidth. By the time that happens (probably 3-4 years), I'm sure we will hav...
by QUIET!
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hold on buying any Nvidia card
Replies: 10
Views: 4588

Re: Hold on buying any Nvidia card

Wait, you don't care about VR, the most important technology since the invention of computers that will transform education, training, entertainment, movies, games, communication? I haven't cared since I played a bad VR game in 1993 and got killed by a flying dinosaur with a name I can't spell. Tha...
by QUIET!
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler without backplate (easy installation)
Replies: 18
Views: 6668

Re: Best CPU cooler without backplate (easy installation)

I wouldn't say they are horrid. Its just a much much lower standard and usually comes with more fan noise. What I really dislike about pushpins is that it relies on four thin, hollow plastic pins with a slit through it for good measure. If one breaks, the other three are not far behind and if the he...
by QUIET!
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Skylake thoughts
Replies: 81
Views: 35288

Re: Skylake thoughts

As far as I know, all Gigabyte Z170 motherboards have the Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt/USB3.1 chip. For watching 4k videos and general computing, the Skylake iGPU is probably enough. I think we are pretty close to having monitor connections and iGPUs that are good enough for anything short of gaming. If...
by QUIET!
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler without backplate (easy installation)
Replies: 18
Views: 6668

Re: Best CPU cooler without backplate (easy installation)

I got a Thermalright Macho 90 through Amazon (US) fulfilled by Nan's Gaming Gear. They sell other Thermalright products but so far the Macho 90 seems pretty nice and ships without a back plate. You can buy Thermalright direct from Nan's too (depending on your location). On the other hand, I like bac...
by QUIET!
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Horizontal case for a file server
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

Re: Horizontal case for a file server

I like the e3s and I have one but you might want to look at the Xeon D. It does not have integrated graphics but that's easy to fix with a low end PCIe GPU. Intel also says that the first 3D Xpoint/Optane SSDs will be coming next year. I think that might be just the thing for doing RAIDZ with dedupl...
by QUIET!
Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent SLI case
Replies: 9
Views: 3626

Re: Silent SLI case

Hmm, i don't think the PSU is an issue unless it's generating a lot of heat, but it has a 80PLUS® Platinum stamp on it, so i don't think it's so bad. Product link: http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/power-supplies/newton/newton-r3-1000w It also runs with a semi passive profile which only tu...
by QUIET!
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

There was a little agony but victory in the end: The fan wires gave me a headache. After the PSU was in place I couldn't jamb them in where I wanted but I couldn't get the PSU in with the wires where I wanted. Eventually I got it by removing some of the twist in the cables so it would lay flat where...
by QUIET!
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent SLI case
Replies: 9
Views: 3626

Re: Silent SLI case

For an X99, the motherboard, CPU (130 watt TDP?), ram and SSDs probably use around 160 watts when heavily stressed. The GTX980s probably pull less than 200 watts each when heavily stressed so your full load is around 560 watts but probably more like 400-500 in heavy use (it's unusual to fully stress...
by QUIET!
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading 2 systems
Replies: 18
Views: 4948

Re: Upgrading 2 systems

One cheap option is the Anniversary Pentium, I think it's a dual core with no hyperthreading but an unlocked multiplier so you can crank up the speed if your motherboard can overclock. With a small die, they don't make too much heat even when overclocked so they can still be used in a "silent" build...
by QUIET!
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

Last night I made my second gasket and it came out better because I was more patient and the oversize doubled the width of the narrowest part so it is much improved. The 1/2" screws and rubber backed washers finished the job nicely. Looking at the wire routing and those 80mm fans on the back, I beca...
by QUIET!
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Can my motherboard control 3 pin fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Re: Can my motherboard control 3 pin fans?

Thank you.
by QUIET!
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Enterprise NAS
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

Re: Seagate Enterprise NAS

So if it is network attached storage, how fast is the network and how many simultaneous requests might happen? One time I was begging my IT guy to add a second NIC to the NAS because we had a router that could handle it and in certain circumstances when the network was grinding to a halt, it could h...
by QUIET!
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Can my motherboard control 3 pin fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Can my motherboard control 3 pin fans?

It has been a while since I have used anything beside four pin PWM fans. Now I have two 80mm three wire case fans and I think I will want to adjust their speed. I was planning to use a 4 pin Y adapter that is 3 pin compatible but now I'm thinking that my motherboard (Gigabyte Z170) might be able to ...
by QUIET!
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

Luckily for me, it seems that sanity has prevailed and PSU mounting uses inch threads. 6-32 by 1/2" long is the size I need to accommodate an isolation gasket. Tonight I am going to make a second PSU gasket, my first was a little thin on one side. I have decided to oversize it because I can and the ...
by QUIET!
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Enterprise NAS
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

Re: Seagate Enterprise NAS

Chasing speed in a HDD is pointless if you can afford an SSD in your computer for data that you need to access quickly. Ignoring noise and with all else equal, a slower drive is going to use less power so less heat, slower fans, etc. That is enough reason to be wary of 7,200 rpm in my opinion. On th...
by QUIET!
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

A little progress today: I made a PSU isolation gasket from 1/8" sponge rubber. I also found some rubber backed steel washers. Since the gasket area is large and the washer area is small, I need a harder washer than the gasket to match the amount of compliance (or at least get closer). The washers a...
by QUIET!
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Request AX860i 6-pin connector pin out diagram
Replies: 17
Views: 5980

Re: Request AX860i 6-pin connector pin out diagram

Just wait until we tell you about double blind A-B testing.
by QUIET!
Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

The Flex Fit Trio is doing what I want so far. In my oddball case, the top 5.25" internal slot has some sheet metal preventing it from pushing all the way forward so only two screws can be used to hold it in my case. I would prefer four screws but if I could push it forward, it would block the 2.5" ...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Braswell motherboards
Replies: 53
Views: 51657

Re: Braswell motherboards

NAS specific hard drives are a real thing. For example the WD Red drives kind of split the difference between one of their Enterprise hard drives and a WD green eco drive. They turn at low RPM for noise and heat considerations but they don't spin down as aggressively as the green and they have some ...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

I went to the store (not Newegg) and got my IcyDock Flex Fit Trio. It seems pretty neat and they have a video of how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV8yRaweFsU It does a simple job but it does it elegantly. It is mostly tool-less and it uses the flexibility of the plastic it is made with ...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

The next step is to look at cable routing, then take out the motherboard and address the foot. After that, make a gasket for the PSU and hopefully install everything for the second to last time. I need a couple things. I think IcyDock makes a plastic adapter that turns a 5.25" bay in to a mount for ...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

A few more things: IMG_20150829_113253.jpg That is what the clearance looks like, near zero. IMG_20150829_113302.jpg That's what the interior looks like, a bit crowded over the CPU but not like some of the mITX builds I've seen. I forgot to install the anti-vibration foam for the heat sink fan. Ther...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Request AX860i 6-pin connector pin out diagram
Replies: 17
Views: 5980

Re: Request AX860i 6-pin connector pin out diagram

I'm assuming that the PSU is modular and the PSU side of the cable is what you are looking for. If that is the case, just get a volt meter and continuity test the modular cable. You can use the ATX12v standard to get the motherboard side of the connector and map that to the PSU side. If you are conc...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fans for heatsinks and cases
Replies: 10
Views: 4091

Re: Fans for heatsinks and cases

I like tower coolers so I would look at the new Noctua 92mm U shaped tower which has a 110mm height. They have another 92mm that is taller so be careful. That height restriction is tough because I'm always looking for more but there seems to be a big gap between 120mm fan towers and real low profile...
by QUIET!
Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)
Replies: 33
Views: 13502

Re: Old horizontal HTPC case (full ATX)

The case lid isn't terribly stiff being thin aluminum sheet metal with no beads rolled or anything like that. Its slightly compliant. The motherboard is not supported directly under the CPU socket and I would say that is slightly compliant as well. I think the biggest issue would be setting somethin...