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by HammerSandwich
Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A proper NAS case: Fractal Design - Array Mini ITX
Replies: 35
Views: 18079

IMO, a server case should allow easily changing a single failed HD. That looks tedious in this case.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New exciting case: Fractal Design - Define R2
Replies: 72
Views: 60035

Good review there, Bill.

Can you compare the R2's sturdiness to the P18x, CM690 II, and/or Mountain Mods Monticle? I like cases that still feel like anvils after 6 years' abuse.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Q. about loop configuration. single vs double
Replies: 10
Views: 5680

And system resistance isn't easy to measure overall. That's certainly true. Very few sites produce good WC reviews. Back to the OP... Because you're looking for a silent PC, you should focus on the pump(s) & fans. If you have not bought the extra rad & pump yet, WAIT! Check your temperatures in a n...
by HammerSandwich
Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom's responsiveness
Replies: 7
Views: 2388

In my experience, an Acer 1410T (Celeron SU2300) makes an Asus 1101ha (Atom Z520) feel awful. I'm not the most patient person, but the difference is obvious. With a $100ish budget, I'd definitely look at the E3200 (E3300's only $1 more at Newegg right now) or Athlon II 240. You can find decent mothe...
by HammerSandwich
Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Q. about loop configuration. single vs double
Replies: 10
Views: 5680

1398342003 wrote:If you want to maximize pressure use two pumps in parallel.
If you want more pressure, putting the pumps in series would be better.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: What's a good place for the radiator on the Raven RV02 case?
Replies: 16
Views: 7063

glenster wrote:It doesn't look like the Cooler Master CM 690 II cools very well.
Did you read the 2 paragraphs before the conclusion?
bit-tech.net wrote:However, the poor out of the box cooling is offset by a wonderfully quiet noise level, as all three stock cooling fans run at less than 1,000rpm at full speed.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Wireless mouse-in Keyboards from Enermax and Moneual
Replies: 24
Views: 17496

Which keyboard did you use to type "anpit" instead of "about" on page 3?
by HammerSandwich
Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Kinda boring basement PC
Replies: 11
Views: 5127

Re: Kinda boring basement PC

I originally tried to use a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink, but it was too tall for the case. Both that heatsink and the Kabuto 6 are probably overkill for this CPU, but that's my style. They are. I have an Athlon II 245 under the OEM heatsink. I'd planned to use something beefier, but that proved com...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Switching back to AIR
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

I'd think about an NAS on your budget.

Do you really need all the HDs in the main case? The case probably won't make a big difference when you have 8 drives, especially with 4 Raptors.

A few more details about the setup could help.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: What's a good place for the radiator on the Raven RV02 case?
Replies: 16
Views: 7063

What about the new CM690?
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Post your power consumption
Replies: 109
Views: 64276

Okay, but the 4670 showed varying results between the official review & the SPCR community at large. Considering that we're looking at an overclocked system, I'd still like to hear from Rucker.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 70693

Jordan wrote::oops:
No problem. And, hey, you took it well. :D
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 70693

MikeC wrote:We may not have noticed because we weren't looking at the fan continuously and it isn't audible anyway.
I'm happy to accept that as a reasonable enough explanation.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Post your power consumption
Replies: 109
Views: 64276

Rucker wrote:With 3.4GHz OC, OCCT, 312 Watts
With 2.8GHz, OCCT, 182 Watts
Idlea 2.8GHz, 86 Watts.
I wonder if the 4670 alone is why this system idles 20W higher than the one I posted. Have you disabled some of the power-saving features?
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 70693

What is the rest of your system spec, though? As noted in my post, there is no case at this point. The ambient is definitely below 20C, though I've not measured it. I'm not sure how the rest of the system could affect the PSU's heating & cooling at a 180W load, but... * Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P * Intel...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Post your power consumption
Replies: 109
Views: 64276

Intel Core i7-860
ATI Radeon HD 5870
Seasonic X-750
Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB

Idle: 59-65W !!!
LinX: 165W
LinX + OCCT GPU: 315W

I'm blown away by the low idle power. Intel & ATI have finally figured out how to do this correctly.
by HammerSandwich
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4 Fan Control
Replies: 11
Views: 12112

In Speedfan:
1) Configure
2) Advanced
3) Select the ITxxxx chip
4) Change all PWMx modes to software controlled
by HammerSandwich
Sat Dec 26, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4 Fan Control
Replies: 11
Views: 12112

Speedfan cannot control SYS_FAN1. I'll need to dig out an extension cable before I can test the PCH_FAN header. There's also an unusual interaction on the CPU_FAN port. Speedfan's Speed01 & Speed03 both control it. I suspect that one is PWM control while other is straight VDC, but I'm not certain of...
by HammerSandwich
Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4 Fan Control
Replies: 11
Views: 12112

I'm building a GA-P55-UD4P system now. So far, I've used only a PWM fan on the CPU header & haven't used the other headers at all. The motherboard's built-in fan controls are useless for SPCRers, but Speedfan works.

I'll try a 3-pin fan on the other headers and report.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 70693

On the test bench with ambient room temperature at 23°C, the fan in the Seasonic X-650 started at about 340W load. I've just begun building a system with an X-750, and it's currently running Memtest on a bench in the basement without a case. With load at 175-180W AC & ambient below 20C, the fan tu...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Problem mounting Accelero S1Rev2
Replies: 8
Views: 1874

Note that I'm simply picturing your installation in my head, so this comment may be wrong. </disclaimer> When the cooler clamps tightly onto the washers, the washers take the load. That force needs to press the cooler onto the GPU instead. This is like having loose handlebars on a bicycle. Torquing ...
by HammerSandwich
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair CX400W Power Supply
Replies: 21
Views: 10825

BillyBuerger wrote:I picked up the 350ET as the 300ET wasn't in stock at that time. It's been great...
Thanks for the info.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair CX400W Power Supply
Replies: 21
Views: 10825

In a decent case set up intelligently, this PSU still won't ramp up. And its electrical performance is really really good. Valid points, but the CX-400 remains in a tricky spot. Spending a little more definitely can buy a quieter PSU. With the CX cheap only during MIR specials, bargain shoppers wil...
by HammerSandwich
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: problems with RAID 0 on Abit IP35, DVD SATA - SOLVED!
Replies: 4
Views: 1512

Thanks for posting the answer. Definitely wouldn't have guessed it!
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: problems with RAID 0 on Abit IP35, DVD SATA - SOLVED!
Replies: 4
Views: 1512

Sounds like you need to load the RAID driver.
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best 785G motherboard!
Replies: 12
Views: 5387

The fan control isn't adjustable at the BIOS level and I don't think it works with SpeedFan... It does now! The new 785G review holds the secret: SpeedFan can fully control both the CPU_FAN header and SYS_FAN headers using either 3-pin or 4-pin PWM fans. To enable fan control, select the "IT8718F" ...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H 785G Motherboard
Replies: 16
Views: 10326

SpeedFan can fully control both the CPU_FAN header and SYS_FAN headers using either 3-pin or 4-pin PWM fans. To enable fan control, select the "IT8718F" chip in the Advanced tab of the Configuration menu and set all the PWM modes to "Software Controlled." Doing so will unlock the Speed01 and Speed0...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell G2410 -> any owners out there?
Replies: 36
Views: 14637

I expect moving up from 16x10 to 19x10 for native gaming... You meant moving up to 16x9, right? :D FWIW, I'm an IPS snob who really likes Dell's new TN panels. I've seen a 22" (model forgotten) & 2 E2310H LCDs, and all have given excellent colors and much better horizontal viewing angles. Excellent...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Walnut wooden case (tons of pics!)
Replies: 12
Views: 7682

The HSF intake must have taken a lot of work! Unfortunately, it's blocking a lot of airflow.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: diamond powder + urethane
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Re: diamond powder + urethane

colm wrote:...(strangest duality I have ever seen to this day- it is pink metallic and plain brown, depending on the weather)
It must be like Creighton Brown!

How 'bout some pictures?