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by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

Sure you can. I was saying now you have to. It is a sacrifice you make for getting something else. I would not much like that (I have done it myself on a 50GB VPS, that "saving space thing" but it is not the most convenient or fun thing in the world. It is a sacrifice). You are sacrificing one thin...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Newbie help needed windows 10
Replies: 5
Views: 2262

Re: Newbie help needed windows 10

You can boot from USB and get a live system. This will not touch your Windows installation. You are simply booting Linux from the USB stick. This can give you a chance to see if the problem is hardware related. Also, installing it could be an alternative to a system restore. Just saying.. :)
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

If we forget about SSDs and HDDs for a moment and instead look at the tech behind them. Surely you can agree that solid state has some appeal over the mechanical movements of parts? No matter how much you develop the latter it could never beat the responsiveness of the former. Starting firefox takes...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

Well you know that is very odd because I thought my systems were always very responsive and I never had anything faster than a Samsung SpinPoint F1 at 7200. But in recent years that feeling has gone down. I mean, I guess you did was in the deep minority doing that thing? System slowness is still ab...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

I think they are great. I was an early adopter and got a very expensive 16GB Mobi SSD early on. I never regretted that purchase. Before that I was very much hunting for the optimal OS HDD. Short stroking, the 10K RPM Raptor, trying to shave down the microseconds in seek time that made such a huge di...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

What's with the rage against SSDs xen? ;) I thought mine made a sound, but it turned out it was the motherboard, while reading/writhing to the SSD. No ultrasound though as far as I know, just "normal" noise that electronics make. A sound we all can enjoy now when or systems can be made solid state. :)
by Vicotnik
Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Newbie help needed windows 10
Replies: 5
Views: 2262

Re: Newbie help needed windows 10

You could try another OS, like Linux Mint and see if the problem persists. That will give you an indication if the problem is software or hardware related.
by Vicotnik
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Compact mATX case recommendation?
Replies: 12
Views: 7187

Re: Compact mATX case recommendation?

Fractal Design Core 1100 is the best cheap case I've used. But it is a cheap one. The Antec NSK 3480 is much more solid. That said, if it's a simple system it will do the job.
by Vicotnik
Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A small plug and play grid tied solar setup.
Replies: 4
Views: 3695

Re: A small plug and play grid tied solar setup.

Come on, can't you see the man/woman/script is working. You create a profile at your forum of choice, then you find a topic, google a few chosen word from that topic and you get a page like this http://www.solarpowernrg.com/index.php/faq/101-what-does-on-grid-and-off-grid-mean.html Then you just cop...
by Vicotnik
Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: R5 define case - power LED too bright
Replies: 3
Views: 3906

Re: R5 define case - power LED too bright

Connecting a resistor in series with the LED will make it less bright.

I don't like light pollution in my single room apartment, so I usually don't connect any of the LEDs in my systems.
by Vicotnik
Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?
Replies: 5
Views: 4054

Re: use Northbridge cooler as a cpu cooler in 2009 Mac Mini?

Very nice! :) Thanks for the update.
by Vicotnik
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Computex 2016: Raijintek presents their first passive AIO
Replies: 4
Views: 2646

Re: Computex 2016: Raijintek presents their first passive AI

Interesting, but I would like this but with water. The special fluid makes it something else. Maybe something for the future but my conservative mind would prefer regular non-leaky heatpipes.
by Vicotnik
Sat May 21, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is my Power supply theory correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 2951

Re: Is my Power supply theory correct?

The bigger PSU would be less efficient than the smaller one and generate even more heat.
by Vicotnik
Sat May 21, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 6154

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

If it's not bad power, then maybe overheating? Or the motherboard don't get a RPM reading on the CPU fan and shuts down? Grasping at straws here.. :)
by Vicotnik
Sat May 21, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is my Power supply theory correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 2951

Re: Is my Power supply theory correct?

Hypothetical how? Would it work? Sure. But why?
by Vicotnik
Sat May 21, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is my Power supply theory correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 2951

Re: Is my Power supply theory correct?

What's the point of a 1.5kW PSU for a sub 300W system? Future proofing? ;) If you want guaranteed fanless operation, why not a passive PSU with a capacity closer to the actual power consumption? It should be both cheaper and more power efficient.
by Vicotnik
Fri May 20, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green HDD vibration
Replies: 3
Views: 3127

Re: WD Green HDD vibration

They are the same I think. The early drives are more quiet than the more recent ones according to reports, and also according to the data sheets, but that is due to louder seeks not any differences in idle noise as far as I know. The number of platters makes a difference and there are some individua...
by Vicotnik
Thu May 19, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green HDD vibration
Replies: 3
Views: 3127

Re: WD Green HDD vibration

Hello and welcome to SPCR!

Some HDDs vibrate more than others. Try to decouple it from the case. There are many ways to do that. Check this thread for ideas
- viewtopic.php?f=7&t=19147
by Vicotnik
Wed May 18, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 6154

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Nothing wrong there. +12V looks good.
by Vicotnik
Tue May 17, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 6154

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Try measure the +12V rail in various places. You can do that from a molex (between yellow and one of the black wires). Or on the 4pin cable connected to the motherboard. You can also try measuring on the brick, without it connected to anything. Of the points you have measured, what sticks out is -10...
by Vicotnik
Tue May 17, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 6154

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Not crap then. Hard to imagine the brick being responsible for damaging the system. Are the voltage levels ok? No damaged caps on the motherboard?
by Vicotnik
Tue May 17, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 6154

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

What brick are you using with the picoPSU?
by Vicotnik
Mon May 16, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Audio System Mods, Repairs & Maintenance
Replies: 6
Views: 10361

Re: Audio System Mods, Repairs & Maintenance

I used electronic cleaner spray with great success on the volume pot on my cheap kitchen radio. That stuff is supposed to evaporate. I would hesitate to use something that leaves grease behind.
by Vicotnik
Sun May 08, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: I have to call absolute BS on the SPCR 7890K review
Replies: 14
Views: 9433

Re: I have to call absolute BS on the SPCR 7890K review

I know, I was really angered by the fact that it is a disservice to people to gloss over the fact that there is no real difference between the 7890K and the 7870K except for the price. Who cares, they both suck. It's not "Buy the 7870K if you are not a TOTAL MORON. End of fricking story." As Gadget...
by Vicotnik
Sat May 07, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD Crucial Bx 100 - rattling occasionally.
Replies: 14
Views: 4830

Re: SSD Crucial Bx 100 - rattling occasionally.

The whole universe vibrate dude. :) And solid state electronics vibrate, giving us coil whine and such. I thought that my SSD made small noises while getting written to, but it turned out it was the motherboard that emitted the sounds (very faint chirping, growling). So I think it might be a possess...
by Vicotnik
Fri May 06, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The most annoying thing about building a PC
Replies: 10
Views: 7266

Re: The most annoying thing about building a PC

When you do support you have to know this and compensate for it. It's also an exercise in setting limits. Building systems for others is a great way to get rid of your older stuff. Or less than new stuff. Since you are responsible for support it will have to be good stuff; only sell crap as a challe...
by Vicotnik
Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: building new power button for antec case(s)[Finished-Solved]
Replies: 4
Views: 3236

Re: building new power button for antec case(s)

I've had computers with two wires sticking out for a power button. Touch the leads lightly and voilà, the computer starts. :) My point is that it's hard to fail when all you need is some kind of momentary switch. Perfect starting project if you are new to this. When drilling you want a nice hole. If...
by Vicotnik
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Anyone have any experience with Thermalright Le Grand Macho?
Replies: 9
Views: 5780

Re: Anyone have any experience with Thermalright Le Grand Ma

It would depend on the resistance I think. With the fan laying flat on a table the air would rush out of the slits, but maybe with a low resistance heatsink the low air pressure behind the fan would turn the slits into intakes.
I would love to see some testing with smoke to see where the air goes. :)
by Vicotnik
Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Happy 10th Anniversary to Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja!
Replies: 7
Views: 2873

Re: Happy 10th Anniversary to Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja!

I still regret selling my Ninja. It served me well for a long time and I love the fin spacing. I still have my Ninja Mini, but it's not in use at the moment.