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by Vicotnik
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A quieter HDD with a firmware patch
Replies: 27
Views: 16210

Re: A quieter HDD with a firmware patch

So with enough support it's possible? All we need to do is believe? I'm telling you HDDs don't work like that. The RPM is fixed. Ok? Look it up if you don't believe me. Head resting on cushion of air and all that. Maybe we could construct a different HDD, but a firmware patch? Come on... Sure it wou...
by Vicotnik
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A quieter HDD with a firmware patch
Replies: 27
Views: 16210

Re: A quieter HDD with a firmware patch

Can we also have a patch to make them free? I think they are rather expensive. ;) Seriously. No firmware patch will solve your problem. With very few exceptions the RPM of a HDD is fixed and cannot be changed. If the disk is loud while idle, why not simply let the OS put it to sleep? I know you trie...
by Vicotnik
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Applying heatsink compound to heatpipe cooler.
Replies: 1
Views: 1495

Re: Applying heatsink compound to heatpipe cooler.

I remember that rod, but I don't think it's necessary. Greasing up the heatpipes have always been a messy business But the contact area is so large that you don't really need that much precision. Use whatever tool you can find I say. A folded piece of stiff paper does the job. :)
by Vicotnik
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Buying a WI picoPSU only to use with a good 12V brick?
Replies: 1
Views: 2011

Re: Buying a WI picoPSU only to use with a good 12V brick?

If you have a good 12V brick then I see no reason to go with a WI version of the picoPSU, unless you have one laying around already.
by Vicotnik
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need to replace power supply on legacy silent pc
Replies: 39
Views: 11440

Re: need to replace power supply on legacy silent pc

ginahoy wrote:Turns out the spare fan in my closet was a Scythe SFF21E, which has fluid dynamic bearing (FDB). It's rated at 1200 CFM so it should be fine given my system's modest power consumption.
1200 RPM 49.0 CFM :)
by Vicotnik
Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrade my system : GTX 1060 - Fractal Node 304
Replies: 24
Views: 8524

Re: Upgrade my system : GTX 1060 - Fractal Node 304

Yeah, it shouldn't be hard to sell the i5-2500k. It's still a very good CPU.
by Vicotnik
Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrade my system : GTX 1060 - Fractal Node 304
Replies: 24
Views: 8524

Re: Upgrade my system : GTX 1060 - Fractal Node 304

Your Intel i5-2500k (LGA1155) will not go with the Asus H110I-PLUS (LGA1151).
by Vicotnik
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Next Generation Monitors
Replies: 8
Views: 6302

Re: Next Generation Monitors

Cable management is my OCD. :D

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by Vicotnik
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Next Generation Monitors
Replies: 8
Views: 6302

Re: Next Generation Monitors

I love cables. ;) Through them I can transfer a ton of information with very little hassle. Is the work required when installing the stuff really that hard? I zip tie everything down under the desk. I don't even use a cordless mouse, though I can see that they make sense.
by Vicotnik
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Noctua NH-D15 Settings
Replies: 6
Views: 5452

Re: Noctua NH-D15 Settings

I would use the adapter as a last resort. It's just a resistor, and using a resistor is an inefficient way to slow down a fan.
by Vicotnik
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: any spcr articles on fanless true silent atx build
Replies: 3
Views: 2002

Re: any spcr articles on fanless true silent atx build

In my experience you will have electronic noise, one way or the other. Especially if it's a system that will do somewhat heavy stuff like gaming. Putting even one very quiet fan in there will make the whole thing a lot more simple. First, decide what kind of power you need. For a long time I waited ...
by Vicotnik
Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:19 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Has SPCR gone dormant?
Replies: 6
Views: 7617

Re: Has SPCR gone dormant?

There's also this
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=62491

As long as the site stays up, I'm not complaining. :)
by Vicotnik
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46283

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

Why not make it a goal to place the spinning storage in the other room? I would not want all my storage to be SSD, I don't trust the tech enough for that. I want SSDs close to me, HDDs out of hearing range and lots of redundancy.
by Vicotnik
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choosing a quiet 2TB HDD
Replies: 7
Views: 5968

Re: Help choosing a quiet 2TB HDD

Letting the HDD rest on a foam brick at the bottom of the case works fine. But make sure it's secure. Kitchen sponges sounds a bit flaky. Electronics side up for better cooling and maybe lower risk of ESD damage.
by Vicotnik
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46283

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

Put it in a Scythe Quiet Drive or similar to start with. I keep one of those on the shelf just in case. And then maybe suspend it using elastic cords.
by Vicotnik
Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Fanless heatpipe on i5-6500 & MiniSYS T8.
Replies: 3
Views: 7530

Re: Fanless heatpipe on i5-6500 & MiniSYS T8.

Totally fanless works fine for normal use. And by normal use I mean that the system will not be doing anything heavy that fully loads it for hours on end. Don't go fanless if you intend to run protein folding simulations 24/7. :) I don't know anything about the MiniSYS T8 but I've built fanless syst...
by Vicotnik
Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New concept cooler from Thermaltake
Replies: 5
Views: 3504

Re: New concept cooler from Thermaltake

Lower dB-rating than the NoFan they say. SPCR review perhaps? :lol:
by Vicotnik
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i7 6700K + NOCTUA NH-D9L strange cooling problems
Replies: 11
Views: 5254

Re: i7 6700K + NOCTUA NH-D9L strange cooling problems

flinx wrote:Have you updated the BIOS of the motherboard yet? (And make sure you reset to defaults - sometimes a BIOS update can fubar the settings)
With some Asus boards the auto overclock features might be enabled, or be set to auto with the same results. Make sure to disable those features.
by Vicotnik
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: picoPSU for Core i7 system?
Replies: 5
Views: 4003

Re: picoPSU for Core i7 system?

While either would work, I'd go with the picoPSU-150-XT. It's a bit beefier and the price difference seems to be only 10$ or so.

More important is the brick. With a powerful brick you don't need to go with a factory underclocked T part even, unless you want to.
by Vicotnik
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 4834

Re: Power consumption

CA_Steve wrote:As mentioned earlier, the only benefit for the old machine would be faster boot time. But, really, how slow is Linux to boot on an HDD? Surely it doesn't have the cruft of Windows....
I agree, but there's a lot more fun to try out Linux without that noisy 7200 RPM HDD.
by Vicotnik
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Force a PWM CPU fan to run at full speed?
Replies: 21
Views: 13791

Re: Force a PWM CPU fan to run at full speed?

If you have a multimeter you could measure the voltage that the motherboard feeds to the fan. That would tell you if the fan itself slows down even if it receives 12V.

The Q-Fan controls should be OS independent. Maybe try update the BIOS unless you are already running the latest version.
by Vicotnik
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 10 Retail doesn't come on cd anymore?
Replies: 3
Views: 2188

Re: Windows 10 Retail doesn't come on cd anymore?

Using tools like YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator it's also possible to put a lot of stuff on a single USB stick. Very practical.
by Vicotnik
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How do I get into my BIOS with a Corsair keyboard?
Replies: 11
Views: 3581

Re: How do I get into my BIOS with a Corsair keyboard?

Now the caps key is stuck as well. Corsair should stick to making memory sticks? ;) Have you gone through all the USB settings in the BIOS? There's usually a bunch of them, legacy this and that etc. You probably also have tried all possible ports? Sometimes USB3 can be non-native and such, only waki...
by Vicotnik
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

You just write how the LEDs that you love whine, and then you go on to say that you need more evidence of whining. I mean, how much more can you be in denial? You want me to tell you the stuff you are already seeing but you deny? And what if those others are also seeing but they deny? Because the t...
by Vicotnik
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

Only LEDs at my place. :) The new LED filament ones are really nice. At the place I work there are two very warm pear bulbs in two lamps with open tops. The plants nearby get burnt by the heat, 25W bulbs get hot. A few days ago I replaced them with 2.1K LED filament bulbs. The same warm light, 1.2W ...
by Vicotnik
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

The form can introduce negative emotions in what would otherwise have been a factual or clean message. I'm sure you notice how your mind rewrites the messages that you want to say, before you utter them. I never noticed this in the past so much because it was more fluid and I was not aware of the d...
by Vicotnik
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

Not saying you were doing so here. And you were the one that winked ;-) in your first post ;-). So I am not blaming you of any sense of closedmindedness here compared to the rest ;-). But if "people get hooked by themselves" then I wonder how you would explain that most people get defensive when I ...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

If you now accuse me of being judgemental about SSD using people; it is consistently the SSD lovers that push people around and say stuff like I have quoted earlier. "Just use an SSD". "Why not buy an SSHD instead?" "Why not do as I do?" "Why are you trying to do your own thing when all the world h...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

No I never said that the SSD shouldn't exist. I am saying that you shouldn't be using it as your OS drive. You should be using it as a cache drive. That is what it is really meant for. There is a history of caches everywhere. Your CPU has caches that would function in exactly the same way as an SSD...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ultrasonic SSD?
Replies: 56
Views: 14425

Re: Ultrasonic SSD?

If you value big space over responsiveness, get a HDD. But I don't think that HDD would be that much greater if the SSD never existed. Zero RPM is my sweetspot. ;) A sweet stable zero RPM. Opera has been my browser of choice for a long time, it's always been quick for me both on Linux and Windows. I...