I finally got around to taking pictures of the stuff that arrived. Due to the painful experience that was my TRUE backplate, I didn't get any out of the box pictures, but here's some of the finished products:
ATCS 840 (Really happy with this case):
I'm pretty pleased with the H50. It's certainly quieter than my TRUE was, and I'm getting lower temperatures too, though not as low as I was expecting, I will admit.
Idle: 34 27 28 30 Load: 44 37 36 39
Taken with HWMonitor, on a QX9650 at 333x9, 0.9V
I can confirm, me the quiet freak - seriously, you should see how much sound proofing stuff is one the way - that the GTX 480 is not the leaf blower everyone makes it out to be. I left the fan alone, and after two hour of Crysis, the room being about 20*C, the card never went above 80*C or 70% fan speed, which isn't nearly as bad as I feared. However, for OCing purposes, I'm still hoping to get it under water by Christmas.
The 840 is a lovely case. Very high build quality, LOADS of room, and quite a bit quieter than my Tempest with the stock fans.
Oh, the SSD. Makes no noise, is noticeably snappier booting into Windows now, and shutting down. Relatively few tweaks needed to be done. Disabled my pagefile, System Restore, and Hibernate (I'd love to meet someone that actually uses that, haven't yet), Prefetch, and moved Firefoxe's cache to the RAM. Other than that, nothing needed doing.
The one thing that annoyed me about this upgrade: Apparently the CPU socket on the 750i FTW is too close to the I/O panel to allow a push/pull setup with the H50, but I'm going to try mounting one of the NF-P12s outside the case.
Overall though, very happy with my upgrade, and would certainly recommend anything above to anyone.
Beautiful setup! I agree on the evga problems with push/pill...I have the corsair A70 & can't use the second "pull" fan that came with the cooler due to a passive heatsink behind the cpu socket.
That case is pure sexay. Much sleeker than my industrial looking 932. Love the 480, too...
Nice Daed, a few questions:
What's the doo hicky on top of the 480? Looks like a jerry rigged 80mm fan.
What were you using to load the sys for those H50 load temps? A bit hard to buy.
How much RAM do you have? Not sure I'd want to disable Page File, but Sys Restore and Hibernate I could do without.
LOL, forgot to get rid of that. It's a 60mm fan that's I had previously epoxied to the stock northbridge fan mount after a bit of modding, but it wouldn't fit with the H50, so it's been stuck with superglue, epoxy, double sided tape, and what ye lot call duct tape, and it still fucking fell off.
I was using OCCT. I've found it, for me at least, to give very similar results to Prime95.
I've got 4GB. And yeah, I wasn't planning on keeping it disabled, but I haven't got any errors or weird behaviour yet. I'll also be getting another 4GB when I can find a cheap, but good, set.
Just move the paging to a different drive.
That's what I was planning on doing, but as I said, I haven't got any weird errors, and I didn't really want a pagefile slowing me down to begin with, so I might just keep it off.
Page file won't slow you down, unless you run out of physical memory...& the only time that has ever happened to me was playing Crysis.
I thought you may have disabled page filing to make the SSD last longer, but guess not.
SSDs are a strange lot. They're deceptively complex for something with no moving parts. I saw a promo deal on a WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD the other day that Newegg emailed me, and though the Advanced wear-leveling tech seemed interesting, I found via reviews it has just a JMicron controller, which are considered the worst.
What's interesting to note however is that although at first most authorities on SSDs were implying you need a good controller for good performance, there are now sites like AnandTech and HotHardware saying it's not necesarily just the controller than makes the drive, and that the firmware can make quite a difference.
It's not too confidence inspiring when you hear AnandTech say that WD refused to tell them what controller it uses though. There's no way to be sure it has a JMicron, but between people tearing them apart and seeing chips that look JMicron along with WD not divulging the brand, it's not hard to put 2 & 2 together. "Advanced wear-leveling - Lengthens SSD life and preserves speed with a combination of dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms designed to overcome performance degradation that occurs as a result of continual heavy use."
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So now I'm not sure what mindset to use if shopping for an SSD. Is it OK to assume one can get good bang for the buck performance in such a drive as long as the controller is at least 2nd gen JMicron and the unit has decent firmware?
Also needs to support TRIM, as to reset it to factory state.
Yeah the WD SEB drives do, but only on W7: "TRIM command support (Windows 7) - Helps maintain the SSD's performance throughout its lifespan."
I just thought it was a given that most know a good drive should have such a feature, whereas advanced wear-leveling algorithms aren't as common a subject. I've been more excited about that than TRIM and other features lately because I'm used to the durability of my Raptor drives for the last 5+ yrs.
When I first heard that the previous SSD designs suffered from short lifespan with heavy writing, I wasn't exactly thrilled considering the price. Now that they are packing longer wear into them and maximizing the performance of the lower priced controllers via better firmware, there's hope for good performance AND durability at a reasonable price.