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Shoggy says the circuit protecting the rpm header on the AQ5 is probably blown due to a surge. I guess it functioned as designed. The good news is I now have the pump tach plugged into a fan header on the AQ5 and it's doing fine. thumb.gif
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Ouch ! I did a lookup on the Pascal and Stride and came up with this - http://www.thebattles.net/sage/

I see that Jim of CL says that they've been hit hard with prototype projects - the SM5 was to have been released late last week, and haven't read a word about it, so I'd imagine that CL is way busy on non-CL work.

Hmm, so a research facility, probably out in the West, and now you're in FL. Sounds like an X-man to me wink.gif
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Ah, yeah, those old Motorola 68000 cpu's.

I figured as much about Case Labs, glad they are getting business.

Nope, I worked in rechargeable battery R&D, nickel metal hydride in particular in Gainesville Florida. Technically I worked in the Material Science area but did many different things from pure R&D to running pilot lines in production. I'm actually listed as co-inventor on several patents related to battery technology. Nickel metal hydride batteries were a pretty big deal back then, but at the time I left the business Lithium was the up-and-coming tech.
Our plant was originally built by GE in 1962 and went through several owners over the years, most notably Eveready, but eventually shut down due to intense cheap labor competition in Asia
By the time we built a $75MM plant to manufacture Lithium Ion batteries it was determined we could not compete, and thus never manufactured any for sale.
I have many fond memories of that place, and used a computer for the first time there, the Stride. My first personal computer was a 386SX bought at Sam's Club. Anyway my interest in pc's was sparked and the rest, as they say, is history.
post #214 of 2434
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It's very simple to drain. I take the front off the pedestal, pull out the drain hose and open the valve. Easy and quick.
Here's a full side shot. Wiring is fairly cluttered right now, but that will change.

Have x45 overclock working. cpu/gpu temps are decent with the fans/pump running about 80% which is still pretty quiet. The AP15's are of course really nice, and the Swiftech fans aren't bad unless they are wide open.
Happy to report the pump has quietened down considerably.

Not a biggie, but its got me wondering ... Why the front fans at all ? Your pump's heatsink has a fan, your rig is watercooled, and I noticed in this post, that you have moved the top fan from above the Aquaero to below it - why ?

I mean, other than having front to back airflow for the rear exhaust fan to do its thing, is it to have air cooling for all the rest of the gear not being watercooled ? like the ram, the mobo's components ... ?
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It's probably overkill, but that's just the way it turned out. I moved the fan because it was hard to see the connections on the AQ5. The way this is set up is for positive pressure, I have 4 fans intake and one fan out.
Overall it's pretty quiet and runs cool.
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Playing with some lights I had laying around. Need to order some different LED's for the cpu and maybe a brighter one for the res. I just threw a double red one behind the mobo tray for grins. I would try it out in the cpu but it's 5mm.
What color should I get for cpu?
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What RPM are you running your fans at?
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Rad fans around 1200, case fans around 1100. Fairly quiet, all I hear is air moving with the case right next to me.
Don't know why I never bought AP15's before, these are some quiet fans compared to most I've had in the past. The Swiftech's start to get a bit noisy much above 1100 rpm.(compared to the AP15's).
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Playing with some lights I had laying around. Need to order some different LED's for the cpu and maybe a brighter one for the res. I just threw a double red one behind the mobo tray for grins. I would try it out in the cpu but it's 5mm.
What color should I get for cpu?

Even tho your mobo heatsinks are blue, that red behind the mobo looks fine, maybe a bit stronger. For some reason, I don't much care for the blue led that comes with the raystorm - had it on the buddy's switch build. Seems either to be the wrong shade blue, or its underwhelming, to my eyes.

Yes, I'm up past the time change, gained an hour so I thot I'd post redface.gif
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Yeah I think that background red looks OK. Wouldn't mind finding some more blue led's same color as in the res for the cpu. But that looks a little different because it's shooting up from the bottom through the water, I guess. The led's that come with the raystorm are more a UV, aren't they? I don't have my original ones.

Did a little more tuning on the board, bumped Vtt a little and now she's booting up quicker. I kept meaning to change it after I added the additional RAM. Side effect is idle Vcore is a little higher but not bad at all. Need to play with it a little more maybe and find the sweet spot.
My core temps running 8 fft's in P95 are 76-79, depending on ambient. Not the best chip, but not the worst.
I'm curious to see if when I reorient the radiator fans in the pedestal what the temps will do, if any change at all. The cooling seems pretty efficient already, though, as bumping the fan speeds up has little effect on core temps. I've been keeping flow around 1 gpm, that seems to be the point past which no gains in cooling can be found.
At some point I need to settle on a controller scheme for the AQ5 and dial it in.

Was up late (for me) watching the Alabama/LSU game. Unreal.Thought LSU had it but it all unraveled in the last few minutes. Great game.
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