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Although its not too far back, alot of people have been asking for cooling solutions:perc 5/i with zalman nbf47

Honestly folks, its a non-issue at this point: pick up the nbf47 and mount it via the included hook/loop mounts. A small heatsink would be nice for the other chip (thermal tape or thermal epoxy) and if you ram gets hot, pick up a cooler for it too. Obviously since all the above are all passive, you should have good airflow through your case. If you don't, maybe pick up a spot cooling fan.

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Originally Posted by Smiley View Post
Hmm...that sucks

DuckieHo, how did you find cooling with that sweet heatsink/copper mod you've done?
It works... the heatpipe/fin assembly does get hot but the heatsink over the IOP is cooler than it was.

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I still need a slot bracket...
I believe most standard height PCI brackets should work. I used one pulled from a VGA card. If you check a local PC shop, they may have it.

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Although its not too far back, alot of people have been asking for cooling solutions:perc 5/i with zalman nbf47

Honestly folks, its a non-issue at this point: pick up the nbf47 and mount it via the included hook/loop mounts. A small heatsink would be nice for the other chip (thermal tape or thermal epoxy) and if you ram gets hot, pick up a cooler for it too. Obviously since all the above are all passive, you should have good airflow through your case. If you don't, maybe pick up a spot cooling fan.

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nbf47 isn't a single slot solution!
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nbf47 isn't a single slot solution!
Thats a lame excuse given modern mobo's and multiple x4 and above PCIe slots. Pick up a riser card, cut the offending fins off before sticking the cooler on, or bend them back to give yourself enough clearance. Bam, 3 solutions. Honestly, it just isn't that hard



The alternative involves what? epoxying something onto the chip and pointing a directional fan at it? No thanks man.
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Thats a lame excuse given modern mobo's and multiple x4 and above PCIe slots. Pick up a riser card, cut the offending fins off before sticking the cooler on, or bend them back to give yourself enough clearance. Bam, 3 solutions. Honestly, it just isn't that hard



The alternative involves what? epoxying something onto the chip and pointing a directional fan at it? No thanks man.
Solution 1: riser won't rise high enough... unless you use a ribbon PCIe riser which is expansive and difficult to find mounting.
Solution 2/3: That's a lot of fins to cut off/bend... the end result won't be much better than stock.




Personally, I'm using a NIC, PhysX, Sound, PERC, and a dual-slot GPU in my expansion slots. Bigger cases and formfactors please!
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well, obviously I respectfully disagree. I think consumers need to be more intelligent concerning their purchases and plan ahead.

For example, you say your running a PhysX card, and yet your GTX260 supports it out of the box. Sure, you MAY take a performance hit on the few rare games that really use PhysX by just using the GTX260 for PhysX, but still, a bit redundant. And your also using a NIC, but the Asus mobo has 2 onboard.

I guess what I'm saying is that if you have a killer gaming rig (sli or crossfire), your probably not building a killer file server where you would need the Perc. Or if your building a killer file server and need the Perc, you probably wouldn't be wasting all your pci-e slots on silly stuff like PhysX cards or a Killer NIC card.

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ok guys,
i got my 4 F1 1T hdds and i'm going to power them up in the morning and make some test with the ICH10 VS asus "drive expert" Vs perc.

1. what FW should i use?
2. when i update a FW does the raid stays as it was or can it brake down?
3. what settings should i use on a 4*1T raid 5?
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The Zalman NBF-47 makes the card take up 3 slots. I have mine in slot 4 and it blocks slots 5 and 6. But you could run it in slot 5, depending on your motherboard and case, and it will just overhang a bit off the bottom of the mobo. This will block whatever happens to be on that edge of the mobo. For instance, on my EVGA X58 it blocked the Clear CMOS button. On my P6T6 WS Revolution it would block one of the USB connectors, the one I happen to be using since my cable isn't long enough to use the others.

If you have very short cards, then you could probably still use them in the "blocked" slots.

I'm thinking an alternate solution is to put the card in slot 5, unmodified with the original cooler, and use a VGA cooler in slot 6 to provide airflow to it. This would still allow for GPUs in slots 1 and 3 (and probably blocking slots 2 and 4). Or you could put the PERC in slot 3, cooler in slot 4, and the GPUs in slots 1 and 5 in this scenario, but this may give you reduced bandwidth to the GPU in slot 5, depending on your motherboard.
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im going to be running 8 drives on my perc 5/i, im looking for a 512mb stick of ecc ram. does it need to be buffered or unbuffered?

i just dont want to get the wrong kind. sorry for my noobness.
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I picked up 2 more 750GB drives and backed up the data on my raid 0 VD and created a new Raid5 with 4 750GB drives. The size of the volume was 2.14GB. Windows XP did not see the volume in disk management. It saw the volume in device manager. I was able to go in to Acronis Disk director and it saw the volume and then put partitions on the drive but My computer did not see the disk. I shrank the drive down to 2TB and it worked fine. I am using XP 32 right now since I disassembly my main machine. I thought that windows could see larger volumes but could only have a 2.1TB partition with ntfs. Is this a 32bit OS thing and if I was to add another drive would Vista 64bit see it. So I am asking that a 32bit OS can only see a volume up to 2.1TB?
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im going to be running 8 drives on my perc 5/i, im looking for a 512mb stick of ecc ram. does it need to be buffered or unbuffered?

i just dont want to get the wrong kind. sorry for my noobness.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134287

I'm running in my PERC 5/i as we speak
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