HughesNet claims I have download speeds up to 25 Mbps, but I have never seen actual downloads faster than 3-4 Mbps, and would be delighted if speeds of 3-4 Mbps were standard. I started downloading four Distro iso files this morning about 5:20AM EST, and the last one just ended at…at…at 7:32:44 AM EST. About 8.19 GB’s took about 2 hours. Speed test during one download showed just 1.4 Mbps, but speed tests aren’t supposed to be done during a download. Just ran another speed test after all was done and it shows 18.9 Mbps – that pretty fast for a satellite ISP. Guess the sites that one downloads from have a lot to do with the speeds also…I know SourceForge can be one of the slowest sites that I use…tho shouldn’t really complain since they do a lot of hard work, and seem to also try hard to provide a useful service. Anyway, during the long wait for downloads to finish, I decided to see if I could quiet the fans in ‘Apevia’, especially that Wraith Spire cooler that came with the RYZEN 5 3400G.

These fans nowadays can be quite impressive by the cooling chores they are capable of … these modern processors can get incredibly hot before burning up and/or frying the MoBo. I will test one of those Water Cooler ‘ThInGiEs’ one of these days, once I overcome the fear of hooking electrical components to water for cooling. The Intel i9 9900 cpu in the ‘Antec Jr.’ build came with a stock fan and it was quiet; however, it didn’t seem able to cool that processor enough for my liking … some tests would show ‘Red’ warning signs on how hot the cpu was getting, and I could find no real reliable information on how hot the i9 9900 was suppose to run. Did a search for cpu cooling fans, and kept seeing the name “Noctua” being rated as the best. Seemed more expensive than I wanted to pay (and ugly color), but being no expert with cooling fans I wanted one that was highly recommended plus easy to install…have installed big cooler fans before, and I found it to be a difficult task (at best!). The Noctua site also mentioned having the SecuFirm2™ mounting systems, and after watching a video of the installation process I purchased a NH-U12S – had never imagined that a big cooler fan and heatsink could be installed so easily, but that video made a believer of me. That NH-U12S came with parts to install it either on Intel or AMD (recommended ones from their charts), and it also came with something called a “Low-Noise Adapter.” Cooler fan was quiet enough, and my case fan was a 3-pin fan with a manual control switch that ran quiet so I didn’t need the “Low-Noise Adapter.” Main problem I had with that cpu cooler fan was it shutting off without me knowing it – *BIG* Problem! Contacted Noctua about it, but their site said they would be slow getting back to me, so I got on the waiting list, and searched their site for answers. I noticed some info at the site on BIOS settings, and went to my BIOS again. My BIOS settings were at “Auto” which should’ve been OK, but I changed it to “PWM” setting, and also set BIOS to give a warning sound if the cpu fan went off. That worked, and the cpu fan has never gone off without me shutting it down with the shutdown entire computer button. That fan lowered the temperatures and could keep them low during all kinds of tests and/or computer usage…including plain old idle speed. Oh, there are also other Low-Noise Adapter brands.

The fans in my new ‘Apevia’ build have been noisy and difficult for me to adjust – especially the Wraith Spire cooler fan that came with the RYZEN 5 3400G … that can be incredibly noisy. The ASUS MoBo has a BIOS QFan Control ‘ThInGiE’ that sorta has an Auto and/or Manual settings ability, but one or both fans seem loud no matter how I set it there…especially that Wraith Spire. Today, I tried the Noctua Low-Noise Adapter on the Wraith Spire cooler & RYZEN 5 3400G APU, and finally got it quiet. I’ll watch it for a few days to make sure it doesn’t cause a problem, all looks OK right now…temperatures running the same as before, but it is finally quiet. The 44-45 degrees Celsius at idle seem high, so I may try another cooler in the future. The Ryzen™ processors are not compatible CPU-Z so am not able to do accurate temperature tests…the Intel i9 9900 use to run 45-55 degrees Celsius at idle, but now stays at around 29-32 degrees with idle and/or basic usage.

Now, I’ll do some testing of those Distros I downloaded earlier this morning…