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Overclocking, that's why we are here right? To eek out every last MHz from our components in an effort to beat the banker deal or no deal style! Trouble is when overclocking the trade of is an increase in heat [sad face].

Here at OC3D we have been lucky enough to have tested many of the quality coolers from Noctua, one of which the NH-D14 is as far as we are concerned THE best air cooler on the planet. Not only is it the best performing air cooler we have ever tested, but is also about as close to silent as you are ever going to get.

But now the time has come for us to share the love, thanks to Noctua we have a pretty large haul of Noctua Cooling goodies to give away to our forum members! If you take a look below there's not 1 but 3 NH-D14's to give away, 2 NH-U12P SE2's and 5 Noctua cooling kits!

With prizes like these you must be wondering what the hell you have to do to have a chance of getting your hands on them? Well its all very simple, you just need to be a member of our forums JOIN HERE and go to THISthread and pretty much tell us why you should win. This could be pictures of your current cooling system and why it needs updating, it could be telling us why you think Noctua are epic, hey I'm always in the mood for an ego boost tell me too! The possibilities are endless, the more effort you put in the better a chance you might have. At the end of August the OC3D team and Noctua will get together and decide who is best....

Noctua Cooling Competition

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Not a member? Then you can join here.

Normal OC3D competition rules apply. EU Entrants only. Winners will be announced on the 1st of September.

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25-07-2010, 17:56:34

These are usually required to run multiple GPU Clients or when you're running Headless (no monitor) systems with the GPU Client.

A DVI to VGA Dummy.

Basically by bridging several of the VGA pins you can trick the GFX card (and Windows) into thinking there is a generic monitor attached and the extended desktop will remain, even after rebooting. No more swapping cables or climbing behind your rig to sort it out. :cool:

Now, this guide recommends 75Ohm resistors, but the chap used 68Ohm and I used 90Ohm so I can only guess anything between 50 and 100Ohms will suffice. I've just plugged mine in, but the guide also shows how to solder them in easier. :cool:

Happy GPU Folding, people!

Pics and guide taken from XS.

Google Diagram:


As stated in the prior thread (linked above): Radioshack apparently does not carry "75 ohm" resistors, but any resistors from ~50-150 ohms will work from what I understand. What I do know is that Radioshack carries 68ohm resistors and they do work.


Instead of using a VGA plug and then having to attach that to a VGA to DVI adapter--I couldn't foresee any reason why I couldn't just use a DVI to VGA, that's what I did:


I originally wanted to solder the resistors in, in order to make sure of a more permenant solution. So, I wanted to get rid of some of the Blue plastic area:


On this particular adapter the long nuts holding the blue plastic in are apparently screwed in, but they just turn. They wouldn't "unscrew", so I took a more destructive approach:



I wanted a bit of the pins exposed, but I also wanted the "support" of the blue plastic. So, I whipped out the dremel and did a minor mod:



And wound up with this:



After checking out the situation, I realized that there really doesn't seem to be a need to TRY to solder the resistor leads in place. They fit very snuggly. So, I made my bend and cut the leads to size, fit them in and wound up with this:



As can be seen in the picture, I alternated the orientation of the actual ceramic resistors in order to create a "built-in" seperator or divider to help keep the leads from contacting each other.

25-07-2010, 18:38:01

Guys the easiest way to make one of these is look at the 1st of the pics above and use 1 approx 75 Ohm resistor (I'm using 68 Ohm) with the legs bent in to a U shape. Cut the longer leg to be even with the shorter leg, then insert the legs into pin 1 and pin 6 on the VGA plug and you are done. No soldering, grinding, and no mess it's that easy!!!

25-07-2010, 18:42:07

Even better. :) I'll edit the guide. :)

25-07-2010, 19:46:57

Mate can i make a little guide on howto without a dummy ?
i mean the whole extend desktop thing !

I understand its a bit more of a hazzle but some people might find it easier ?
i'll do it with screenshots and all , just let me know then i will have a start on it , other wise you can delete this post to keep the guide clean ;)

EDIT oki doki buddy ...tomorrow i am on it now its time to hit the bed :sleep:

25-07-2010, 19:47:52

Of course, go for it. :)

25-07-2010, 21:20:07

According to this dummy plugs are no longer needed :eyes:

v258.xx drivers seem to resolve the dummy plug issue for all OSes, as reported on the folding forum by Leonardo

25-07-2010, 21:43:06


According to this dummy plugs are no longer needed :eyes:

Until it's for sure 100% I'm using dummy plugs because I'm a points whore and lack of performance on my part is not an option

26-07-2010, 08:14:53

where do you get them resistors in the UK??

26-07-2010, 08:18:21

Forget that last thread, i didn't realise there was a Radio Shack in the UK

26-07-2010, 08:26:41

Or maplins. :)

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