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by ilh
Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek S1283V vs. S1283
Replies: 4
Views: 2837

One notable difference is the S1283V "Dark Knight" does not come with the spoiler to aim airflow toward rear CPU power supply components. I don't know that the spoiler on the S1283 did much though. The finish is sort of a black chrome look. I don't care one way or the other. The crossbow mount works...
by ilh
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek S1283V vs. S1283
Replies: 4
Views: 2837

So we are: we must be 2-3 miles apart. Yes, I'm sure it is nickel. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=S1283V http://www.xigmatek.com/product/air-dark-knight-s1283-v.php I'm not thrilled about the LED fan. I've ordered one to try for a work build and can compare unsci...
by ilh
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek S1283V vs. S1283
Replies: 4
Views: 2837

Xigmatek S1283V vs. S1283

Has anyone tried the S1283V? It appears to be the S1283 plus the "crossbow" mount. The copper heat pipes appear to be plated silver, and the fan might be different.

It is cheaper than the 1283 + separate crossbow.
by ilh
Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 5000AAKS in external enclosure with Mac (AAM?)
Replies: 3
Views: 2265

I'm not sure how you enable AAM in the BIOS, but AAM settings are stored on the drive itself, so if you can set them from the other machine the settings should stick. If this is an Intel Mac, I wonder if you can boot something like an Ubuntu Live CD and change AAM on the drive using "sudo hdparm -M ...
by ilh
Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Maxtor 250GB vs. WD 750GB GP
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Have you enabled AAM on the WD?
by ilh
Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green Power reliability? F1 reliability?
Replies: 3
Views: 2426

My first WD10EACS drive lasted 48h in a TiVo. Before installation in the TiVo, I ran the full set of WD diagnostic tests and it passed them all. After my TiVo started locking up, I pulled the GP drive and it failed the quick SMART test right away. (The drive temp in the TiVo was 42C, pretty much the...
by ilh
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Earth Watts: Green Computing Hits the Big Time
Replies: 22
Views: 25324

Out of 12 of these , at least 3 of the Earthwatts 500W PSUs (came with Sonata III) buzz at light load. The buzzing stops when the load is increased. Bummer.
by ilh
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja review
Replies: 64
Views: 52008

got a bad one

I've built about a dozen machines at the office using the Ninja Mini, and I just ran into a bad sample. Visually, it looks fine. Running 4 instances of mprime (Linux) on a QX6700 coretemp rises to 100C on all 4 cores and then thermal throttling kicks in as evidenced by LED on B975X2 motherboard. I r...
by ilh
Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:00 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: 100,000 Point Club
Replies: 202
Views: 217597

Thank you!
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Finding the perfect large drive for a DirecTivo
Replies: 27
Views: 7132

Pauli, I'm not sure. The room's ambient is about 22C, but the DirecTivo is in a (usually open) entertainment center, stacked on top of some other components including the A/V receiver. About 2in above the DirecTivo is a shelf supporting the TV. Thus, it is likely considerably warmer in there. I'll s...
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 7:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X800 XL - PSU Ramping Up
Replies: 8
Views: 3051

Green Shoes wrote:...the delta between idle and load power consumption for most graphics cards is only 2-3W.
Where do you get 2-3W? This post shows a 32W idle/load swing for a 6800GT. I don't know where those number came from, however.
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How to EMI shield a custom quiet-pc case?
Replies: 14
Views: 5856

Are there suitably conductive paints? This whole shielding has me wondering. I have a SLK3000B, all steel. I currently have a Radio Shack wireless thermometer sitting inside it down in the bottom of the 5-1/4" drive bays. Up on my desk, about 2-3ft from the PC is the display for the thermometer. It ...
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet can it get?
Replies: 35
Views: 11773

Have you ever been in an anechoic chamber? You sit in one for a minute and (after your ears adjust) all you can hear is a low-pitched noise and a high-pitched noise. The low-pitched noise is your circulatory system....the high-pitched, your nervous system :shock: . I was in Bose's anechoic chamber ...
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 268780

I don't believe you can get precession without moving the spinning axis, and as others have said, I don't believe precession is an issue with a drive that is not moving.
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 10:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Finding the perfect large drive for a DirecTivo
Replies: 27
Views: 7132

How do you know your hard drive temperature in a DirecTivo? I don't think my Samsung unit is reporting it. I wonder if my WD400LB drive doesn't report temperature? I only see one "System Temperature" for mine, and that is typically 45-48C for me.
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the new SeaSonic SS400 ~really~ ATX2.0?
Replies: 10
Views: 2830

The 6-pin, 3x +12V and 3x GND PCIe connector? I didn't think the 430 had that.
by ilh
Fri May 06, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $50 to make my video card silent?
Replies: 8
Views: 2647

The weight difference is 90g, 270g vs. 180g. I have the Cu, and it doesn't seem all that heavy. Now my 7000B-Cu is heavy!
by ilh
Thu May 05, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Are the stock fans on the Antec SLK3000B silent?
Replies: 15
Views: 4733

I bought mine from www.siliconacoustics.com.
by ilh
Thu May 05, 2005 6:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: RS480M2-IL freezing on startup problem?
Replies: 11
Views: 5735

Just because it is brand-new and approved, doesn't mean they sent you good stick. Run memtest for a few hours. You shouldn't get any errors at all.
by ilh
Thu May 05, 2005 6:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Are the stock fans on the Antec SLK3000B silent?
Replies: 15
Views: 4733

I find the stock fan, on its minimum speed setting, to be as quiet as a Yate Loon D12SM-12 at about 5V. It isn't a bad fan at its minimum speed. This comparison was made in free air with the fans removed.

I removed my rear grill and soft mounted with E-A-R fan mounts.
by ilh
Wed May 04, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Arrrrgh! Sonata pulling air through drive bays!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 7829

I am not talking about putting tape behind the door but behind the bezel, between the optical drives and the steel case. On a 3000B this is nearly an inch behind the front of the optical drives, that stick through openings in the bezel. It isn't visible with the bezel on, door open or closed, so I d...
by ilh
Wed May 04, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nvidia Core Slowdown Threshold
Replies: 6
Views: 2272

My 6800GT has its core slow down temperature stuck at 127C too. Like you said, it looks like it should be editable, but it is not.
by ilh
Wed May 04, 2005 9:15 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Arrrrgh! Sonata pulling air through drive bays!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 7829

Where are you getting dust buildup? Is it behind the bezel between an optical drive and the case near the clips? If so, just tape around the optical drive/case junction to seal it off. I did this with electrical tape, although anything should work. If the Sonata is like my 3000B, that tape will not ...
by ilh
Mon May 02, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Finding the perfect large drive for a DirecTivo
Replies: 27
Views: 7132

I was able to turn on AAM on a WD400LB Caviar using Hitachi's tool.
by ilh
Mon May 02, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: "Venice" Athlon 64 power & heat review
Replies: 91
Views: 50654

They did do go through the probe three times. While that doesn't help the %error of the measurement, it does help the floor. Effectively, they can measure down to 0.8A through the 12V, which is down to about 10W. As to the %error, that would likely be the same across all the CPUs, so comparisons wou...
by ilh
Mon May 02, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD vibration & noise reducing methods - ranked
Replies: 195
Views: 623980

I've always wondered if doing something like this would give the hard drive a bigger "sounding board" to produce noise. I realize it is soft mounted with respect to the case, but all that aluminum could vibrate along with the drive. Maybe this is such a secondary effect it is not worth worrying about?
by ilh
Mon May 02, 2005 10:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: attempt to silence my DirecTiVo
Replies: 9
Views: 5766

That's great to hear. I couldn't believe it when I discovered the recorded shows were just kept in one big chronologically ordered list. I have longed for some way of organizing them.
by ilh
Mon May 02, 2005 10:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU reviews at 220V AC instead of 120V AC
Replies: 32
Views: 10844

All I meant is it is probably $100 minimum for an electrician/plumber/etc to come to your house. In our town, you can do your own electrical wiring in your own home if you get a permit ($15) and have it inspected by the town's electrical inspector (covered by the permit fee I believe). Other towns l...
by ilh
Mon May 02, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU reviews at 220V AC instead of 120V AC
Replies: 32
Views: 10844

It's going to require a powerful step up transformer of 700VA or more (depending on what SPCR intend to review, of course). I can't say for the US, but I seem to remember they were about £80+ over here. Huh? We have 230V circuits here in the US (presumably Canada too) in homes as well. They are use...
by ilh
Sun May 01, 2005 6:37 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: attempt to silence my DirecTiVo
Replies: 9
Views: 5766

I had the 92mm Nexus and I figured it was already a lot bigger than the 60mm that was there. The only 120mm fans I had on hand were three D12SM-12s that even undervolted were noisier than the Nexus 92mm. Their bearing noise was worse in the blowing up orientation.