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by Natronomonas
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung F1 750GB & 1TB Drives: Fast... and Silent?
Replies: 26
Views: 18645

Looks like WD already did a silent update of the GreenPower 1TB to 334gb/platter.

http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-5294- ... 0D6B0.html

Worth keeping an eye on, at any rate.
by Natronomonas
Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 - Why ignore the top fan?
Replies: 11
Views: 5602

My p182 isn't the quietest out, but seems to handle an o/c q6600 and 8800gts ok, running at 100% (just cpu) all the time. No extra fans, just the two tri-cools on low and an undervolted nexus on the ninja cpu cooler. I'll probably swap out the tri-cools at some point, they're a bit noisy for my liki...
by Natronomonas
Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Use Ninja to passively cool an E6750?
Replies: 10
Views: 3405

You can but try. The e6750 isn't particularly high powered, but I'm not sure how it would go 100% load all the time. I'd be inclined to try ducting from at least the ninja to the exhaust fan (many examples around here in the articles/fora). However, you may as well try as-is first, if it works, why ...
by Natronomonas
Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Cool,quiet P182 mini-report
Replies: 16
Views: 11209

Concur with the filter comment.

I still have to clean out my case periodically, but it's nothing compared to what the filters stop (my case sits on carpet, which I'm sure doesn't help things).
by Natronomonas
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:00 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Penryn based Xeon quads... TDP
Replies: 4
Views: 2363

Who said sanity had to come into CPU purchases? : ) I'm going the quad, can't wait... I read somewhere though there's already 500k backorders on g0 cpus, don't know if that's all quads though. The Xeon Penryns look great, especially the TDP. I don't know why people are compaining about the 120W revi...
by Natronomonas
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please review - first time build for photoshop - Q6600
Replies: 31
Views: 9808

I would go with the Thermalright Ultra 120 or 120 Extreme over the Ninja to cool your CPU. Horses for courses. The ninja will do a good job, the TR u-120ex the best, but there'll only be at best a few degrees in it. As far as the Quad Core goes, what I really don't like about it is that they are cu...
by Natronomonas
Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: lapped my IHS on a Q6600 (pics and results)
Replies: 16
Views: 9218

continuum wrote:would leave him with a pile of very fine, very expensive, sand for his CPU. :p
I thought so, thanks![/b]
by Natronomonas
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: lapped my IHS on a Q6600 (pics and results)
Replies: 16
Views: 9218

Impressive; I had heard that the ihs could be concave, but that's pretty bad.

The 300h; is that 300h of usage? Surely not 300h of lapping! How long did it take all up?
by Natronomonas
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: [Which] cooler to choose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5734

Why top flow? As Aris said, the ninja will be the best for low airflow. If you're worried about motherboard vrm cooling, if your case fans are setup well and/or ducted, that can be taken care of...
by Natronomonas
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please review - first time build for photoshop - Q6600
Replies: 31
Views: 9808

Why 3gb of RAM? Why not just get 4x1gb dimms, or better yet, 2x2gb? If budget is a concern, get 2gb now, 2gb later. You're running Vista64 I hope? You also don't need ddr2/800 unless you are going to overclock; even ddr2/667 will take you to 3.0ghz without o/c the ram, but the g0 q6600s are said to ...
by Natronomonas
Sun May 27, 2007 9:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: incandescent light bulb ban in ontario...
Replies: 80
Views: 30122

Of course, a higher oil price encourages the proliferation of alternative fuels or technology (such as electric cars), thus the oil shale producers aren't just competing against traditional oil, but also all the other techs that start to become competitive at the higher price points.
by Natronomonas
Fri May 25, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Gasoline usage in the USA.....hopeless.
Replies: 51
Views: 14518

Petrol has just hit A$1.40 here in Australia, which is high by our standards. Interestingly, public transport rockets every time there is a fuel price surge, then settles once people get used to the new price. The other strong correlation with fuel price is housing price; every time the price jumps,...
by Natronomonas
Mon May 21, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: incandescent light bulb ban in ontario...
Replies: 80
Views: 30122

Some reasons why CFLs sometimes appear dimmer than incandescent are outlined in this pdf: http://web.aanet.com.au/aanet/SDOC0857.pdf It's a reproduction from ReNew, an Australian sustainability magazine I subscribe to; basically, the average CFL is often placed in a light fitting not designed for th...
by Natronomonas
Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: incandescent light bulb ban in ontario...
Replies: 80
Views: 30122

As I can think of legitimate uses for incandescents, but agree that in general, CFLs should be used, I'm more against, than for, the ban on incandescents that we in Australia are also soon to experience. I'd rather see a 10% hike/tax or whatever in electricity prices to further expansion of more gen...
by Natronomonas
Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Anandtech recommend SPCR for acoustic tests
Replies: 3
Views: 3065

like SPCR? : )

At least Anand don't do those PSU reviews which are so common that go "i plugged it in, and it worked... you should buy it!"....
by Natronomonas
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Anandtech recommend SPCR for acoustic tests
Replies: 3
Views: 3065

Anandtech recommend SPCR for acoustic tests

Just thought I'd highlight that Anandtech recommend SPCR as the place to go for acoustic testing of hard drives... http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2969 We recommend a visit to SPCR if you are interested in pure acoustic test results of the drives without other system components being...
by Natronomonas
Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low voltage Merom Review?
Replies: 9
Views: 4041

If the TDP is only 17W it could easily be cooled passively. You'd just have to set it up correctly if you were going to DIY.
by Natronomonas
Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Possible motherboards/CPUs for a Linux system
Replies: 40
Views: 22063

I recently set up a e4300 with p5l-vm. The p5l-vm onboard gigabit doesn't work out of the box with the current Ubuntu 6.10, but will with the next (Feisty, due in ~3 weeks). This is because the driver wasn't incorporated into the linux kernel until recently. Otherwise everything else works fine, inc...
by Natronomonas
Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.10 320gb heat issues...
Replies: 4
Views: 2109

Seagates have been lagging behind others in noise for couple years. Which I have just recently discovered to my chagrin. I've got 4 x recent WD (300, 320's) and just bought a 320 Seagate, and the thing is LOUD. I only wish I'd seen your comment before buying. I'll be sure to hit the spcr next time,...
by Natronomonas
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: ACTUAL Intel Processor Power Consumption!
Replies: 43
Views: 69896

That's great, thanks!
by Natronomonas
Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Home Made North Bridge Heat Sink
Replies: 8
Views: 3809

I did a similar thing to cool some VRMs or MOSFETs or whatever they are called (other than hot!) on one of my motherboards... just sawed off an appropriately sized piece of some other chipset heatsink. I didn't worry about lapping, I was attaching with thermal tape anyhow. That was one nice job ther...
by Natronomonas
Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K1000 1TB a silent beast? :O
Replies: 54
Views: 26391

Regardless of their methodology, the fact it's quieter than anything else they've tested that same way surely bodes well...

I wanna SPCR review :D
by Natronomonas
Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel Core 2 Duo Retail Cooler?
Replies: 14
Views: 8009

That does seem a bit warm for a ninja... I've an overclocked a64 (3200+ @ 2.4ghz), with ninja - passive, with those kind of temps.

Are you using the ninja fan? How is the case airflow?
by Natronomonas
Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet HSF combo under 140-150mm tall?
Replies: 12
Views: 5678

I'd want to leave at least an inch or two (2.5-5cm) if at all possible above the fan.
by Natronomonas
Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet HSF combo under 140-150mm tall?
Replies: 12
Views: 5678

Scythe Samurai Z? It's reviewed here at SPCR. I grabbed one for a height-limited setup, and it's a bit loud at 12v but you don't have to drop the voltage too much before it's acceptably quiet. Cooling is fine on an e4300 at stock, and decent when o/c. It's not in the same class as infinity/ninja, mo...
by Natronomonas
Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel Core 2 Duo Retail Cooler?
Replies: 14
Views: 8009

I found the stock cooler for e4300 was OK, but the fan had an annoying buzz to it - not loud, but sort of penetrating. So it had to go : )

Plus, when o/c to 2.4ghz, it started to struggle a bit... I presume the e6600 hsf is a bit beefier to start with.
by Natronomonas
Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: ACTUAL Intel Processor Power Consumption!
Replies: 43
Views: 69896

Anyone know of some actual C2D power consumption numbers?

I found some here:

http://www.lostcircuits.com/cpu/intel_core2/7.shtml
http://www.lostcircuits.com/cpu/intel_core2quad/5.shtml

but I was looking for e4300.

(not TDP, actual consumption...)
Thanks...
by Natronomonas
Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Help me choose a medium/low profile HS/F?
Replies: 8
Views: 3086

I'm using the scythe katana in a 140mm high HTPC. It's a bit loud at stock speed, but OK when turned down a bit. It's still a relatively tight fit, but not ridiculously cramped. You could always swap the fan, but I found it provided acceptable noise/cooling as is. It's not super expensive either. 10...
by Natronomonas
Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAID 5 degraded - advice on fixing needed
Replies: 11
Views: 4133

Before rebuilding the array I'd be checking the HDDs are actually OK. Can you check the SMART status or run a manufacturer utility over them through the controller? You should be able to do this, or at least pull the drives individually into another computer to give them the once-over to ensure you ...
by Natronomonas
Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: ANY GOOD FANLESS HDD COOLERS???
Replies: 6
Views: 3408

Basic but effective...

http://www.overclockers.com/tips1184/

I'm sure you'll find something commercially, but if you're like a lot of us and have spares boxes, there's usually something that can be put to good use : )

BTW, 40C is fine, 50 is pushing it, but most drives are rated to 55C at least.