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by patricksumner
Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the best Socket A cooler right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 4769

I started with a Zalman CPNS 7000Cu. The fan could not be made quiet enough for me even with series resistor & fan mate. I wouldn't recommend this heat sink unless you do a fan swap. Tried a Thermalright SP-97/90mm Nexus combo next. Very quiet. In my system, this was a big improvement over the Zalma...
by patricksumner
Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD400KD Impressions
Replies: 3
Views: 1515

WD400KD Impressions

I installed this last night. A7N8X XP2800, undervolted to 1.5v Thermalright xp90 nexus 90, undervolted Seasonic (forget model number, 400W 80mm fan A3 rev) 9800pro AC silencer on low (Previously noisiest component) Segate Chettah 15.3 Sonata I, highly modded. Upper chamber sealed & ducted for pwr su...
by patricksumner
Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49318

So now an LCD monitor is in scope Careful! I never realized how loud the high pitched squeal coming from the transformer for my LCD monitor was until I made my system much quieter and ran it at 2:00AM. It's now the most annoying component in my system. It's not the loudest component, but it's the m...
by patricksumner
Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best of 400-500GB Hard Drives
Replies: 17
Views: 5985

There's also a 400GB 16MB cache SATA Western Digital on the market.
by patricksumner
Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrade Time
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

John151 wrote:When you say "scream", are you talking speed, or noise?
Noise!
by patricksumner
Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrade Time
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

When considering SCSI, you need to look at the newer fluid dynamic bearing models. They've gotten way quieter. If you like the performance and reliability and already have a controller, they miight be worth the added cost premium to you. I have two Seagate Cheetah 15k.3 disks and both are quiet. Jus...
by patricksumner
Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fried my Athlon64 in less than a month, I think
Replies: 9
Views: 4673

Perhaps this is a stupid question, but did you try clearing the CMOS? I'd at least try moving the vcore back up before you assume the cpu is dead.
by patricksumner
Thu May 19, 2005 1:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dead 9800 Pro... Any Suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 5844

I had a 9800pro w/vga silencer "die" and not post, but it turned out to be a bad power supply connection. By wiggling the molex connector around I was able to get it working intermittantly. I finally had to re-solder the through pins on the board's connector and it's been reliable since then. I had ...
by patricksumner
Thu May 19, 2005 9:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital drives: Raptor 74 & Caviar SE 250
Replies: 64
Views: 48658

Now that is really a surprise for me WRT to the raptor. I'd have expected SCSI like shreeking (painful, almost, definitely painful once you reach 15K RPM) with it. I run a Seagate Cheetah 15k.3 in a very quiet system and would have to work to further reduce the noise from the Artic Cooling VGA sile...
by patricksumner
Thu May 05, 2005 9:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 or Antec True 380S (Sonata version)?
Replies: 7
Views: 2205

I have a similar rig. Modified Sonata, A7N8X deluxe, XP-2500 @ 1.4V Vcore, stock timing. 9800 pro w/AC silencer on low. Globe 120 in front, Acoustifan (sp?) rear fan. I was initially running all fans from the fan only connector, but it was ramping too high. After fixing the intake/exhaust to 5V, the...
by patricksumner
Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:37 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is Samsung 910T (19" LCD) really silent?
Replies: 5
Views: 2239

I have a 240T and the transformer makes a very faint high pitched whine.
by patricksumner
Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone have 2,5" RAID0 vs single disk benchmarks?
Replies: 11
Views: 3796

I sure hope anyone considering a RAID0 array has already tried all the techniques for silencing their 3.5" drives. I've built and run RAID0, RAID1, and RAID5 machines. I'll agree that RAID0 can show quite a performance boost IN SOME BENCHMARKS. I've noticed a somewhat improved performance in video e...
by patricksumner
Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone have 2,5" RAID0 vs single disk benchmarks?
Replies: 11
Views: 3796

I can think of two reasons: 1. You want the performance of a 3.5" drive. Al RAID0 is going to do is increase the sustained transfer rate. Unless someone is doing something with really large contiguous files, there's going to be no impact other than adding storage capacity and increasing the likelyh...
by patricksumner
Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disks rated by noise & heat
Replies: 10
Views: 2796

I came into the home office and turned on the computer just to check the disk noise again when things are quiet. Damned if I didn't hear a high pitched whine if I turned my head a certain way. I was about to write a post about the 15k disk noise, but I decided to confirm it first. Shut down the comp...
by patricksumner
Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Coolermaster Centurion 5 availability without window
Replies: 1
Views: 1024

Coolermaster Centurion 5 availability without window

In case anyone's looking for this blue trimmed case without window, I finally found a source. I found the case in blue with a window everywhere, but it seems to be in short supply without the window in that color. Best of all, it's also the cheapest I've found and does not come with a power supply. ...
by patricksumner
Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disks rated by noise & heat
Replies: 10
Views: 2796

Re: Hard disks rated by noise & heat

I'm not sure why you're posting "the performance is worth the noise" here at SPCR. You'd likely be more comfortable at Hardforum.com. Performance is actually what brought me here to SPCR. I wanted performance for video editing. I got it, but ended up with a jet engine that I didn't want to sit next...
by patricksumner
Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disks rated by noise & heat
Replies: 10
Views: 2796

acaurora wrote:It's SPCR, bud.
Typo corrected. Horribly sorry for the grave insult. I hope you're not too offended.
by patricksumner
Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disks rated by noise & heat
Replies: 10
Views: 2796

Perhaps their measurements are not as controlled or as applicable as those done here, but SPCR doesn't do high end hard drives. I know SR has a subjective evaluation as well as a number in each review so it's more than a dB result they give you. I bought my 15k.3 based on their review and have been ...
by patricksumner
Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disks rated by noise & heat
Replies: 10
Views: 2796

Hard disks rated by noise & heat

If you're looking for the quietest, the recommended section here is good, but for those interested in higher performance hard disks like me (I do video editing) you might want to check out the data base at http://www.storagereview.com/ You can sort by noise and temperature and see how some of the fa...
by patricksumner
Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: rpm>7200
Replies: 7
Views: 2044

I'm running a Seagate Cheetah 15k.3 SCSI drive in a Sonata drive tray. Antec Sonata, highly modified to breathe better SS 400 rev 3 pwr supply in separate chamber with fresh air duct 9800 Pro/AC VGA silencer rev 1 on low Stock Antec fan 5 volted at input Accustifan output fan with MNT controller (ru...
by patricksumner
Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Buying pieces of cases
Replies: 2
Views: 2239

Buying pieces of cases

I know Antec sells spare parts, probably other case suppliers do as well, but the range of parts is limited (probably to what's most requested). Has anyone ever tried to find out the REAL manufacturer of the pieces of a case to get ONE of the pieces? I'd love to be able to order the hard drive cage ...
by patricksumner
Wed Mar 09, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for rubber/vibration damping case feet
Replies: 8
Views: 3028

Re: Looking for rubber/vibration damping case feet

I had thought of Home Depot, but there isn't one that's really close by. Wow, I didn't know anyone lived further than 5 blocks from both a Home Depot and a Starbucks... I think I would go with door bumper guards you can find at various hardware stores instead for the money, but if you want the best...
by patricksumner
Wed Mar 09, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Side panel windows
Replies: 9
Views: 3247

Side panel windows

It would seem that Coolermaster has made a change to the Centurion 5 model that makes it unsuitable for me. I was unable to find a model for sale without a side panel window. Several reviews I found on-line including SPCR were of the early models that had no side panel window, but after checking at ...
by patricksumner
Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata II availability and price
Replies: 14
Views: 4640

The difficulty with measurements is that they are directly applicable only to the particular setup they are measured on. I think a lot of people don't realize this. Each system is different. Even two people with the exact same components could arrive at different conclusions if one lives in the Mid...
by patricksumner
Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:19 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata II availability and price
Replies: 14
Views: 4640

I’m amazed to think that anyone would choose a Centurion 5, presumably in preference to a Sonata. (link to review http://www.legitreviews.com/article.php?aid=134) The system I'm looking at changing cases for has 5 disks. The Sonata might be made to work by either putting the fifth disk in a 5.25" s...
by patricksumner
Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata II availability and price
Replies: 14
Views: 4640

I just got back from Fry's where I looked at the Sonatas. They were not the Sonata II, but they were definitely different than the two I already own. They've now opened the sub-bezel according to the common modifications that users have made, and also cut out much of the sheet metal in front that wa...