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by scaryduck
Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Biggest, quietest single platter 2.5" drive
Replies: 7
Views: 3835

I have a Fujitsu MHZ2160BH. Although it has minimal/no vibrations, seeks are VERY audible and the drive makes a very noticeable pop sound when parking the heads reminiscent of the Momentus 5400.3 drives. A terrible choice for a laptop drive. Might be OK if you could put it in a sound-proofed enclosu...
by scaryduck
Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

Bees Bein' Strugglin', The Octopus Project
by scaryduck
Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: MSI945GT speedster heatsink suggestion?
Replies: 6
Views: 2477

I can fully second a Zalman 7000 - I'm running an undervolted T5600 completely passively (not even a case fan) in an NSK1300. A word of warning - if you're planning to replace the heatsink bracket and fit a standard socket 478 cooler, not all of them fit - the CPU sits lower than a P4. So you're lim...
by scaryduck
Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 205013

Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 - Merom S479. Stock 1.1V

Minimum (SpeedStep, 1GHz): 0.85v (lowest possible)
Stock (1.8GHz): 0.87v

Not sure why this processor will accept 0.85v. Got if off eBay as a laptop pull.
by scaryduck
Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What is the lowest wattage system you can achieve?
Replies: 62
Views: 26262

What power supply are you using and how are you measuring power? Just curious.... Power supply is a Morex D2D thing (cheap off eBay). I don't have a AC power meter so I'm measuring current and voltage with a multimeter at the input to the DC board. The motherboard and CPU were two very lucky purcha...
by scaryduck
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What is the lowest wattage system you can achieve?
Replies: 62
Views: 26262

My new Core 2 Duo system idles at 25W DC. Load is 36W (measured at the output from the AC/DC brick). MSI 945GT Speedster Core 2 Duo T5600 - 1GHz/0.85V idle, 1.86Ghz/0.87V load (down from 1.1V) 1 x 1GB DDR 667 120GB Momentus 5400.3 laptop drive There's a Zalman 7000 atop the CPU so the system is fanl...
by scaryduck
Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is your computer turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Replies: 54
Views: 24909

No. Why have it on if it's not being used? It just means more money, more power stations and more pollution.
by scaryduck
Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best silent AGP card for Linux?
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

Depends how much power you need. An ATi 9000/9200/9250 is fanless, has open-source DRI (3D) drivers and cheap . Anything newer, and you'd have to use ATi's proprietary Linux drivers - which have a bad reputation. But to be fair, I've never owned an ATi card, nor used their drivers myself. If that's ...
by scaryduck
Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman VF700-Cu & VF700-AlCu
Replies: 5
Views: 1823

The Cu is the price it is because (a) copper is more expensive than aluminium, and (b) buyers are willing to pay that price for the increase in performance it provides.
by scaryduck
Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What about 1.8" HDD's?
Replies: 11
Views: 3563

My 4G B&W 40GB iPod is far from silent. The drive, that is. Whines like a ball bearing drive. Louder than my 180GXP, definitely.
by scaryduck
Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Problems with vibrating hdd
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Put the drive upside down (electronics facing up). Be careful when moving the computer. The cables should provide a degree of security against lateral movement. I believe some members have their drives on foam, with eletronics face down; use the search.

The 7k250 drives all have fdb motors.
by scaryduck
Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do all modern 2.5" drives have a head load/unload mecha
Replies: 3
Views: 1408

Sorry, can't answer the question directly, but a little program that accesses the disk from time to time should prevent the drive from unloading the heads. I should be able to put together something that does this, if you need it. Folding@Home can be configured to write checkpoint files to disk peri...
by scaryduck
Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Problems with vibrating hdd
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Try foam (at the bottom of the case, with the drive on top), or Sorbothane. My 180GXP doesn't like being suspended either.
by scaryduck
Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which hard drive enclosure to get and how to boot windows?
Replies: 9
Views: 2899

You can get 1.2m with a Molex-to-SATA adaptor and this 1.2m (47in.) 4-pin external power cable (I assume it really is suitable for external use). Does the cable even need to be shielded? My computer speaker cable isn't shielded, for example, and seems to work fine. I'd also take a look at eSATA , wh...
by scaryduck
Sun Jan 08, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

Four Tet - Smile Around The Face
by scaryduck
Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

Ladytron - Destroy everything you touch
by scaryduck
Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Complete silencing
Replies: 13
Views: 4808

The SATA ports on the Asus bracket (and similar products from AC Ryan and Akasa) are "internal" SATA connectors. The cables are unshielded and limited to 1m (though I've seen 1.2m cables marketed for "external" use). An eSATA cable is shielded and looks like this . It can be up to 2m long. Addonics ...
by scaryduck
Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Complete silencing
Replies: 13
Views: 4808

I've not tried any enclosures. The Scythe Silent Box might do the trick (in conjuction with suspension/Sorbothane), but I'm not sure it make sense to spend £32 on one when a P120 200GB SATA can be had for £66 from Komplett (my 180GXP is 120GB and full). So the response is unanimous. I'll wait for th...
by scaryduck
Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Complete silencing
Replies: 13
Views: 4808

Complete silencing

With the installation of a Scythe Ninja, my system (see sig) is now almost silent. With the exception of the hard drive. It's a noisy thing - an IBM 180GXP - which I want to silence completely (at 1m or better). I've got it on Sorbothane chunks at the moment - which decouples the drive from the case...
by scaryduck
Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:33 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Retailers that ship in/to europe
Replies: 31
Views: 75311

http://www.performance-pcs.com is really good for small bits and bobs. $5.20 for items up to .25lbs.
by scaryduck
Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for a number cruncher?
Replies: 19
Views: 4752

Nothing to add on the silent front, but it might be an idea to buy your drives from two different etailers. After all, it's not unheard of for three - identical - drives to fail at the same time.
by scaryduck
Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange noise from a Phantom 350
Replies: 1
Views: 894

My 350 exhibited this hissing noise too in my 2.8 Northwood + 6600GT system. Normal behaviour as far as I'm aware. It's caused not because your system is straining the 350, but rather because of complex interactions between your components and the 350. I've not noticed whether the hissing I heard wa...
by scaryduck
Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

BA Baracus Band - Mama Said Knock You Out [ via Radio 1 ]
by scaryduck
Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How many USB peripherals have you got connected?
Replies: 24
Views: 13483

Logitech Cordless Click mouse
iPod
Cable for my 6680
Cable for camera

[ printer is connected by ethernet, keyboard by ps2 ]
by scaryduck
Sat Nov 05, 2005 7:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

Mylo - Emotion 98.6
by scaryduck
Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

LEMON JELLY - HIS MAJESTY KING RAAM
by scaryduck
Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark
by scaryduck
Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1610923

Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
by scaryduck
Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:43 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New metallic TIM from TherMax Korea: HiFlux TIM HF-60110BT
Replies: 21
Views: 4870

Should be fine on Northwood too; my 2.8C goes up to 70C when loaded and it hasn't stopped working yet. (Yet.)

Edit: but it's an Abit, so it's probably only 55C or so.
by scaryduck
Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What color P150 do you prefer?
Replies: 27
Views: 9391

White: it's the new black.