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by MalcolmC
Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: CPU activity makes power supply quieter? (electrical noise)
Replies: 9
Views: 4541

I'm not sure if I'm on the same lines as the rest of you, but I've got a high pitched squeel coming from my Dell Latitiude E6400 notebook. I've not fully researched the problem yet, but around a month ago, I purchased a SSD, and for a couple of weeks, rejoiced in laptop silence. As we all know, it c...
by MalcolmC
Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What do you do with your dead HDD?
Replies: 42
Views: 23369

I use the hammer method - often destroy the pcb, and then drive an old screwdriver through the case. I don't get them any more, but several years ago I had a few drives with glass platters, and these were really satisfying - bash them with the hammer and the glass disitegrated - gave a lovely broken...
by MalcolmC
Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Does the NH-U12P fit in the Antec solo?
Replies: 2
Views: 1069

As it happens, I did it yesterday.

No problem.
by MalcolmC
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Flash bios without floppy?
Replies: 5
Views: 1643

Did it this morning on an Asus P5e, using a USB drive. There is an update tool when you go into the BIOS settings (there are also other ways on this motherboard).
by MalcolmC
Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best mATX motherboard?
Replies: 15
Views: 5104

I'lll third the Gigabyte G33M-DS2R recommendation - I can't find anything to fault with it.
by MalcolmC
Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: dell latitude D630...
Replies: 9
Views: 9355

Yes, it can, and often does run without the fan. However when it does start up, it's very noticeable. I think it would be better if it ran at a constant lower speed, and just revved up a bit when necessary.
by MalcolmC
Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:31 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: dell latitude D630...
Replies: 9
Views: 9355

I just purchased a D630 - it's both good & bad! Bulid quality is pretty good, and the magnesium chassis is quite a work of art. However, being metal, it tends to act as one big heatsink, which means that the temperature of the case gets very high (measured a maximum of 110 degrees F), which to my mi...
by MalcolmC
Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Recommend Silent LCD Monitor
Replies: 65
Views: 45371

I've got a Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP at home, and there is an irritating buzz which is dependent upon the brightness of the background - the more white there is, the louder the buzz. (Ironically, this is the same problem that I have with my Philips TV, but that's another story ...). I'm using two of t...
by MalcolmC
Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:11 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Semi-poll of Core 2 Duo Ninja users
Replies: 46
Views: 32440

I've got 3 Ninjas - a type A & a type B, on almost identical machines, and the type a runs (say) 10 degrees lower. I just installed a second type B on a new machine today - it's very hard to tell if it's all clipped down properly, but you have to say that the clips are just not up to the job. Anyway...
by MalcolmC
Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Turning on PSU without flipping its power switch
Replies: 7
Views: 2876

Funnily enough my latest PC (with an ATX PSU of course) switches on as soon as I turn the power strip on - I don't really want it to, but then again, I am not too bothered, since if I turn the power strip on, the next thing that I always do is turn the PC on - so it saves me around 10 seconds every ...
by MalcolmC
Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: The lowest juice eating nvidia card possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1783

There was a review here, last year, I think.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/

As far as I recall, the 7300GS offers the lowest consumption for a Nvidia card.
by MalcolmC
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Thanks for all the input - I suspect I will stick with the passive PSU in the short term and see how that works out, and in the meantime, do a fan swap on my Corsair, and possibly use this in the future.
by MalcolmC
Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Yes, but I had already tried a Seasonic S12 energy +, which is similarly regarded, and sounded just the same - perhaps I got two bad samples, or perhaps I am just too critical?
by MalcolmC
Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:04 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

It's definitely just air, not vibration; the PSU is in the bottom of my Lian-li case, but there is around 15mm under the PSU, and the case is drilled in a sort of honeycomb pattern underneath, so that the airflw should not be restricted. As a matter of interest, just before putting it all together, ...
by MalcolmC
Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Thanks for that thought Kater - I am quite tempted to do a fan swap, however, I thought that the generally held view was that you should not use a sleeve bearing fan in a PSU, and the ball bearing fans seem to be louder. In the meantime, I have swapped out my Corsair for my old passive PSU, and all ...
by MalcolmC
Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

No, it would be unrealistic to expect silence from 2 inches, but I would hope that it would be at a metre. As you can see, I have purchased the top 2 SPCR rated models (and quite a lot of others over the past 5(ish) years), so perhaps I have a low ambient noise level. But I don't think it's that low...
by MalcolmC
Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Yes, I am certain the main source of the noise is the PSU (I've tried it with the other fans stopped). Not sure if it's vibration of just pure air 'whoosh' - possibly a bit of each - I'll have a listen tonight. Rerarding the PSU - I have tried both the Seasonic S12 energy + and the Corsair, which ar...
by MalcolmC
Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Suspend PSU

I think that the greatest source of noise in my system is my Corsair 520 PSU. It's pretty quiet outside the case, but when installed, it sounds far too loud for my liking. It is not a case of the PSU ramping up, but is (I assume) the vibrations getting transferred to the case and/or just more airflo...
by MalcolmC
Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive Leadtek 7600GT
Replies: 3
Views: 1973

Thomas, thanks for that thought. I plan to use the graphic card in another machine soon (one where there is sufficient background noise to drown the sound of the clicking card) so I will find out at that time if your theory is correct.
by MalcolmC
Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive Leadtek 7600GT
Replies: 3
Views: 1973

Passive Leadtek 7600GT

I've recently put a new machine together with one of these cards, and am now trying to get it all as quiet as possible. Mostly, I'm pretty happy, and when I switch on it's almost silent, but I do have a problem with my Seasonic S12 energy + ramping up as time goes by, but that's another story. I fou...
by MalcolmC
Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: PWM->analog Voltage Controller Circuit for pumps/fans
Replies: 17
Views: 19063

PCY
Any more details? - sound interesting for those of us in the UK.
by MalcolmC
Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Lian Li V1000 case = quiet? *EDIT- p180 question inside* :)
Replies: 8
Views: 2898

I think the V1000 is fine for a quiet PC. Loads of folk knock aluminum cases and say that they vibrate too much, but if you soft mount the drive, and slow down the fans, then where is the vibration coming going to come from? An earlier poster suggested the case with the solid front door - I tried on...
by MalcolmC
Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: how do i beat silence addiction???
Replies: 23
Views: 14624

I think it's a human trait - a sort of self-destruct mechanism. I find that the more time and the more money that I spend trying to achieve a silent computer, the more obsessed I become with the slightest amount of noise. The ridiculous thing is that most of the time, the background noise (eg centra...
by MalcolmC
Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Two hard drives BSOD
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Yes, at some stage, I have had everything running on another motherboard. I have also had this motherboard running ok in the past (but I didn't try to use two drives then). It all points to the motherboard as the faulty component, but it does seem unusual; it seems to work flawlessly with only one d...
by MalcolmC
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Two hard drives BSOD
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Sorry if I seem to be relying negatively, but that's what I've already done. I did a complete re-install of XP on a newly formatted (different disk). I think the case with the PCI card is just a red herring (coincidence if that is not a widely used phrase), because although it was after the addition...
by MalcolmC
Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Two hard drives BSOD
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Thanks for the thought, but yes, I did try without the PCI card, and with different memory, different CPU, and different graphic card. (Also tried the other PCIe slot for the graphic card in case that made a difference - oh and just for good measure, I reset the BIOS). The SATA drives don't have mas...
by MalcolmC
Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Two hard drives BSOD
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Two hard drives BSOD

I know this is not really a SPCR topic, but since these are the only forums I visit, and the advice is so good! ... I've just set up an Asus A8N32-sli, 2Gb RAM AMD 3800 x 2 Aus 6600 PCi graphic card, and a choice of hard disks. Went straight through the install, and was running without problems usin...
by MalcolmC
Tue May 30, 2006 1:58 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: M-Cubed miniNG......mini review.
Replies: 13
Views: 5685

I posted few comments about this in this section on 8 May, and since then my views have not changed. The instructions are poor, but the product itself is fantastic value for money, and does just about everything you could want from a fan controller. Personally, I am more than happy with the product,...
by MalcolmC
Mon May 08, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: T-Balancer mNG (or miniNG)
Replies: 4
Views: 1760

TD22057 Yes, I did try the attenuators, but it didn't help. There may have been a small reduction in the pulsing noise, but it was still there, and overall, there was excessive noise for the amount of fan movement. I suppose that if one thinks about what PWM is actually doing, then the noise is not ...
by MalcolmC
Mon May 08, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: T-Balancer mNG (or miniNG)
Replies: 4
Views: 1760

T-Balancer mNG (or miniNG)

I've been using a T-Balancer XL for a couple of months now, and whilst the software takes a bit of getting used to, I rate this as a brilliant product - highly customisable - can make your fans do almost anything you want. The only drawback is that it uses PWM, and I don't know if it's just my sensi...