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by TheAtomicKid
Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How to quietly cool my ATI Radeon X800
Replies: 3
Views: 1235

http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=222872&highlight=#222872 Pictures missing from that thread, here's a reference shot... http://www.sapphiretech.com/en/productfiles/25image1.jpg Pay attention to the wiring on the fan on the zalman unit. It does/did NOT match the wiring on the defa...
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Hmm...
Replies: 2
Views: 924

Hmm...

http://www.vortez.co.uk/contentteller/a ... frame.html

Looks pretty good, if you have steel innards in your case. If you're aluminum, you'll have to get creative.

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by TheAtomicKid
Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the most powerful CPU you can cool passively??
Replies: 28
Views: 6110

I cool a Q6600 passively in my main rig. Antec Three Hundred enclosure, HR-01 plus heatsink, mounted crossways so that the long sides of the cooler parallel the ground. Reverse the top fan on the three hundred. Enjoy. Also, the spillover from the top fan does a nice job in and around the cpu area/mo...
by TheAtomicKid
Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anyone read/speak German?
Replies: 10
Views: 2542

I apologize, I didn't seriously mean for anyone to go to the trouble. I was simply bringing the review/product to peoples attention. I've used babelfish before, but I generally find the results tedious to mull through. Thank you for the link though, I'll be looking through it later this evening. I j...
by TheAtomicKid
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anyone read/speak German?
Replies: 10
Views: 2542

Anyone read/speak German?

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/lu ... gs/s01.php

The physical design on the fans looks interesting.

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by TheAtomicKid
Wed May 20, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Galaxy 260
Replies: 12
Views: 2452

I honestly don't know either. I came up empty, hunting around. Figured I'd give it a little while longer, then hunt through the channel again and see if it had popped up anywhere.

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by TheAtomicKid
Wed May 13, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Galaxy 260
Replies: 12
Views: 2452

Galaxy 260

http://www.geeks3d.com/?p=3277

Talk about easy. Just replace the fan :)

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by TheAtomicKid
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: DroboPro
Replies: 0
Views: 816

DroboPro

http://drobo.com/news/pr/press_release_2009_04_07.php I wonder. Initial opinions of the 4 disk unit were that it was fairly loud. But later units, and especially v2, with the dual firewire 800 ports, were much easier on the ears. Haven't been able to find anything yet on how intrusive the new pro un...
by TheAtomicKid
Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New fans...
Replies: 3
Views: 1446

New fans...

by TheAtomicKid
Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DDR3 "kit-of-3"
Replies: 5
Views: 1607

You didn't mention which board or anything so... If it's a socket 1366 board, it will have to have a triple channel memory setup, even though it may have four dimm sockets instead of six. (in which case, you can use four dimms, but accessing the memory on the last stick would induce a performance pe...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Can the Enzotech CNB-S1L cool the Nforce4 sufficiently?
Replies: 7
Views: 3202

I own one of the mentioned enzotech heatsinks, and currently have it attached to an nforce 4 ultra motherboard. It does just fine, although you'll want to make sure it gets some airflow. Previous to that, I used an aluminum zalman sink that I modified a bit with some diag cutters to make room for my...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent HDD drive bay options?
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

Getcha a removeable 2.5 inch setup, and use SSD's.

A little expensive, but dead silent. And at least the upper end of the SSD range, 256 gigs, is within your 250G - 1TB range you mentioned.

Pricing will get better over time. SSD's are the way forward!

CHARGE! :)

Atomic
by TheAtomicKid
Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Elastic Suspension (Strech-Magic type) vs. 4in3 HDD module?
Replies: 3
Views: 6741

Note that it doesn't take tons of airflow to cool a drive. Even my raptors stay perfectly reasonable, with just a very gentle draw across them. That said, with four drives together like that, they'll tend to be warmer, rather than cooler. And, also, any fan solution you employ, will inherently be no...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 100163

For the record...

I've been using the realtek 889 audio on my new gigabyte board since 'first light' on the board. I have to say, I'm not unhappy with it. I'd say audio quality is at least approaching the level of my m-audio revolution 7.1, which is based on a via envy 24 chipset. It sounds quite good to my admittedl...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Replies: 27
Views: 9610

Price drop at Newegg...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358 For 99$ this board is a steal... Can't do any fan testing atm... I normally avoid using motherboard fan headers anyways due to potential problems in the past. Mind you with low speed fans, it's not an issue (excessive power draw can blo...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Replies: 27
Views: 9610

Hmm...

This made for some interesting reading... looks like my target Tcase is 71c or less. More less being better than less less. Err... you get the idea. I'd forgotten they upped the Tcase Max when they updated to the G0 stepping for all of the Q6x00 series. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/221745-29-co...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Replies: 27
Views: 9610

Oh yes, i have some questions :) First of all, can i mount a Noctua NHU9B on this motherboard? Is there enough space? http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=17&lng=en In your opinion, is it too heavy for this motherboard? It weight 550g with fan. I have an antec P150, is there e...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Replies: 27
Views: 9610

Update:

Did some stress testing tonight for a bit. Absolutely no crashing. Tried the cpu in 400x6 mode to up the memory bandwidth... no problems (completely stable)... retaining the cpu in this mode I think. Prime95 testing lets the cpu get quite warm, even in default mode. It's not the best stress test, I ...
by TheAtomicKid
Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Replies: 27
Views: 9610

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P

Have just replaced my evga 780i as a somewhat 'needed' sidegrade. It has taken up residence in one of my pair of antec 300 mid-tower cases... Lot's of good to report, so I'll just tote them out one at a time... couple minor possible issues in here as well.. time will tell. 1: Big one here. There's _...
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fans...
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

140mm fans...

Out of curiousity, do we have even an unofficial list of recommended 140's? Considering replacing top fans in a pair of Antech 300 cases. To be honest, the tri-cools aren't 'that bad' on low, but... weighing options.

Atomic
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 100163

For the record, definitely perfectly prepared to good news about this sucker. It's just that I see 'Realtek' and immediately receive negative response from the 'inner chimp'... it's the same IC that regularly throws poo at onboard audio solutions, and old via chipset motherboards, etc etc etc. That ...
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 100163

Question...

Realtek doesn't have much of a name as a high quality audio solution... or at least it hasn't. Have they been improving their audio quality substantially, or is this board losing points right from go? Personally, I'd have been more impressed if they'd included via envy 24, c-media, or (sadly exiting...
by TheAtomicKid
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hmm... new cooler? Haven't seen this before...
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Yeah, I saw. I was just thinking of the bay controller, because it's up front, and accessible... aka, convenient.

Overall, the product does look good. Not many reviews on it, but as was stated, it's apparently pretty quiet.

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by TheAtomicKid
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hmm... new cooler? Haven't seen this before...
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

I was pondering something like a 7-12 volt switch for the fans.. like say a lamptron bay controller setup. At 7 volts, they ought to be nearly inaudible, at a guess. And it would give the ability to dial them back up to full speed if heat/etc became an issue.

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by TheAtomicKid
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hmm... new cooler? Haven't seen this before...
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Hmm... new cooler? Haven't seen this before...

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/vga/002/scvms1000_detail.html Kinda a negative that it's made specifically for those fans, instead of being able to add your own 120's per the thermalright t-rad2... but on the other hand, for the price, it appears to come WITH the fans... making it half the cost of...
by TheAtomicKid
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: What [do] heatpipes contain[?]
Replies: 8
Views: 5579

Actually, I was simply stating that if there were a significant amount of water in the pipes, as it converted to steam, it would either reach a stable point where the finite amount of heat could no longer convert the remaining water (now under much greater pressure) into steam due to the increased p...
by TheAtomicKid
Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ok looking for the best power supply for around 100 bucks
Replies: 5
Views: 1808

We really need to know what kind of system you'll be pushing with this to be sure, but as you mentioned recording, and not anything else, I'm going out on a limb with the following recommendation... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151032 I use one currently to power my activ...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Really annoyed with my PC!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 6409

Actually, I think I prefer a slight amount of noise from my machine, over total silence. The unfortunate realities of coil whine/electronics noise, means that true dead silence, is VERY hard to achieve. A little white noise from the machine, masks this fairly nicely, if you have any components that ...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:42 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quieting down my server rack
Replies: 7
Views: 7517

Don't block or close it in, or anything, but... you could try putting some sound absorbent materal on/around the server area, so as to limit reflective surfaces, etc, and dampen the sound. Rather than sticking say, old shag carpet directly to the walls, you could build yourself a set of plywood pane...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:13 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: What [do] heatpipes contain[?]
Replies: 8
Views: 5579

The heatpipes you deal with on computer equipment will contain distilled water, which is cheap and easy, and environmentally safe, amongst other qualities. The amount is tiny because water converting to steam undergoes a 1-1680 expansion ratio, and if the amount were much greater, no material we hav...