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by cAPSLOCK
Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Small scale ionic breeze?
Replies: 4
Views: 3112

no, because as the article pointed out the air molecules right next to the heatsink fins are essentially stationary, impairing heat transfer. the key feature of this device is get the boundary layer moving, improving heat transfer. Yes but here they are talking about using this fancy tech to cool d...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Small scale ionic breeze?
Replies: 4
Views: 3112

Small scale ionic breeze?

BBC reported on some boffins that have made a miniature ionic-breeze device that goes on a computer chip. Apparently regular airflow doesn't work well because the surface layer of molecules doesn't move... I might have misunderstood, but won't a heatsink+thermal paste work just as well, or better ?...
by cAPSLOCK
Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Exclusive Tour: Gigabyte's Anechoic & Thermal Test Chamb
Replies: 21
Views: 15752

Truly impressive infrastructure, but I must say that I would have been disappointed in them if they didn't: how could they say that their product has an operating temperature of 10-50°C without having tested it?
by cAPSLOCK
Fri May 25, 2007 5:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's wood case
Replies: 5
Views: 5786

Unfortunately the cooling wasn't as effective as I had hoped. With the big dust filter on the back and the loonies at 5v the system (motherboard temp, not cpu) would eventually overheat and crash. Same at 7v. Without the filter at 7v it works perfectly. I am looking for a less restrictive filter, ma...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri May 25, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's wood case
Replies: 5
Views: 5786

cAPSLOCK's wood case

FINALLY I've put my case into use. Some of you might remember, I designed and started work on this case about a year ago. I designed the case in QCad. You can look at the drawing here if you are interested. It's a positive-pressure case with the intakes at the back and the outlet at the top. I made ...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri May 25, 2007 4:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which to get - Seasonic S12 380W or 430W?
Replies: 10
Views: 3527

Re: Which to get - Seasonic S12 380W or 430W?

dirtybobby wrote:i seem to recall reading a post here somewhere that suggested the 430W might be a more prudent choice as it is slightly quieter.. is this true, or is my memory playing tricks on me?
I think it was the 330w had smaller heatsinks than the 380 and 430 models, so it would supposedly be more noisy...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri May 25, 2007 4:27 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help on bypassing the CPU cooler check on Asus A7N8X
Replies: 5
Views: 2719

I never had a sonata or read any user guides, but I find it hard to believe that they tell you just to remove the fan. They might of recommended you to use a big heatsink that can rely on the case fan's airflow to be sufficiently cooled. If your motherboard is shutting down just because it doesn't s...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed May 02, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Undervolting an Arctic Cooler NV Silencer
Replies: 1
Views: 1434

I have a silencer 1 that's probably running somewhere between 5-7v, I'd say it's safe to assume that 7v will be fine.
by cAPSLOCK
Tue May 01, 2007 6:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox question/problem.......
Replies: 8
Views: 3540

You can also copy the whole user profile while you're at it: it's the folder with a string of random letters, in linux it's in ~/.mozilla/firefox/, in windows it's probably somewhere in C:\Documents and settings\username\Application whatever\Mozilla or something.
by cAPSLOCK
Tue May 01, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Which 22" monitor? Viewsonic, Samsung?
Replies: 21
Views: 8732

Watch out with the 226BW , the readers of the hardware.fr review (same as behardware.com) quickly found that there are two or more panels used in the Samsung 226BW, a Samsung panel with the great qualities shown in the original review and a AU optronics panel that has badly set colours. After some ...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Join EcoPCReview.com
Replies: 12
Views: 7630

aluminum would not be as good as all steel. doesn't that depend on whether the aluminium is recycled or not? I was under the impression "secondary" alum. uses less energy than "primary" steel. Recycled aluminium is much less costly in energy (95% less). I think it is mostly used for casting where a...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 27, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Join EcoPCReview.com
Replies: 12
Views: 7630

I think you have spotted a (small at the moment) hole in the review market a bit like SPCR in the beginning I suppose and I think it's great that you are making this site. One problem for making it a unique reference is that many review sites already report power consumption of components when they ...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Keyboard question...
Replies: 2
Views: 2231

The Logitech G15 is backlit, connected by USB and has a USB hub in it. It's quite noisy though since it has supposedly heavy-duty keys. It has these features, and many more, too many in fact. In my opinion a keyboard shouldn't have more than a couple media keys (play/pause, volume and mute) ontop of...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP Pavilion a1630n + a1640n: AMD/Intel desktop PCs
Replies: 30
Views: 22652

Was the X2 4600+ a standard version or an EE version? I wonder what kind of "customisations" the Asus mobo has compared to the retail version (M2NPV-MX), I can see that they've scrapped the [useless] PCIe 1x port, the memory slots are all the same colour and closer together, the sata ports are diffe...
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Toms Hardware Being Sold
Replies: 13
Views: 6613

Can only make it better IMHO :wink:
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: NeoHE 380?
Replies: 3
Views: 2183

More than powerful enough. The neoHE is also a better choice considering the straight-through airflow in the antec case. Concerning the 8pin 12v line, if you look at the picture on the asus website , you'll see that they provide the cap thingy so you can use a 4 pin cable. Core2's don't use that muc...
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gainward 7600GT AGP power adapter
Replies: 9
Views: 3877

The 6pin PCIe power plug has two pins for 12v, one coming from each molex connector, so if you plug in only one molex connector only one of these pins gets power, so you could be lucky and the two pins join together anyway on the graphics card PCB, or there could be something like one VRM for each i...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:10 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Logitech UltraX Media Keyboard - Anyone have?
Replies: 6
Views: 4282

This keyboard/mouse combo isn't new: I've got one for over a year. I haven't really tried the wired UltraX to compare, but I personally prefer this keyboard over any non-flat keyboard I've used. Since it is so flat and the keypresses are less deep than a traditional keyboard, you can type much faste...
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD5000KS a POS?
Replies: 5
Views: 3493

Re: returning to NewEgg

jfeldt wrote:built for more reliability
It's mechanically the same thing, it's just tested for more reliability.

(See here.)
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:40 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Quiet Office PC
Replies: 8
Views: 5065

Welcome to SPCR!!! Well there is actually a solution to use your notebook: the Matrox DualHead2Go . If you choose to go the new pc way, I would avoid barebones because they are less fun and are harder to silence (hard-drive noise (unless you are rich enough for a 200GB 2.5" drive) and PSU's with ti...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Abit KN9/Athlon 64X2 or Asus P5NSLI/Core 2 Duo: P5N-E SLI
Replies: 2
Views: 1956

I think that an E6300 is roughly equivalent to a X2 4600+ performance wise, and that's coming from a bit of an amd fanboy. So two paths: -get the X2 but get a mobo with integrated gfx, runs cooler than any fancy nForce chipset + discrete gfx -get the E6300, but get a better graphics card and 2G of r...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What do YOU want for the holidays?
Replies: 42
Views: 31138

Some of the stranger things on my list are a bicycle trailer and a chef hat.

Other than that, a WD5000KS would go down nicely, I don't know what I'll do with the extra 440GB of harddrive space that I don't really need, but I'm sure I'll find a use. :lol:
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: The First SPCR Fan Round-Up
Replies: 44
Views: 38090

Well, if you look at the sticker on the fan, it says 0.13A, but on the box we have: 0.04A, 1400rpm 16.24cfm and 17dba. :o
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: The First SPCR Fan Round-Up
Replies: 44
Views: 38090

The NMB-MAT part numbering system is crazy. http://www.pc-cooling.ch/ Is selling what they call a "Scythe Minebea 80mm low speed fan". I don't know what it has to do with scythe, but the model number is very similar to the NMB fans you tested, and the specs for current are higher on the fan and lowe...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Leadtec 7950 GT 512 and NV Silencer 5 Rev 3. Will it fit ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2642

I made the effort of using the search function to find my old post, so this might be a bit more explicit:

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I got this from this forum.

70+ at load is ok for a graphics card, if it's your CPU, it's a bit on the hot side... :lol:
by cAPSLOCK
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Leadtec 7950 GT 512 and NV Silencer 5 Rev 3. Will it fit ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2642

Welcome to SPCR!!! I think that the 7950GT has the same layout as the 7900GT. The hole pattern and RAM placement is the same as the 7800GT the NV Silencer 5 R3 was made for, but the card is shorter, so to get it to fit, you need to saw off a bit of the plastic exhaust duct, an easy mod. Check the f...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is mastic ok for decoupling
Replies: 1
Views: 1573

I'm supposing what you're talking about it what I would call building silicone... It works good for decoupling as long as you get enough thickness of it (remember it compresses). Note that if you stick a fan to your case with it, you'll have a hard time getting it off intact (I stuck a heatsink to m...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: X2 4200+ VS X2 4200+ EE
Replies: 5
Views: 3508

Yeh, this is a funny thing I just noticed in one of my local stores too: for the 3800 and 4600, the EE edition is the same price, and for the 4200 it's actually cheaper!! I guess I shouldn't complain but it seems stupid :lol: Maybe some people haven't got the idea of undervolting and think that it'l...
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: New website promoting Green Computing – help required.
Replies: 4
Views: 5476

One of the first "arcticles" for your site could be how to implement a consumption metric for computers. I don't know in the UK, but in Switzerland, and I think some other european countries there is a A-G scale that all household appliances and cars obligatorily have to display: see here. Computers...
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How To.....Live Long, Live healthy.
Replies: 97
Views: 43761

Yeah I used to party all the time, smokey bars, loud music, wine, women, song. :lol: But when I look back at those times, it just doesn't seem to be very important. When I think what it actually cost in terms of money, wasted time, wasted health, I have to cringe. And wish I had done it differently...