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by roadie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo ii alternative ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2480

Re: Antec Solo ii alternative ?

Ordering from Amazon Germany is pretty painless and they have the Solo II.
by roadie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to help Corsair build the [quietest] case ever?
Replies: 44
Views: 20174

Re: Want to help Corsair build the [quietest] case ever?

From my limited experience dust control is important! To that end, ALL openings into the case should be filtered or blocked off! Fan intakes should be filtered too. Open grills at the rear or on the side are a bad idea! My ideal case would combine: - 2 or 3x120mm front intake fans with filters. No g...
by roadie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 270x HAWK - a silent gpu for gamers
Replies: 27
Views: 15123

Re: MSI 270x HAWK - a silent gpu for gamers

The gaming edition R9 270X fits in the Antec Solo if anyone is interested. There's roughly a 2-3mm gap from then end of the card to drive cage. http://i.imgur.com/utTHHIx.jpg Just to confirm you were able to get the below 260mm card in the original Antec Solo!? http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R9-270...
by roadie
Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations
Replies: 6
Views: 2704

Re: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations

Thanks for the suggestion, but sadly that uses an 8 pin PCIE lead...
by roadie
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations
Replies: 6
Views: 2704

Re: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations

Thanks for the reply. I am not limited to blower designs - my current 6850 is an open fan design and all fans in my case can ramp up to ~1,500rpm if needed. I am limited by my case and PSU. The Antec Solo will only allow cards as wide as an ATX motherboard. The Antec NeoHE only has 2x6 pin PCIE lead...
by roadie
Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations
Replies: 6
Views: 2704

Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations

Hey all, Long time since I have felt the need to post, as I am very happy with the noise and performance of my PC in general. However gaming performance could use a boost for ArmA 3... nvidia 670s are still relatively cheap if you know where to look, but I would be limited to the stock cooler versio...
by roadie
Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 49406

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

Amazing stuff. This site has really been at the forefront in one of the most important factors in the usability of PCs. Well done!
by roadie
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 95062

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

As a very happy owner of the original Solo, I am impressed by the Solo II. 2x120mm fans at the front is awesome, and I like the PSU on top with it's own intake. That completely removes it from the rest of the system. Even replacing the PSU would be easy with the removable brace. Add the ability to u...
by roadie
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
Replies: 51
Views: 23787

Re: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

I think I just ordered one of these from Scan in the UK for the princely sum of £84 all in. Looking forward to some increased performance, along with lower idle power consumption than my 4770. Ideally wanted a 7770 or a 7850. However the 7770 suffers from poor performance per £ at present, and I bel...
by roadie
Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler
Replies: 16
Views: 7967

Re: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

From the looks of it, the card was tested with the VRM heatsink from an Arctic Cooling product...
http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/ima ... man/12.jpg
by roadie
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.11 320GB single platter (ST3320613AS)
Replies: 25
Views: 24525

Re: Seagate 7200.11 320GB single platter (ST3320613AS)

Have been using this drive flawlessly and have been very happy with its performance and lack of noise since April 2008, but it may have failed this morning whilst I was downloading Dirt 2 from Steam. Got a message saying Steam had caused an error and needed to be shut down. That couldn't happen with...
by roadie
Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 39442

Seems like you could mount 3 Nexus fans on this HS if you were mad enough to!
by roadie
Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:50 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Computer Hardware Stores in Orlando?
Replies: 0
Views: 810

Computer Hardware Stores in Orlando?

Hey Guys,

I'm heading out to Florida shortly for a couple of weeks, and will be spending a couple of days in Orlando. I'm interested in getting a SSD and a new graphics card if I can find anywhere with reasonable prices. Does anyone know some decent stores in the area?

Cheers
by roadie
Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 30202

Pretty sure I'll pick one of these up to replace a full 320Gb Samsung F1. I just need to make the decision whether I want to cull a load of data to postpone things for a little while. Soft mounted in an Antec Solo should mean the drive will be very, very quiet, like the F1.
by roadie
Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A star is born... and another yet to be unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 8933

But the VSK-2000 does have great, gaping openings on the side panel. With a solid side panel and filtered, yet non-restrictive intakes for the front fans, it would be a decent case.
by roadie
Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Sileo 500 for single GPU gaming build
Replies: 13
Views: 3626

The Antec Solo would be the best case for this build. It's what I have my stuff within. Also be aware that the 4890 is very, very loud. Mine is away for RMA at the moment, but when I had it with the stock cooler, it was by far and away the loudest thing at idle and under load. It's also extremely ho...
by roadie
Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Not just "silent" - zero moving parts rig [pics]
Replies: 40
Views: 22119

It would, but if the computer is only going to be used for web browsing and low level gaming, then is running Prime or any other high loading programme necessary?

Anyway, it is a great build. I'd like to see a silent build within a more attractive chassis though.
by roadie
Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

Tried fitting the Zalman tonight. It didn't fit with the Accelero. Would have to cut the fins down with a hacksaw in order to get it to fit. Even with bending the Accelero, some modification to the VRM heatsink would be necessary.
by roadie
Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman releases VRM heatsink for Radeon HD 4890 / 4870
Replies: 8
Views: 4498

Ok, I just received this. It's a nice, weighty chunk of aluminium :P I won't have time to attempt to fit it in conjunction with my S1 until next week, but will report back when I have had a go.
by roadie
Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

They look good! However, I have just received a Zalman ZM-RHS90: http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=352 I'm not 100% as to whether it will fit in conjunction with the Accelero, but I'll give it a go next week, as I am away for the weekend. If it doesn't then I will certainly ge...
by roadie
Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman releases VRM heatsink for Radeon HD 4890 / 4870
Replies: 8
Views: 4498

Screw it, I just ordered one of these and will attempt to fit it to my 4890 in conjunction with an Accelero S1.
by roadie
Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman releases VRM heatsink for Radeon HD 4890 / 4870
Replies: 8
Views: 4498

The ZM-RHS90 is 23mm tall http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=352 The Accelero S1 rev2 only has 16.5mm of clearance in the area where the heatsink would go: http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/images/height_restriction_drawing_AcceleroS1_r2.pdf I'm not sure if the Accelero's f...
by roadie
Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Moneual MonCaso 301 Desktop HTPC Case
Replies: 9
Views: 6059

Obviously the temp sensor in the CPU is broken, as it's reading at, and 3 degrees under the ambient in the test results table on page 5.
by roadie
Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

The Thermalright VRM cooler can't come soon enough. I tried disposing of the rubber band to fit some zip ties, but because the VRMs are so small, the VRM heatsink was knocked out of balance and wasn't making good contact. The rubber band remains... However, I have disposed of the Arctic Cooling Tur...
by roadie
Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

Yep , that does look like the best option out there when it is eventually released. Zalman also have a solution, but it is no way near in sophistication and I don't think it would be compatible with an Accelero: http://www.techpowerup.com/97201/Zalman_Intros_ZM-RHS90_VRM_Heatsink_for_Radeon_HD_4890_...
by roadie
Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

Right, S1 fitted. To be honest it has been a right pain. However, it is much, much quieter than the stock cooler. The main issue has been cooling the VRMs. My current solution is the Accelero VRM heatsink with the screw hole pieces hacksawed off. This heatsink is then attached to the VRMs with doubl...
by roadie
Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

OK, Asus Top 4890 has just arrived. Will whack the S1 on when I get home from work.
by roadie
Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4890 - will the Accelero S1 Rev. 2 fit it?
Replies: 27
Views: 14796

I've ordered an Asus 4890 and will transfer the Accelero S1 rev2 from my current card to it before overclocking and overvolting if needed. I'm aware of the VRM issue, and will use the VRM sink that came with the Accelero and any other heatsinks if needed. Looking forward to it!
by roadie
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Almost done: Silverstone FT01 build
Replies: 19
Views: 18608

Lovely build, but I've a couple of suggestions. How about turning the PSU upside down, so it only receives filtered air from the case and adding a Scythe Kama bay? That would further increase the amount of air being forced into the case, and with a ~800rpm fan shouldn't increase the base amount of n...
by roadie
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT01
Replies: 48
Views: 20070

With all the fans turned down to their lowest setting, would adding a Scythe Kama bay with a ~800rpm fan improve cooling to any noticeable degree without increasing the noise signature/character?