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by seemingly.random
Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1.5 TB Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD154UI Slow Access Times
Replies: 15
Views: 12481

this thread is good for my problem atm: 1: I want to have windows 7 pro on a 200gb partition on a F2, the other partition will be filled with data, will there be big performance loss, currently the access time is 14.6ms , I want to keep it around there. would the performance of the F2 seek time and...
by seemingly.random
Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB
Replies: 50
Views: 76906

Samsung has these series currently for customers Samsung Spinpoint F1 (Performance) Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen F2EG (Low Noise, Low Power) Samsung Spinpoint F3 (High Performance) Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen F3EG (Low Noise, Low Power) Seems that you might have inside information. What's the differen...
by seemingly.random
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB
Replies: 50
Views: 76906

I've had similar problems with large drives from wd and samsung. It seems that there's a 30-50% failure rate. I've rma'd with both and, although wd's site is much more user-friendly, samsung was no problem.

I just ordered a 2tb samsung. Not really religious but am doing a little prayer dance.
by seemingly.random
Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro ATX towers with 120mm fans
Replies: 6
Views: 2614

The NSK3480 is also fine but you'll need both 92mm front fans with that GPU. Are you sure? It doesn't seem like a half height passively cooled card would output that much heat. Were you thinking of a higher end card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127436&cm_re=hd_4350-_-14...
by seemingly.random
Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro ATX towers with 120mm fans
Replies: 6
Views: 2614

I've used the Centurion 541 with almost good results. It's a sturdy case with a spot for two 80mm rear fans and one 120mm front fan. The downside is the limited airflow over the drives. There have various mods to solve this. Laptop drives might eliminate the need for a mod. The NSK3480 is also fine ...
by seemingly.random
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1.5 TB Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD154UI Slow Access Times
Replies: 15
Views: 12481

... That got ride of the dips in the transfer rate from when other programs accessed the HD but the access time is still nearly twice what it should be. Do you still think this drive is alright? I plan on getting a SSD in the future but it won't be for another year or two until they come down in pr...
by seemingly.random
Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recommended 2.5" external SATA-USB enclosure
Replies: 2
Views: 1309

Re: Recommended 2.5" external SATA-USB enclosure

I'm looking to move some of my storage to an external 2.5" hard drive. The aim is that it will be on 24/7 in my bedroom. I have identified a SATA hard drive (WD Scorpio Blue 250 GB). Can anybody recommend a USB enclosure available in the UK. My other thought was to get a USB-SATA lead and have the ...
by seemingly.random
Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: phenom II AM2+ vs AM3?
Replies: 26
Views: 12360

Re: phenom II AM2+ vs AM3?

... especially considering the X3 720 beats the X4 910 in some tests. ... I noticed this also. This doesn't make sense. It has to be a bad test with s/w that doesn't use all cores. --- Like others, I would think a 95 tdp would be much better than a 125 tdp. However, the power usage tests I've seen ...
by seemingly.random
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone TJ08, passive cooling with a 125W CPU
Replies: 39
Views: 40240

Damn nice. Good job with stuff that's not bleeding edge. I blew out an asus mb once attaching multiple fans to one connector. I guess it's ok up to a limit. I've been thinking about having the cpu fan connector control the rear fan on a gigabyte mb but haven't tried since it seems that the constant ...
by seemingly.random
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2 640WD or 1.5TB Seagate? Please Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1794

Re: 2 640WD or 1.5TB Seagate? Please Help!

I am new to the SPCR forums. I am in the process of creating a new desktop and noise is a major concern for me. I am purchasing silent PC parts (Antec Sonata Elite case , PC Power & Cooling Silencer PSU, Zalman 9700 CPU fan) along with other parts for a core i7 system. I would rethink that psu and ...
by seemingly.random
Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Obama Is Not Black
Replies: 44
Views: 8079

Hmmm. I'm fairly used to being called "honkey", "oppressor", "the man" and "whitey". :-> LOL, thats quite funny, somehow though none of that is offensive. "The Man" sounds quite good, "Whitey" and "Honkey" I dont deem them to be offensive at all, and "Opressor" has a certain ring of "Power" to it :...
by seemingly.random
Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung's Ecogreen or WD's GreenPower?
Replies: 10
Views: 5949

Search the forums. I remember reading a post where an owner of both said he found the Ecogreen superior in every respect. I believe the Samsung is still fairly scarce in North America, so there hasn't been that much discussion. Having one each, I prefer the samsung to the wd simply because the sams...
by seemingly.random
Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Controlling my case fans without a physical controller
Replies: 9
Views: 2089

The antecs aren't tri-cools (with a three speed switch)? Anyway, http://www.frozencpu.com/products/1115/cab-37/3pin_Motherboard_Header_to_4pin_Female_Power_Supply_Connector.html?tl=g2c251 and http://www.frozencpu.com/products/1090/cab-05/3-pin_Y_Cable_Splitter.html?tl=g2 Be careful about the total a...
by seemingly.random
Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DG45FC: Loaded LGA775 Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 40
Views: 34903

Noticed a couple of mistakes in the review: <page 4> Measurement and Analysis Tools ... If the video (and/or audio) skips or freezes, we conclude the board's IGP (in conjunction with the processor) is <in?> adequate to decompress the clip properly. <page 8> FINAL THOUGHTS Overall we are impressed wi...
by seemingly.random
Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lipstick on a Pit Bull
Replies: 151
Views: 23856

... Regarding the issue of Folding, etc, and whether it actually produces any results, compared to the amount of green house gases it produces and the energy (money) that is expended running it: ... I fundamentally disagree with everything you have written in this thread (and assume in every other ...
by seemingly.random
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: McCain broke or gave in - at least twice
Replies: 51
Views: 10532

Rove saying that any campaign ad has gone too far is astonishing considering the source. But then, giving Rove's comments any credibility is like giving Goebbels or Eichmann credibility.
by seemingly.random
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Will this blow up my comp/psu? molex fan controller
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

As far as I know, there is a big difference between 5v and 7v mods. There is no possible problem with a correctly wired 5v mod. For 7v, there used to be an admonition that there be a load downstream. This doesn't seem to be the case anymore. There are several etailers selling the 7v mod with no warn...
by seemingly.random
Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:28 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Mini P180 - $69.99 - Free Shipping, 9-16-2008 only
Replies: 1
Views: 982

Yeah, no friggin mail-in rebates. Ordered another one.

Waiting for the price to drop on the new e8600 next.
by seemingly.random
Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 130688

Tried 2001 bios on a m2a-vm and it didn't resolve a problem vista32 reports in eventVwr about an unusable timer. Says to enable it in bios but there's no option for it - other than HPET which is enabled. This version adds an option for cpu c1e support - don't remember seeing that in previous versions.
by seemingly.random
Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gigabyte 4-pin sys fan, 5V vs. 12V?
Replies: 14
Views: 10750

I have the gigabyte 780g micro atx mb. It has a 4pin pwm sys fan connector and is temperature controlled by the bios. In a cool room, a nexus 120mm won't even start on a cold start. Though, after the pc is running a few minutes and warms up a bit, the fan will run after getting a manual kick start. ...
by seemingly.random
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610?
Replies: 9
Views: 3188

The 610 isn't as loud as the 510, if that helps. It has an 80mm fan - which can't compete with a 120mm, slower one. Mine found a new home in the local home for the deaf a year ago.
by seemingly.random
Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Air flow balance: should intake and exhaust flow be equal?
Replies: 20
Views: 6078

It does get really hot here some days and I don't have air conditioning. Amazing how much difference there is between summer and winter. Last winter, I built a pc with a low end amd/igp in a case that didn't come with fans and I wanted to see how hot it really was before choosing. It ran acceptably...
by seemingly.random
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 311943

If the diagnostic doesn't give a more accurate attribute description than <vendor-specific>, it probably doesn't know how to interpret it - good or bad. B7, BB and BC should be in question also.
by seemingly.random
Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair PSU Rebate
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Won't buy any corsair product with a mail-in rebate anymore - been burned too many times. Not suggesting corsair engineering isn't good, just that corsair marketing sucks. Their rebate program is handled by a third party service, just let Corsair know your problem, they might not be aware of the qu...
by seemingly.random
Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: P-182 Fan configuation: complete silent newbie
Replies: 13
Views: 5353

If some parts are already out of the case, I would take the remaining out and get it running on a piece of cardboard in a quiet room - no music, tv or people. This enables you to determine where the noise culprit is (and takes the case out of the equation). You should monitor cpu and gpu temps while...
by seemingly.random
Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Air flow balance: should intake and exhaust flow be equal?
Replies: 20
Views: 6078

This article reveals that the antec fans don't spin at 1200,1600,2000 rpm (low,medium,high) as advertised but at 870,1430,1930. The 1080 rpm nexus might be just what you need and are quieter. They're available with open corners now. The 1200 rpm scythe slipstream might work also. I refer to the Fan...
by seemingly.random
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair PSU Rebate
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Won't buy any corsair product with a mail-in rebate anymore - been burned too many times. Not suggesting corsair engineering isn't good, just that corsair marketing sucks.
by seemingly.random
Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 311943

I've received two bad new wd drives in the last couple of months from newegg - a 1tb and a 320gb (two platter version). Although I've had very good luck(?) with wd in the last 20 years, the closeness of the bad drives has me wondering if there is a quality control problem at wd. Their profits are cu...
by seemingly.random
Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec NSK1480 HTPC
Replies: 5
Views: 11477

This is great. I've been looking at this case the past couple of months. Curious that it's not available at many etailers. With the 780g chipset, it seemed entirely possible - just didn't know what else would have to be modified. I assumed that the psu fan would need attention. I wonder about underv...
by seemingly.random
Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 75807

Found it at newegg for $80 shipped. Don't know if I want one but the price makes it hard to ignore - if only for a backup case. Amazing how some antec products just don't catch on.