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by guises
Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblock
Replies: 22
Views: 14368

Re: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseb

Really appreciate the fan roundups. I realize they're a lot of work, but this is generally the most important part of building a quiet computer.
by guises
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kozuti Low Profile CPU Heatsink
Replies: 38
Views: 22152

Re: Scythe Kozuti Low Profile CPU Heatsink

You said at the end of the review: "pound-for-pound, and inch-for-inch, the most efficient model yet" and "impressive little heatsink that performs better than we could've imagined." Given that, I was expecting at least a SPCR Recommended tag at the end - what made you hold off? Just the price?
by guises
Sat May 21, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I need a power supply that won't squeal
Replies: 1
Views: 723

I need a power supply that won't squeal

I started this computer with a Corsair VX450. It was very quiet when the system was stressed (100+ watts), but at idle and especially when the system was suspended it squealed like a tiny banshee. So I tossed it in a box and got an Enermax Modu 82+ (500 watt version). It was very quiet until I was f...
by guises
Thu May 12, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silent pc with Define R3 vs silent system with Define Mini
Replies: 9
Views: 1930

Re: silent pc with Define R3 vs silent system with Define Mi

All other things being equal, a larger case is generally less cramped and allows for better airflow. The Define Mini looks like it won't really be all that small, however, so it may not make much of a difference. The Define Mini also has room for six hard drives, which means there should be plenty o...
by guises
Wed May 11, 2011 6:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The quietest 120mm fan
Replies: 5
Views: 1576

Re: The quietest 120mm fan

This is just... silly. You can't ignore air flow amount, that's the whole point of having a fan. The Nexus I have sitting next to me is as quiet as the quietest fan out there - it's unplugged.
by guises
Tue May 10, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advices for a GA-6KIEH-RH (case, psu, fan)
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: Need advices for a GA-6KIEH-RH (case, psu, fan)

The Apex case isn't exactly what I had in mind, but it gets points for being super cheap. I might be able to make that work, thanks.
by guises
Mon May 09, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advices for a GA-6KIEH-RH (case, psu, fan)
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: Need advices for a GA-6KIEH-RH (case, psu, fan)

Need a robust and fast hard drive solution (raid 1) for let say at least 2To of data So you need two 3.5'' drives. Do you want to suspend them? I've actually been looking to put together a mini NAS system and the only decent cases that I've been able to find that support more than one 3.5" drive ar...
by guises
Sun May 08, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advices for a GA-6KIEH-RH (case, psu, fan)
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: Need advices for a GA-6KIEH-RH (case, psu, fan)

That Gigabyte board looks pretty great. If you wanted to stick with low power mobile CPUs, AOpen has a board that looks good, the s760GXm-S. I've had a couple of AOpen boards in the past and really liked them, but they have a tendency to use loud, active, chipset coolers. So you should expect to rep...
by guises
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I need some help diagnosing my system instability
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: I need some help diagnosing my system instability

Well, all right. Results: linpack - no errors cinebench - no errors (doesn't seem to push the GPU that hard, never got above 55 degrees C) Furmark did the trick, crashing quickly at 71 and 75 degrees when I ran it at 1920x1080 (my monitor's resolution). Did that twice. However, it's a little more in...
by guises
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I need some help diagnosing my system instability
Replies: 5
Views: 816

I need some help diagnosing my system instability

Over the last couple of weeks my system has gotten increasingly unstable and I'm out of ideas on what the cause could be, so I'm asking here to try and find someone smarter than me. I can reliably crash my system within a few minutes of starting Portal 2 (getting into the 3D portion of the game, I c...
by guises
Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 168
Views: 215117

Re: HP MicroServer

Does the BIOS allow booting off USB? Thanks for the excellent review, Mike. This is a tempting home server, but I'm still balancing out the lack of RAID5 with the configurable RAM and more powerful CPU of a NAS... If you don't use a crippled OS like Windows, you can have RAID-5. And 6 or 10 (or tru...
by guises
Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Replies: 20
Views: 9689

Re: Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

This may be a shot in the dark, but you've done a string of Lian-Li case reviews now - I would love to see an SPCR review of the just-released PC-X500FX. In no way could it be ever be worth the price, but I'd still like to hear someone that I respect say something nice about it before I buy one.
by guises
Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: GELID Icy Vision Dual Fan VGA Cooler
Replies: 33
Views: 18699

Excellent. Really appreciate the VGA cooler reviews, as they're just about the hardest things to cool.
by guises
Mon May 31, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Lookin' for a Big Shuriken (original model)
Replies: 2
Views: 927

Well, ok. I guess I made the assumption based on the different different rpm value than listed (1460 rpm) and on how that scaled with voltage, though looking at it again it seems to be wishful thinking. I only see three wires in that picture, but it's pretty small. Ok, so do they just not make heats...
by guises
Sun May 30, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Lookin' for a Big Shuriken (original model)
Replies: 2
Views: 927

Lookin' for a Big Shuriken (original model)

So the 113mm shuriken with the standard 3 wire fan that was reviewed here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article964-page3.html doesn't seem to exist anymore, or at least I can't find it anywhere. It's been replaced by a slightly taller 120mm model and a 100mm model, both with PWM fans at 2200 max rp...
by guises
Sat May 29, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thoughts/suggestions on PS3 silencing
Replies: 0
Views: 1464

Thoughts/suggestions on PS3 silencing

I'm talking here about the original (noisy) 60 GB PS3. I've made a couple of attempts at quieting this and the changes have helped, a little, but the thing is still unacceptably loud. What it really needs are a couple of larger top-down coolers to which I can attach some quieter fans. It has a solid...
by guises
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 39327

Why don't you include Orochi in your comparisons? This has been mentioned in other reviews, but the reason is because the retention mechanism is inadequate for such a heavy heatsink. Since the Orochi has been updated to include a backplate I believe that Mike said something less negative about the ...
by guises
Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 39327

Does SPCR currently have a method for VRM testing? That seemed like a pretty significant feature here, if it worked. Though, granted, there are probably a lot of heatsinks that you could just slap a 14cm fan on to get the same result.
by guises
Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody want to talk about quiet humidifiers?
Replies: 5
Views: 2404

Where do you live.? Well thank you, but I'm quite certain that this is a dry skin issue. I live in New York, for reference, though I lived in Ottawa previously. @Neil - The only trouble with the steam units is that they use quite a lot of power (think it's more than 110 - 120w on average). Now, if ...
by guises
Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody want to talk about quiet humidifiers?
Replies: 5
Views: 2404

Anybody want to talk about quiet humidifiers?

Decided that I didn't want to go through another winter of scratching, so I'm looking for a humidifier. Because it's something that needs to be on pretty much all the time, and because the noise issue with it is basically the same as it is with my computer, my first instinct was to discuss it here. ...
by guises
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 178724

So what's with the following line from the Antec Signature 650's comments? Note: The 850 was not reviewed, but we have every confidence that it has the same qualities as the 650. Some different models in the same line are similar, some aren't. If SPCR knew that the 850 and 650 were similar, than th...
by guises
Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 178724

I like the overhaul, though, having read the reviews, I'm a little bit surprised at where some of the PSUs have landed. Still, I certainly agree that the old system may have been a little too specific. However, I do have a suggestion: the way they're arranged now, the power supplies are split accord...
by guises
Sat May 16, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 201747

I'll try it. I've heard of this and I'd like to see how it stacks up against my TC 0098.
by guises
Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent PC with No Moving Parts
Replies: 38
Views: 19647

oakdad wrote:I be lazy.
Just get one of these.
http://www.advantech.com/products/UNO-2 ... MLJCC.aspx
Thought that looked really great 'till I clicked through and saw that they're $2,250.

My core solo router that I described above was about $250 (sans enclosure). I think I'll stick with that.
by guises
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent PC with No Moving Parts
Replies: 38
Views: 19647

It might not be quite as well suited to running tests, but you can get miniITX boards with mobile chipsets that take socket M mobile processors. I've got an MSI Fuzzy 945GM2 with a core solo and a compact flash card as hard drive - power consumption is right about 24 watts. I've had it running as my...
by guises
Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Prolima Megahalems: A Mega Nehalem Cooler
Replies: 59
Views: 33287

Maybe... but in that test, the TRUE (and not the IFX-14 or others) is better than the Megahalems :P Maybe you should have another look. Here's the comparison: http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTYxNCw0LCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA== The Megahalems edges out the TRUE at stock speeds and falls with...
by guises
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Prolima Megahalems: A Mega Nehalem Cooler
Replies: 59
Views: 33287

Monkeh16 wrote:
~El~Jefe~ wrote:Valid questions if it was a 1ghz single core from 1999...

its an 4x2 core chip!!
No, no it's not. It's one quad core chip.
Think he's referring to hyper threading there, though it wouldn't add to the heat.
by guises
Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 40522

Sure. Pedantry comes naturally to me.
by guises
Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 40522

good catch, yes I multiplied the subjective motor noise scare by 2, will adjust formula asap to reflect the one I used in Excel. But you didn't for all of them. Some of them, like the NoiseBlocker M12-P @ 5v, don't have the motor noise multiplied. Did you have multiple columns or something, and for...
by guises
Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 40522

Hey, I'm a little confused as to how the motor noise rating was applied to some of your results. The formula says that the subjective noise rating was simply subtracted, and that holds for some of the fans on the graph, but for others it looks like two times the noise rating was subtracted. For exam...