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by kaange
Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48128

Cost is what is currently holding me (and most other posters in this thread). That may well change when the prices of the Indiilinx based drives get hammered down once the 34nm Intel X25M's hit the market.
by kaange
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48128

Let's agree for now that SSD is a "specialist" product, no different than buying a specialist expansion card like a high end soundcard, audio-interface, video and RAID card et al. As jessekopelman said, there's no use complaining about the prices for those who are now interested in them when people...
by kaange
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48128

duplicate post removed
by kaange
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48128

My Windows directory is 25GB and Program Files X86 is 32GB (although 20 of those GB is steam). If I could use 80GB drive I would. Why not use a smallish SSD for your OS and those programs that really choke on i/o (visual studio is a prime candidate, IME) and use a standard HDD for all of your less ...
by kaange
Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Sonata Elite ATX Mid-Tower Case
Replies: 40
Views: 22958

Maybe a couple of small holes at the base of the vent side of the HDD cage plate would improve the cooling of this case when large GPU cards (or other large cards) are installed. This would get rid of the stagnation zone at the lower end of the motherboard in this situation. Some grommets could be s...
by kaange
Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe KazeQ 3,5" Fan Controller
Replies: 12
Views: 3724

Can you report if it uses PWM to effect the voltage lowering?
by kaange
Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD502HI vs WD Scorpio Blue 5000BEVT
Replies: 9
Views: 2919

Get a nice quiet DESKTOP drive, and think about suspending it so it doesn't resonate your case's panels. Pick out the right drive Well that's not really easy, is it? :lol: With your case, it's incredibly easy if you don't need to transport it around. All you need to do is unbolt the HDD cage and th...
by kaange
Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: temps i7 920 with new cooler
Replies: 68
Views: 15653

If not needed i prefer not to undervolt, but it is an option when things will not work out. Unless you plan to overclock, why not undervolt? As ATWindsor pointed out, you can reduce the power consumption by significant amounts. Also, why are you running such high speed memory if you aren't overcloc...
by kaange
Thu May 28, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Coolermaster Sileo 500: Quiet ATX Midtower Case
Replies: 44
Views: 19706

I think they've gone backwards in one way from the Centurion 5 by having the lower drive cage facing sideways.

Down here, the Sileo is about A$50 less than the price of the Antec Solo which will go most of the way to buying a good CPU cooler.
by kaange
Thu May 28, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Freaky Cheap PSU with a built in Fan Controller
Replies: 17
Views: 4114

I'm gonna say this psu might be worth $20 at most. And probably less. Bling plus completely junk electronics do not make for a spcr recommended item :) neither should half the psu's spcr has recommended that were severely loud and died on me in the past few years. You wouldn't mind listing these su...
by kaange
Thu May 21, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modular quiet PSU above 500W without bottom mounted fan
Replies: 9
Views: 2871

How about cutting a big hole in the plate?
by kaange
Thu May 21, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Prolima Megahalems: A Mega Nehalem Cooler
Replies: 59
Views: 33766

Hmmm, down here, the Megahalem is the same price as the TRUE for 775 and about 20% cheaper than the TRUE for 1366
by kaange
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Multiple or single heat sources (same power dissipation)?
Replies: 12
Views: 5665

Actually, the heat would never be totally dissipated by Black Body Radiation unless the GPU was perfectly insulated (sealed in a vacuum chamber with power and signals supplied/returned by electromagnetic radiation), no matter what the temperature. And if the radiating surface was large enough, it ne...
by kaange
Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Coolermaster Silent Pro M700W
Replies: 7
Views: 5963

Yes, it's too bad CM didn't send the Silent Pro 500 to be tested instead since that is far more relevant to most people (esp SPCR).

BTW the CoolerMaster link on the last page of the article actually takes you to to Chill Innovations
by kaange
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for a small, piece of crap case that's black
Replies: 8
Views: 3653

Sadly, the NSK4400 is light/flimsy and has buzzy plastic attachments compared to the (sadly discontinued) SLK3000B. Also, the 4400 HDD cage is mounted far from the front fan so no air flows from this over the cage plus the cage cannot be as easily suspended as with the SLK3000B. I was quite disappoi...
by kaange
Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Sileo 500
Replies: 4
Views: 2496

Tom Brown wrote:It has to be at least as good as my Antec Sonata based systems and they're near silent.
Too bad both the Sonata and the Sileo have the sideways fixed HDD cage. That is the worst feature of both machines when it comes to silencing, IMO
by kaange
Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Three Hundred mini-review and dampening mods
Replies: 15
Views: 14944

Re: Antec Three Hundred mini-review and dampening mods

my SLK3000B was cheaper and it came with a removable HDD cage and grommets. If one were so inclined, it wouldn’t be too hard to drill out the rivets for the inside HDD cage rail and move it away a little to allow some horizontal HDD suspension. With the SLK3000B, you can just turn the drive cage ...
by kaange
Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Corsair HX450W
Replies: 52
Views: 25400

a good observation. If you double your estimated load power requirements, your system will fall within the 20-100% margin of 80+ certification. IE: 150w load. (300w PSU) 80% effeciency range of 60-300w. 300w load. (600w PSU) 80% effeciency range of 120-600w. You assume that a system will run at clo...
by kaange
Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec nsk1480
Replies: 34
Views: 34639

BillyBuerger wrote:As for the Microfusion now available, I'm glad I went with the NSK.
:evil: Our distributor down here is only bringing in the Micrfusion, not the 1480 :cry:
by kaange
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: List of PSUs that SPCR chose not to review
Replies: 7
Views: 3025

The Corsair TX650 has the same noise specs as the VX450 but I don't find it quiet" Well, as you should be long familiar with, manufacturer's rated noise specs rarely have anything at all to do with reality. It was a thread I saw - I never made that claim or make that assumption - that is why I star...
by kaange
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: List of PSUs that SPCR chose not to review
Replies: 7
Views: 3025

Why not just stick to the recommended list ? Just that different markets have different product availability. Plus I saw a thread a while ago where someone was saying "The Corsair TX650 has the same noise specs as the VX450 but I don't find it quiet" and it went on for a while until MikeC posted ba...
by kaange
Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thinking about using an HR01 Plus on E6700..
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Try dropping vCore first - my E6700 runs at stock speed down just below 1.2V and this makes it run very cool even at 100% TAT testing (core temps < 50 degC). BTW I'm using a TR SI-128 (orig version) and the PWM fan never goes above 500rpm unless I start overclocking (which requires the vCore to be r...
by kaange
Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: List of PSUs that SPCR chose not to review
Replies: 7
Views: 3025

List of PSUs that SPCR chose not to review

I have seen in various posts that Mike has received several PSUs that SPCR has chosen not to review as they ddin't meet the basic minimal noise requirement. Is it possible for SPCR to list these PSUs? Then people will know if a PSU that has not been reviewed is either not worth considering (on the l...
by kaange
Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 3000B: keep it or replace it?
Replies: 9
Views: 3403

far from being silent, with a pair of hard drives I got a peculiar 'beating' resonance that caused the door to vibrate in a cyclic hum. Leaving the door slightly ajar was the simple fix, permanent solution was a P182. :D I had the same beat resonance but the simple suspension mod I described earlie...
by kaange
Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 3000B: keep it or replace it?
Replies: 9
Views: 3403

Yeah, I can't see why you would replace it. In fact I don't see why Antec dropped it as the Sonata (non-Solo type) cases aren't as good due to the stupid sideways HDD cage. :( The 3000B is probably the easiest case to mod for suspending up to 5 HDDs since you can just unbolt the cage and lay it on i...
by kaange
Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Stock NSK3480 vs Cooler Master Elite 330/Enermax Pro82+ 385W
Replies: 8
Views: 3663

The CM Elite 330 is a great little case if you run hot components as it can be set up to have a lot of airflow. Compared to the NSK3480, it has many more openings so it will not contain sounds as well and it is fairly flimsy in construction so it may resonate a lot more easily than the NSK3480. For ...
by kaange
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Running Fans Above 12 Volts?
Replies: 6
Views: 2113

You could just add an inline resistor to lower the voltage across the fan. If you can find the current rating for the fan, just divide 4 by that and you will get the resistor value required. Eg fan rated at 0.25A => 4/0.25 = 16 Ohm resistor needed. You won't need to worry too much about the power ra...
by kaange
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need recommendation on new quiet tower style PC build case..
Replies: 6
Views: 2571

aztec wrote:Chenbro SR11169 or SR209.

Simple looks, but built like a tank.

You can get either for under US$100
If this suits, also check out the CoolerMaster Centurion 5
Tested here by SPCR
by kaange
Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 24151

Actually, higher octane fuel has less potential energy... Er no. Higher octane fuel often has less potential energy due to the nature of the additives that are often used to prevent knock but there is no inherent property strictly tying in octane and the energy density of fuel. The strict definitio...
by kaange
Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 24151

The coasting with the engine business is taking way too many risks. What if something or someone bolts in front of you? Horses for courses. You drive a 3200 lb car while mine is considerably lighter. If I can brake hard enough to pulse the ABS and turn hard enough to cause tyre squeal, I don't cons...