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by Sylph-DS
Thu May 07, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: New SPCR design & management
Replies: 20
Views: 3424

Re: New SPCR design & management

Hello Eric, It's been a long time since I've visited these forums. But I felt this is a moment to come out of hiding and speak up. You have big shoes to fill, this website and the articles on it used to be kind of a big deal to those who cared about quiet computing. The new articles I've seen show u...
by Sylph-DS
Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision
Replies: 73
Views: 80469

Re: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision

Hooray. Well timed! I've been intending to replace my ancient data drives. Thanks!

Is there any chance of the HDD enclosure list being updated? I think most of the ones on it currently are no longer available.
by Sylph-DS
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 3 & Scythe Yasya CPU Heatsinks
Replies: 29
Views: 12076

... With an i7 test platform, it's no longer relevant for our large HS reviews... and we've never actually posted a serious review on passive CPU cooling. Our basic point of view these days (actually for a long time) is that in most cases, a wee bit of forced air cooling is far preferable to none. ...
by Sylph-DS
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 3 & Scythe Yasya CPU Heatsinks
Replies: 29
Views: 12076

As a silence enthusiast who hasn't visited this site in a long time, this review came as a bit of a shock. I used to idolize Scythe and particularly the Ninja quite a bit (still have an original Rev B. working it's passive magic in my pc). It's good to see that the market has progressed so much, wit...
by Sylph-DS
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 20908

I can't believe how terrible everything is according to this article. If this article is to believed, as soon as any single part of your PC fails or you so much as yell at it while it's on the entire thing will fry. I've had tons of hardware fail on me and in general once I figured out what exactly ...
by Sylph-DS
Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan behaviors Nexus and Slipstream 800 (impedance effect )
Replies: 5
Views: 1597

Are you one hundred percent sure that the power input did not change? (for example if you perhaps plugged something into the PSU on the same line that might change it slightly. If you are sure, then the only thing that can be different is the air resistance on the fan blades. I'm guessing that by "i...
by Sylph-DS
Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1609944

Rush - Finding My Way

(have developed a taste for 70s rock in recent months)
by Sylph-DS
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: SPCR IRC Channel
Replies: 8
Views: 21324

Bump!

I've decided to stick this channel in my auto-join. Seems floffe's got it in his auto-join as well. Anyone care to join us?
by Sylph-DS
Thu May 28, 2009 2:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Coolermaster Sileo 500: Quiet ATX Midtower Case
Replies: 44
Views: 18768

I'm glad to see CM working on quiet more seriously. Seeing a manufacturer that is so well known for the practicality and ease of use of its cases makes me hopeful for a good combination of silence and ease of use. Don't get me wrong, the P182 (and probably P183 as well, but I haven't had the chance ...
by Sylph-DS
Sat May 23, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you know people who love to steal your time ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4720

m0002a wrote:I would recommend using a Zalman Fanmate and turn down the voltage a little.
+1
by Sylph-DS
Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers
Replies: 23
Views: 3993

Here's my theory. Everybody loves porn. But only the conservatives are stupid enough to pay for it :P No srsly. I think that every group consumes porn more or less equally, the difference is more likely in the group's look upon actually spending money on it versus getting it for free over the intern...
by Sylph-DS
Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: My latest cutting edge PC case ...
Replies: 7
Views: 2756

let me just flush my DNS cache..

(sorry, couldn't resist.)
by Sylph-DS
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Game violence, age limits and teens
Replies: 21
Views: 4750

I still find it surprisingly stupid how little these ratings are based around the actual game play experience. Sure, the content is somewhat important in terms of role models, desensitization and some other issues. But, speaking from experience (and I've got quite a bit when it comes to gaming), the...
by Sylph-DS
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Abaco Primo - a 99 euro PC
Replies: 0
Views: 1084

Abaco Primo - a 99 euro PC

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/627/1051627/a-euro-pc-tips Company website - Italian: http://www.abacocomputers.com/Computer-Desktop/Primo.html Company website - google translated: http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.abacocomputers.com/Computer-Desktop/Primo.htm...
by Sylph-DS
Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Off Topic but ok
Replies: 71
Views: 10716

The problem with this is that a BIG part of gun crimes are committed using legally owned guns. On top of that, having a legal weapon trade in progress makes it that much easier to have an illegal weapons trade. It's basically like Nick says. Do you think that illegal AK cam into the country illegall...
by Sylph-DS
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hate to do it, but I need a screen saver
Replies: 6
Views: 1732

Don't most graphics cards come with one? I dunno exactly, but my screen goes into the XP screensaver first with the logo jumping around the screen, and then after like 10 more minutes it'll go blank entirely, so I figured that was a hardware thing whereas the windows screensaver was a software thing...
by Sylph-DS
Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to build a LOUD comput0r
Replies: 30
Views: 6922

Get as much second hand hard drives (preferably of the 10 year old 10k rpm variety) as you possibly can and hard mount them on an all undampened aluminum case. Add a disk benchmark to make them all spin up and seek and hey presto, your very own noise machine.
by Sylph-DS
Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Left 4 Dead - the net posts bogus fps's
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

lol

You get more than expected and you're still making a fuss. Be happy ;)
by Sylph-DS
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD suspension: best elastic material?
Replies: 13
Views: 3899

Knicker elastic. Go to the nearest notions store or section of a department store and get a few feet of it (or ask your nearest female !). I've seen a variety of thicknesses available. Once you've tied it though it's usually impossible to untie - must be cut. Seconded, clothing elastic does a prett...
by Sylph-DS
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: If the SPCR recommended 120mm fans article was updated today
Replies: 23
Views: 7022

I would say the Slipstream and the Nexus are about equal, all things considered. They're both about the same price. Supposedly the slipstream does slightly better in performance, but then there's also a pair of fan mounts in the package with the nexus real silents. I'm sticking with Nexus at the mom...
by Sylph-DS
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Running a P182 on it's side
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

You could also just pull the feet off the bottom, I haven't had mine come off the P182 too yet, but the ones I had on my Solo came off all the time and I reckon the ones on my P182 would've probably been the same if I hadn't already made the feet nice and slidy by putting some tape on the bottom. (B...
by Sylph-DS
Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transfer heat but not vibration for hard drives?
Replies: 21
Views: 3333

thats where the wizard lives The Whimsical Wizard of the Drive Platter Hollows! So anyway, I googled it (was curious myself). And I ran into several theories, ranging from plain open breathing holes to special pressure valves. Eitherway all of the theories seem pretty clear about covering up the ho...
by Sylph-DS
Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fluoxetine 10mg capsules
Replies: 21
Views: 3917

I'd try just using those two connectors without the one on the long end before cutting into it. Unless of course you have a ton of cables lying around ;)
by Sylph-DS
Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fluoxetine 10mg capsules
Replies: 21
Views: 3917

good luck soldering 40 individual strands. I don't reckon it's even soldered to begin with.

What you could try is cutting off the long end, leaving only the two ends you would normally stick into the drives.
by Sylph-DS
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:16 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Disproportionate" rock throwing
Replies: 37
Views: 5716

The question here is, what's it going to solve? Throwing an equal amount of rocks will most likely piss them off and thus make them throw more rocks at you. Bulldozing them down will scare them shitless. This means they probably won't come back.. On their own. Chances are they'll either buzz off ent...
by Sylph-DS
Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need suggestions for server case - the more HDs the better
Replies: 8
Views: 2523

I'd just grab an old big tower with a lot of 5.25" slots, buy some clothing elastic, and suspend away. Then again that's just me.
by Sylph-DS
Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:01 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Your take on fan filters?
Replies: 6
Views: 2294

A dust filter is generally quite an impedance (= requires higher fan RPM = more noise), which in my opinion is the only reason not to use one. If cleaning your dust filter is more work than cleaning the inside of your PC, than you're using a shitty dust filter. This counts especially if you're using...
by Sylph-DS
Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire Toxic 4850
Replies: 7
Views: 2243

My card is made Club 3D. Full model is: CGAX-4852DD. That was with reference cooler. The problem in ram sinks were that its really troubelsome to make them stay. You need to clean well the ram and then press each ram module hard about one minute. Then it might stay... or not. But you need to press ...
by Sylph-DS
Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Solo vs P180 in Q9559 setup
Replies: 7
Views: 2674

I'd say the biggest difference between the solo are in looks and in ergonomics/ease of use. The solo is really quite limited in space. I recently had to replace a PSU in my Solo and I had to remove my CPU cooler (and thus my CPU, Arctic Silver is stronger than a ZIF :() to even get the thing out. Es...
by Sylph-DS
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Fallout3 uses SecuROM
Replies: 8
Views: 2807

I am quite happy with Steam, it is indeed Digital Rights Management, but it's not as intrustive as securom. On top of that it gets the customer an extra service that the pirate won't receive. Steam itself as a service allows you to buy and directly download games pretty easy and fast, and their pric...