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by Blacktales
Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which AMD Heatsinks have correct fan orientation?
Replies: 7
Views: 2476

From your list, only the NH-U12P has the mounting hardware required to install on a AMD platform in the orientation you want. The HR-01 plus could probably be used as well but you would need to purchase an additionnal S-clip bracket to make it work and it's been a while since i saw that in stock. An...
by Blacktales
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Silent Cheapie Case Rig
Replies: 6
Views: 3654

More than mass loading, the ice packs in an Alleycat enclosure are also meant to transfer the HD heat to a metal box to help dissipation. And sealing that metal box also helps cut on some high frequencies simple mass loading will not help with. By using ice packs in a cardboard box ( plus foam on th...
by Blacktales
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire 3850 AGP and AC S1 rev.2
Replies: 2
Views: 1440

Hello mits, That topic was already discussed in this thread : http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=48079 which points you to this thread : http://www.octeamdenmark.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1421 where you see there is no difference in mounting holes spacing Otherwise with a quick s...
by Blacktales
Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 - Different color schemes?
Replies: 4
Views: 1631

The P182 only comes in gun metal grey but the original p180b shipped in silver and black. I don't know if the p180 is still manufactured/available but the latest p180 i had my hands on actually included the p182-like modifications (like easier cable management). So if you can find a p180 black somew...
by Blacktales
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to build a LOUD comput0r
Replies: 30
Views: 7196

Let's have fun ! If i had to do this, i would get the lightest case possible and try to loosen screws or rivets to spruce up vibrations, make sure it has the smallest/most restrictive grills at intake and exhaust possible. Why not cut a few blowhole to weaken the case structure some more and allow m...
by Blacktales
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD enclosure, I want to buy one
Replies: 1
Views: 1360

Hello ioan666 and WELCOME TO SPCR. The Xilence cooler is the same as a previous scythe HD cooler and those were not good at silencing a HD. Scythe SQD-1000 and Tuniq Sanctum seem to have a similar internal design but since the Sanctum seems to only be able to be placed in a 5.25" bay, it would proba...
by Blacktales
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AC S1-S2
Replies: 5
Views: 2244

Hello khromosone From what i could gather on forums, the 4870 is by no means a very cool card so trying to cool it with the S2 would not be advised and anyway it does not seem to be compatible with the series : http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=125 The Accelero S1 is a better cooler but do ...
by Blacktales
Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How good are silicone casing for silencing hard drives?
Replies: 8
Views: 2138

I have never used this kind of silicone "skin" for HDs but my hunch is that it would not really help if you use them. Cutting legs and some holes for airflow would leave only some strips of silicone squeezed between the sides of the HDs and the case. Mechanically, if it is squeezed, it will do nothi...
by Blacktales
Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 Super
Replies: 6
Views: 2253

AFAIK we have yet to find a fan controller that will NOT fit in the p182 so yes you have nothing to worry about. It was already discussed in lots of threads so try searching the forum next time : - Scythe Kaze Master review in a p182 http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=46494 - Other...
by Blacktales
Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Zalman 850W Buzzing?
Replies: 12
Views: 3356

Unfortunately, as far as i can tell from my own experiences, it's really difficult to predict whether or not you will experience the buzzing as some combination of GPU/PSU/MB/Software will give you different results. I have the same problem on my own computer : with my A8V deluxe anytime there is a ...
by Blacktales
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and am2 problem
Replies: 6
Views: 2774

As far as i know, there is no known method of attaching the S1283 in a vertical orientation on a AMD board. There is no commercial "conversion" product so far and DIY would be very involved (meaning you would need to have access to a CNC metal mill, okay maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration) Therma...
by Blacktales
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:56 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Rear facing AM2 cooler
Replies: 3
Views: 1632

Among the millions HDT-S1283 clones, the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer AFAIK is the only one that has the "right" orientation natively on the AM2 socket. It has a fourth heatpipe and a slightly different shape but has comparable or better performance that the S1283. Due to its cheaper price, i would ...
by Blacktales
Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Screen Protectors
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

It is my second post mentionning this company so people are going to start thinking i actually work for them :-) but i bought a few screen protectors for various devices from www.dealextreme.com and am pretty happy with them, even the one for my nintendo DS that take some beating when i play stylus ...
by Blacktales
Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Gentle Typhoon Fans by Nidec Servo Corp
Replies: 67
Views: 75132

I don't know about the USA but gentle typhoon fans are available in Canada. The usual suspects, DirectCanada and NCIX list them in stock.
by Blacktales
Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Generic Zalman FanMate2, ~$4 shipped on Ebay
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

The exact same product is sold a dollar cheaper on dealextreme.com http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13913 Another version is a bit more expensive but i can't seem to spot differences http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14351 They claim to have RPM alarm in case the fan dies but it is ...
by Blacktales
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: HDT-S1283 socket AM2 clip or HR-01-K8
Replies: 3
Views: 1834

Hello Ch0z3n, I also considered the HDT-S1283 for my AMD setup, but never could find a way to mount it in a "front-to-back' orientation. The only product that could have done the trick is the thermalright S-clip used to mount thermalright products in the right orientation on AMD sockets but i never ...
by Blacktales
Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Crashing / Freezing PC
Replies: 7
Views: 2906

Just as a quick side note, as it could perfectly not be the cause of your particular problem, the fragmentation problem i was referring to caused fragmentation on the first disk write. Like download a 20mo file from the Net and boom, enjoy your newfound 250 fragments right after the download finishe...
by Blacktales
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Crashing / Freezing PC
Replies: 7
Views: 2906

Hello steevie_b, If you recently formated/updated/reinstalled all your drivers and then it began to crash as compared to older drivers before with no crash, i would suspect the motherboard, especially the VIA chipset. This is a long shot but try and see what is the level of fragmentation you have on...
by Blacktales
Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless AGP video cards?
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

Hello gimmeagig, Unfortunately, i never had the chance to deal with newegg as until recently, there was no canadian branch, and Newegg USA was unwilling to ship to Canada. Now, there is a canadian newegg but their prices are so ridiculously high and their inventory so limited it just does not seem w...
by Blacktales
Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless AGP video cards?
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

Hello gimmeagig and welcome to SPCR, Current AGP cards are no longer manufactured by ATI/NVidia and only 3rd party manufacturers like Asus, Sapphire and Powercolor offer current-generation cards in AGP. But if you want fanless, the only one i know is the ASUS AH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M. It will be powe...
by Blacktales
Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: p182 bottom chamber+foam : avoiding PSU airflow obstruction
Replies: 0
Views: 1289

p182 bottom chamber+foam : avoiding PSU airflow obstruction

Hello all, i am currently trying to fit my P182 with some polyurethane acoustic foam but i am having a lot of trouble designing the cutouts without messing cable management and psu airflow. Currently, i have in the bottom chamber a VX450 (fan down), no fan on the bracket and a 3.5 WD HD in a Scythe ...
by Blacktales
Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Mini P180 in Canada : 57$ + 32$ shipping = 89$
Replies: 1
Views: 1245

Antec Mini P180 in Canada : 57$ + 32$ shipping = 89$

Hello all,

For us lucky canadian fellows, directcanada offers the mini p180 at an extremely interesting price of 90$ everything included

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC8796

Be quick if you want one, the stock is limited it seems.
by Blacktales
Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: NewEgg coming to Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 3433

Newegg Canada is now up. But after a quick glance : - Inventory is somewhat limited, especially for silencing products. (I mean there is ONE (1) thermalright product available....) (that can be excused for now and hopefully improved in the near future) - Prices are pretty high compared to obvious co...
by Blacktales
Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to quiet my currently noisy SFlex 21E
Replies: 4
Views: 2216

A S-Flex SFF21E, at 1200 rpm, is far from what i would call very noisy (yes i know we all have a different definition of what noisy is but still...), especially if no other steps were taken to silence the computer yet. (Maybe a lot of backpressure ?) Factor in the fact that it is 4pin-only (whereas ...
by Blacktales
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Difference in screws?
Replies: 6
Views: 2047

It's kind of funny i stumbled on a wikipedia article on this subject not too long ago.
It is by no means an exhaustive reference but a good read nonetheless :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_case_screws

Happy tinkering
by Blacktales
Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: NewEgg coming to Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 3433

I also live in Canada and the only time i ever ordered from Tigerdirect was to order an otherwise impossible to find S939 CPU. They still like to make all-in-one bundles with bad hardware but they are usually pretty cheap and anyway no one is forcing you to order bundles (And if you buy bundles on i...
by Blacktales
Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata 2, big CPU heatsink: easy to install PSU?
Replies: 3
Views: 1534

Hello RaptorZX3 you sure seem to have a lot of trouble deciding how to do it (second thread on this subject no less :-) ). Sadly i have no direct answer for you but.... i know some peoples just removed the whole board from their case to remove and install a PSU, but i wanted to know if some of you s...
by Blacktales
Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 fans not starting automatically?
Replies: 2
Views: 1216

Hello demorgan and welcome to SPCR. This problem has already been discussed on the forum (though i can't quickly find a link to the relevant thread) but to cut a long story short, the problem is due to a defective batch of fans. For a while after noticing this problem, Antec included a second batch ...
by Blacktales
Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E1200 stock heatsink / fan information?
Replies: 2
Views: 1368

Hello weboweb, After a quick search on google images, i stumbled upon this thread http://forum.twcarpc.com/showthread.php?t=459 where you can get all the info you need i think (well pictures at least unless you can speak chinese) At first glance, the HSF looks like the standard 775 HSF included with...
by Blacktales
Mon May 26, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: So many cards...
Replies: 3
Views: 1400

Some manufacturers, like eVGA, allow you to change the cooling solution without voiding warranty. That was discussed in a previous thread http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=45917 about 8800gt cooling wehre you can find information about coupling a 8800gt to an Accelero S1. Have Fun...