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by Wibla
Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 28224

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

Speakers
Tannoy Sensys DC1
Pioneer something-or-other plastic rear speakers (15+ years old probably?)

Sub
SVS SB12Plus

Amp
Pioneer VSX-1015

Source
Realteak codec (optical out)

Image
by Wibla
Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: $1500 computer desktop speakers?
Replies: 3
Views: 7525

Re: $1500 computer desktop speakers?

I'll just stick with my Tannoy Sensys DC1's, biamped off a Pioneer amp... Dual Concentric, baby <3

Looks interesting tho, but as hammer mentions, some lost potential here.
by Wibla
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo + Q9450
Replies: 5
Views: 1966

Re: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo + Q9450

Probably an old BIOS, try updating it before doing anything else.
by Wibla
Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New attempt at making my fileserver silent. Advice needed.
Replies: 17
Views: 4736

Re: New attempt at making my fileserver silent. Advice neede

You're not going to hear the HX520 after dialing down the other fans, it's fine.
by Wibla
Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control info
Replies: 53
Views: 123357

Re: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control i

I've been dabbling with making a fan controller like that using something as simple as an arduino and some supporting ICs. Which says quite a bit about how easy it would be to make this... Sigh.
by Wibla
Mon May 06, 2013 2:28 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent-Server-Rack ?
Replies: 4
Views: 8246

Re: Silent-Server-Rack ?

Very interesting rack solution.

But for home use, unless you were given som rack servers and want to use them, you're better off choosing components for low noise instead.

It's a lot easier (and cheaper) to avoid noise during design/buy phase than it is to try to fix noise issues after the fact.
by Wibla
Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Worth replacing stock Q6600 heatsink?
Replies: 5
Views: 3036

Re: Worth replacing stock Q6600 heatsink?

It's worth upgrading. Even a $20-25 tower cooler is a huge upgrade.
by Wibla
Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II
Replies: 24
Views: 13360

Re: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II

I want one :D
by Wibla
Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Update | Mummy wants a new computer
Replies: 33
Views: 8246

Re: Mummy wants a new computer

Don't go below 120/128GB SSD now, the price difference vs a smaller drive is such that the smaller drives are more expensive per gigabyte. Remember that Windows 7 64bit alone + a few programs will fill up a 64GB drive by itself, or fill it close enough to capacity that garbage collection/TRIM won't ...
by Wibla
Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15888

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

If you want reliable SSD, get an intel 320, 520 or a samsung 830. Defragmention issues? they dont exist in the classical way of the HDD. TRIM works on most modern OSes, and even without it, performance doesnt suffer much unless you fill your SSD to the brim. Something you shouldn't do anyhow - not o...
by Wibla
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: SF Bay area drinks/dinner with MikeC - June 28
Replies: 11
Views: 3727

Re: SF Bay area drinks/dinner with MikeC - June 28

No pictures?
by Wibla
Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Finally inaudible! (to me at least), decided to share.
Replies: 6
Views: 3490

Re: Finally inaudible! (to me at least), decided to share.

I've seen worse (for airflow) cabling in a P180, if its ugly and it works - who cares?

I'd consider replacing that HSF completely, those zalman coolers are not wildely known for being silencer-friendly...
by Wibla
Sun May 13, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Are APC rack mount UPSs quiet enough?
Replies: 11
Views: 4257

Re: Are APC rack mount UPSs quiet enough?

42 / 36 dBA is still a lot more than the <20-25 dBA we generally expect from reasonably quiet computers. Still more bearable than the 55dBA from my 3500XL atleast (I don't use my unit because of the noise level).
by Wibla
Sat May 12, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Are APC rack mount UPSs quiet enough?
Replies: 11
Views: 4257

Re: Are APC rack mount UPSs quiet enough?

Those rackmount units will not be anywhere near "SPCR" level of quiet, just forget about that being possible.

I have a SmartUPS 3500XL, and the thing makes enough racket that I hear it through the wall here, at normal operation (with mains on)...
by Wibla
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Desktop for a virtualized home server -- first time build!
Replies: 4
Views: 2139

Re: Desktop for a virtualized home server -- first time buil

If you want to do this with any decent performance, you need VT-d, so that excludes using -k cpus, you're better off with a plain 2600. With VT-d you can do gpu passthrough.
by Wibla
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:51 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: silencing norco 4220 with fake hdd blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 2827

Re: silencing norco 4220 with fake hdd blocks

Build a silencer case around it?

This is a rackmount server, expecting utter silence is futile...
by Wibla
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: silencing norco 4220 with fake hdd blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 2827

Re: silencing norco 4220 with fake hdd blocks

you can close the trays you dont use, there's a mechanism for that on every tray...
by Wibla
Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 50174

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

Happy tenth anniversary for SPCR! one of the best enthusiast sites on the internet, and probably one of the most influencal ones with regards to the changes to quiet/silent computing since its inception.
by Wibla
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:54 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: My house idles at 75W
Replies: 29
Views: 24855

Re: My house idles at 75W

You should check out this stuff then - http://www.currentcost.com/products.html I'm contemplating getting one here, and then do some monitoring per breaker as well (computer room/office etc etc)... My rig pulls a depressing amount of power at full blast (probably >500W all told for one pc, two amps,...
by Wibla
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fairly quiet workstation (P182 ++) - Updated 21.09.08
Replies: 76
Views: 70509

Re: Fairly quiet workstation (P182 ++) - Updated 21.09.08

I used a kama bay, but they're not for sale any longer :/

You could also use a 4in3 for the same, if you dont want to ghetto it up :D
by Wibla
Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce 560 or Radeon 6850/6870
Replies: 23
Views: 11467

Re: Geforce 560 or Radeon 6850/6870

I've got an asus 6870 directcu, and I've yet to hear any noise from it...
by Wibla
Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: At which point is watercooling more quiet?
Replies: 4
Views: 7402

Re: At which point is watercooling more quiet?

The "crossover-point" is when your air cooling doesnt have enough surface area to remove the heat quietly, and you have to resort to higher fan speeds and more noise to avoid overheating. E.G.: Multiple high-end graphics cards, highly overclocked quad+ core cpus etc. The beauty of watercooling is th...
by Wibla
Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet black and white 120MM fans?
Replies: 10
Views: 2980

Re: Quiet black and white 120MM fans?

The Nexus fans are not reference fans @ SPCR without reason, you can't go wrong with them for most applications :)
by Wibla
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fairly quiet workstation (P182 ++) - Updated 21.09.08
Replies: 76
Views: 70509

Re: Fairly quiet workstation (P182 ++) - Updated 21.09.08

Wow, I haven't updated this in a while! I've since nuked the GTS250, got a GTS450 to replace it that was silent with the stock cooler, and then replaced that with a 6870 this fall when my student loan came in. I also bought a 320 80GB at the same time, making my Q6600 seem like new again. However, t...
by Wibla
Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Advice on Corsair 650D - replacement for P182
Replies: 2
Views: 1224

Re: Advice on Corsair 650D - replacement for P182

Get a Scythe Kama bay, or something else to convert some of the 5.25" bays to fan intakes, that will fix you right up. P182 stock has very restrictive + not enough intakes in the upper chamber.
by Wibla
Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?
Replies: 33
Views: 6682

Re: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?

Scaling is indeed a non-issue as long as you use a PC as a source, the graphics card is often just as capable of doing this task as the in-monitor scaler.

For xbox/ps3 etc its more complicated, and certainly something to keep in mind if you live in for example a dorm and dont have a TV :)
by Wibla
Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?
Replies: 33
Views: 6682

Re: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?

<rant> 16:10 isnt going anywhere, we are seeing a rennesaince of affordable but good 16:10 aspect ratio monitors in the mid-end market. 16:9 is not a good pc resolution, and while the above gif/screenshot of 16:9 vs 16:10 looks favourable towards 16:9, you have to remember that by going from 16:10 t...
by Wibla
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: To those of you with 1st gen Macbook Pros, beware....
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: To those of you with 1st gen Macbook Pros, beware....

Dust happens to any electronic component, fan or not. What makes the problem worse in this case is that the thermal paste is bad, and Apple is notorious for making this part hard to get at in their laptops...
by Wibla
Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is X-400 fanless suitable for Antec P183
Replies: 14
Views: 3766

Re: Is X-400 fanless suitable for Antec P183

The P183 has a fan in front of the drive cage, I think. Even a very slow-turning slipstream or similar will take care of the cooling needed, with very little noise "penalty".
by Wibla
Tue May 10, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: consumer-grade SATA expansion under linux?
Replies: 18
Views: 4170

Re: consumer-grade SATA expansion under linux?

I never stated that you must have a high-end HBA, I stated that you should have a HBA with A) enough bandwidth to not severely hamper performance and B) stable drivers / firmware. Consider that my two main criterias for a "proper" HBA. The SIL based controllers are fine for that purpose - as long as...