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by didi
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Baking fixed my GFX card :D
Replies: 13
Views: 3084

Did this in the past with an 8800 ultra and with a printer controller board. It's no joke, it can really work. Just make sure you don't over-bake (too hot and/or too long). Also let it cool before moving anything or you'll risk parts falling off because the solder has not "dried".
by didi
Thu May 06, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Could AMD/Intel standardize mounting heatsink?
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

It sucks because im from NL. That's even worse than non-standard mounting systems !! J/K "groeten" from Belgium ;-) On topic: Standardization would actually make it a lot easier for us buyers. When buying an aftermarket cooler now, you have to check long compatibility lists just to make sure it wil...
by didi
Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Quiet Skies
Replies: 4
Views: 1106

You may want to explain to non EU folks why the skies are quiet.
Noticed it too, the way you describe it nails it. Also, usually when you look up, you'll always see some trails in the sky, now none. It brings some kind of tranquillity.
by didi
Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: NSK 3480 case - Do you use the CPU side panel duct?
Replies: 9
Views: 2212

Don't use it.
Actually I switched the side panels. Less inside noise escaping. Plus left side faces me, so no ugly grate.
I plan to seal the grate eventually, or - as an alternative - switch the vented sidepanel with a normal one (if I can find one).
by didi
Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 109165

hi has anyone tried fitting an after market Zalman VF900 on to one of these? the zalman website doesn't say anything about it. im planning to buy a sapphire 4770, and transplanting my VF900 onto if it can fit and also if it will cooler better/more silently. I asked myself the same question. I googl...
by didi
Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VelociRaptor or SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 32085

The disadvantages of SSD now is how the OS talks to it. All OS's try to get the most out of rotational media. The functions used, work adversely on SSD's. When OS's are changed to better make use of SSD's, things will go fast. It's announced in Windows 7, there may even be a fix for Vista. I'm sure ...
by didi
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommendations for a hyper-v Server
Replies: 5
Views: 1566

Loads of RAM is idd the key. Windows server, Exchange, IIS can have high RAM needs, depending on how heavy they'll be used.
by didi
Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Positive Airflow Demonstration
Replies: 13
Views: 3558

EarlZ wrote:
didi wrote:What point are they trying to make anyway ?
That you don't actually need a rear outtake fan ?
No, not really they are trying to tell us how effective positive air pressure can be.
You can hardly make a point with smoke testing if you talk efficiency. What about airflow, noise, temperatures ?
by didi
Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Positive Airflow Demonstration
Replies: 13
Views: 3558

What point are they trying to make anyway ?
That you don't actually need a rear outtake fan ?
by didi
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Scythe consumer survey
Replies: 15
Views: 6194

scythe-eu.com is for the European branch, based in Germany
by didi
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:33 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New home server build - Low Power
Replies: 7
Views: 4339

Re: Server Finished

(The above shows a small step in my attempts to keep good airflow over the hard disks and through the case, whilst supressing some of the noise from the disks. Anyone got any other ideas on what might help?) Make a sound absorbing duct using foam. Air passes freely through an S shaped duct, but sou...
by didi
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Whining Noctua P12?
Replies: 15
Views: 4904

Saying the fan is lacking quality would not be fair. It's very well constructed and fairly quiet ... at lower speeds and away from the whinging frequency range.
by didi
Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Whining Noctua P12?
Replies: 15
Views: 4904

In their review (link above) SPCR say they have the whining at 9V. This makes the fan run at 1060rpm (see voltage/noise/rpm table). That's only a very small difference to your 1100rpm. So it makes perfectly sense. Why not run it at <1000rpm instead ? The loss in airflow is almost negligible and the ...
by didi
Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Whining Noctua P12?
Replies: 15
Views: 4904

SPCR's review of the Noctua NH-U12P cooler talks about this particular fan. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article850-page5.html At 9V the fan makes this particular noise, they compare it to an aircraft engine (bad comparison if you ask me, it's not nearly as loud :) ). I've got that cooler, and yes,...
by didi
Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Disks. Good for offline storage over the years?
Replies: 34
Views: 9408

I get your point. ECC is one thing, consistency checking is another. But that applies to all backup media. You are correct on arael density. But the density is mainly chosen for the specific speed of the medium. Still I think my bits are safer on a solid carrier (drive platter) than on a flexible ma...
by didi
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Disks. Good for offline storage over the years?
Replies: 34
Views: 9408

Actually, even if a few bits on a hard drive have changed, the data can be read from it as usual, since every hard drive has error correcting features nowadays. As to "bit rot", I tend to think that common backup media - like tapes, who are almost all magnetic media - would suffer more from bit rot,...
by didi
Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Disks. Good for offline storage over the years?
Replies: 34
Views: 9408

Hi, I didn't read the entire thread, maybe a few things were answered already. I don't know where in the EU you're from, but in the current october issue of the Dutch C'T magazine (http://www.fnl.nl/ct/), they have an article about long term storage. Maybe you'll find the same article in the German ...
by didi
Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:15 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspension in Antec NSK3480
Replies: 8
Views: 2694

Thanks for the input. I'll probably experiment with suspension a bit to see whether it makes any difference. Will report back my findings.

Bye
by didi
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: looking for a raid6 controller
Replies: 9
Views: 2246

You're talking serious RAID, you'll definitely need (and want) a serious RAID controller. No cheap controller will do 8 drives with acceptable performance.
Be prepared to spend more on your controller, one who does hardware IO-operations.
by didi
Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for good fan controller
Replies: 7
Views: 3416

Has anyone got experience with the (new) Sythe Kaza Master fan controllers ? They exist in 3.5" and 5.25".
by didi
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspension in Antec NSK3480
Replies: 8
Views: 2694

Suspending probably will reduce the vibrations, but some people think it is better for drive reliability to not suspend a drive, especially if it is vibrating a lot (it is less of a problem to suspend a drive that does not vibrate much--Catch 22). But mine is probably the minority view on this foru...
by didi
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspension in Antec NSK3480
Replies: 8
Views: 2694

Hmm 72 views, no answer.

Let me rephrase my question: Will suspension transfer less vibration than the soft-rubber grommets ?
by didi
Sat Aug 30, 2008 2:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspension in Antec NSK3480
Replies: 8
Views: 2694

Suspension in Antec NSK3480

Hi everyone I have a fairly quiet Antec NSK3480 build. Loudest components are my two hard drives (Samsung 500GB in raid1). They are soft mounted with the rubber grommets that came with the NSK3480. You can see what I mean in this review: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_nsk3480_microatx...
by didi
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Do cooler chips mean more throughput at a given clockspeed?
Replies: 2
Views: 2031

What the friend was referring to, may be conductor super cooling. It's a technique used to limit the loss on an electric connection. I doubt it has any effect on cpu's, since the distances of the connections in the die are really small. Furthermore, super cooling requires sub-zero temps. As cmthomso...
by didi
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My HTPC NSK2480
Replies: 14
Views: 10038

Unless heavily modified, I doubt this is a NSK3480, rather 2480 ;)
How many fans does it have and how quiet does it run ?
by didi
Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:02 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How accurate are core temps ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1438

That's the case indeed. But then again, if readings on the core temp are that way off, they're useless as they give no indication whatsoever on actual core temp. Unless it's a mobo issue.
I'll stick with CPU temp for now...
by didi
Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:43 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How accurate are core temps ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1438

That speaks for itself, room temp is around 20°C, so core temp of only a few degrees more seems impossible. I read on another forum that core temps can be off up to 15°, but then there's no way they can be called accurate (which CoreTemp says is one of their strong features). So should I only keep...
by didi
Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How accurate are core temps ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1438

How accurate are core temps ?

I have a Opteron 180 (socket 939) in my main pc (on an Asrock 939NF6G-VSTA). No OC at the moment, so it runs at 2.4GHz (1.35V). AMD cool&quiet usually gets it down to 1GHz (1.1V) when idling or doing light desktop stuff (browsing, mail). In this "idle" condition, Speedfan reports a core temp of 20-2...
by didi
Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RAID and SSD's
Replies: 22
Views: 6512

RAID and partitioning are two completely different things.
You can only have (hardware) redundancy with at least two similar components.
by didi
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:47 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quieting down my server rack
Replies: 7
Views: 7650

Those fans on top, are they 120mm ? At full speed ? Maybe 4 is overkill, try removing 2. Reliability/redundancy is ok with 2. Sound absorbing foam on the inside will probably be the best thing to do (apart from silencing the machines IN the rack) because you have large surfaces. Servers were never d...