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by Moo
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD
Replies: 11
Views: 5461

Re: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD

I already have a 5K500, and no problems with it... But now they are old, hard to obtain, and/or very expensive.
Surely people must have bought more recent drives? Any others to avoid? Or is the problem that they are all to avoid and there isn't any good recent ones?
by Moo
Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD
Replies: 11
Views: 5461

Re: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD

I too am looking for a quiet recent 2.5" drive. Preferably with good capacity, performance, and price. Is there such a thing? I doubt it. :) I'm just looking for a quiet 2.5 drive that doesn't suck. Exactly what I want too 8) An SSD would have the silence and good performance, but bad price and cap...
by Moo
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD
Replies: 11
Views: 5461

Re: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD

I too am looking for a quiet recent 2.5" drive. Preferably with good capacity, performance, and price. Is there such a thing?
by Moo
Sun May 29, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gainward gtx 570 Phantom
Replies: 9
Views: 3141

Re: Gainward gtx 570 Phantom

lodestar wrote:This review http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS ... II/22.html suggests that under normal loading it is significantly quieter than the stock cooler.
I don't know about the stock cooler, but this card isn't quiet when idle. See my post here.
by Moo
Fri May 27, 2011 3:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming system around £1k
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: Gaming system around £1k

Ok, I got it and built it.. So here's my comments about the components: ASUS GTX 570 DirectCU II This thing is not quiet :( I don't know how anyone could say it was quiet, I'd hate to hear whatever it was they were comparing it to. The cooler is great, keeps it very cool. But the fans are terrible. ...
by Moo
Mon May 23, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fans for a storage chassis - 80mm & 120mm needed
Replies: 12
Views: 1704

Re: Fans for a storage chassis - 80mm & 120mm needed

It doesn't look like there's any vents at all into where the drives are. Are the fans meant to cool the drives at all? Or is the air meant to go through those little cutouts in the backplanes and around the PCBs? Seems like if they had designed it better for airflow, it wouldn't need half as many fa...
by Moo
Fri May 20, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help diagnosing problems with mid-range micro-atx build
Replies: 26
Views: 3295

Re: feedback on mid-range micro-atx build

I noticed that ASUS recently released a Direct CU II version of the GTX 560... Unfortunately, the noise levels under load are abysmal when compared to the EAH6850 I wonder if this applies to the GTX 570 version too (Which I was thinking of getting ). But, is it really bad, or just really bad compar...
by Moo
Fri May 20, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming system around £1k
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: Gaming system around £1k

For a gaming system I would recommend the Antec 902 case I don't really see any great advantage to that case.. More fans, but they aren't especially quiet. It has fan controllers, but I'd rather vary them through the motherboard, if at all.. Also it lacks the PSU vent on the bottom. You could also ...
by Moo
Fri May 20, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming system around £1k
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: Gaming system around £1k

How about the ASUS ENGTX570 DirectCU II instead? I can get this for basically the same price.
The only review I can find doesn't say much about noise, but in this thread and in the review quotes on the ASUS site there are favourable comments about the noise levels.
by Moo
Wed May 18, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming system around £1k
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: Gaming system around £1k

I just looked at a couple of reviews, and it seems you're right. I presume this is because both CPUs are more than capable of running games, and it's the graphics card which is the limiting factor? Wouldn't the 2600K be more "future proof" though? I guess I could go with the 2500K then. I'd lose a l...
by Moo
Wed May 18, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming system around £1k
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Re: Gaming system around £1k

I don' know much about the fans either (or the PSUs), but finding any well-reviewed ones at sensible prices here (UK) seems very hard. The video card gets good reviews (http://www.guru3d.com/article/palit-geforce-gtx-570-sonic-platinum-review/1). I'm guessing the first PSU is "better" (80+ gold), bu...
by Moo
Wed May 18, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming system around £1k
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

Gaming system around £1k

A bit similar to this topic http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=62262 . First system I've built from scratch for very many years, and I've never been very good at making decisions. It's taken me a long time to come up with this list. I had been waiting for Z68, but it seems I w...
by Moo
Tue May 17, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Venomous X Silent Edition CPU Cooler
Replies: 14
Views: 6732

Re: Thermalright Venomous X Silent Edition CPU Cooler

Is the difference between this "silent edition" and other versions of the Venomous X just in the supplied fans, with the cooler itself being the same?
by Moo
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet GTX 560 Ti
Replies: 13
Views: 10356

Re: Quiet GTX 560 Ti

I'm looking at http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-geforce-gtx-560ti-1gb-pci-express-hdmi-palit-7BJY.html or http://www.dabs.com/products/kfa2-geforce-gtx-560ti-1gb-pci-express-hdmi-ex-oc-7BLY.html Never heard of these manufacturers before now. Presumably these two-fan designs will be similar to...
by Moo
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 26217

Re: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited

A new version of the Fenrir, called Fenrir EVO, was released last year, using a different fan.
Anyone know how much of an improvement it is?
by Moo
Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: enclosures?
Replies: 11
Views: 2212

Re: enclosures?

Ah, I was talking about the iomega drive, but it may be the same with yours also. The iomega enclosure itself doesn't get hot I don't think, but no idea about the drive inside. I'm not sure if this enclosure has a fan, but I'm thinking it doesn't. Another poor thing about that enclosure that I didn'...
by Moo
Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet quality external HDD case
Replies: 6
Views: 2240

Re: Quiet quality external HDD case

I have one of these . It may be big, comparatively expensive, and the fan does make some audible noise, but it does keep the drive much cooler than normal enclosures. It doesn't look or feel too cheap either. The fan could maybe be modified to run slower or maybe even temperature-controlled if it's ...
by Moo
Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: enclosures?
Replies: 11
Views: 2212

Re: enclosures?

I know someone who has an iomega "mac mini-style" drive, and that is also very noisy. For an enclosure that size (and price), they could have put some good anti-vibration mountings inside, as it must be mostly empty. But no, from the sound of it there's none at all and the drive is "hard" mounted to...
by Moo
Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1TB hdd. Samsung F2 Eco or WD WD10EARS Green?
Replies: 3
Views: 3259

Re: 1TB hdd. Samsung F2 Eco or WD WD10EARS Green?

I'm still in the same position. I think I can still obtain these drives, including the old (F2/EADS) ones, so would it be better for me to go for one of these, or a newer F4 or something? Any to specifically avoid? Reliability is the top priority, followed by noise and then performance.
by Moo
Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silence internal HD that is used externally
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Silence internal HD that is used externally

I use two or three layers of "bubble wrap" (rather than foam) under my external drives, and this works well to stop the vibration (and seek noise) being transferred from the drive to whatever it's standing on. But I don't think anything the drive or enclosure is stood on would do anything about the ...
by Moo
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1TB hdd. Samsung F2 Eco or WD WD10EARS Green?
Replies: 3
Views: 3259

Re: 1TB hdd. Samsung F2 Eco or WD WD10EARS Green?

I have a similar quandary. 1 or 1.5TB, WD or Samsung... I could get WD10EADS, HD105SI(F3), HD103SI(F2), HD154UI/Y(F2), WD15EARS, WD10EAVS. Noise (idle) and reliability are more important to me than performance; this drive will be used for storage/games in an external enclosure. From what I've read, ...
by Moo
Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair Gold AX850 PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 9442

Re: Corsair Gold AX850 PSU

So the fan doesn't spin at lower loads/temperatures because the voltage going into it isn't high enough to start it spinning... Isn't the power going into the fan at this point just being wasted? Wouldn't it be more sensible to have the fan power completely switch off when it isn't needed?
by Moo
Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:16 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Ooooooh, shiny new forum!
Replies: 59
Views: 24533

Re: Ooooooh, shiny new forum!

alecmg wrote:Where do I click to get to first unread message in a thread? Used to be an orange page icon on left of thread name?
There still is, but its small and in the middle of a load of text now. Like this: Image
by Moo
Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:50 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Ooooooh, shiny new forum!
Replies: 59
Views: 24533

Re: Ooooooh, shiny new forum!

rpsgc wrote:I miss the old look :(
Me too... Everything is bigger and less "clean"... :(
by Moo
Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1TB most silent drive?
Replies: 27
Views: 11295

Nobody? :(

I'm looking at 1TB or 1.5TB EcoGreen F2. Are these quiet like the F2 0.5TB? Or louder like the F3 2TB?
by Moo
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1TB most silent drive?
Replies: 27
Views: 11295

viewtopic.php?p=509498#509498 suggests the WD15EARS is more noisy than the WD15EADS, perhaps this is the same for all EARS vs EADS? (WD10EADS is rather more expensive than WD10EARS). article1061-page3.html review of a 2TB EcoGreen F3 drive shows it as more noisy than the 500GB EcoGreen F2. Should th...