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by TomMM
Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASRock NetTop ION 330
Replies: 21
Views: 50924

I purchased one of these from Canada Computers in Toronto. In spite of the lack of eSATA and built-in Wifi, I wanted one because of the built-in DVD player and the dual-core Atom. The upcoming Acer Ion system is the reverse: it has eSATA and Wi-Fi but no DVD and only a single core initially. In the ...
by TomMM
Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best quiet 120GB-500GB hard drive - February 2005
Replies: 28
Views: 10197

(this is meant as a response to Edward Ng's post) I thought that the OP (original poster) made his intentions clear: He is looking for the quietest drive within the 3.5" desktop PATA/SATA harddrive category. This seems like a reasonable question to me and it is one that many who come to this forum m...
by TomMM
Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best quiet 120GB-500GB hard drive - February 2005
Replies: 28
Views: 10197

JVM wrote:The WD Caviar SE JB drives do have FDB according to their website.
Hum, I was talking about 'JD' and you are talking about 'JB'. What's the difference? Can you give me a link to what you are referring to?
by TomMM
Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best quiet 120GB-500GB hard drive - February 2005
Replies: 28
Views: 10197

A 120GB WD JD is available here for CDN$115 http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=10005&vpn=WD1200JD&manufacture=Western%20Digital Their specifications say it idles at 35dBA. It sounds to me like users are reporting that the WD's with the FDB are very quiet. But maybe I have the wrong drive? Do th...
by TomMM
Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best quiet 120GB-500GB hard drive - February 2005
Replies: 28
Views: 10197

For the Samsung drives one has to get the Nidec motors, and this can be difficult to determine. So, for me, this makes the WD*JD drives seem like a better option.

A 120GB WD JD is available here for CDN$115
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku= ... %20Digital
by TomMM
Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Budget passive video card w/DVI?
Replies: 17
Views: 4739

I too am interested in the answer to your question.

Like you, I don't do any gaming, but I would like DVI, and I might want to add a TV tuner card later.

I see that some people recommend this card:
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 128MB AGP8X VGA DVI TV OUT OEM VIDEO CARD
It is CDN$125 at NCIX.CA.

Thanks.
by TomMM
Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Good power comparison for new P4 600 CPU's + AMD's
Replies: 6
Views: 2200

Good power comparison for new P4 600 CPU's + AMD's

From AnandTech http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2353&p=4 From the Tech Report http://www.techreport.com/reviews/2005q1/pentium4-600/index.x?pg=16 These reports don't change my opinion that the AMD64 socket 939 cpu's are currently the best cpu's for desktop systems. Some conclusion...
by TomMM
Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Vintage S
Replies: 6
Views: 3385

'uATX' is really micro-ATX (the u looks a bit like the micro symbol). mATX is another short form for micro-ATX. So they are the same thing. Buy this system, pulling out the MB, and replacing it with another sounds unnecessarily expensive. What about the Antec Aria instead? Isn't it supposed to be qu...
by TomMM
Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:06 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for a quiet, small, AMD64 system
Replies: 8
Views: 4640

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm seeing indications that - for those concerned about heat and noise - the socket 939 is preferable to the 754. Apparently the 939 processors use a smaller manufacturing process so they generate less heat, and they seem to be the same price around here. On the downside, ...
by TomMM
Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:08 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for a quiet, small, AMD64 system
Replies: 8
Views: 4640

Thanks for the info, but I'm a little confused. At the beginning you say that 'apart from that [rattling] it's fairly silent.' Towards the end you talk about a noisy northbridge. Do you mean that it is fairly silent, other than the rattling AND the northbridge? And what is the northbridge anyway? Pu...
by TomMM
Sun Feb 13, 2005 6:24 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for a quiet, small, AMD64 system
Replies: 8
Views: 4640

Looking for a quiet, small, AMD64 system

Hi. I need a new system, and I'd like to get a small, quiet, AMD64 system. When I say 'small', I mean like a micro-ATX or a shuttle, and when I say 'quiet' I don't mean silent. Graphics are not important so I want integrated graphics. I don't want to get into over or under clocking. SATA would be ni...
by TomMM
Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 2.5" 80GB 5400RPM 8Mb cache (MP0804H) or other?
Replies: 10
Views: 3213

Availability?

A few weeks ago I was looking for something like this. The 80G that you are talking about sounded ideal, but it wasn't yet available here in CAnada (so far as I can tell).
by TomMM
Mon Aug 23, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Ximeta NetDisk report
Replies: 1
Views: 880

Ximeta NetDisk report

I just bought a Ximeta NetDisk 160GB external drive for CDN$200 (after $50 rebate) at FutureShop in Toronto. http://ximeta.com/products/network_drives/netdisk/index.php This drive could be of interest to SilentPC folks because it has no fan. I found it to be very quite - at work and at home I can't ...
by TomMM
Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: State of Intel, re: Heat & Power
Replies: 3
Views: 1293

State of Intel, re: Heat & Power

http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnf ... _db016.htm

So what is the solution for us consumers? AMD mobile chips?
by TomMM
Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is Ximeta NetDisk quiet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1183

Thanks for the responses.

Here's the review on Tom's Hardware site:
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/Reviews-5 ... ETDISK.php

The 120GB version is available near me for CAD$ 250 (~US$ 175), which seems reasonable. Think I'll get one.

I'd like to get the mini, but it is fairly expensive.

Tom.
by TomMM
Wed Aug 04, 2004 7:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is Ximeta NetDisk quiet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1183

Is Ximeta NetDisk quiet?

http://www.ximeta.com/products/index.php

I'm considering buying a NetDisk or NetDisk mini. I saw a review on Tom's Hardware site that said that these were quiet. Can anyone verify that?

I suppose it would depend on the HD used. Can the case be opened and the HD replaced?

Thanks,
Tom.
by TomMM
Fri May 21, 2004 7:54 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for advice on buying a SFF PC
Replies: 4
Views: 4272

flyingsherpa wrote:the XC Cube comes in an AMD model as well, the EZ18
Ah, good to know, thanks.

Here are the spec's for the two XC Cubes:
http://solution.aopen.com.tw/products/XC/EZ65/en/specs/

I see that the chipset is the nForce2-GT.

Tom.
by TomMM
Thu May 20, 2004 7:05 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for advice on buying a SFF PC
Replies: 4
Views: 4272

Here is the one i was thinking of getting http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=56-101-428&depa=0 ... If I go for a shuttle I think I'll stick to the Zen. If I buy a non-Zen and then mod it to be quiet, it will end up being too much work and money. I am not sure what shuttles ha...
by TomMM
Wed May 19, 2004 9:17 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for advice on buying a SFF PC
Replies: 4
Views: 4272

Looking for advice on buying a SFF PC

I'd like to buy a SFF PC in Canada that is reasonably quiet, small, light, and cool (as in temperature). I heard that the AMD XP-M 2500+ CPU is cool (35W), not too expensive, and it fits in regular MB's. That sounds great, but the SFF systems that I've heard of seem to be for Intel CPU's. For exampl...
by TomMM
Sat Mar 20, 2004 10:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Mobile Barton 2500 - owners and wannabe owners...
Replies: 155
Views: 123806

A lot of people here are looking for quiet desktop systems at a reasonable price, and that appears to be what this gives.

- fits in a regular Athlon MB
- price is reasonable
- heat/noise is quite low

Perfect! Forget all this overclocking stuff - this is a great SPCR CPU.

Tom.
by TomMM
Sun Dec 28, 2003 9:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Rev. 2
Replies: 34
Views: 24927

AIW 9000 ??

I have an AIW 9000 and an AIW 9600.

It was decided above that Rev 2 does NOT work with the AIW 9600 (I'll have to wait for Rev 3 in Feb).

But what about the AIW 9000?

Thanks,
Tom.
by TomMM
Mon Dec 22, 2003 9:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: List of passively cooled graphics cards
Replies: 48
Views: 22310

correction

Some mentioned the ATI Radeon 7500LE, but that is incorrect. I have one and it has a fan. Maybe some are passive but no mine. It was quiet for about a month and then got real noisy.
by TomMM
Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:17 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Idle power reduction on Athlon XP motherboards
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Thanks for the info.

Based on the link you mentioned, it appears that one should buy the Athlon 2800+ (Barton) as this gives you more speed than the 2500+ w/o any increase in heat dissapation or temperature.

It also appears to be very important that the MB support the Bus Disconnect feature.

Tom.
by TomMM
Sat Nov 22, 2003 6:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Very Confused - Spinpoint vs Cuda V
Replies: 13
Views: 4218

No, actually I had somehow missed that article. Thanks. From the article I would say that the Samsung would be best for my needs (cooler than the others), but alas it is not available around here, and neither is the Barracuda. That leaves me with the Hitachi, which is also rather rare, but shows up ...
by TomMM
Sat Nov 22, 2003 1:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Very Confused - Spinpoint vs Cuda V
Replies: 13
Views: 4218

Good question. The Barracuda's are highly rated for quiet, but I can't get them here (Toronto). They have been replaced in the stores by the 7200.7. I've heard some suggestion that the Spinpoint is good, but they are also hard to get. I guess I could look harder. StorageReview recently gave a positi...
by TomMM
Sun Nov 09, 2003 9:21 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Coolest running Intel CPU?
Replies: 15
Views: 3779

Celeron 1.7 and 1.8 are supposed to be very bad for their performance/heat ratio. Unfortunately, I bought one before I knew this.

Celeron 2.0 and above are better.

The best are supposed to be P4A's, eg. 1.6A, 1.8A, and 2.0A, but these are more expensive than the Celerons.

Tom.
by TomMM
Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Something smaller than a Sonata but still quiet??
Replies: 3
Views: 1867

Something smaller than a Sonata but still quiet??

I'm about to buy a couple of quiet systems. I was thinking of getting the Sonata or the 3700BQE, but I really don't need anything that big. I only need a couple of PCI slots, 2 CD/DVD slots, 2 HD slots, a ~ 250W PSU, etc. I could easily get by with a micro-ATX motherboard and a smaller case. Is ther...
by TomMM
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:28 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: How are Dell's so quiet??
Replies: 53
Views: 52102

What they can't compete with is the fact that Dell gets stuff much cheaper than they do.
by TomMM
Fri Oct 31, 2003 11:40 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: How are Dell's so quiet??
Replies: 53
Views: 52102

There is another caveat I should mention, regarding buying a prebuilt system. Many years ago I bought a Dell OptiPlex GX Pro: a dual PPro machine that came with one CPU. When I went to buy the second cpu I found that I had to buy from Dell because they had left a little piece off the MB that was req...
by TomMM
Fri Oct 31, 2003 11:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Looking for quiet CPU
Replies: 34
Views: 10979

What I was wondering was how do these compare for speed Celeron 2.x Barton 2.x P4c 2.x For price, I believe the Barton is closer to the Celeron, but still in the middle. For speed, perhaps the Barton is closer to the P4c, but still in the middle? I don't know. Need a benchmark that compares them. I ...