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by Gxcad
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn
Replies: 43
Views: 52312

Re: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

I too am curious how it compares to other "fanless" advertised CPU coolers like the thermalright macho and that one heatsink from silverstone that I forget the name of. Any chance this data can be collected and added to the review? Thanks for the review nonetheless. Sounds like a resurgence of the o...
by Gxcad
Tue May 15, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 92181

Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED

Hi Mike, I've been popping in and out of SPCR for years even after I started buying prebuilt Apple computers (making it much more difficult to tweak my system for lower noise) but I always visit at least a few times every year. It is sad, although postponed, to hear that you are almost retiring from...
by Gxcad
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD
Replies: 3
Views: 2392

Re: WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD

Somewhat dissapointingly, I do believe WD JUST released their newer model of this drive, possibly rendering this review less useful. I'm not sure so don't quote me on this, but I think they now have 500gb platters, so the 1TB model is now just 2 platters. As a result, it is thinner than the model re...
by Gxcad
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is it illegal to download free remixes?
Replies: 5
Views: 2278

Re: Is it illegal to download free remixes?

Thanks for the suggestion, ces, as well as colm for the reply. Was merely curious, thought I'd chat it up in SPCR's 'pub'. To be totally honest I cannot be bothered to go to the trouble of properly finding out a definitive answer. I do download them occasionally and I rarely look back. I figure if t...
by Gxcad
Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is it illegal to download free remixes?
Replies: 5
Views: 2278

Is it illegal to download free remixes?

Wondering about the legality of downloading and keeping freely distributed remixes of tracks where the original costs money. I assume its technically illegal but am not totally sure, since so many remixes of songs exist out there AND often are sold on the market.
by Gxcad
Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Galaxy Tab vs iPad: Aluminum vs Plastic, strength & weight.
Replies: 1
Views: 1085

Galaxy Tab vs iPad: Aluminum vs Plastic, strength & weight.

I recently posted a comment on a video on youtube about the Galaxy Tab vs the iPad. Ignoring other details, I did mention the iPad has a much bigger screen, but weighs nearly twice as much as a result. I got the following reply: @gxcad iPad is mainly heavier because its made of aluminium where as t...
by Gxcad
Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Successful phpbb upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 53641

Re: Successful phpbb upgrade

Must say I too, preferred the old theme. But perhaps we will get used to the new one? I can tell there are some things I DO like. I for one, like the names on the right. I don't care about who posts something until I read the actual post, and my eyes naturally go left first. Some may not like it, I ...
by Gxcad
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 2019

If you are looking for a quiet monitor (as in minimal buzz), may I suggest trying the older 20 inch (or 23 inch if price permits) Apple aluminum cinema display (non glossy CCFL backlit model). Its a completely sealed design with no vents of any kind. It was also completely void of any noise at all -...
by Gxcad
Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Possible to have WD 3.5 green drive powered by firewire bus?
Replies: 2
Views: 1235

Just in case anyone else considered this, I want to put my conclusion for closure after looking into this for (too many) hours: Unless you need more than 1TB, go for a 2.5 1TB solution. WD seems to make one for ~$125. Suppose the 3.5 green drive powered by firewire idea did work, thats roughly $70 f...
by Gxcad
Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Possible to have WD 3.5 green drive powered by firewire bus?
Replies: 2
Views: 1235

Possible to have WD 3.5 green drive powered by firewire bus?

I did a search with no useful info. I am wondering if it is possible to power a 3.5 inch drive (specifically, a 1TB ~ 2TB green drive) with a firewire enclosure, powered only by the firewire bus? I've read the firewire bus provides between 6-15W of power, though that was only from one random google ...
by Gxcad
Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hooking up PS2 to 30 inch dual DVI display?
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Thanks for the replies - Apple Cinema Display already on my desk. Ah well.
by Gxcad
Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is there a good instant decaf coffee?
Replies: 26
Views: 6130

jhhoffma wrote:My wife says there is no such thing as "good" instant coffee. It's an oxymoron. Unless you happen to stop by a Dunkin Donuts on your way to work, that might be instant...
You missed the other oxymoron - decaf :roll:
by Gxcad
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hooking up PS2 to 30 inch dual DVI display?
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Hooking up PS2 to 30 inch dual DVI display?

Hi guys, I have a question that I was hoping some of you know the answer to.

This question has 2 parts:

How to hook up a PS2 to a DVI LCD monitor so that it works?

Does this also work for a display with 2560x1600 resolution?

Thanks for any help!

-Ken
by Gxcad
Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Apple Time Capsule loud noise (any idea to make it quiet ?)
Replies: 8
Views: 5690

you can get soft rubbery feet (often made of deflex) for audio equipment, could get some of them for it to sit on, and depending on clearence, maybe get some soundproofing inside.. I agree with this idea - allows the airflow under the unit while simultaneously reducing vibration. I also agree with ...
by Gxcad
Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Coolest "capable" socket A cpus?
Replies: 4
Views: 2226

Socket A cpu's are so cheap now that I think you might as well just get the 3200+ barton since it is most likely to undervolt and underclock the best (due to it being the highest clocked Socket A cpu available). Bartons are clock for clock better than the thoroughbreds due to the 512k cache, and are...
by Gxcad
Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:11 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Windows Vista Business Edition, Full Version, $95 OBO
Replies: 4
Views: 3031

LOL, I have 4 legitimate copies of this, being a computer student at multiple schools. And even more copies of XP...hahahaha
by Gxcad
Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: SPCR is 2, 3, 4, 5... now 6 yrs old!
Replies: 55
Views: 97946

I just happen to notice that no note was made of the 5th year. Seems like a big number to me, but it went by without much noise made about it (a couple days later there was that announcement on the unofficial SPCR IRC).

Ah well, happy belated 5th birthday, SPCR!
by Gxcad
Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Laptop as a minimalist PC?
Replies: 26
Views: 19603

I just switched to using my laptop as my main machine, it is a 15 inch macbook pro. Firstly, I don't game at all, but the macbook pro has a X1600 which I hear can do soso decently on modern games. I generally chat, browse the web, and like to take and edit videos or pictures once in a while. I also ...
by Gxcad
Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What does MS Vista really offer?
Replies: 149
Views: 77938

Personally all I noticed is new theme, actually having to type in my password to log in, slower performance, and an annoying pop up when I try to do ANYTHING to change the system (which got annoying fast).

On the plus side, instant search is nice...
by Gxcad
Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Is it safe to suspend hard drives?
Replies: 5
Views: 4539

Wow, you learn something new everyday. Thanks Mike, that was an interesting read.
by Gxcad
Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU Heatsink that is not big??????????????????
Replies: 7
Views: 2888

Like mentioned, a good fanless heatsink HAS to be big. Heatsink size and performance go almost hand in hand. The Ninja is IMHO one of the best choices possible for a fanless heatsink, but you're basically looking for size as well as liberally spaced fins. If there are tons and tons of tiny fins pack...
by Gxcad
Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja heatsink
Replies: 179
Views: 147498

The postscript information on page 5 of the article are dated 2007.
by Gxcad
Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Separating a video card from a Ninja
Replies: 9
Views: 4643

The other thing about them touching is that the heat transfer WON'T be that efficient. although they will now be physically touching, there is no flat surfaces or thermal compound to assist in the transfer. In the end the difference will be negligible, if even that. At least I think so. Hey I got an...
by Gxcad
Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Separating a video card from a Ninja
Replies: 9
Views: 4643

I personally don't see why you'd need to worry from a thermal standpoint. If the heatsinks were connected, yes there would be heat from the videocard going to the cpu heatsink at a much greater efficiency, but remember if they were touching the size of the heatsink also increases. Well, not exactly ...
by Gxcad
Thu Aug 31, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Big silent GPU roundup at AnandTech
Replies: 3
Views: 3127

you beat me to it! Articles like this take hardley any time now before someone at SPCR notices it!

-Ken
by Gxcad
Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax NoiseTaker II PSU: New Rev of an Old Favorite
Replies: 7
Views: 6797

Haha, sometimes poor products get mocked so badly, not that this psu is a BAD product (more like not up to par). "Noisemaker" reminds me of products like BOSE Acousticmess and particularly the Joystick for the original NES called NES advantage which me and my friends renamed to NES disadvantage. Loo...
by Gxcad
Fri May 12, 2006 8:39 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Laptop Carrying bag advise? (OT not quiet related)
Replies: 6
Views: 5497

Laptop Carrying bag advise? (OT not quiet related)

I just got a 17' powerbook and I am really new to owning laptops. I would like some advise on what kind of carrying case I should be looking out for, particularly how much I should expect to spend. Basically I guess it needs to be easy to carry and protect the laptop from dents and dings. I don't ex...
by Gxcad
Fri May 12, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: apple's latest noisy powerbook drives me crazy
Replies: 9
Views: 7471

I scanned through the thread really quickly, but maybe larger versions are quieter because my 17 inch powerbook is really quiet IMHO. I'd bet with a slower rpm hdd it would be even more quiet but I don't mind the extra performance so much, and rather not go to the hassle to change it to a lower spec...
by Gxcad
Mon May 01, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: The ePower Tiger: Quiet and Hot
Replies: 9
Views: 8840

I couldn't help noticing how much engrish was included with the product, particularly that this is infact marketed as a 'power suppey' according to the front of the box. *chuckles* :lol:

-Ken
by Gxcad
Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 17" Apple iMac: The Official SPCR Review
Replies: 56
Views: 41166

I've heard that unlike the macbook pro in which the cpu is soldered to the motherboard, the imac actually has a socketed CPU. I've read reports where people have changed the CPU with no problems. As far as I know, the CPU is upgradable as well, although I don't know just how down and dirty you have ...