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by Inexplicable
Sat Nov 06, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman ZM80D or Aerocool VM-101 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3691

zouav wrote:If anyone has some personal experience on the Aerocool VM-101, it would be much appreciated :D
I slapped it on a fx5900 Ultra and have been extremely happy with it. Use search to find the report.
by Inexplicable
Sat Sep 25, 2004 4:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Experiences with Aerocool VM-101 and FX5900 Ultra
Replies: 0
Views: 1038

Experiences with Aerocool VM-101 and FX5900 Ultra

I thought I'd report my experiences from installing an Aerocool VM-101 on a Gainward FX5900 Ultra Golden Sample , one of the most power hungry video cards available today. Gainward has its own dual-fan single-slot cooling solution. Loud as hell, but supposedly quieter than nVidia's reference cooler....
by Inexplicable
Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:05 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Search For Quiet keyboard is OVER!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4097

But then, I use the Kinesis Contoured keyboard, and am a bit fanatical about it. http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/images/classic.jpg Neat. I especially like the beverage cup space in the middle. Stick in a straw and you don't even have to stop typing while sipping the caffeine laced drink of your choice.
by Inexplicable
Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9800 Pro
Replies: 3
Views: 1569

I've replaced the stock fan with a Artic Cooler, so I'm guessing it'll be void? Ouch. Replacing the cooler breaks the warranty all right. I still have the old cooler, reckon I could get away with it? The ethics of it aside, I guess you don't have anything to lose by trying. Chances of getting the c...
by Inexplicable
Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9800 Pro
Replies: 3
Views: 1569

Sounds dead to me. I guess your warranty is still good, since the card is fairly new. The sooner you return it to the store the sooner you get a replacement.
by Inexplicable
Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

You can't just compare the used wattage. According to the article the problem is that some nVidia cards use a lot of 12 V. So even if a system uses 200 W and have a 350 W PSU, it might not work properly because the PSU can't deliver 12 V enough. That's why a 450-550 W PSU is recommended for these c...
by Inexplicable
Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

Well, well. Looks like nVidia is not doing quite as badly as people feared.
by Inexplicable
Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I believe God is trying to get me off the computer
Replies: 4
Views: 3282

Having a CPU burn out is pretty unlucky but graphics cards go wonky all the time. Apparently it's cheaper to accept RMA for 10% than to make sure that the things work properly in the first place.

If God wanted to get ME off the computer He would send an angel to blow in my ear.
by Inexplicable
Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Shut off noisy hard drives in Win XP?
Replies: 33
Views: 13891

I guess I have to learn myself the nessesary programming skills and then write an app that does this myself :p That's the spirit! Here's a couple of links you might find useful: IOCTL_ATA_PASS_THROUGH (sending ATA/ATAPI commands to block devices) ATA/ATAPI-7 Register Delivered Command Set Should be...
by Inexplicable
Sun Aug 15, 2004 2:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Aerocool HB-101 HDD cooler
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

Aerocool HB-101 HDD cooler

I don't suppose this new HDD cooler does anything much for noise, but it might be just the thing if you have low airflow around the drive cage and don't want to add yet another fan:
Image.
Four heatpipes, weight 700 grams. :D
by Inexplicable
Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: silencing the 7200.7
Replies: 17
Views: 4605

POLIST8 wrote:To detect SMART go into your BIOS and make sure it's enabled.
Don't you mean disabled? The offline self-tests are probably what is causing all the racket.
by Inexplicable
Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Abit CPU temperatures
Replies: 12
Views: 2903

Looks like Abit has caved in to customer pressure. Certain recent Abit bioses for Pentium 4 motherboards sport the following change:
Calibrated CPU temperature.
This gave a drop of about 5C, although my temps still seem rather high compared to some that have been reported here.
by Inexplicable
Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:59 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Viagra of hardware cooling
Replies: 14
Views: 6649

pangit wrote:
Could this Tower really be a little to heavy for motherboards?
Umm, you don't say............?? :shock: :shock:
Not only is it heavy but it is tall. The torque it exerts on the mobo and CPU must be tremendous. At a guess, maybe 10 times higher than a Zalman 7000Cu.
by Inexplicable
Tue Aug 03, 2004 11:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: silencing a 2.5" drive under debian linux
Replies: 41
Views: 11923

Well, no pain, no gain. I'll figure it out eventually. if you do, please post it! Well, I did, and boy do I feel stupid. Turns out it was syslog after all. Here it is, the ages old entry for piping log messages to xconsole: daemon.*;mail.*;\ news.crit;news.err;news.notice;\ *.=debug;*.=info;\ *.=no...
by Inexplicable
Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: silencing a 2.5" drive under debian linux
Replies: 41
Views: 11923

My understanding of reading the (slightly outdated) noflushd webpage is that *all* writes are deferred in RAM until RAM is needed for non-diskio-related purposes (e.g., real work). Writes are committed when a read that cannot be satisfied from in-memory cache requires that the disk be spun up anywa...
by Inexplicable
Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: silencing a 2.5" drive under debian linux
Replies: 41
Views: 11923

I prepended all my /etc/syslog.conf entries with "-" (no sync) That shouldn't help much. The new log entries should still get flushed to disk all the same, albeit with a slight delay. Does noflushd do some magic to delay asynchronous block writes if the disk is spun down, or what? At least frequent...
by Inexplicable
Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Shut off noisy hard drives in Win XP?
Replies: 33
Views: 13891

je_zza -- Yes, that's exactly the thing you need. It works even with pretty old hard disks. Linux IDE drivers supports this and there is a command line utility (hdparm) that you can use to explicitly set power managment states (among other things). I was searching for something similar for win2k and...
by Inexplicable
Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Coolpacks for a cool and quiet drive!
Replies: 39
Views: 19904

Well, I confess to not being a big metal fan myself but it is pretty popular in Finland. I get to enjoy Tuska (= agony) from close range every year and it is always sold out well in advance, with a lot of people dressed in black hanging around outside the festival grounds. You should visit Finland s...
by Inexplicable
Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

Uberman1080 wrote:You mean like an AGP version of a PCI Riser card? im pretty sure you can get right angle AGP adapters out there, I know you can get PCI ones.
Sounds like just the thing. There seem to be a bunch of different kinds here:
http://www.mycableshop.com/3rd_Level/AG ... s-Misc.htm
by Inexplicable
Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:41 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Real silence - move your PC to another room!
Replies: 126
Views: 113347

If you have thoughts about distancing yourself from your PC, consider this: A PC is much like a woman. You try to put a little distance between yourself and it to get rid of the constant chatter, and at first it seems like a huge improvement. However, pretty soon you will find that it stops respondi...
by Inexplicable
Sat Jul 31, 2004 2:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why no fuses?
Replies: 12
Views: 3185

Right now a few boards have a replaceable fuse for the on-board USB connectors. But that's about it as far as I know.... Well, AOpen at least seems to be advertizing "CPU overcurrent protection" and "AGP protection" on their mobos. Here it makes sense, because the mobo has its own voltage regulator...
by Inexplicable
Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

I wonder though if he just tapped into the motherboard, which would be much easier to perform the tests. You mean tapping the motherboard power connectors? I hope not. That would throw some suspicion over validity of the results in general. IMHO, the best way to do this would be to prepare a shim c...
by Inexplicable
Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:17 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

I still didn't get how he got to supply the AGP voltages through the shunt, especiall the 3.3V line. Well, this is what he says: What to do? I took it easy and just insulated the appropriate pins of the AGP connector on the graphics card with stripes of adhesive tape (pin A1 – 12v; pins B2, B3 – 5v...
by Inexplicable
Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Coolpacks for a cool and quiet drive!
Replies: 39
Views: 19904

I'm surprised silent computing is a concern in Finland, everyone is cranking up their metal music over there anyway ;) Well, let me put it this way: there are two groups, one of which lives heart and soul for heavy metal and is mainly responsible for all the cranking up. The members of the other gr...
by Inexplicable
Wed Jul 28, 2004 9:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

Wow, this guy is thorough! He even manages to measure AGP power consumption and provides figures for each rail. Thanks for the link, that's an excellent article.
by Inexplicable
Tue Jul 27, 2004 11:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Coolpacks for a cool and quiet drive!
Replies: 39
Views: 19904

I finally figured out what those things are called in Finnish (hey, I'm not a sportsman, I thought they were for keeping beer cans nice and cool :cool:) and bought a couple of different brands for 5.60€ apiece. I sandwitched one of my toasty DM+9's between the two packs on the bottom of my case. How...
by Inexplicable
Fri Jul 23, 2004 12:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power consumption of next gen video cards
Replies: 8
Views: 2509

This article has some conflicting information compared to the German one. This shows the 6800U drawing 17W more than 5950U at full blast.

Here's another one. 6800U against 9800XT.
by Inexplicable
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless heatsink for nVidia 6800 series?
Replies: 51
Views: 16145

Rusty075 wrote:As for the Aerocool...

Shoulda asked me first....it causes all cards to burst into flames spontaniously upon installation.


(just kidding, mostly)
Mostly!?! :?

These guys at http://twinsbyte.de at least seem to like it (babelfish translation).
by Inexplicable
Thu Jul 22, 2004 10:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless heatsink for nVidia 6800 series?
Replies: 51
Views: 16145

JazzJackRabbit wrote:BTW when is the Aerocool review coming out?
Indeed. I just went and ordered myself one, so it had better be good. Otherwise I'm going to blame Rusty and his tardy review. 8)
by Inexplicable
Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: If you like SPCR...
Replies: 13
Views: 31425

Re: If you like SPCR...

MikeC wrote:... you can help with hardly any effort to Boost SPCR's Alexa ranking.
That is the worst recommendation you have made so far. :shock: