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by mrk22
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek 1283 and Solo - Will it fit?
Replies: 8
Views: 2614

I have a Xigmatek 1283 in an Antec Solo case and it fit without a problem. My board is GA-EP45-UD3P.
by mrk22
Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: HDT-S1283 vs Vendetta 2 vs Achilles S1284
Replies: 7
Views: 3939

If you have a Microcenter nearby, they are running a special on the HDT-S1283. $20 + tax after rebate.
by mrk22
Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Green Power 1000GB - WD10EADS
Replies: 7
Views: 9639

BTW, did someone had a chance to compare 3 and 4 platter versions side by side? Is there any significant difference in noise, vibrations and speed? There's a thread in here comparing the three and four platter versions of the WD10EACS and there was a performance boost with the three platter version.
by mrk22
Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to REALLY delete a hard drive
Replies: 34
Views: 23531

The "Great Zero Challange" (http://16systems.com/zero/index.html) has thus far gone unaccepted.

One would think any of the data recovery companies would be interested in the national attention that defeating it would bring.
by mrk22
Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dont understand...hd4850 10w idle @ 68c
Replies: 254
Views: 120184

Saphire put out a 4850 with a stock Zalman cooler on it and the temps seem to be much improved.

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by mrk22
Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dont understand...hd4850 10w idle @ 68c
Replies: 254
Views: 120184

Shemale wrote:The 8.7 driver is out, and power-play is not working properly.
The temperatures are the same and the power consumption from the wall remain the same :(
Thanks for testing this out. It's sad news, but I'm much happier knowing than wondering.
by mrk22
Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New cooler from Artic-Cooling: Accelero TWIN TURBO
Replies: 59
Views: 21664

You stopped doing exhaust solutions, and that's when you lost me forever. I haven't followed things too closely, but was very disappointed by the SPCR reviews of the initial exhaust coolers from Arctic Cooling. They were always deemed too loud and stupidly used a transparent plasic fan for increase...
by mrk22
Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433314

Forget NeoHE. This issue has convinced me to avoid Antec PSUs, period. (I love their cases, though.)
by mrk22
Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433314

Antec had such up a reputation as a maker of high quality PSU units; I can't believe that this thread is still going. I expected that the most recent posts would be a year old all with the same message: "Antec fixed the problem and the new version of the PSU is flawless."
by mrk22
Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433314

My experiences with the NeoHE PSU in the P150 have been a little different than most, it seems. I built a PC in December 2005 using this case/PSU. The MB was an Abit AN8-SLI. My PSU had a serial number of S0509... I put the system together and everything worked fine. I did some stress testing of the...
by mrk22
Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mobo Fan Speed Control (Abit EQ) Work as Advertised?
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Hey, thanks for all the great responses! It's really appreciated.
by mrk22
Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: High Definition Processor Speeds?
Replies: 11
Views: 3985

I'm hardly an expert on the decoding of mpeg video, but my guess is that current dual core processors might be marginal for this task. The dual core might let the system do other things at the same time very well, but the actual decoding task would sit on one processor running too slow. I'm no expe...
by mrk22
Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mobo Fan Speed Control (Abit EQ) Work as Advertised?
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Mobo Fan Speed Control (Abit EQ) Work as Advertised?

I'm putting together a new system build and naturally I have some Zalman Fan Mate controllers on the list of required parts. I was reading a review of the motherboard I'm planning to get (Abit AN8-SLI) and there were some very nice looking options in the FanEQ section. It looks like the voltage can ...
by mrk22
Wed Oct 26, 2005 9:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.9
Replies: 25
Views: 9592

Correct amount of space? What's wrong with 80/160/320/480/640GB drives?
Marketing. The average consumer would rather buy a 500GB drive than a 480GB drive even if the 480GB drive had fewer platters.
by mrk22
Tue Oct 18, 2005 9:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Very Unhappy with PATA T7K250 250GB
Replies: 3
Views: 1803

For anyone who might be interested, I replaced the drive with a 250GB Spinpoint the same day I made the first post and was greatly relieved at the absence of whine. The drive has been running well since.
by mrk22
Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: JVC Motors on Samsung 200GB & 250GB Spinpoints
Replies: 3
Views: 1432

JVC Motors on Samsung 200GB & 250GB Spinpoints

There has been some speculation that Samsung is no longer using JVC motors on its newer drives. As you may know, Microcenter sells Spinpoint drives in clear plastic cases and the motor is visible. While I was there, I took inventory of what they had: 250GB SATA: 14 250GB PATA: 11 200GB PATA: 18 Tota...
by mrk22
Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung SP0802N / SP0822N differences?
Replies: 9
Views: 3548

raddiux wrote:I would personally rather not bother with a laptop drive because I don't want to deal with the issue of fitting it in a standard drive bay
I bet installing 2.5" drives in bays designed for 3.5" drives would make suspending them super easy.
by mrk22
Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Very Unhappy with PATA T7K250 250GB
Replies: 3
Views: 1803

Very Unhappy with PATA T7K250 250GB

For reference, my case is an SLK3700AMB and my current drive is an 80GB Seagate Cuda IV. I'm not 'hardcore' as I actually have the AAM on this drive set for maximum performance. Based on favorable feedback within these forums and the review of the 7K250 model, I picked up a PATA 250GB T7K250 drive. ...
by mrk22
Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7300

Doesn't flash memory have a limited number of write cycles? You're not going to hit the 100,000 write limit with a PS2 memory card, but I could easily see that happen on a PC.
by mrk22
Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Incredibly noisy/whining Samsung SP 250GB (w/Nidec motor)
Replies: 35
Views: 12240

I can easily see the problems with turning the HD off, but if no running programs are using the HD, it shouldnt be an issue. Of course, actually achieving that no programs are doing that, might be a bit of a problem :) Put a CD or DVD in your optical drive for a few days and take note of how often ...
by mrk22
Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: BenQ 1640
Replies: 21
Views: 5921

Can anyone who has the BenQ 1640 confirm it's behaviour when watching DVDs? I know many drives have a "riplock" feature that default the drive to 4X when reading DVDs in order to keep it quiet. According to the ExtremeMhz review (http://www.extrememhz.com/dw1640-p9.shtml), the DW1640 rips a DVD in ...
by mrk22
Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C high pitch whine when using USB
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

I wonder if the whine you are hearing could be from either: 1. The PSU or 2. The motherboard. The motherboards I've seen with failing capacitors would make a high-pitch whine when there was enough power draw on the system. But, I guess if you can attach your old 7200.7 and there is no noise with the...
by mrk22
Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C motor
Replies: 19
Views: 6801

If making quiet drives is a high priority for Samsung, why would they continue to use JVC motors? High-pitch whining is the worst of the worst when it comes to hard drive noise. The use of two motors like this makes it practically impossible to order a Samsung drive online as most vendors will not g...
by mrk22
Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which harddrive(s) to choose?
Replies: 10
Views: 3898

mdubrow wrote:I had the exact opposite experience with the Hitachi 250 SATA drive. Had one for about a week, and it was so noisy I couldn't wait to get rid of it (I was building a quiet PC).
What was it about the drive that bothered you? Did it have a whiney idle sound or loud seeks...or both?
by mrk22
Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Need CPU/MB that's good with High Def/TS streams
Replies: 7
Views: 2173

I have a P4 @ 2.1GHz. Previously I had problems playing 720p and 1080i mpeg2 clips, but since I've got PureVideo working on my 6600GT with the latest drivers and the NVidia DVD Decoder, those clips play fine. For xvid at HD resolutions, I was able to obtain smooth playback by switching from the xvid...
by mrk22
Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Found a GF 6600 GT AGP online but is it too loud?
Replies: 36
Views: 11543

dentaku wrote:I've been looking and there just isn't any aftermarket coolers for the AGP GF 6600 GT.
Hmm. According to this thread, http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewto ... 0gt+zalman, the Zalman heatpipe will work fine with a 6600GT AGP.
by mrk22
Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cooler Master CoolViva VHC-L61 - Possible 6800 Solution
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

I sent an email to cooler master about this. This was the response:

"It will surely work with 6800 cards.

Thank you for choosing our Products!"
by mrk22
Sun Nov 28, 2004 12:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nvidia 6600GT AGP. Zalman compatible?
Replies: 24
Views: 7946

The AGP version of the 6600 GT also has a heatsink over the bridge chip. I have no idea if this would interfere with mounting a Zalman cooler. From the pictures, it looks like the heatsink on the bridge chip is not taller than any of the capicters on the board. If that's the case, the cooler should...
by mrk22
Thu Nov 25, 2004 8:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cooler Master CoolViva VHC-L61 - Possible 6800 Solution
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

Cooler Master CoolViva VHC-L61 - Possible 6800 Solution

Currently the Zalman GPU heat pipe cooler does not seem to be compatible with Geforce 6 cards as this note is on the Zalman web site: "This product is not installable on an nVidia GeForce 6800 GT, 6800 Ultra because they do not have 3mm holes around the GPU." Cooler Master has put out a GPU heatpipe...
by mrk22
Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX Dual-DVI AGP 6600GT; silent cooling options?
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

There's a couple of things working against you here. First the Zalman web site states that its heatpipes are not compatible with the Geforce 6 series due to the lack of mounting holes in the correct location. Add to that the slanted design and I think the chances aren't that promising that any exist...