Search found 49 matches

by bob670
Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any experience with SilenX products?
Replies: 29
Views: 8401

Plus, this is our niche There it is, right there, you are defending your turf. SilenX fooled you guys and you are punishing them because there are easy alternatives. Other companies can act far less ethically but it is too inconvenient to find an alternative so that is okay. Got it, I won't poke at...
by bob670
Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any experience with SilenX products?
Replies: 29
Views: 8401

sthayashi wrote:You and I clearly have different sets of ethics then.
Not really, but you want to make SilenX out to be more evil because the slight was perpetrated on a web site you love. That is understandable, but that is the very definition of situational ethics.
by bob670
Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any experience with SilenX products?
Replies: 29
Views: 8401

If ATI and Nvidia published benchmarks under their own name that were not entirely objective, then no one should be surprised that they interpreted the results in a way that is favorable to their own products, even if such benchmarks were misleading. If ATI and Nvidia hired employees or another com...
by bob670
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any experience with SilenX products?
Replies: 29
Views: 8401

Faking benchmarks is not as bad as having hidden multiple representatives for the sole purpose of marketing. The latter is much more personal. That is one skewed veiw of reality; big lie, little lie, still makes it a lie. If you can tolerate lies from ATI and nVidia it is pretty much hypocrisy to h...
by bob670
Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any experience with SilenX products?
Replies: 29
Views: 8401

While it might not happen around here much it is far from uncommon for this kind of thing on a variety of message boards and at any given time ATI, nVidia, Intel, AMD and many times Microsoft have been caught in this kind of thing. It's desperate and many times not necessary, but people do strange ...
by bob670
Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any experience with SilenX products?
Replies: 29
Views: 8401

I dunno', I have been using a lot of SilenX stuff the last couple years and have had no issues. I find their fans to be rated pretty close to reality, if anything the airflow is slightly less than what is stated but the noise level seems pretty close to me. I started using them before I knew of the ...
by bob670
Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:50 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apple's new SFF box: "Mac mini" is here!
Replies: 38
Views: 19851

The hard drive, after doing a little research, turns out to be a Seagate Momentus with 8mb cache does it make the high-pitched keening squeal? i have an older 40GB/2MB cache version of the drive, which i found unacceptably noisy. if yours isn't squealing, it's a great news for me. i was considering...
by bob670
Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:46 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apple's new SFF box: "Mac mini" is here!
Replies: 38
Views: 19851

I've had my mini since last Thursday so I thought I would post my review for anyone who might be looking for more info... EDIT: cleaned up lots of spelling goofs, didn't realize "check spelling as I type" was turned off, sorry! It is outstanding, right now my list of stuff I run frequently includes....
by bob670
Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:32 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple drops tiny, cheap Mac bomb
Replies: 117
Views: 39155

Not to fan the flames but I'd call having the CPU do something that is supposed to be handled by the GPU a compability issue. It's like saying: "I can still play Unreal in software mode so I have no problem with my graphic card not supporting D3D or OpenGL" You probably need to take a closer look a...
by bob670
Fri Jan 14, 2005 4:42 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple drops tiny, cheap Mac bomb
Replies: 117
Views: 39155

My favourite thing about mac-heads is that they don't realise almost every style of PC apple releases has already been done in the IBM-PC market, usually years before. Examples please? Also as far as it not supporting Core Image, its apparently intentional. This is their bargan basement PC that was...
by bob670
Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: So you don't use filters....
Replies: 17
Views: 4157

Not if you follow the directions on the can, I don't disagree about filters but there is nothing wrong with using canned air if you pair it with a little common sense.
by bob670
Sat Nov 06, 2004 10:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: So you don't use filters....
Replies: 17
Views: 4157

I'd like to think I am smart enough to used canned air without causing an issue, but maybe some people....
by bob670
Sat Nov 06, 2004 6:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: SilenX 80mm 14dBA Case Fan 28cfm??
Replies: 4
Views: 2216

Hmm, I use the all the time and they seem to move about (or barely just under) thier listed CFM, I would hardly call that "utter bull". They definitely work better in larger cases with better airflow, I feel I get around 28CFM in my Cooler Master Praetorian yet I tried one in my Shuttle SK41G and I'...
by bob670
Fri Nov 05, 2004 6:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Praetorian almost quiet but need advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

Thanks for the replies guys, I ended up disconnecting the fan on the top blow hole (which I am not a big believer in anyway) and literally dropped the remaining noise by half and having no impact on temps (the dust filter and mounting on this fan was so restrictive I didn't think it was doing much a...
by bob670
Wed Nov 03, 2004 7:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Praetorian almost quiet but need advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

Cooler Master Praetorian almost quiet but need advice?

Like the title says, I bought a Praetorian and I love the air flow, it's keeping my Prescott running extremely cool. With some minor mods I chopped the noise in half... -Silicone gaskets on rear exhaust and top blow hole -Replaced 2 front intakes with SilenX 14dba 80MM fans mounted on silicone gromm...
by bob670
Wed Jul 28, 2004 11:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Budget Video Heat questions?
Replies: 0
Views: 1136

Budget Video Heat questions?

I have a Shuttle SK41G with Linux that is my main machine. It runs like a champ and is pretty quiet with a little tweaking, and of course a passively cooled video card. Right now I have an eVGA GeForce4 MX 440-8X in there and it's fine for what I do (very little gaming on this box) but I have a chan...
by bob670
Thu Dec 18, 2003 5:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Temp Monitoring Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1254

That was pretty much what I expected to hear Ralf, I guess I'm not overly concerned, my system is rock stable and if I pop the side off the HDDs are barely warm to the touch (compared to some systems I deal with at work from Dell, those drives feel like they are on fire even at idle). I figure even ...
by bob670
Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Temp Monitoring Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1254

Temp Monitoring Question

So what do you guys think about the accuracy of temp monitoring programs and their results. For example, I have an Intel PIV 2.4B on D845GEBV2L that I monitor with Intel ActiveMonitor, and 2x 40GB WD SE HDDs I monitor periodically with Dtemp. My temps idle are CPU 27-29, System 25-29, Motherboard 25...
by bob670
Tue Nov 18, 2003 7:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Weird dust accumulation problem on Antec Sonata
Replies: 30
Views: 8991

"Naah, don't bother with expensive cans." Considering CompUSA, Office Max and Staples run 2 packs of canned air on sale for a couple of bucks (or frequently nothing after rebate) I don't think expense is a consideration. I would also agree that plopping a huge staticly charged device like that any w...
by bob670
Mon Nov 17, 2003 7:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Weird dust accumulation problem on Antec Sonata
Replies: 30
Views: 8991

I noticed the same accumualtion on mine, although it's pretty minor and doesn't seem to get very far in, seems to be clinging to those areas. The inside of my case is still pretty much spotless for about 6 weeks of heavy daily use. Oh well, annoying but only takes a few minutes to clean. On a positi...
by bob670
Sat Nov 01, 2003 6:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Looking for quiet CPU
Replies: 34
Views: 10812

I find comarably loaded Intel boards are typically cheaper than their nForce cousins, and come on now, boards for AMD chips are famous for being picky about RAM, let's not deny this.
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 7:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Looking for quiet CPU
Replies: 34
Views: 10812

Nothing wrong with Celeron's for lots of uses, my only gripe with AMD chips is that I have to cough up extra $$$$ for an nForce mobo to avoid VIA garbage, and either choice for AMD leaves me searching for very specific memory.
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Arctic Silver 5 - October 20th
Replies: 36
Views: 9199

I just read the new instructions for applying AS 5 (which appear to be the same for AS Ceramique). Did anyone notice the change in applying to the PIV core, just dab and twist? Has anyone here done it this way or is everyone still covering the whole heatspreader? That should make life a little easie...
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I might have a line on SATA Spinpoints in the US
Replies: 53
Views: 13130

He's Kaiser Sosa's geeky brother?
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Looking for quiet CPU
Replies: 34
Views: 10812

The last review I saw showed the Celeron 2.0ghz performs comparably to the PIV 1.7-1.8ghz in most apps, so you can extend that out (in a very non-scientific, back of the cocktail napkin way) my Celeron 2.2 runs about the equivalent of a PIV 1.9-2.0ghz. Now a few things to consider, the PIV is still ...
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata - Quiet? What a joke....
Replies: 43
Views: 10215

The 92mm exhaust fans on most recent Dimension PCs have been horribly loud, it's quite a topic of debate. And if you call for a replacement one of 3 things happens... 1. You get transferred to India where the call is taken but your request for a replacement part is "lost" 2. The call gets logged and...
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Max safe temp for hard drives?
Replies: 103
Views: 307719

I try not to be a slave to component temps, but a little OCD kicks in and I get obsessed with it. I think the 55 degree number rings with me and my WDs seems to be hanging around 43-45 full time. That said, I have been repairnig OEM PCs for a long time, and as manufacturers have sought to stuff more...
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata - Quiet? What a joke....
Replies: 43
Views: 10215

"Any new Dell system will be much, much more quiet than a stock Sonata." I'm going to strongly disagree with this, it might have been true a year ago, but no longer. Dell seems to have foresaken quiet systems this year, I just replaced a Dell with my Sonata set up and it's much quieter even before I...
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How do I get the Sonata open?
Replies: 19
Views: 3916

I disconnected the blue lights, too bright and not really a necessity for me. For that matter, I killed off all the front panel connectors, didn't really have a need for them. So far I am nothing but thrilled with my Sonata, no case is perfect, but the Sonata is a nice balance of features and looks,...
by bob670
Fri Oct 31, 2003 11:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: HDD is the noisiest thing in my system?
Replies: 8
Views: 2505

After silencing my PC I find the only noise is my living room now is a really whiny Maxtor drive in my Tivo, gotta' swap that thing soon.