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by JohnMK
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EVDS, new "best" 1TB silent HDD?
Replies: 6
Views: 5321

Re: WD10EVDS, new "best" 1TB silent HDD?

I figured it probably used 320GB platters, and so it probably does according to that database. Of course, under the hood, we all know Western Digital tend to change things around under the hood so I guess we'll never know for sure, since each drive could be different.
by JohnMK
Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EVDS, new "best" 1TB silent HDD?
Replies: 6
Views: 5321

Re: WD10EVDS, new "best" 1TB silent HDD?

I wonder what made the original poster think the WD10EVDS might have just two platters (500GB each). I'd like to know for a fact whether or not they have two or three platters, but I'm aware that sometimes, Western Digital makes it hard to know this information, at least harder to find out than with...
by JohnMK
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 83829

If the "Cypress Pro" features a significantly different heatsink, then yes I'd say it's worth it to get the Vapor-X cooling, which the Toxic also uses.
by JohnMK
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 83829

Does anyone here have the HD5850 Vapor-X? I'm curious if it is really as quiet as it is supposed to be. I'd like to upgrade to a 5850 card, but don't want to have to mod it after spending 300+ on just the card. I have the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic, which is pretty similar to the Vapor-X. At idl...
by JohnMK
Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Does NCQ reduce noise in a heavily loaded hard drive?
Replies: 0
Views: 780

Does NCQ reduce noise in a heavily loaded hard drive?

I'm constantly doing multiple simultaneous file transfers over the network (100Mbit), from partition to partition on the same HDD, and from external storage devices (eSATA/USB 2.0) to my HDD. Often enough, all at the same time. Has anyone compared seek noise with, and without, NCQ enabled in this ty...
by JohnMK
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My reflections on Seagate Barracuda LP
Replies: 29
Views: 8094

By the way, here's the SMART data from my 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black, which cost me $300: 001 Raw Read Error Rate 198 198 00000000-0B79 051 003 Spin Up Time 051 043 00000000-3872 021 004 Start/Stop Count 100 100 00000000-00C8 000 005 Reallocation Sector Count 200 200 00000000-0000 140 007 Seek...
by JohnMK
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My reflections on Seagate Barracuda LP
Replies: 29
Views: 8094

Do you see any early warning signs in the SMART data? I don't really know what to look for. Of course I could jump up and down at the Raw Read Error Rate, for example, but for all I know that could be a normal value. Etc. So here's the SMART data from the less clickety 2TB LP,from HDDScan. If I rem...
by JohnMK
Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My reflections on Seagate Barracuda LP
Replies: 29
Views: 8094

By the way, I'm pretty sure the entire series uses 500 GB platters through and through, so the 1.5 TB variant would thus use three platters.
by JohnMK
Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My reflections on Seagate Barracuda LP
Replies: 29
Views: 8094

One of my two, 2 TB LP drives makes clicks of death so often that it slows to a crawl during use. The other didn't for the first day of its use, but does click now, rarely. I'm not talking about the usual sounds of seeking, but instead, characteristic "clicks of death." Now I know all hard drives fa...
by JohnMK
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which fans to get for NH-U12P SE2?
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

I ordered the 1600rpm Slipstreams. I'll let you folks know how it turns out.
by JohnMK
Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: EVGA P55 FTW fan control reports RPM all over the place
Replies: 7
Views: 2612

Marvelous! Thank you for the information!
by JohnMK
Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which fans to get for NH-U12P SE2?
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

I'm sorry but your post doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me. I suggest that you not bother rephrasing, however. But thank you for your time.
by JohnMK
Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: EVGA P55 FTW fan control reports RPM all over the place
Replies: 7
Views: 2612

Interesting. When I disable fan control for my two case fans, RPMs are reported properly. Perhaps you're on to something.
by JohnMK
Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: EVGA P55 FTW fan control reports RPM all over the place
Replies: 7
Views: 2612

Is it likely my motherboard uses PWM to control the speed of the fans, even those on the 3-pin headers? That would really be interesting. As an aside, I bought the Nanoxia PWMX adapter to allow my motherboard to control my Noctua 120mm fans with the CPU's 4-pin PWM header. Seems to work pretty well ...
by JohnMK
Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: EVGA P55 FTW fan control reports RPM all over the place
Replies: 7
Views: 2612

I suspect it's more a case of the sensors reading themselves incorrectly, and then reporting that incorrect result to whatever software (BIOS, etc.) polls it. But I'll try it out later when I get home, thank you for the suggestion.
by JohnMK
Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: EVGA P55 FTW fan control reports RPM all over the place
Replies: 7
Views: 2612

EVGA P55 FTW fan control reports RPM all over the place

Hi folks, I put together my new system about a month ago (EVGA P55 FTW mobo and Core i7 860) and have only one serious issue that I can't seem to overcome -- the motherboard reports that my fan RPMs are simply all over the place, clearly being interpreted incorrectly by the BIOS. Does anyone know an...
by JohnMK
Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which fans to get for NH-U12P SE2?
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

Which fans to get for NH-U12P SE2?

Hello folks, I'm close to making a decision here and I would really appreciate your help. I have an Intel Core i7 860 overclocked by 25%. I'd like to try for more, but can't do so comfortably with the stock NH-12P SE2's fans (2 x NF-P12). I'm aware that the included fans (each considered alone) are ...
by JohnMK
Wed May 28, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Ninja Copper: Scythe's 5th Year Celebration
Replies: 84
Views: 44711

I'd love to see a response from Scythe on this issue.
by JohnMK
Thu May 22, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Need a cheap LGA775 heatsink/fan for the Q6600
Replies: 1
Views: 1063

Need a cheap LGA775 heatsink/fan for the Q6600

In an office environment will the Intel retail heatsink/fan be noticed, if, say, the CPU is at an average 15-25% CPU load? Can I obtain a significant reduction in noise level (with at least equivalent cooling performance) with an inexpensive aftermarket cooler that costs around $20, give or take $10...
by JohnMK
Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:43 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Undervolting Asus P4 possible?
Replies: 4
Views: 1882

My Asus P5AD2-E Premium allows me to specify a lower than default voltage, slightly. It can go as low as 1.300 volts, within the BIOS. Which is a step below the 1.40 volts default for my 560J (3.6GHz) CPU. It also run sat 3.80GHz just fine at 1.30 volts.
by JohnMK
Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How many watts does my P4 consume?
Replies: 2
Views: 1137

How many watts does my P4 consume?

Hello folks, I'm the proud owner of a Pentium 4 560J, 3.6 GHz. I run my CPU at below spec voltage; it's set to 1.300 in my BIOS right now. It's overclocked to 3.85GHz, with a 1.1GHz FSB and 14x multiplier, RAM at 733MHz 2.10 volts (4-4-4-12-4 timings). Under full load (I define that as two instances...
by JohnMK
Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 19238

Thanks for the pictures spacey. Don't put computer components on carpets in the future. :) Just trying to help . . .
by JohnMK
Sat Jan 15, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 6600GT PCI Express vs. noise
Replies: 2
Views: 1753

I replaced my XFX 6600 GT PCI-E's heatsink with the Zalman ZM80-D. Works like heaven.
by JohnMK
Fri Jan 14, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervoltable Motherboards: ADD to the list!!
Replies: 313
Views: 348078

Asus P5AD2-E. I run my 1.40 volt spec'd P4 560J 3.6Ghz at 3.73GHz/1066MHz and supply the CPU with 1.30 volts. It cut my CPU temps by about 7C. Fan never spins above minimum now, and stability is perfect. EDIT: CPU at 3.85GHz w/ 1.1GHz FSB, RAM at 733MHz 4-4-4-12-4 timings, 2.00 volts. CPU is still s...
by JohnMK
Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Field Report: MSI NX6600GT TD128 w/Zalman ZM-80D-HP
Replies: 17
Views: 18378

Beautiful. Job well done. I'm ordering a ZM80 right now to put on my own 6600 GT (The dual DVI XFX-brand), with you to credit for the inspiration.
by JohnMK
Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone TJ06 or Antec SLK3000b
Replies: 3
Views: 2626

Too sexy. Oh well, at least my SLK3000 was cheap. I can replace it and not feel totally gluttonous.
by JohnMK
Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 323663

I think in all likelihood it will come without PSU. People looking at this caliber of case simply are picky enough to want to pick out their own PSU as well. Antec know this.
by JohnMK
Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 spotted at Xtremesystems
Replies: 37
Views: 13198

DG wrote:Damn! :( I've just bought a Seasonic Tornado 400W...
As have I (about two weeks ago), with full knowledge the S12 was coming out. We both have great power supplies, rest easy. :)
by JohnMK
Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What size fan to use with passive VGA cooler?
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Recommended but not necessary.
by JohnMK
Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Prescott Heat reduce hugh drop this is how
Replies: 8
Views: 2722

Those temps are horrible. My 3.6GHz 560J at full load runs right between 57C-60C, depending on room temp. Average case temp is about 35C. Idle CPU temp is right now, 37C, as I type this. Thermalright XP-120 w/ Papst 120mm fan with AC5 thermal compound. Fan at 1125rpm. In fact, it never rises from 11...