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by PenDragon
Thu May 01, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: X2 4450e tested on Abit AN-M2: very low power
Replies: 17
Views: 12225

Just wanted to throw my hat in the ring here with the 5000+ Black Edition and RMClock... I tried RMClock out without reading any instructions, and was getting instant-power-off crashes within 5 minutes of hitting Apply to the Power On Demand profile. After reading through this thread and a couple of...
by PenDragon
Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: SVC.com- Very disapointing. Will not shop there again.
Replies: 17
Views: 10701

Your experience has been somewhat similar but also somewhat different from my experiences with SVC. I've placed perhaps 10 hours with them, and never had a problem. On my most recent order, one of the fans (in a sealed retail bag) had a wire severed from the motor. I called SVC, and was told they'd ...
by PenDragon
Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 430 fan swap
Replies: 26
Views: 11097

I just wanted to provide an update on my loud EA380. I put the Geforce 6600GT in the computer, and the PSU has become much quieter now. So, I guess all the extra heat and power draw from the 8800GT was sufficient to cause the EA380 to ramp up (but not the EA500). On a side note, something blew out o...
by PenDragon
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 430 fan swap
Replies: 26
Views: 11097

Yeah, I'm very hesitant about doing a fan swap on the PSU. Considering that SPCR's own review of the EW430 shows this to be similar to a Seasonic S12 PSU, except that the heatsinks and the fan are significantly smaller, I'm hesitant to put a quieter fan in the PSU for fear of overheating the unit. M...
by PenDragon
Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 430 fan swap
Replies: 26
Views: 11097

oh, yeah, I was supposed to report my findings- whoops. I created a duct, going from the 2nd 5.25" bay, now open, to the PSU. I somehow managed to tear off a box flap that was the perfect length and width for the duct without any need for modification- not sure how that happened, but it's nice to fi...
by PenDragon
Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 430 fan swap
Replies: 26
Views: 11097

Thank you for elaborating- that makes a lot more sense to me now. This particular case is a standard ATX (Thermaltake Soprano). My new build will be making use of an already-purchased Antec P182 :D , but the 380W PSU will be housed in the Soprano, so I need it to work in there. I was thinking in ter...
by PenDragon
Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 430 fan swap
Replies: 26
Views: 11097

Thank you for your reply. I'm pretty sure my "n00b" will be showing a little here, but I'm not sure what you mean when referring to ducting in terms of reducing load on the power supply. Could you please elaborate? I have always thought of ducting in terms of creating an airflow path. BTW, the 8800G...
by PenDragon
Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 430 fan swap
Replies: 26
Views: 11097

Antec EarthWatts 380 noise

I just popped an Antec EW380 in my primary computer to replace the EW500 that was in there, and wow- the EW380 is MUCH louder. (The reason for this swap is that I am slowing upgrading to a new computer- waiting on the e8400 to come back in stock at a reasonable price for the most part- and giving my...
by PenDragon
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: ****!!! My Athlon 64 X2 is at 73 degrees C!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 11041

Thanks Felger, but I'm not so sure about that. My previous CPU was a 90nm 62W New Orleans, and my new CPU is a 65nm 65W Brisbane, so there's only an extra 3W TDP. The Thermalright SI-97A SHOULD be able to cool either CPU passively, considering that I'm running two 120mm exhaust fans right next to it...
by PenDragon
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: ****!!! My Athlon 64 X2 is at 73 degrees C!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 11041

Thanks for the reply aaa. My motherboard is listed as discontinued on Abit's website (NF-M2 Nview) despite the fact that it was released only about a year ago. So much for BIOS updates, driver updates, etc. from Abit. I'll be much less likely to buy an Abit in the future because of this. Given that ...
by PenDragon
Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: ****!!! My Athlon 64 X2 is at 73 degrees C!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 11041

I just upgraded the processor on my media center from an A64 3500+ to an A64 X2 5000+ Black Edition tonight, and I'm running into what appears to be a similar problem. I booted into Windows fine, and then I launched Prime95 for the stress test. About 5 minutes into it, my computer just turned off. I...
by PenDragon
Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

dejsti- I was in direct email contact with Seasonic's main support guy, so he took care of the RMA process for me. During the first RMA, I was told to send an email to him, so I got his email address from my Sent Items and then just sent a new email to him. Is that something you can do? jaldridge- I...
by PenDragon
Wed May 23, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very bad experience with an Antec SU-380, suggestions needed
Replies: 12
Views: 4843

It sounds like the same problem discussed in a previous thread, titled "Antec PSU buzzing with hard drives???". (my first post, forum won't allow a URL..)

Here's the URL: viewtopic.php?t=37023&sid=bf74ed016df4e ... c7db193652
by PenDragon
Wed May 23, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Hey guys, sorry for my lack of follow-up- 50 lashes with a wet noodle for me. In my defense, I haven't been getting my thread subscription emails for some reason :? . The new power supply that I mentioned in my post on March 30 has been running great. I don't notice any buzz at all. It's a Seasonic ...
by PenDragon
Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic support stinks!
Replies: 4
Views: 2257

It seems to me that Kevin H. is THE tech support guy for Seasonic. While I was working through a buzzing power supply problem, I was always in contact with him directly, and any time I spoke with anybody else, they directed me to contact him. My experience with him was that he's definitely ESL (Engl...
by PenDragon
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Update

I emailed the Seasonic tech support guy explaining that the new PSU also buzzed, and I pretty much let him know that I was not happy at all. He sent me another one, and a prepaid UPS label for returning the buzzing one. I just installed it 30 minutes ago, and so far, no buzzing at all. I've got my f...
by PenDragon
Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Well, I can safely say that I will probably never buy from Seasonic again. The new "guaranteed not to buzz" power supply buzzes just as bad as the one I returned. Plus I wasted my time, and money on shipping. Seasonic will be hearing from me soon, as I attempt to convince them to refund my shipping ...
by PenDragon
Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

The new motherboard for my build for a customer is working fine, and that SU380 PSU does not buzz at all in the system. So, I'm inclined to agree regarding the manufacturing defect. My new Seasonic should be in on Wednesday, so I'll let you guys know how that turns out. My keyboard and mouse are a s...
by PenDragon
Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Just an update- Seasonic currently has my buzzing PSU, and I'm waiting to get the "I guarantee it won't buzz" PSU to try out. I'll let you know what I find out. On another note, the motherboard RMA for a customer has been an absolute nightmare. It took UPS 5 days to get it to Newegg. It then took Ne...
by PenDragon
Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Thanks for your reply dejsti. Don't lose heart just yet! sslamster- thank you so much for letting us know about your experience with the Antec and Seasonic PSU's. It sounds like it's becoming quite a prevalent problem, and your testing is much appreciated. I haven't had a chance to the test the SU-3...
by PenDragon
Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

I haven't made any progress yet. I keep meaning to call Seasonic, but I've been too busy working during business hours. I agree that the PSU seems the most likely culprit since an SP2.0 350 does not have any problem in our machines. But then the SU380 and S12-380 don't make the buzzing sound in a di...
by PenDragon
Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

lamster- your situation definitely sounds identical to mine, right down to the buzzless SP2.0 350. You mentioned that you have OCZ DDR2 memory- so do I. Would it be possible that the memory is the cause of the problem? The fact that you have an Intel board makes it sound like it's not a problem with...
by PenDragon
Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Well, I looked, but I didn't notice anything that might be a speaker. It's possible that I missed it because I didn't do a "grid-pattern search" or anything, but there was nothing obvious. That coupled with the fact that my PC does not POST beep makes me think there is no speaker... I've also got th...
by PenDragon
Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Anyway I only lost a few pounds....... out of interest what have the winners done with their money.???
Oh, just shipping costs for all the parts I've been replacing to get to the root of the problem...

Thanks for the suggestion on the mobo speaker- I"ll check on that and let you guys know.
by PenDragon
Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Hi Kremmit, That's a good suggestion, but to my knowledge, the Antec NSK-2400 does not have a PC speaker. In fact, the first time I powered on the system, I got really nervous because I never heard the POST beep. If anybody wants to correct me, then please do, as I am somewhat surprised that I never...
by PenDragon
Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Well, I just installed the new motherboard. And I just got off the phone with #$&@# MS, since they made me re-activate my legitimate copy of MCE 05. AND..........the buzzing is just as bad as it's ever been. So, I've got a buzzing that occurs in the power supply during hard drive access, and the har...
by PenDragon
Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Flintz- I've tried a Seasonic S12-380, an Antec SU-380, and an Antec SP2.0 350 (which didn't buzz, but which suffers from prohibitively short cables). Andy, I still get the buzzing with the network cable unplugged. Out of curiosity, what was your logic behind the suggestion? I should be getting the ...
by PenDragon
Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

RMA process is in process...
that is to say that I have requested a "cross-ship RMA", and a Paypal account, since that is required for a "cross-ship RMA".
by PenDragon
Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange PSU buzzing tied to HDD!?
Replies: 74
Views: 38746

Hi guys. Jaga, I stopped the fan like you specified on the Seasonic- that definitely was not the source of the buzzing noise. John- good luck with your problem. I think I am going to try the motherboard replacement route because the buzzing PSU's don't buzz when hooked up to other computers. Have yo...
by PenDragon
Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent PC has buzzing coming out of the PSU
Replies: 2
Views: 1507

This is probably unrelated, but just out of curiosity, what motherboard are you using? I currently have the same problem with a buzzing PSU, but we're thinking that it's motherboard-related, because I've tried a couple of different power supplies, and they all buzz.