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by kojak71
Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:05 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: WHS self-build (Prescott 3.2GHz vs. ???)
Replies: 6
Views: 5659

I have something like 12Tb of media, the vast majority is mpeg2 based (TV recordings, DVD). As it stands I have to cherry pick what I load onto the server's 4tb array.
by kojak71
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: WHS self-build (Prescott 3.2GHz vs. ???)
Replies: 6
Views: 5659

Moon GT wrote: 1 MSI K9N6PGM2-V Socket AM2+ GeForce 6100 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard 148025 329 in stock £35.80
Pity that mobo only has 2 sata ports. If I paired it right down I could get 6 sata port mobo + CPU + RAM for £90.
by kojak71
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: WHS self-build (Prescott 3.2GHz vs. ???)
Replies: 6
Views: 5659

Out of frustation I went and bought a plug-in power/energy monitor to measure my current WHS headless system, consisting of: P4 3.2GHz prescott 2x512Mb DDR ram 875p/ich5 based board 1 ide hard drive 4 WD 1tb green drives 1 ide optical drive This system idles at 95W (16W of which are the WD green dri...
by kojak71
Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: WHS self-build (Prescott 3.2GHz vs. ???)
Replies: 6
Views: 5659

WHS self-build (Prescott 3.2GHz vs. ???)

I'm building myself a WHS system, and I've got an old Prescott 3.2GHz CPU I could use. Now I know that the TDP is high for Prescotts, but as WHS spends most of it's time idling it makes more sense for me to compare the idling power consumption of this part with a modern cpu like a E5200/E6600 or a o...
by kojak71
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 106948

kojak71 wrote:Does anyone have the physical dimensions of this case?
Still waiting
by kojak71
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 106948

One more thing to add to the vapour ware list?
by kojak71
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 106948

Does anyone have the physical dimensions of this case?
by kojak71
Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 1Tb drives
Replies: 9
Views: 6604

It was the TLER feature that was causing me concern as WD don't recommend this for non-RAID setups. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the software utility to enabe/disable TLER, it makes my decision very easy now.
by kojak71
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 1Tb drives
Replies: 9
Views: 6604

And you would see no issue in using them as standalone desktop drives, i.e. non-RAID?
by kojak71
Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 1Tb drives
Replies: 9
Views: 6604

WD 1Tb drives

Typically the raid edition is more expensive than the desktop equivalent. This is still the case, except over the past week or so the 1Tb raid edition has become £25/$50 cheaper than the desktop version. Call me suspicious, but is there something about the raid edition 1tb drive I don't know about?...
by kojak71
Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Zalman HD160XT
Replies: 6
Views: 4073

This case takes it's design cues from the HD135. Zalman have added an 92mm exhaust fan for the main hard-drive cage. BTW all the internal fans can be plumbed into the control PCB which in turn can manage fan speeds either manually or automatically via thermal sensor probes. There are two 80mm exhaus...
by kojak71
Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman's HD135 HTPC case: Gasping for air
Replies: 59
Views: 37404

(!) ??? I didn't know that. Why on earth not? I was under the impression that if you map a network drive to a drive letter, it is functionally identical to a standard storage device. I'm afraid not, it's one of the most common complaints amongst the MCE community. Don't ask me how Windows knows, bu...
by kojak71
Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman's HD135 HTPC case: Gasping for air
Replies: 59
Views: 37404

Re: Zalman's HD135 HTPC case: Gasping for air

In the article The HD135 supports six internal drives — three more than the HD160. This clashes with our preference for using network storage in a noise-sensitive media center PC How I would love to do that, but last time I checked MCE2005 can't record to a network drive. It can record to other ex...
by kojak71
Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman's HD135 HTPC case: Gasping for air
Replies: 59
Views: 37404

Pretty much as I feared. viewtopic.php?t=34891&highlight=hd135 contain some observations and a potential HDD suspension mod, but it looks like SPCR have proved that the foundation is so poor that it might prove too fruitless an exercise.
by kojak71
Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Zalman HD135 - a new HTPC case
Replies: 3
Views: 3851

Toms hardware have an article on an HTPC build using this case (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/2006/10/16/building_a_low-power_home_theater_pc_system_uk/). Although their brief is to build a quiet system, the choice of components seem to be in conflict of that brief. And what's even worse, they don't...
by kojak71
Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Zalman HD135 - a new HTPC case
Replies: 3
Views: 3851

Zalman HD135 - a new HTPC case

Don't know if anyone else has already pointed this out, but Zalman have a new HTPC case called the HD135 and it has been reviewed over at http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zalman/HD135/. It's similar in concept to the HD160, but rather than being 160mm in height, it's 135mm tall (hence the model na...
by kojak71
Thu Jul 06, 2006 3:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low Noise Champ?
Replies: 107
Views: 96722

Is there a difference between WD5000KS and WD5000YS (Raid Edition). The latter has the following desciption: High Capacity and 24 x 7 Reliability WD’s RAID Edition hard drives are the world’s most reliable server-class SATA drives in the market. With 1.2 million hours MTBF, 100% duty cycle, up t...
by kojak71
Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 – 750 GB
Replies: 26
Views: 17151

lm wrote:400Gb = 3 x 133Gb platters 5 heads so really it's 160GB/platter
Well spotted, I stand corrected. So it looks more than likely that they 166Gb platters for the whole range, except the 750Gb which uses 188Gb platters.
by kojak71
Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 – 750 GB
Replies: 26
Views: 17151

What I find odd is how the platter densities change throughout the 7200.10 range. So either they are using different platter sizes (which would be costly on an inventory management perspective) or they are using the same platters throughout the range and using the drive's BIOS to exclude large parts...
by kojak71
Thu May 18, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure
Replies: 22
Views: 23683

Re: hard drive location

I know you said you do not recommend the HDD be placed here for heat reasons, but how about some actual figures of the temps? I doubt the temperature would be that higher than what I'm experiencing in my case. I have 2 Samsung P120 drive stacked one on top of the other in a part of the case which h...
by kojak71
Thu May 18, 2006 7:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure
Replies: 22
Views: 23683

And as mentioned, damping just the top panel is not enough; you probably have to add mass damping to almost all the panels. Absolutely, the acoustipack kit (which seems to have been discontinued) covers all the panels including underneath the motherboard. But yes, ultimately aluminium is not a good...
by kojak71
Wed May 17, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure
Replies: 22
Views: 23683

Thanks for the review, especially concerning the order of component installation during the system build process. Although I have been happy with my Ahanix ht400 case, I was contemplating this case as it had a couple of features which I would have thought would have improved airflow PSU vent. How re...
by kojak71
Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi GST Announces CinemaStar Hard Drives
Replies: 12
Views: 2836

Hitachi GST Announces CinemaStar Hard Drives

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=1616

Notice the use of the term "bedroom-quiet" operation. Does this mean that they will be ditching the head-resetting screech?
by kojak71
Sun Mar 26, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: HTPC - Accent HT-400
Replies: 14
Views: 22305

Here are some pictures of the HTPC build. http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j110/Kojak71/HTPC/IMG_0440.jpg Looks fairly bare, for the moment! The acoustipack foam was installed before putting in the motherboard. You'll also note that the exhaust fan was installed on the outside of the case. http://i...
by kojak71
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: zalman zm-hd160
Replies: 35
Views: 16924

BTW, why does one need a full ATX motherboard for a HTPC? For high end, you need a vidcard, a HD tuner card (presumably w/a dual tuner one is available), and maybe a sound card. That still leaves one PCI slot free on a micro-ATX board. And from what I gather, many m-ATX boards have onboard video go...
by kojak71
Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: zalman zm-hd160
Replies: 35
Views: 16924

Showing as due soon on UK's QuietPC website. The major advances over cases (such as Ahanix DVine case that I have) This case has been designed to allow PSU that have a 120mm fan (e.g. Seasonic S12) to be turned around so that the fan faces the side inlet grille. In essence creating an air duct just ...
by kojak71
Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: External enclosure
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

Get an eSATA enclosure and a SATA to eSATA PCI bracket. This way the HD acts as if it is a normal internal HD and you can spin it down the same way you do your internal drives. eSATA would be the ideal solution, however the only problem is that I won't be accessing that particular drive(s) all the ...
by kojak71
Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: External enclosure
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

External enclosure

I've been toying with what sort of external hard-drive or enclosure to buy. One of the things that is missing from any spec. sheet I've examined, is whether or not they allow the drives to idle/spin-down after a set period of time. The drive(s) will be connected to my MCE HTPC which runs 24/7.
by kojak71
Wed Jan 25, 2006 7:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Case airflow vs. Artic Cooling VGA coolers
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Well I fashioned an air duct vent, and the temperature readings are the same as before (both the ambient & GPU temps). So it's no worse than what I had before, namely removing a PCI blanking plate. What I need to do is determine what effect this duct has on the rest of the system temperatures.
by kojak71
Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Case airflow vs. Artic Cooling VGA coolers
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Thanks for the advice, I will definitely give the airflow duct a go, particularly in the case which has lots of space. Apart from solving my own particular problems, I justed wanted to raise this point for the SPCR crowd because I think that extra care needs to be taken with such VGA cooling solutio...