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by merlyn
Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [250D vs Node 304] airflow in a small, quiet workstation
Replies: 29
Views: 10494

Re: [250D vs Node 304] airflow in a small, quiet workstation

My main system is built around a 250D i7-4770S IGP which also has 65W TDP Seasonic 400FL Noctua NH-L9I with a Noctua NF-B9 as the CPU HSF an mSATA and a couple of SSDs slimline optical I think it's a good case. There's absolutely tons of space. The CPU is easy to cool. I've used a kind of clear viny...
by merlyn
Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Computer is loud - I need to upgrade it
Replies: 28
Views: 10549

Re: Computer is loud - I need to upgrade it

Why did you ask us for recommendations Calm down dear. The OP can't exactly go wrong with a Noctua and Abula did have one on his list. if you have a PWM (4 pin) motherboard you MUST use PWM (4 pin) That's just flat out not true. Most motherboards can do DC control using 3 pins whether the header is...
by merlyn
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard
Replies: 13
Views: 9451

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

What is the 802.11ac performance like?
by merlyn
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 51855

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

i went with the Corsair Obsidian 250D. IMHO it is a slightly better case.
by merlyn
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Grandia GD07 & GD08 Media Center Cases
Replies: 10
Views: 7903

Re: SilverStone Grandia GD07 & GD08 Media Center Cases

GD07 - you could put suspended enclosed drives in those bays
by merlyn
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master 690 II - foam/dampening materials
Replies: 20
Views: 3433

Re: Cooler Master 690 II - foam/dampening materials

I'd still have a go at cable tying a 120mm fan into the PSU, you've got nothing to lose.
by merlyn
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Internet/Office/HD-Movie computer with low power consumption
Replies: 33
Views: 3444

Re: Internet/Office/HD-Movie computer with low power consump

I've just built a media centre in a fusion black which is very similar to the nsk2400 you mentioned. They're great cases, loads of room and great airflow. Sack the tri-cools of course.
by merlyn
Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Crucial m4 ssd vibration
Replies: 10
Views: 3872

Re: Crucial m4 ssd vibration

Obviously it's not coming _from_ the ssd. Most likely it's being transmitted from elsewhere and perceived near the hd bays because of the cage.

Have you tried running it with the PSU unmounted? Perhaps laid on a surface nearby?
by merlyn
Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:17 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120[mm] Fan Choices[?]
Replies: 21
Views: 4226

Re: 120[mm] Fan Choices[?]

OP: Are you looking for quiet fans or extreme cooling? Given that this is SPCR we'll likely favour fans that we can under-volt to near silence. In respect of your latest list: 1) The Cougar looks interesting although Compucase isn't renowned for quiet components. I'd be interested in seeing a side b...
by merlyn
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor
Replies: 28
Views: 9899

Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor

I may have missed the point here, but what were the noise levels of the cooler? Is the pump speed adjustable?
by merlyn
Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:18 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Quiet Rack-Mount Audio PC
Replies: 3
Views: 2877

nice :) I know from bitter experience that those HD's are horribly noisy. Any chance of swapping it out, laptop drive maybe?
by merlyn
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Full tower case with large HDD capacity
Replies: 18
Views: 5073

i took a couple of air filters out of my stacker to show you what the guys are talking about: http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3897/19022010016.th.png http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/1161/19022010017.th.png apologies about the quality, only had my phone to hand. this model isn't made any more but...
by merlyn
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:43 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anything better fan a s-flex for case fan help
Replies: 5
Views: 1220

what voltage? what mounting?
if a tri-cool sounds better then it's probably a bad sample. received damage at some point.
either get a better one or swap for yate loon/nexus or slipstream
by merlyn
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 v2 (with new cooler) vs Sapphire 5770 Vapor-X
Replies: 7
Views: 4486

warranty <-- ROFL!!!
by merlyn
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me get quieter....
Replies: 5
Views: 814

just watch out for those scythe quiet drives, they're more hd coolers than silencers. i tried them because they're cheaper than smart drives but they turned out to be not as good as my silentmaxx hd silencers which i'm having trouble getting hold of. i'd imagine the smart drive would be better than ...
by merlyn
Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:11 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Forum RSS Feeds
Replies: 1
Views: 2045

turns out if you go here:

topics_anywhere.php

it lets you generate your own URL's
by merlyn
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Forum RSS Feeds
Replies: 1
Views: 2045

Forum RSS Feeds

Does anyone remember where the details of the forum RSS feeds are kept? All I have is the index one as follows: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/topics_anywhere.php?mode=show&out=rss2.0&f=a&n=15&hnr=72&sfn=y&r=y&sr=y&b=non&lpb=0&lpd=0 I can't for the life of me find these details again, ideally ...
by merlyn
Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4670 not registering in Speedfan
Replies: 8
Views: 1555

Speedfan doesn't see mine, I use RivaTuner for the GPU and a desktop gadget that takes a feed from it.
In fact I've never seen Speedfan register a temperature from a discreet graphics card.
by merlyn
Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 231996

Well that's odd. I haven't been very happy with my Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate since I got it but just been too busy to do anything about it. My case is very low airflow which may be the difference. CASE/CPU/PSU 1200rpm Slipstreams at 400rpm until SYS reaches 50C when they pop up to 900rpm. After repl...
by merlyn
Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lenovo M58p Eco USFF: Green Corporate SFF PC
Replies: 27
Views: 11081

ya agreed on the Sarbanes Oxley stuff. Our USB ports are locked down to HIDs only. Users have to get written approval to open this up and we whitelist all approved devices including CD's! Photos are transferred on to the network by the IT department, the only other media card readers are for secreta...
by merlyn
Wed May 13, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Corsair HX450W
Replies: 52
Views: 24542

I just got a HX450W as a replacement for my 2 year old Phantom 500. Right now it's the loudest component in my system which is rather disappointing. It is very smooth, my noise floor here is very low indeed and I am unusually sensitive to low frequency sounds such as fans, hard drives and coil hum. ...
by merlyn
Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus Radeon HD 4870 Matrix
Replies: 13
Views: 5954

what are the chances of using a different controller for the fans on the matrix? it would seem to me that if you could run them at a low voltage during idle you wouldn't get the on/off problem although given their size and character it might not be worth it.
by merlyn
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:48 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: any thoughts on these Coolermaster fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1301

i'd agree with that, the ones that came with my stacker are awesomely quiet at 5v, however they don't move much air.
by merlyn
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Idle HDD noise
Replies: 5
Views: 1762

some people are more sensitive to idle whine than others. the general advice around here is elastic suspension and for most people that is enough. I'm apparently more sensitive than most, I have to use suspended aluminium enclosures to get it down to tolerable levels. there are some threads around h...
by merlyn
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Zalman CNPS9700NT running at 2800 RPM causing noise
Replies: 5
Views: 1393

that 'could' be a VRM but sometimes speedfan just finds sensors that it doesn't know the calibration for. personally i'd ignore it.

first step for me would be to go into the BIOS and make sure that cool'n'quiet and q-fan are enabled. ensure the cpu fan is connected to the right header on the MB.
by merlyn
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Describe your ideal mATX mini tower
Replies: 52
Views: 14294

Lawrence Lee wrote:-5.25" bays from top to bottom
-well ventilated front bezel
think CMStacker. reason being you can suspend hd enclosures like the scythe quiet drive.

and no odd sized psu's either!
by merlyn
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why arent external fanless PSU's more popular?
Replies: 14
Views: 3973

hardly anybody needs 500W anyway
by merlyn
Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: AVC - ticking - Help identifying replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 1600

nexus do a good 92mm
by merlyn
Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: In Search of Quiet EATX Case (dual quad-core Xeon system)
Replies: 19
Views: 5348

i still love my CMStacker. Do they still make them? yes i've taped up all the holes.