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by technarch
Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Single platter 2.5" drives over 40GB? do they exist?
Replies: 4
Views: 2359

My MacBook had the 60 gb SATA 5400.2 momentus. It was quiet and didn't vibrate. Then it suffered a fatal hard drive crash doing nothing but sitting on the table. So I put in a 7200 in there, and returned it to the store and paid the restocking fee. The entire notebook was vibrating and humming. Curi...
by technarch
Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:34 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Intel iMac - Core Duo
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

The iMac has 3 fans inside it, in addition to the hard drive. It might be quiet, but for how long? Fans wear out and these are not replacement fans you can get from the local shop on the corner. I have a hard drive enclosure 2.5 for travelling with, and when it's turned on even when it's inside it's...
by technarch
Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Spotted: New fanless notebook
Replies: 3
Views: 4272

Spotted: New fanless notebook

Fujitsu Lifebook p7120
Fanless, backlighting of LCD is by LEDs instead of fluorescents and the hard drive in the unit is a 1.8".

Now to see what Apple brings out in January.
by technarch
Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: An external enclosure worked remarkably well for noise
Replies: 2
Views: 1467

An external enclosure worked remarkably well for noise

I bought a Vantec Nexstar 3, the fancy new ones that come in 4 different colours, for portability. I put in the 30 gig deathstar 75 gxp drive that was loud both seek wise, and vibration buzzing and whining motor into it. It got much much quieter. I was kind of shocked. I guess 18 gauge or whatever t...
by technarch
Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: On passively cooled CPUs and their motherboards
Replies: 6
Views: 2588

On passively cooled CPUs and their motherboards

I was sitting here thinking, none of the modern CPUs can be cooled passively for the most part.. with the exception of stuff that will come down the pike in the future. So I was sitting here thinking about all the old systems that are possibly still good, but then I realized, most of them belong in ...
by technarch
Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: So my S12 330w is working.
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

So my S12 330w is working.

The difference in CPU temperature is good for hmm, 7, possibly 8 degrees C in idle temp because of the 120mm fan over the CPU compared to the Phantom. The PSU is SMALL.. and it's light. But it does seem well put together, and the voltages are very good. It's the newer version with the ADDA fan and t...
by technarch
Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silicon Acoustics has the new version 330w S12 now.
Replies: 0
Views: 707

Silicon Acoustics has the new version 330w S12 now.

I was waiting till it arrived, but it's arrived now, and I've ordered it.

It's the 330w version with the aluminum capacitors.

So hopefully when it arrives at my house I'll have better luck with it than I did with the previous 2 PSU attempts.
by technarch
Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Sizing question
Replies: 9
Views: 2322

Rusty, why a 430?

From your rough wattage math you only come up to 216 watts..

Why not go with a 330w S12 as a choice instead? It's cheaper, and you can potentially benefit from a higher efficiency curve.
by technarch
Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet, fast DVD-ROM reading optical drives? Sony, NEC, etc?
Replies: 8
Views: 2978

Pioneer drives are usually the quietest but I don't like their firmwares at this present point in time.

I have a NEC 3520 burner, and it is louder at reading than the Pioneer 120 dvdrom I have, etc.

But yes, the case does make a difference.
by technarch
Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is my cpu burning up creating a smell?
Replies: 9
Views: 2572

Hi, a followup.. I've been away from my comp for a couple days, so I left the power off.. basement smells fine, so it was definitely the computer and not stuff nearby. I still haven't had time to change the PSU to the old one, but I did turn it on today briefly. Within 1 minute of poweron I was able...
by technarch
Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 fan connectivity
Replies: 4
Views: 1910

I read a review of a S12 that showed that the model being reviewed, forget the # but figure they should all be the same, uses a connector for the fan, which is great. No soldering!
by technarch
Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone going to try the Fortron Zen Fanless?
Replies: 0
Views: 783

Anyone going to try the Fortron Zen Fanless?

I asked Fortron if it's the same circuit board as the Green Power, and they said no.

That said, the unit is still interesting.

Anyone going to try it? It's already available and in-stock in North America. Cheaper than a Phantom too.
by technarch
Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: I want a VIA C7-M Motherboard :(
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

I want a VIA C7-M Motherboard :(

Perhaps even more impressive however is the unique Twin Turbo design which changes the power consumption and clock speed of the CPU on the fly according to the required CPU utilization. CJ Holthaus, Director of System Validation at Centaur Technology demonstrated this technology on a 1.5GHz system....
by technarch
Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: new FSP Green Power with 85% efficiency
Replies: 88
Views: 47346

In case anyone is curious, I asked Fortron if the circuit board on the Green Power was the same as on their fanless Zen PSU and they said no.
by technarch
Thu Jun 30, 2005 7:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is my cpu burning up creating a smell?
Replies: 9
Views: 2572

Thanks for the replies guys.. If it's the PSU I'm not having much luck then with them. Previous mb blew up so I bought an Enermax Noisetaker and couldn't use it because it smelled too much, so I RMA'ed it and got back a scuffed up one that was only marginally better. So I shelved it and bought a Pha...
by technarch
Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is my cpu burning up creating a smell?
Replies: 9
Views: 2572

Is my cpu burning up creating a smell?

Ok here's the situation.. increasingly, I'm finding the room full of a 'electronics' smell. Not burning, just a 'hot equipment' smell, mildly fumey Problem is, the smell bothers me. There's only 2 possible things it could be, the CPU which is a Palomino XP 1700 using Arctic Silver 5 (does this compo...
by technarch
Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:04 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom owners question about heat
Replies: 3
Views: 1179

I do know unfortunately.. I happen to be chemically sensitive. :( Mostly hydrocarbon solvents though (can cause a problem with aerosol air fresheners often, look at the MSDS those are petroleum sprays). However my new futon has this acrid 'sweet' smell that doesn't seem to go away despite being near...
by technarch
Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom owners question about heat
Replies: 3
Views: 1179

Phantom owners question about heat

I was wondering, when your supply runs warm, do you find that it generates a mild odour? Not a burning smell, but an electronics smell?

Unless it's some of the other junk surrounding me. I think it's the PSU though.
by technarch
Mon May 09, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 256338

Followup

Hi,

So a followup.. I installed the replacement Phantom around Feb 22nd and to date as of May 9th everything has been working fine, no problems. The warmer weather is starting now so it'll be interesting to see how it goes.
by technarch
Sat Mar 19, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which is the hottest part of the Phantom casing?
Replies: 1
Views: 960

I guess I can answer my own question. My hands were cold, so I felt around the casing. The hottest spot seems to be the upper back left where the corner is.. to position correctly, the blue is facing forward away from you, you are behind the PSU, your right hand is where the cords come out, and the ...
by technarch
Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which is the hottest part of the Phantom casing?
Replies: 1
Views: 960

Which is the hottest part of the Phantom casing?

Hi, I'm asking this question because I'm going to soon get a dual temp monitor and defan my 8500, and since I will be using the bezel to set baseline 'before and after' values with the case open and closed, I want to use the other probe for the Phantom so I can monitor the temperature of the casing....
by technarch
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:08 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Samsung ML-1710 (printer) : noisy
Replies: 5
Views: 5485

I've been very unhappy with my Samsung experience. I tried a 12xx series first, quickly returned after a big fight because it wasn't doing what I had hoped for. Then I paid MORE money and upgraded it to a 1450. Problems I've had with it since day 1: The printer smells, AND the print quality sucks. I...
by technarch
Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New Samsung drives officially posted. One is a 2.2 bel idle.
Replies: 89
Views: 44835

New Samsung drives officially posted. One is a 2.2 bel idle.

http://www.samsung.com/Dn/Down.asp?path=/Products/HardDiskDrive/images&file=2005SHDDpocket.pdf&realname=2005SHDDpocket.pdf&country=HQ The above is a direct link to a PDF of Samsung's new product brochure.. scroll towards the bottom where they have the specs on some of their new audio-friendly hard ...
by technarch
Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 256338

Ok I installed the replacement Phantom. Watch out Canadians though, it came UPS, so you will have to pay the robber in the brown truck for the 'brokerage' or taxes, or whatever. It got shipped on the manifest as a purchase rather than a replacement. I'll see if I can clear this up but probably this ...
by technarch
Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sheesh, why is it so hard to find a 8mb 80 gig hd?
Replies: 16
Views: 2866

Where I live (Canada) none of the stores stock the models listed on various webpages.. But your idea about the adapter is really interesting.. I can get a SATA hd to PATA adapter? And have it just work? With no signal integrity issues or anything? How much do those adapters cost? It sounds ideal as ...
by technarch
Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSU changed for a Noisetaker 370W
Replies: 8
Views: 2296

But did your PSU smell?? I had the same model, and even months later it kept smelling, so I RMA'd it, and got back another one which had the exact same stench. Makes me think they just swapped the case out and sent me back the exact same drive as the distributor it went to is known to be less than t...
by technarch
Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sheesh, why is it so hard to find a 8mb 80 gig hd?
Replies: 16
Views: 2866

Sheesh, why is it so hard to find a 8mb 80 gig hd?

I want a single platter quiet harddrive with 8 megs of cache.. Only Western Digital makes 8 meg single platter drives, but I'm not sure I should trust them even though they use FDB now and SPCR indicated they may have improved since the original 800JB's came out. Everyone else with an 80 Seagate, Sa...
by technarch
Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 256338

Excellent customer service from Antec!

Antec got back to me, I have to applaud Mr. Richards and his/Antec's superb customer service. Antec is sending me a replacement and I will be sending them back my old one for analysis to see what went wrong. They are doing this right away, and they are doing it fast. It doesn't get much better than ...
by technarch
Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 256338

Mine went boom too

My Phantom went boom just now. And it was definitely not an OTP thing because I did manage to get it turned on after it was ice cold and it stayed up for about 5 minutes before giving up the ghost for good. I cried about the experience here: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=19451 My ...
by technarch
Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Antec Phantom DIED!
Replies: 1
Views: 2523

My Antec Phantom DIED!

Below is the message I wrote initially: Sometime between 1 am and 11 am my computer shut itself off. I came downstairs, and pressed the power button on my computer and it didn't turn on. So I turned off the power supply switch on the back, back on, and then pressed on. The lights on the front flicke...