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by Ned Slider
Sun Sep 18, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Unusually quiet Seagate 7200.7 made-in-China 80G HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 38180

mrochester wrote:How have people managed to get rid of the 'chattering' you get with Seagate drives? My PATA 7200.7 starts making a seek type noise when it's been idle for while. In my books, this makes it totally unacceptable for a quietPC.
I've not experienced that with either of my two samples.
by Ned Slider
Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Unusually quiet Seagate 7200.7 made-in-China 80G HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 38180

Just an update to this aging thread to say I recently purchased a second 80G 7200.7 ata model and it is equally as quiet as my original one purchased last November. Further, my original drive hasn't deteriorated noise wise by developing any high pitched idle whine like some models can. Needless to s...
by Ned Slider
Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Confused about Dual 12V lines? Here's the FAQ!
Replies: 55
Views: 175247

Thank you so much Mike. I've been looking for a clear and consice explanation of this. Your explanation makes a lot of sense.

Ned
by Ned Slider
Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Enermax 420W Noisetaker.
Replies: 6
Views: 2650

I was so impressed with my noisetaker 370W, I've just ordered another. I guess there's bound to be variations between samples, but I can't fault mine :)

Ned
by Ned Slider
Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive cooling on a GeForce 3
Replies: 5
Views: 2108

I've just done the same with two GeForce 2 cards, one a GF2 Pro and the other a GF2 MX400 that both had noisey fans on. GF2 Pro: http://www.nedslider.freeuk.com/gf2pro-hs.jpg GF2 MX400: http://www.nedslider.freeuk.com/gf2mx-hs.jpg The GF2 Pro has a 65x50x15mm sink on it and the GF2 MX400 is about 50...
by Ned Slider
Sat Jan 22, 2005 3:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus NX-3000 - old, but still good choice ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4317

Thanks Stig, Another factor to consider is case cooling. I use mine in an open system, on shelves on an open rack so case cooling isn't a consideration for me. But maybe the noisetaker with it's two fans would give better case cooling than the older nexus design (not something I'd factored into my a...
by Ned Slider
Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus NX-3000 - old, but still good choice ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4317

I recently bought the Nexus 300W together with a Noisetaker 370W. Both are quiet PSU's and I'm really pleased with both. The voltage rails are slightly better on my Noisetaker, but I am pushing the Nexus quite hard. Overall I'd say the noisetaker is a better PSU but I paid nearly double for it compa...
by Ned Slider
Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Unusually quiet Seagate 7200.7 made-in-China 80G HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 38180

Re: Unusually quiet Seagate 7200.7 made-in-China 80G HDD

This China 7200.7 80G is very slightly quieter than several Barracuda-IV 40G drives I have and it has less vibration. Has anyone else experienced this?? I've now had a chance to do a direct side-by-side subjective comparison of my recent China 7200.7 80GB PATA drive with a Barracuda IV 80GB drive a...
by Ned Slider
Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Unusually quiet Seagate 7200.7 made-in-China 80G HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 38180

I bought one in the UK about 4 weeks back and it's also labelled "Product of China". It's the 80GB ATA model. Mine is extremely quiet in operation. It's idle whine is medium pitched (far better than some of the high pitched whines from other manufacturers) and is just audible from about 6 inches in ...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:28 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Turn off the video card when monitor goes off
Replies: 11
Views: 3252

Re: Why does the screen saver still active?

Here is my big question: Why does windows still run the screen saver with the monitor in sleep/suspend/whatever? All it does is make the video card and CPU hot. Is anyone aware of a utility to turn off the screen saver when the monitor is put to sleep? Just set the screensaver to "none" and then in...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What size heatsink for passive cooling on these cards?
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Thanks :) I guessed the MX400 shouldn't be too much of a problem as there are passive models available, but I don't know if there were ever passive models of the GeForce2 Pro card. The fan died on it a while ago and it got very hot and I started having stability problems before I notice it and repla...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:17 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What size heatsink for passive cooling on these cards?
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

What size heatsink for passive cooling on these cards?

Hi, I have nVidia GeForce2 Pro and Geforce2 MX400 cards that both have noisy fans on. I have a selection of old heatsinks and want to remove the old HSF's and epoxy passive heatsinks on in their place. So what sort of size of heatsink do these cards require for passive cooling? Can anyone link to pi...
by Ned Slider
Sat Nov 27, 2004 9:21 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Passive Northbridge cooling for nForce2 motherboards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

lm wrote:Shouldn't this be easy since for example asus a7n8x deluxe which has nforce2 ultra fsb400, is passively cooled by default.
Ah - thank you, that's what I was wondering as both my boards (Abit and Epox) came with fans on the chipset as stock. So good passive cooling should be OK.

Ned
by Ned Slider
Sat Nov 27, 2004 2:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Passive Northbridge cooling for nForce2 motherboards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

Thank you people for your expert advice :)

Ned
by Ned Slider
Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:00 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Passive Northbridge cooling for nForce2 motherboards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

Passive Northbridge cooling for nForce2 motherboards?

Hi, I'm wanting to quiet down my PC's and the next thing to go is the northbridge fan. Currently I run one board at 185fsb and another at 166fsb. Both are currently cooled by Iceberq chipset coolers and I'm looking for passive replacements. Any thoughts on the Thermalright NB-1 but without the fan a...
by Ned Slider
Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best way to silence WD whine?
Replies: 5
Views: 2012

The problem is because it's air bourne noise (not vibrational) the only effective way to reduce/elimiate it is to totally encase the drive in soundproofing material. The problem then becomes heat as the drive can no longer dissipate it's heat (sound proofing materials also tend to be good thermal in...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K80 and 7K250 - what's the difference?
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

The only difference appears to be that the 7k80 weighs a little less and draws a little less power than the 7k250. This is probably because the 7k80 was designed to only be 80GB max. The Hitachi naming scheme appears to be [Rotational Speed in kRPM][max # of GB] 7k80 7k250 That's about what I thoug...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K80 and 7K250 - what's the difference?
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

7k80 is a 2.5" form-factor drive (ie. laptop-size), as opposed to traditional 3.5" drives like the 7k250. Noise-related information on these new Hitachis is still very limited, AFAIK. I don't think it is, it's listed as a 3.5" drive: http://www.simply.co.uk/productinformation/75483/WW/HITACHI_7K80_...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K80 and 7K250 - what's the difference?
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

I know what you mean and I do agree, just that money is really tight atm. Plus all the talk of the different motor types on the samsung drives put me off. I'm not prepared to take a chance and pay an extra £10 for the priveledge. I just want a drive that doesn't have the loud high pitched idle whine...
by Ned Slider
Tue Nov 16, 2004 8:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K80 and 7K250 - what's the difference?
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

Thanks for the link. With delivery they're about £10 more which translates to about 25% more at this price point. I decided to get the Seagate 7200.7 as I couldn't find any info on the Hitachi 7K80.

I just hope it's not too noisey.

Thanks anyway,

Ned
by Ned Slider
Mon Nov 15, 2004 2:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K80 and 7K250 - what's the difference?
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

Hitachi 7K80 and 7K250 - what's the difference?

Hi, I'm looking for a new quiet HD to replace a very whiney Maxtor D740X-6L. I want an 80GB PATA model. Noise/price are of main concern. The Samsung drives are too expensive here in the UK. I've found a good price on a Seagate 7200.7 but wasn't sure about it as there seem to be confilicting reports ...
by Ned Slider
Fri Oct 15, 2004 5:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestion for quiet PS with Athlon 64, Enough +12V ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3339

Here's the X-bit article for you:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/ ... power.html

Ned
by Ned Slider
Tue Oct 05, 2004 5:04 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: All Noisetakers created equal?
Replies: 3
Views: 1728

Hi, I'm not sure I can really answer your question but I can say this; I recently bought a noisetaker 375 AX(G)-SFMA with active PFC and I'm really pleased with it. The noisiest thing in that system is now the maxtor HD. Whether it is quiet enough for you is subjective, but for me the (lack of) nois...
by Ned Slider
Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Safe guidelines for various psu readings?
Replies: 6
Views: 4201

Absolutely. If your system is fine then you have nothing to worry about.

My Nexus 300 PSU as recommended by these forums reads very low on the 5V rail on my motherboard but the system works just fine.

Ned
by Ned Slider
Fri Oct 01, 2004 4:29 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Safe guidelines for various psu readings?
Replies: 6
Views: 4201

Also bear in mind that motherboard (and bios) monitoring of voltages is notoriously inaccurate. Your MBM readings could be accurate, they could be off. You could measure directly with a calibrated digital voltmeter.

Ned
by Ned Slider
Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New A64 problems - psu not enough?
Replies: 13
Views: 2896

I'm wondering if it's the board or the psu. I think SATA drives require more power and most seem to be using SATA in RAID on this board. I should be fine with even 3 regular IDE HD drives. SATA or not, hdds take about 10W each. Yes, that's true. But also bear in mind at boot up when the drives firs...
by Ned Slider
Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does your Noistaker whine?
Replies: 30
Views: 9309

No whine on my Noisetaker 375. Superbly quiet

ECS K7S5A and AthlonXP 2100+, 1 HD, 1 CD-RW, Geforce2 MX400.

Ned
by Ned Slider
Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many rails?
Replies: 6
Views: 1880

Sleepy, Here's my comments posted in your other thread: Rather than having just one 12V rail with, say 30-40A on it, some manufacturers are splitting this into two seperated individually regulated 12V lines. They tell us this is to seperate electrically noisy components such as disk/drive motors fro...
by Ned Slider
Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What's the lowest I can get away with?
Replies: 13
Views: 3484

So what you're saying is that I need more than one 12v rail, I can't just have one high rated one? Thanks again. No, not quite. It doesn't really matter whether it's two rails or one so long as you have sufficient power on the 12V. The distriibution of power within modern computers is changing. Nea...
by Ned Slider
Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What's the lowest I can get away with?
Replies: 13
Views: 3484

Yes, mine is quiet - the loudest thing in that system is now my maxtor HD. MikeC also gave it a good rating for noise in his review. Of course a lot will depend on the ambient temp but that will be pretty much the same for any supply though. Mine never ramps up the fan even with the adjustable knob ...