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by sneaker
Fri May 01, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 26
Views: 28945

Re: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

Have some comments on the 16TB Seagate Skyhawk that I thought I'd link here as they're a bit out of the way in an Article Discussion thread. It also has older comments on the 12TB IronWolf, 10TB Skyhawk and 10TB WD Red:

https://silentpcreview.com/forums/viewt ... 42#p611442
by sneaker
Fri May 01, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

I'm back two years later with comments on another high-capacity drive. Picked up a pair of 16TB Seagate Skyhawk AI (ST16000VE000) for backup purposes, but being the sucker for punishment that I am, I again decided to try one in my desktop as another potential replacement for my 8TB Reds. Will be bri...
by sneaker
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Have owned six WD80EFRX (though only two were in my system - the others are in My Book Duos). Sold one in the process of upgrading to the 10-12TB drives, which I regret as my main rig will be returning to a three HDD configuration at some point - consisting of WD80EFRX. My original comments on that ...
by sneaker
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Sad to conclude with the 10TB WD Red, 12TB Seagate IronWolf, and 10TB Seagate Skyhawk having all proven unacceptable in one way or another. The 10TB Red made the most promising first impression with very low motor noise and vibration, but turned out a major disappointment, with its maddeningly notic...
by sneaker
Tue May 08, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Well, got my answer quicker than expected - the 10TB Red is indeed the ticking-every-second culprit. Powered down, yanked the power from the 12TB IronWolf, powered back up and didn't have to wait long for the ticking to start. Now I have the 10TB Red unplugged to observe the 12TB IronWolf in isolati...
by sneaker
Tue May 08, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Someone else can buy a Barracuda Pro. I've done my part :P The tick-every-second continues this morning, so it's apparently gone all night, except now I'm not sure which drive is doing it - it felt like the 10TB Red last night, but had my finger against the drives again this morning and frankly I ca...
by sneaker
Tue May 08, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Not having much luck with the latest crop of drives, it seems. Am sitting here late at night when it's nice and quiet, but being taunted by a continual tick about once a second, and it's not the 12TB IronWolf or a wall clock. It's the 10TB Red, apparently performing some sort of background maintenan...
by sneaker
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

WD Red 10TB: Very positive first impressions for vibration and motor noise. It does however make the characteristic click/clunk about every 5 seconds when idle, also observed in the Red 6TB and 8TB. Will follow up if I have anything to add after more time with it. I just saw this review of the WD Re...
by sneaker
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

This comparison may prove informative. I must admit I'd be interested to see how the WD Red and Hitachi He10 compare. As it happens I now have a 10TB WD Red ordered thanks to a well-timed deal. It's what I'd have preferred in the first place, but its price tag was previously 25% more than the best ...
by sneaker
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Spent quite some time yesterday softening the mount for the Skyhawk using some old Spire Soundpad foam, since the Fractal's rubber grommets aren't the best. It reduced the transfer of vibration, but not enough, and it's a moot point anyway as the motor noise alone is above my threshold (same is unfo...
by sneaker
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Vibration continues to be a significant issue with the 10TB Skyhawk, and contrary to my first impressions, motor noise has also been audible from a couple of metres away (sometimes the noise fluctuates up and down over a period of around 6 seconds, which makes it more noticable). I've now had severa...
by sneaker
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Second impression, sitting here on a quiet morning hearing an annoying hum, is less positive. Seems now that the drive has 'settled' a bit on its mount, it's transferring more vibration to the rest of the chassis. I'll be moving it to another bay when the 12TB IronWolf arrives and will report if tha...
by sneaker
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98080

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Received a 10TB Skyhawk yesterday. First impressions - much greater vibration and motor noise than my WD Red 6TB and 8TBs, but pretty quiet seeking. It's not a particularly loud drive broadly speaking, and isn't audible in my closed Fractal Mini on a carpeted floor from a couple of metres away in a ...
by sneaker
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red 8TB
Replies: 12
Views: 12546

Re: WD Red 8TB

Installed one yesterday. Front: http://i.imgur.com/9I2WySC.jpg Back: http://i.imgur.com/PkEG2iR.jpg CrystalDiskInfo: http://i.imgur.com/6dsB0DN.png Initial subjective observations from crouching next to my open system case: Idle noise: Very low. Probably about the same or lower than my WD Red 6TB, b...
by sneaker
Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Zalman goes bankrupt
Replies: 14
Views: 8387

Re: Zalman goes bankrupt

Checking in just to mourn Zalman's passing. My Zalman Flower CNPS6000-AlCu was probably the first component ever to satisfy my PC silencing needs, unlike previous acquisitions such as the Q Technology PSU and Silent Drive enclosure. http://i.imgur.com/XYIrjFs.jpg Purchased January 2002, so it predat...
by sneaker
Sun May 12, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD ZeroCore observations
Replies: 19
Views: 12445

Re: AMD ZeroCore observations

Nothing new to report re the card becoming stuck at higher GPU voltage/memory speed - hasn't reoccured since the 13.4 drivers were installed. It's likely issues with ZeroCore will tend to fly under the radar, since it's a bit of a niche interest (the broader community of PC hardware enthusiasts will...
by sneaker
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD ZeroCore observations
Replies: 19
Views: 12445

Re: AMD ZeroCore observations

Couple of updates: - It's six days since I installed the Catalyst 13.4 drivers released last week, and I'm pleased to report that in that time, the card hasn't become 'stuck' at the higher GPU voltage and memory speed, whereas previously it was happening once or several times during the course of a ...
by sneaker
Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD ZeroCore observations
Replies: 19
Views: 12445

Re: AMD ZeroCore observations

I remember that Optimus-on-desktop announcement years ago and searching in vain for updates about it in the months that followed. An update on the power consumption increased after ZeroCore issue - it seems there is no longer a link between this and ZeroCore with the newer set of drivers, because si...
by sneaker
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD ZeroCore observations
Replies: 19
Views: 12445

Re: AMD ZeroCore observations

Wouldn't it be better instead to somehow script things such that when youleave the system at night, it then runs all of the tasks before shutting itself down when it's finished? That can be convenient for a consistent task or two, but if there is an unpredictable array of tasks in a wide variety of...
by sneaker
Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD ZeroCore observations
Replies: 19
Views: 12445

AMD ZeroCore observations

So I picked up a just-released ASUS 7790-DC2OC-1GD5 the other day, and one of the features that's long appealed to me about the 7000-series Radeons is "ZeroCore". Since I switch off my monitor overnight while leaving my PC on (to run automatic backups, routine scans, etc.), it makes sense for the vi...
by sneaker
Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO
Replies: 48
Views: 19499

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO

Just a heads up for fellow DH67BL owners - some silly duffer at Intel mixed up the front and rear fan header settings in the 0156 BIOS update, so that now the front header BIOS setting controls the rear header, and vice versa :lol: EDIT: wow, just noticed from the previous post date it's been a year...
by sneaker
Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini
Replies: 63
Views: 42397

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini

Did you pick the 92 mm cooler model in case the 120 mm one wouldn't clear the side panel? I've got the bigger Noctua and the clearance is barely a few millimetres. My initial preference was a Hyper 212 Plus but I read one user report that the fit was so tight it left impresssions in the side panel ...
by sneaker
Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini
Replies: 63
Views: 42397

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini

Thought I'd throw my recently assembled system pics up since there were only a couple on the web when I was researching clearances etc prior to purchase. Nothing really special here but it's the first time I've assembled a full desktop since my Antec 3700-BQE based system eight years ago, so I was k...
by sneaker
Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: fractal define r3 - bottom intake - spare dampening?
Replies: 4
Views: 1514

Re: fractal define r3 - bottom intake - spare dampening?

The bottom vent on my Mini pretty much invited me to simply cut a thin sheet of plastic to size and slide it under the fan filter. So quick and neat if you're just wanting to block the vent - no need for tape or other annoying materials :)
by sneaker
Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO
Replies: 48
Views: 19499

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO

Here are some of the BIOS (or UEFI) fan/temp control screens from the latest DH67BL BIOS revision (0122). Fan Control & Real Time Monitoring http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6021/biosfancontrol.th.jpg Front Fan http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/1160/biosfrontauto.th.jpg Front Fan (Manual) http://img2...
by sneaker
Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini
Replies: 63
Views: 42397

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini

These are just some unboxing snaps I took for anyone who wants to get a better sense of what's inside. The pics are high res but the imageshack zoom button wasn't working for me in Firefox so you might also have to do a right-click > View Image to see the full size pics. http://imageshack.us/g/233/d...
by sneaker
Mon May 09, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs
Replies: 29
Views: 17157

Re: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

Any news about dBA noise of Sapphire HD6670 1gb? It mounts an Arctic Cooling 80mm fan I think. The fans on the Gigabyte and PowerColor 6670 boards appear to be larger still. http://www.gigabyte.com/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1011 http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1271&page=3 Gigabyte ...
by sneaker
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 113330

Are we talking about websites that are based primarily on the webmaster's own work, or content provided by external sources? Because a large proportion of sites now fall mainly in the latter category, with a large forum being at that end of the spectrum where almost all the value is in posts created...
by sneaker
Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Fanless Netbook (Dell Latitude 2100)
Replies: 4
Views: 4142

Hasn't been the most highly publicised netbook but from what I can see, the Latitude 2100 has actually been available since around May and plenty of comments suggest it has a fan.

So is this an updated version or something?
by sneaker
Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005HA netbook
Replies: 63
Views: 29652

The fact is, this particular configuration meant forced air convection was necessary to keep temps in check (and comfortable on your lap I might add). I'd also be curious how the fanless netbooks perform in hotter temperatures. People in milder North American and European climates are often somewha...