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by mg1394
Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 15326

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

Thanks for the response; I understand.

I've depended on Mike Chin and the advice here for many years.
by mg1394
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 15326

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

I'm sure it's just the pictures and/or my view, but I'm concerned as to which power supplies can even be used in this case. All machines I've build in the past 2 years have used the Seasonic ss-400, so no fan problems (take advantage of all those case fans!). But I can't see if it will fit with powe...
by mg1394
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 47482

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

And what a great job SPCR has done for all of those 10 years. Thank you, Mike (and others).
Have some of your favorite beverage to celebrate.

And here's to all of us that seem to have a "joined" date of August 11, 2002 :D :D

-marsha
by mg1394
Sun May 15, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: HP's new Neo (12W TDP) based microserver (with HW decoding)
Replies: 37
Views: 45904

Re: HP's new Neo (12W TDP) based microserver (with HW decodi

Hi Mike, I certainly appreciate you rapid reply. I think I will start this project (new copy of WHS 2011, you know.) I could use a hardware controller (do have Fan Mates setting around), but based on your review results, I thought I'd just use a good quality (above) fan fixed in the 800-1000 rpm ran...
by mg1394
Sun May 15, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: HP's new Neo (12W TDP) based microserver (with HW decoding)
Replies: 37
Views: 45904

Re: HP's new Neo (12W TDP) based microserver (with HW decodi

Hi all, My question is did vlrnmz (or anyone else) find any problem using a 3-wire fan? I'd like to build this with a Noctua or Scythe fan that is non-PWM. Reading Mike's review, there seems no advantage with a PWM fan. My plan would be to use the HP connector and simply not have the control wire in...
by mg1394
Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How safe is it to run 120mm fans on Mobo. headers
Replies: 7
Views: 2849

I asked about this because a few years ago ( when I got my 3750AMB case) I put a panaflo 12L on the mobo header and blew the header as soon as I powered up - The board was an Asus P4B266SE 400FSB P4 board with a 2.0 northwood . I checked the Manual for the M2N32-SLI that I am using now , it does no...
by mg1394
Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Wolfdale E8000 Series
Replies: 6
Views: 2525

And if I could only purchase one :( :roll:
by mg1394
Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI HD3850 & HD3870: Improved Acoustics & Power Effi
Replies: 35
Views: 24282

Why the jokes about the frog???

Hello Mike, Nice review on the cards - it's good to read about something I wouldn't consider using once in awhile (too noisy!). But on that topic, you are very careful to give quanitative numbers in all the tables in the review. So, as an engineer, I was wondering - given the good sound measuring eq...
by mg1394
Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 73446

The two drive cages

Can they be interchanged as to which is upper and lower?
by mg1394
Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu82+ 625 Review
Replies: 117
Views: 81596

Re: Not as impressed as everyone else

I don't know who "us" is, but I'd say a system with 4 HDDs is not modern at all; it's downright primitive. With the drive capacities we have now and so many options for external storage, why in the world would you load up so many noisemakers and heaters in one PC? Gee, "primitive" isn't what I'd us...
by mg1394
Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu82+ 625 Review
Replies: 117
Views: 81596

Not as impressed as everyone else

Nice supply. I'd purchase 10 of the 425's in a minute if they had a reasonable cable system. Only 3 sata just doesn't make for a useful system for us. Since a modern system with one video card and 4 drives (that needs a max of 200w) is not uncommon, why do they lock themselves out of the market???
by mg1394
Mon May 07, 2007 6:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD3200KS: Can I use Hitachi Feature Tool to adjust AAM?
Replies: 11
Views: 7164

Hmmm, so do you have a question? Or are you just making a comment? The HFT works just fine on all WD drives. If you have a very seek-intensive application, of course there will be a performance difference; however, I have yet to see a benchmark that could show such a difference, and a user that coul...
by mg1394
Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: nVidia does have performance problems ....
Replies: 0
Views: 1233

nVidia does have performance problems ....

Grrr, my greatest new super quiet PC with an XFX 7600 GS simply sucks for simple performance when using a dual-monitor system in portrait mode. I've been using this monitor configuration since 1999 and this setup is much poorer performance than anything I've seen up to now. (For example, an old Matr...
by mg1394
Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: The First SPCR Fan Round-Up
Replies: 44
Views: 36677

:D :D :D :D

What else to say - great job and very valuable. Keep up the superior effort.

:D :D :D :D
by mg1394
Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Didnt get a great response first time round :(
Replies: 2
Views: 1690

:D :D :D Ahh, now you got a GREAT RESPONSE!
by mg1394
Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A quiet home fileserver
Replies: 8
Views: 5109

Either machine is fine. Whichever one you think is more reliable is best. The power supply is just fine (overkill actually) I have no idea where you get the idea of not booting off a RAID 5 array. You need to get the drivers loaded when you do the install, but that's pretty well documented. Best to ...
by mg1394
Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Computer shop qualifications?
Replies: 5
Views: 5272

Consider doing both the shop and yourself a favor and decline to take the maching, then take your business elsewhere. First, why aren't you building the machine yourself - if you know exactly what you want and how you want it done, just do it. Second, you clearly are uneasy/unhappy with the shop you...
by mg1394
Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: URGENT!! troubles with a seagate Momentus 5400.2
Replies: 17
Views: 5528

Gotta appreciate all those IDE tips for a SATA drive 8)
by mg1394
Sun May 28, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA EPIA EN12000E fanless mini-ITX
Replies: 64
Views: 48579

And Devon is, of course, quite kind in his comments about the vendor.

Possibly the problems with Photoshop and the video are due to more than just software drivers - maybe CPU or chipset bugs?? This is not a widely used nor tested products (with Win XP / Apps ).
by mg1394
Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A report on McMaster buna rubber for damping
Replies: 3
Views: 2031

Sorry you had the trouble. I have used about 100 sq. ft. of similar material (I use the polyurethane, non-stick, and mount it myself, see p. 3347) over the past year or so and highly recommend it. Ralf's pointers are good for the cutting process. I use the Fiskars rotary cutter - works like a charm....
by mg1394
Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120 VAC fans - is it O.K. to undervolt them?
Replies: 23
Views: 8279

Odd answer from blandoon :? The article is just fine, and you'll notice the most common method of controlling speed of fans is to adjust the voltage. And that's just what you do. In normal household use (like a ceiling fan) it's called a reostat or dimmer. Fine units for lab use are called a variac....
by mg1394
Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404826

This summary’s objective is to clear up any confusion pertaining to Antec’s NeoHE power supply series compatibility issues that have come up, as well as some other points. Maybe it's just me, but I've read this post several times and it's _still_ not at all clear ......... If there's a fix, why isn...
by mg1394
Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help!!! WinXP installation setup crashes / produces errors
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

Well, the problem may be memory, or it may be the P/S or the motherboard, or some other board not seated properly, or a mounting problem with the motherboard, and on and on. However, it you can't run a clean memtest, don't waste your time trying to install XP or any other OS. Fix low level problems ...
by mg1394
Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A motherboard to last 4-5 years
Replies: 55
Views: 15935

I really suggest you get your head around the software you want to run. If you insist on staying with WinME and the legacy software that it supports, then I would not consider a hardware upgrade at all. Drivers and support software simply will not exist. Both Linux and Windows software needs to be w...
by mg1394
Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Modding the Zalman 9500 Heatsink
Replies: 40
Views: 32716

The detailed "how to" is sure to be very helpful to quite a number of folk. Therefore a quote from the article: "The next photo shows the tiny holes drilled into two of the arms that extend from the center of the fan. They had to be very precisely done." could use a bit of engineering revision to sp...
by mg1394
Thu Nov 03, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P160 exhaust fan rubber screws - where can I get more?
Replies: 4
Views: 1960

Similar (and some better) products from lots of places, e.g. SPCR sponsor www.endpcnoise.com , and industrial supply houses like McMaster-Carr.
by mg1394
Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:09 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Shuttle's long awaited SD11G5 Pentium-M SFF
Replies: 74
Views: 54937

Well, he did mention it in the table (composite video out) but got it wrong. It's really s-video out.
by mg1394
Sun Oct 09, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stress a 6600GT video card?
Replies: 8
Views: 2812

Maybe I should try 3dmark03 also. With "rt-dribble" and prime95, I got the 62C, but prime95 wasn't getting many CPU cycles at all. It appeared that "rt-dribble" took all CPU (100%) as well as the load on the GPU.
by mg1394
Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stress a 6600GT video card?
Replies: 8
Views: 2812

Thank you all very much. The "rt-dribble" did the job very nicely. Put the temp on an XFX 6600GT to 62 C in a few minutes and it didn't climb from there. That's with the Zalman 700 cooler at 5v.

I couldn't fine ATI Tool on the ATI site. Did I do a poor search?

Thanks again for the help.
by mg1394
Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system: Socket 478 vs AMD64?
Replies: 4
Views: 1569

wainwra, you will be just fine. You should to to the ASUS site and read the changelog for the BIOS, but the differences between 1006 (on most boards this year) and the newly realeased 1009 are minor, and mostly have to do with control functions related to Win XP64, and some stuff with the Sil raid c...