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by Lards
Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low Noise Champ?
Replies: 107
Views: 98820

Yay! Finally a decent sized hard drive with low noise! :)

As good as my Samsung 1614C's are, 160gb is getting a little small - and when you have 6 of them the vibration is a big issue. So even though vibration is similar with the WD it should be a lot less of a problem with only 1 or 2 of them.
by Lards
Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Squeezebox 3 Digital Music Box
Replies: 94
Views: 81320

I'm a bit dissapointed with the 1 folder-restriction. Huge discs are expensive, and may be to small, and RAIDing is a security-risk. AtW RAID 0 maybe, but RAID 5 is a good choice for putting multiple drives together (as long as you don't mind the poor write performance). Lose any drive and your dat...
by Lards
Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C motor
Replies: 19
Views: 7159

As an aside, does anyone know if having the SATA drives plugged into the same "channel" (SATA3/4 on my mobo), will cause a bottleneck? I know that with IDE if you have two devices on one IDE channel the devices won't run at optimal speed. SATA drives all run on separate channels, so there is no pro...
by Lards
Mon Jun 28, 2004 2:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID suspension with pic
Replies: 9
Views: 4813

What case is that you have?
by Lards
Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Great Seagate RMA experience!
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

Yay! Got my replacement drive today - 8 days also (and it got shipped to Singapore). Great service.
by Lards
Sat Jan 17, 2004 5:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Great Seagate RMA experience!
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

I'm currently waiting for a drive back from Seagate. According to their site, it's being shipped currently. (I sent it off on Monday). I originally tried returning it through the retailer I bought it off, but he reckoned he'd sent it back to the distributor and they'd found it not faulty. Then he sp...
by Lards
Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Cage to mount 4 hds in 3 5 1/2" bays
Replies: 10
Views: 2897

Re: Cage to mount 4 hds in 3 5 1/2" bays

Ive checked my raid controller card and it fully supports all those actions rebuilding the array fine. Have you looked into that? Would work out cheaper and more efficient in the long run unless you need the full ~450gb storage up front. No I haven't looked into it, although I would find it hard to...
by Lards
Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Cage to mount 4 hds in 3 5 1/2" bays
Replies: 10
Views: 2897

Re: Cage to mount 4 hds in 3 5 1/2" bays

getting a raid array setup soon which will involve 4 samsung 160gb sata hds in a raid 5 array Pretty much exactly what I'm looking at doing sometime this year. Just waiting for the price of the drive to drop closer to $200 (AU$). Total cost of raid array: 5x160gb 1614C's + 3ware 8506-8 ~ $2000. :o ...
by Lards
Sun Dec 28, 2003 7:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 80 GB Seagate Barracuda IV drives available via HTPC News
Replies: 2
Views: 1269

Yes, 80GB Cuda IV's are double-platter drives. But they're still very quiet - I wouldn't let that fact stop you getting them.
by Lards
Sun Jun 22, 2003 3:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI Fan replaced with Zalman NB32
Replies: 13
Views: 9359

I did a similar thing with my old Geforce DDR - ripped off the fan (way too noisy) and chucked on the NB32J. I still needed a fan though, as without it the heatsink quickly got too hot too touch! So I rigged up my old northbridge fan @ 7V and now its happy :wink:
by Lards
Sat May 17, 2003 2:15 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NB32J on Intel 850E with...
Replies: 4
Views: 1667

I just put one of those onto my Epox 8k9a2+. *shrug* I guess you've just gotta make the decision hehe.

I used some Arctic Alumina thermal adhesive instead of the stuff which comes with the Zalman. Should improve the heat transfer (for $22 it better! :p)
by Lards
Sat May 17, 2003 2:11 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Better Zalman Northbridge Heatsink Alternative ?
Replies: 25
Views: 7531

Stop me here for a second, but I am YET to see a northbridge that needs anything more than a really basic heatsink. Under full load for hours mine never got too hot to touch so a simple light heatsink should be all that is required. My Epox 8k9a2+ northbridge comes with a heatsink + fan, and I've j...
by Lards
Mon May 12, 2003 12:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate SATA V to be discontinued?
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

/me rushes out to buy any 'cudas left
by Lards
Mon May 12, 2003 12:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervoltable Motherboards: ADD to the list!!
Replies: 313
Views: 345703

Just a sidenote to testing stability with prime95... In some cases you might find that your machine will run 12+ hours of prime95 fine, but then crash in other applications. Or, prime95 might crash within 10 minutes, but then your other applications can run faultlessly. So even though prime95 can gi...
by Lards
Mon May 05, 2003 4:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervoltable Motherboards: ADD to the list!!
Replies: 313
Views: 345703

The Epox 8k9a2+ is undervoltable.

Does 1.400 - 1.850 in 0.025v increments
and 1.850 - 2.100 in 0.050v increments

(Currently running my xp2400+ at 1.55v on this board).
by Lards
Fri Jan 17, 2003 4:56 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Piezoelectric fans
Replies: 1
Views: 1503

Piezoelectric fans

Came across an interesting article at New Scientist. http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/tech/article.jsp?id=99991701&sub=Nanotechnology A quote from the article: When Garimella put a piezoelectric fan inside a laptop computer with a rotational fan, it brought the temperature down by 8°C. The piez...
by Lards
Fri Jan 17, 2003 1:57 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Rheobus/Hardcano/etc ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1421

Rheobus/Hardcano/etc ?

I'm thinking of purchasing a gizmo like one of these, and was wondering what experiences people have had with them? Do they work well with no problems? How many fans can you run off them? How slow/quiet do they allow you to go?

Thanks.
by Lards
Mon Jan 13, 2003 1:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: IBM's 180GXP series: 8MB cache + Fluid Dynamic Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 8522

After some further reading, I can answer one of my own questions. :)

A PCI IDE controller will allow any board to support over 137gb drives.

Also, I'm not 100% sure on this one, but a board supporting ATA133 will support drives >137gb.
by Lards
Mon Jan 13, 2003 12:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: IBM's 180GXP series: 8MB cache + Fluid Dynamic Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 8522

I'm actually surprised that it bothers anyone more than the seeking sound of it, but if they say so, I don't have any experience with them. Yeah this surprises me too. Without hearing it myself, I'd assume that the sound couldn't be worse than an intense seeking process, and if this is so, is norma...
by Lards
Sat Jan 11, 2003 4:35 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: What about those noise cancelling thingies?
Replies: 6
Views: 2746

Saw an article on headphones which do noise-cancelling, they were primarily targetted towards ppl who do a lot of flying, to drop the noise of the engines. Aparently they are smart enough to only drop background noise, and say for example the person next to you is speaking to you, you could hear the...