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by Mar.
Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet keyboard: Apple keyboard
Replies: 25
Views: 8642

Ack, I hate typing on laptops. The buttons are flat instead of at an angle, there's almost no tactile feedback, and everything is crammed closer together.... There's nothing good about laptop keyboards except the noise.... The Mac keyboards are a little better than laptop keyboards, they are angled ...
by Mar.
Sat Feb 05, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 9800 Pro
Replies: 27
Views: 7376

There probably is something wrong with mine, but since the card can OC well enough already and it hasn't burned up yet, I'm not gonna worry about it. Besides, why would I want it to be louder?
by Mar.
Wed Feb 02, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet High Performance Storage
Replies: 1
Views: 1051

If you're looking for maximum performance AND quiet, there is the option of high-performance solid-state drives..... Basically PCI cards with a huge bank of RAM chips and a battery to keep them from losing data when the power is off. Be ready to shell out a few grand for any decent amount of storage...
by Mar.
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman heatpipe or Arctic cooler for ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
Replies: 16
Views: 3894

I have only tried the VGA Silencer (and it works great), but most reviews say they're pretty close in terms of cooling. Iwould think the Zalman is more dependent on case airflow.
by Mar.
Mon Jan 31, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 7200.7 : Recommended on This site, but doesn't earn mine.
Replies: 12
Views: 4592

As a side note, I have an old 80Gb Barracuda IV which is actually a Seagate prototype which came from their local factory. It was used to test the head mounting method for the IV. It has no Seashield, no blue foam under the board, and no label on the top of the drive. It is fairly quiet, certainly ...
by Mar.
Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Rev.3 - Seal Off End?
Replies: 3
Views: 1579

Wouldn't it transfer some vibration to your case though?

Besides, it's already pretty close, there's not gonna be very much hot air leaking back into the case. The small amount that does, isn't gonna impact your temps.
by Mar.
Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Be careful with the VGA Silencer!
Replies: 10
Views: 3479

Because there is no visible damage or any indication that I broke anything. Im still not 100% certain that it was the installation of the Zalman heatsink that broke it. The power connector was having quite a few issues, and I really had to push hard to get it in, its possible I broke the board doin...
by Mar.
Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 9800 Pro
Replies: 27
Views: 7376

Yea, i think there might be something wrong with mine, because there is little air pressure coming out the back...
by Mar.
Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Be careful with the VGA Silencer!
Replies: 10
Views: 3479

I crushed a 9800 pro. Managed to get an AIW through an RMA though.... so it worked out in the long run. The old card couldn't OC worth crap, and this AIW 9800 pro goes far past XT speeds (but I keep it at 412/365). No, no crunching sound. The instructions are generally good, but they don't give any ...
by Mar.
Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 9800 Pro
Replies: 27
Views: 7376

You're lucky you didnt fry your radeon LOL Nah. If your ambient temps arent too high, and you're not doing anything graphically intensive, I think you'd be okay with the fan unplugged. For a while, anyway, then you'd start to see artifacts (on your Windows desktop). The artifacts would be a sign th...
by Mar.
Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 9800 Pro
Replies: 27
Views: 7376

I can't hear mine or low OR high. So, I leave it on high so that I can OC to XT speeds, which works great on my AIW 9800 pro. Good way to save a couple hundred bucks, as long as you get one that can OC well...

My PC is far from silent and the stock HSF was totally unacceptable.
by Mar.
Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Be careful with the VGA Silencer!
Replies: 10
Views: 3479

Be careful with the VGA Silencer!

Believe it or not, I managed to crush my GPU with one when installing.... Too much torque on the screwdriver I guess. If you put one on, good for you, they work great, but don't overtighten the screws. Go until you start getting resistance from the screws, then go a little bit more. The heatsink sho...