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by dfrost
Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Critique my first time build ($1500 budget)
Replies: 22
Views: 5224

If I end up with a little extra cash should I go for the s12 over the NeoHE? IIRC, the s12 has only one fan which makes it quieter but might decrease cooling capability. There is no issue with the cooling capacity of an S12. My -430 fan has yet to ramp up above 950 rpm, even under sustained 100% CP...
by dfrost
Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A couple of questions regarding quieting an Antec Sonata I
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

Will replacing the stock Sonata PSU with something like the Seasonic S12 make a worthwhile difference in reducing noise? That was one of the four best changes I made to my Sonata I. The S12-430 is both much quieter and cooler. The S12 fan has never ramped up above 950 rpm (usually runs about 700 rp...
by dfrost
Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright 120 help
Replies: 6
Views: 2436

There's an accessory "S-Clip" available from Thermalright that enables the HR-01 to be rotated 90 degrees so that it is optimally oriented toward the rear fan.
by dfrost
Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How do I take out fan fasteners from 120 mm Antec fan (P160)
Replies: 19
Views: 5282

You might be able to use the Antec fans "screws" backwards - insert the screw through the case mounting frame first, then into the fan, so that the thin end of the screw is between the fan frame flanges. It's not exactly what was intended, but what they heck, you already have all the pieces, so it w...
by dfrost
Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How do I take out fan fasteners from 120 mm Antec fan (P160)
Replies: 19
Views: 5282

OK, nici! You made me LOL :lol: ! "More Power" to you.

Now that is tool that I don't have (yet). I must correct that deficiency.
by dfrost
Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gainward 7600GS AGP & Aerocool VM-101
Replies: 6
Views: 2949

There appear to be two versions of the 7600GS AGP card: one with several components "above" the GPU chip like this one from Asus , and the more common version with just memory chips in that direction. If the Gainward is like the latter then it seems quite likely it will fit. The Asus design seems mu...
by dfrost
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gainward 7600GS AGP & Aerocool VM-101
Replies: 6
Views: 2949

Here's a thread describing a VM-101 on a 6600GT AGP card. It doesn't fit "square" with the card, but otherwise apparently OK.
by dfrost
Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How do I take out fan fasteners from 120 mm Antec fan (P160)
Replies: 19
Views: 5282

About five minutes with a cheap coping saw and a file (to clean up the edges) will leave the Yate Loon/Nexus/Globalwin corners neatly open. That's a Yate Loon on the left in this picture , notably with Antec fan fasteners like those asked about by the OP. A vice to hold the fan being cut is nice but...
by dfrost
Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How do I take out fan fasteners from 120 mm Antec fan (P160)
Replies: 19
Views: 5282

how did you get the idea to use a small screwdriver to push the barbs into the hole? I've been a mechanical aerospace test engineer for most of my career, a bike mechanic in my spare time, and do most of the work needed on my cars. Applying common tools to uncommon applications goes along with all ...
by dfrost
Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How do I take out fan fasteners from 120 mm Antec fan (P160)
Replies: 19
Views: 5282

I can't seem to be able to remove the fasteners, however. Is it possible to remove them? If so, how would I go about doing this? Use some needlenose pliers (or fingers if they fit) on the "head" end to apply a little tension, and simultaneously use a small screwdriver to push the "barbs" into the h...
by dfrost
Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sata 1 vs Sata 2 vs IDE
Replies: 14
Views: 4395

Boot up with Windows XP Pro on my PC happens noticeably faster since I switched the backup drive from IDE to SATA. No idea why/how that would change but it did. The OS drive has always been SATA (originally Seagate 7200.7, now Samsung SP2004C; no change in boot time with that change). The backup dri...
by dfrost
Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Strip casing off of fanmate
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Here's a Fanmate attached to the inside of a blank 5.25 drive bay cover. It's attached with several small pieces of the doublestick foam tape that comes with a Fanmate.
by dfrost
Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Small Passive Cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 2988

unfortunatly, im from sweden and i cant find a single store selling that cooler.. But you'll probably be more successful finding the newer, higher capacity but heavier VM-102 , which is not available in N. America. Silencio is an excellent European vendor and SPCR member, I believe, who is selling ...
by dfrost
Wed Oct 04, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Small Passive Cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 2988

Another option is the Aerocool VM-101, however, it seems that not many is selling it any longer. There is still a vendor with a few VM-101's . Given your space concerns, you might be interested in the modification I made to a VM-101 . It would probably work fine pointed in the downward direction, b...
by dfrost
Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scratches on my heatsink base
Replies: 3
Views: 1833

this aluminum is easily scratched. Is that normal? Would using the copper version (XP90-C) eliminate this problem? The material of the base is copper for all the XP's. The XP-90C uses copper heatpipes and copper fins. I also picked up the term 'lapping' when looking around here. I read that this ha...
by dfrost
Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions to cool an ati aiw 9600 pro?
Replies: 6
Views: 5216

I'm quite quietly pleased with the Aerocool VM-101 on my 9600 Pro. It has been discontinued, but still available.

I like it enough that I bought a second one to modify.
by dfrost
Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which cooler? A64- Venice 3800+
Replies: 11
Views: 3439

The HR-01 looks good, but no fan support? And also it will be facing my PSU and not my exhaust?

There's now an "S-Clip" for the Thermalright tower heatsinks that allow them to be oriented in either direction.
by dfrost
Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright XP-120 and Core Duo 2
Replies: 10
Views: 4399

BTW which direction is the nexus supposed to be blowing air? down onto the heatsink or up away from the heatsink? Many prefer the fan blowing down onto the heatsink, but I get more uniform load temps (same CPU, lower VRM, higher northbridge, all under 47C) if it is blowing away. It's extremely easy...
by dfrost
Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Two loons, a papst, and a coolermaster
Replies: 36
Views: 63255

I'm also using and appreciating a Papst 4412 F/2GL (Hungarian version with the blue and silver label) on an XP-120 at 6-11V. At 6V (~780 rpm), where it is most of the time, it's sound is a negligible addition to the other quiet fans in my sig system. At that low load level, the loudest, if you could...
by dfrost
Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Alternate softmount HD in Solo or P150 - double grommets!
Replies: 7
Views: 3337

This method sounds very much like that suggested by m0002a a few years ago, using high density foam as "extended grommets." It is a very effective and inexpensive approach with Antec drive sleds.
(if I can just find the flaming grommets...)
So just make your own grommets from that HD foam
by dfrost
Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: college upgrades
Replies: 15
Views: 3573

So the radeon 9600 xt is loud naturally?
Any video card that includes a small fan will be loud, but a 9600 XT should be quite easy to cool passively. I'm using an Aerocool VM-101for a similar 9600 Pro that runs quite cool (less then 40C under load) with that cooling device.
by dfrost
Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for smallest Full ATX case
Replies: 41
Views: 39402

Looks like the iCute QH02 seriesshares that basic chassis with a variety of side cover/fan arrangements (and colors). Maybe looking for more then a specific part number would reveal more about availabililty. Also, that iCute website has a link to their distributors.
by dfrost
Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Killing fan speed change
Replies: 16
Views: 6799

Do you have any control over fan voltage parameters in the BIOS? Abit's FanEQ in my sig system provides variable fan voltage based on user-defined temperatures. I set those so that the fan only starts ramping up when the CPU temperature is definitely rising beyond the normal range. "Normal" for my u...
by dfrost
Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for smallest Full ATX case
Replies: 41
Views: 39402

The iCute Coolive is a very small full ATX case (160mm x 485mm x 355 mm) with a cleverly located PSU (lower front) and huge fan. Don't know about it's availaibility, or how quiet that fan will be. Interesting idea, however.
by dfrost
Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How do motherboard connectors and case fit together?
Replies: 2
Views: 1375

Every motherboard comes with an I/O plate that specifically fits the connector layout of that board. It is relatively easy to pop out the "standard" I/O plate and replace it with the one provided with the motherboard. No tools are required.
by dfrost
Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How are the Sonata 2's hard drive grommets
Replies: 3
Views: 2584

Here's a very inexpensive methodto improve on the Sonata HDD grommets. At least it's inexpensive if you have access to #6-32 screws.
by dfrost
Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to buy a Papst 4412FGL (or fan close to it)?
Replies: 8
Views: 3082

You might try Sharka Computers. I'm using a 4412 F/2GL, undervolted to approximately FGLL levels (about 1500 rpm max), and very pleased with it on the XP-120 cooling the P4 Northwoods CPU.
by dfrost
Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need some help here!
Replies: 7
Views: 2806

Owen1978, Your link points to a Papst 4412 F/2GLL fan from Silencio. I've been extremely pleased with my a Papst 4412 F/2GL, undervolted to F/2GLL speeds, so I'd say that would be an excellent fan. That's the one that madshrimps typically uses as a standard in his CPU cooler tests. Here's his test o...
by dfrost
Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Solo - Quiet Game Box (in progress)
Replies: 17
Views: 7109

Anyone have any ideas about Artic Silver 5 verses Artic Silver Ceramique???
Here's what a self-described "mad scientist" from Arctic Silver had to say about performance of those two compounds.
by dfrost
Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan Controller...possible motherboard problem?
Replies: 4
Views: 2120

Well, no one else is answering, so I will... All the fans I use (Papst 4412 F/2GL, Nexus 120, Yate Loon 120 (2 - one intake, one in the S12-430), and Dynatron 92mm (~= Nexus 92mm), which are all sleeve-bearing fans, get significantly quieter as voltage is reduced. The only one running at more then 5...