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by dhanson865
Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs
Replies: 29
Views: 18460

Re: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

I'm assuming it was this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161374 a spare 80mm or 92mm fan secured directly to the face of that relatively flat black heatsink would do quite a bit more for cooling that style card than a fan at the front or top of the case. as for the case...
by dhanson865
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs
Replies: 29
Views: 18460

Re: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

well, so I have had the card in for about 3-1/2 months and had some problems. So after I put the fan in the front, things did not get any better. I was getting a lot of weird lines across the screen to the point where menus were not even readable. This would carry through even when I exited the med...
by dhanson865
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 98179

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

1) PSU Support Bar - Most annoying thing ever with the original. Why is it here still? So its removable ... why even have it in the first place if people are just going to remove it time and time again? 2) PSU Top Mount - As a continuation of the prior point, I suppose. The support bar is needed th...
by dhanson865
Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2011 SSD pricing (for drives >= Intel G2 X-25V 40GB perf)
Replies: 79
Views: 30146

Re: 2011 SSD pricing (for drives >= Intel G2 X-25V 40GB perf

For Win 7 users the Crucial/Micron M4 seems like the place to be to me. What about these findings/reasonings ? That was the last review I read before posting the pricing update. I read that review page for page and was shocked when they still recommended Sandforce drives with as little reservations...
by dhanson865
Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2011 SSD pricing (for drives >= Intel G2 X-25V 40GB perf)
Replies: 79
Views: 30146

Re: 2011 SSD pricing (for drives >= Intel G2 X-25V 40GB perf

I have some egg on my face for predicting that the Intel 320 with 25nm flash would result in major price drops after the initial honeymoon period. Look at the 300GB model, a monstrous 1.8% price drop in 5 months. The Vertex 3 has emerged as a value buy but I have no idea if the early reliability co...
by dhanson865
Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Seeking New Acoustics/Computer Test Lab for SPCR
Replies: 14
Views: 25411

Re: Seeking New Acoustics/Computer Test Lab for SPCR

I would jump on this with both feet if my 70+ year old father weren't using the downstairs portion of my split foyer house. I'm thinking a concrete slab that is 4 feet below ground on one side of the room wouldn't be a bad thing. All that earth blocking noise from a decent portion of the vertical he...
by dhanson865
Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2011 SSD pricing (for drives >= Intel G2 X-25V 40GB perf)
Replies: 79
Views: 30146

Re: 2011 SSD pricing (for drives >= Intel G2 X-25V 40GB perf

Late September 2011 SSD pricing update: The list sorted by Capacity then Gross Price is: Crucial M4 64GB ~$96 ~$1.50/GB CT064M4SSD2 = MTFDDAC064MAM-1J1 = 64GB = MTFDDAK064MAM-1J1 = CT064M4SSD2 Samsung 470 64GB ~$105 ~$1.64/GB MZ-5PA064/US Crucial C300 64GB ~$115 ~$1.80/GB CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 Samsung ...
by dhanson865
Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quietest fan that blows "straight"
Replies: 12
Views: 3106

Re: Quietest fan that blows "straight"

Silverstone Air Penetrators. It looks like a good answer except the lowest RPM model I saw was 1500 RPM. Do you know if the starting voltage is below 5V? http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=257&area=en Oh, and by comparison it was about $25 shipped to my zip code. This review shows it wit...
by dhanson865
Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quietest fan that blows "straight"
Replies: 12
Views: 3106

Re: Quietest fan that blows "straight"

I don't know where you are so check prices shipped to you for S-FLEX SFF21D 800 RPM* KAMA FLOW 2 SP1225FDB12L 900 RPM about $20 after shipping to my zip code ULTRA KAZE DFS123812L-1000 1000 RPM about $25 after shipping to my zip code * The S-FLEX series has been discontinued but is highly regarded. ...
by dhanson865
Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quietest fan that blows "straight"
Replies: 12
Views: 3106

Re: "straight" which scythe fan did you buy

Ducts and air straightener filters are options but lets not jump the gun. You say you went scythe 120mm 800 rpm but you didn't say which one. They make 12mm thick, 25mm thick, and 38mm thick in a number of motor/blade combinations. I'm assuming you didn't get the Slipstream Slim SY1212SL12 S L. If y...
by dhanson865
Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ENERMAX Platimax 600W EPM600AWT
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

Re: ENERMAX Platimax 600W EPM600AWT

I'd hope, with platinum levels of efficiency, the waste power/heat would be low enough that even a mediocre cooling design can be quiet. This isn't just platinum levels, it exceeds 80 Plus Platinum levels of efficiency. Gotta wonder with something that efficient why it isn't fanless, using a fan co...
by dhanson865
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ENERMAX Platimax 600W EPM600AWT
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

ENERMAX Platimax 600W EPM600AWT

http://ecomastertek.com/psu_epm600awt.php ENERMAX Platimax 600W EPM600AWT Fan is 600 RPM at idle and 1500RPM max not bad but definitely not 0 RPM at idle like some of the newer high efficiency PSUs. It is however a magnetic ball bearing design that should be reasonably quiet for a 140mm fan. PSU fan...
by dhanson865
Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Downgrading WD Black to Green
Replies: 3
Views: 1613

Re: Downgrading WD Black to Green

Yep, find your nearest gamer and sell it to him and buy a low power drive. Not even worth trying to change anything about the black.
by dhanson865
Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

Re: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??

is there any tangible benefits/disadvantages to mounting a fan at position 4(the outer middle position)? As your labeling goes fan 4 and 5 are at the front of the case and are more easily heard if the front of the case faces the user. Most users try to move 5 to the position directly below 3 if the...
by dhanson865
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 98179

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

Fan controller on the back....................Really? (facepalm) Hey Antic, ever wondered why people who manufacture fan controllers, always seem to design them for the FRONT of the case? How often to you change the speed of a fan by way of a analog switch or dial? I either hard wire them for 5v, r...
by dhanson865
Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 98179

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

Aside from the cost, most of the changes seem to be pretty good. I don't understand all of the complaints on the first page. To me they just sound like people complaining that the SOLO II is not designed like most cases on the market. The biggest complaint I can't understand is the need to have the...
by dhanson865
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 98179

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

CA_Steve wrote:50 seconds into the video you can see the @#$% plastic power switch assembly. Darn.
and for some reason the support bar in the video has pop rivets instead of Phillips head screws. I've yet to see pics of the screws holding in the support beam.
by dhanson865
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 98179

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4730/ante ... ta-evolved

Maybe I missed it before but he mentions the support bar is removable with a Phillips screwdriver.
by dhanson865
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs
Replies: 29
Views: 18460

Re: AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

Radeon HD 6670 480 800 MHz 8 24 64 GB/s 66W Radeon HD 6570 (GDDR5) 480 650 MHz 8 24 64 GB/s 60W Radeon HD 6570 (DDR3) 480 650 MHz 8 24 29 GB/s 44W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161374 is the HIS DDR3 version so it's in that range for HTPC use but not for gaming. Same with...
by dhanson865
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet 24" monitor
Replies: 42
Views: 13015

Re: Quiet 24" monitor

Maybe my PC isn't quiet enough to notice it but my monitor is set to 42% brightness just because it's the "Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything". I really couldn't tell much difference in brightness though 100% seemed just barely too bright for nighttime use. It's nothing special just a Ace...
by dhanson865
Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New record power draw for a gfx card
Replies: 4
Views: 2617

Re: New record power draw for a gfx card

Only $1500 at newegg yet can only display out to 2 monitors. :roll: I mean the only real use for overpriced video cards is widescreen gaming with 3 or more monitors. Oh and it's 3 slot covers and will want the 4th slot unpopulated for airflow. At least the temps and fan noise are reasonable. It's no...
by dhanson865
Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 3 & Scythe Yasya CPU Heatsinks
Replies: 29
Views: 13048

Re: Scythe Ninja 3 Silent Edition

Scythe has released a new version of the Ninja 3. No modification to the heatsink but the fan is a 800 RPM Slipstream 12V instead of the 470-1900 RPM Slipstream PWM fan on the regular Ninja 3. EU page = http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/cpu-cooler/ninja-3-silent-version.html US page = not up yet ...
by dhanson865
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Opinions on Powercolor HD 6950 Vortex II [Bought and tested]
Replies: 8
Views: 4025

Re: Opinions on Powercolor HD 6950 Vortex II

TechpowerUp has great reviews but good question: how are they on noise measurement? They use a Bruel & Kjaer sound meter which is the same brand SPCR used to use before the chamber was built. I trust TechpowerUP's sound readings at 25 dBA and higher. Anything below 25 dBA and the readings get squas...
by dhanson865
Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:41 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

Re: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??

What about the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP14 1440RPM for case and cpu cooling ? I saw some great reviews on xbitlabs No SPCR regular would consider 33 dBA quiet let alone silent and your first post in this thread said you were looking for silent. At 12V (no fan control by hardware or software) you hav...
by dhanson865
Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Energy efficient Eyefinity setup
Replies: 10
Views: 12474

Re: Energy efficient Eyefinity setup

It'd be interesting to see a list with power draw at specified brightness levels. My 42" LCD TV in the living room doesn't vary by more than a few watts no matter how low or high I set the brightness and it is well over 100W for the single screen. I'll have to try that experiment with the 22" LCD I'...
by dhanson865
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

Re: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??

PS: shouldn't your cpu fan be on other side of the heatsink, positioned towards the exhaust? In the pictured rig the top exhaust and rear exhaust are both close enough that putting a fan on that side of the heatsink would have no effect at low RPMs, better to have it as pictured if you run all the ...
by dhanson865
Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

Re: Upgrading fans from Antec Tri-Cool - what to get??

If money is no concern grab the Scythe Sflex of the RPM you desire. Maybe 800 RPM for everything but the CPU HS and 1200 RPM for the CPU HS. depending on where you are you might be able to get Scythe slipstreams noticeably cheaper than the SFlex. They are quiet but the SFlex lasts longer and the SFl...
by dhanson865
Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive
Replies: 16
Views: 8640

Re: Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive

That way you can ensure that all the data written to the drive stay in the first 50gb of the drive. I understand that running many benchmark creates a huge amount of writes / delete to the drive. When you delete a file, the data itself is not deleted but rather simply the index and new data will be...
by dhanson865
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Energy efficient Eyefinity setup
Replies: 10
Views: 12474

Re: Energy efficient Eyefinity setup

Wow, 35w seems a bit steep, maybe thats peanuts on the total power bill. 6 x 22 w = 132 w Say a typical system is around 65w, add 35w for GFX board that is 65+35+132 = 232 w, not that bad when you know six screens are running I have to admit. Ghosting etc... I don't know, this 7 year old 23" monito...
by dhanson865
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Efficient power consumption optical disk drives?
Replies: 4
Views: 4064

Re: Efficient power consumption optical disk drives?

I wonder if newer desktop drives are now more efficient, particularly at idle. Do these things 'sleep' like inactive HDDs? Not just new optical drives but old ones as well. I have my tower very close to my right ear (on top of desk) the optical drives are all level with my head and less than a foot...