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by Green Shoes
Mon May 09, 2005 12:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung P120 200GB SATA tested and ...............
Replies: 53
Views: 29582

Was the drive particularly cold when you first started it? Not sure what the weather is like around you right now, but if they've been shipped in somewhat cold weather (50F or below) they are noiser and slower for the first little while until they re-adjust to ambient. But somebody with more knowled...
by Green Shoes
Mon May 09, 2005 8:24 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU temps up over time
Replies: 7
Views: 2071

Try Air-in-a-can, a hairdryer on cold, etc. (Some people have also had success with a vacuum; I don't like that as much.) Might want to check your intake vents and any other heatsinks for dust as well while you're in there.
by Green Shoes
Mon May 09, 2005 6:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fundamental (noob) video/system build question
Replies: 6
Views: 1950

since you're using the SLK3000B, the fanless card might actually be an option; the intake grills on the side panel are right next to the VGA slot, and could help out in getting fresh air to the card. I would probably still go with a fanned option, like you, and put an after-market cooler on it. I ca...
by Green Shoes
Mon May 09, 2005 6:36 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why do PSUs have fans????
Replies: 31
Views: 11304

I could see some of the bigger multi-channel amps pulling over 300W, like those 7-channel by 250-watt monsters that some people have in their home theaters. However, the PSU in a box like that is the only component producing a major amount of heat, unlike in a computer; it therefore has the luxury o...
by Green Shoes
Mon May 09, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12080

I am afraid that I live in Santa Barbara, Ca. … I already did a double-blind test with a friend/skeptic (see my above post on friend/engineer/skeptic) but we didn’t really follow all the way through. After the first time he switched the cables to see if I’d really been listening, HE found the diffe...
by Green Shoes
Mon May 09, 2005 6:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: next gen nVidia to pull 200+ W
Replies: 65
Views: 19111

good point, lorvut. This is especially true for developers like Valve and Id who plan on licensing their code/graphics engine out to other developers....the original Half-Life code was licensed for years before a better one came along.
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why do PSUs have fans????
Replies: 31
Views: 11304

BobDog , if you're running some of the wiring for this behind theater equipment, have you considered a power brick? Most HTPCs are pretty low powered, and (like the mac mini) can get away with a high-quality external AC/DC converter. You can always rig a 120-mm fan in place of the PSU to still comp...
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 8:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12080

:shock: If you live within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh, I'd LOVE to visit and perform a double blind test on you. I've made this challenge to Ed, but sadly he lives too far away for me to casually visit. Ditto anywhere near Nashville. I have seen the inner workings of major studios that run on "tech p...
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 12:46 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Vantec Nexus NXP 205-SL Fan Controller
Replies: 5
Views: 1980

just ordered one from bestbyte today for an upcoming A64 build, will be running 2 Nexus, a Yate Loon SM and possibly the stock fan in SLK3000-B (haven't experimented w/ it yet)....will post back with results.
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12080

I just converted my record collection to 64kbps MP3 files, so now I'm going to hook the PC up to the speakers downstairs with some 1mm electrical wire I found. I think it may just be too short - thankfully the speakers are actively-powered and I have a long extension lead! :lol: :lol: :lol: @ petea...
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 10:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Nidec P80 the quietest?
Replies: 15
Views: 4124

WDs are in the running for top silent 7200 rpm drive? What kind of bizarro world have I entered? Have I really been out of the loop so long? Is there a crack epidemic hitting the streets? They just really figured out the whole FDB thing... ...but if you're looking for some perspective, it's not lik...
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 8:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12080

Ralf Hutter wrote:Ha! You must not know too much about IEC power cords, eh? Prepare to be enlightened....
$744 for a 13-ft power cable? :shock: :shock: I think I liked it better when I didn't know about that...I think it'd be cheaper to actually generate your own clean power at that point....
by Green Shoes
Sun May 08, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet can it get?
Replies: 35
Views: 12306

I suggest you get some bungee cords and suspend them from the washing line. This will (eventually) solve a lot of these problems, but you will still hear murmurs of dissent. In contrast to most things more heat is better, so enclose them in a box with acrylic window at the top. You may also wish to...
by Green Shoes
Sat May 07, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1674614

William Schuman - Carols of Death
nici wrote:I couldnt care less about my post count.. :P
Woo hoo! You said it correctly! (Even though it's an American phrase, I think, everyone around here says "I could care less", which of course is the exact opposite of what they mean)

/OT rant
by Green Shoes
Sat May 07, 2005 10:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1674614

Charlie Peacock - Strangelanguage
by Green Shoes
Sat May 07, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung P120 200GB SATA tested and ...............
Replies: 53
Views: 29582

mongobilly wrote:The P120 is the latest Samsung drive!
hahahahaha

*goes to whack self in the head*

sorry, it was about 3:00 AM here when I posted that.... :oops: :oops:
by Green Shoes
Sat May 07, 2005 9:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12080

( Green Shoes , removing the standard connectors and soldering the power cable straight onto the PSU PCB is perfectly normal, as is removing all ribbon cable connetors and soldering ribbon cables straight onto PCB's ... honest ... :oops: ) man, that's yet another support group we're going to have t...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12080

Nah, no one has invented a proprietary way to transfer AC yet. As long as a particular cable can carry the correct amount of current without melting I don't think it matters. I know a couple of guys who throw away the ones that come with their audio gear and solder their own power cables....they jus...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 9:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X800 XL - PSU Ramping Up
Replies: 8
Views: 3273

Mr.Shoes forgot about the underclocking in 2D mode bit that all the modern cards do now. Some even jack up the voltage a bit in 3D mode IIRC. In any case, getting back to the OPs problem its tough to say if its PSU heat related (the NX-4090 has average efficiency) or system/video card heat related....
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet can it get?
Replies: 35
Views: 12306

Perfect silencec is unacheivable for me. Due to about 30 ear infections between the age of 15 and 21, I have tinnitus in both ears. On days my ambient noise level is almost nonexistent, I hear a high pitched noise in both ears. This made it hard to calibrate my computer for minimim noise levels, as...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $50 to make my video card silent?
Replies: 8
Views: 2831

I have the VM-101 on 6600GT and am satisfied with it. But the X800XL generates more heat than a 6600GT, almost like a 6800GT. The VM-101's cooling power depends on case airflow, which in turn depends on fan speed (and people on these forums run their fans as low as possible). I've seen a thread in ...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 6:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung P120 200GB SATA tested and ...............
Replies: 53
Views: 29582

Nice, it's great to see that IBM made a good decision when they sold their HDD manufacturing (they certainly weren't doing a very good job).

Those "very, very quiet" seeks you mention....is that with suspension, sorbothane, grommets, hard-mounted, etc.? Thanks.
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 5:58 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X800 XL - PSU Ramping Up
Replies: 8
Views: 3273

It's possible that increased power consumption during gaming puts enough stress on the PSU that it has to ramp up. I have 6800GT and 470W Enermax Noisetaker and this has always been the case for me. Whenever I game my PSU ramps up despite having arctic silencer on the card that exhausts heat outsid...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best app to determine ATI temps?
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

The two listed above are by far your best bets; they're handy to have for any ATI card. Just avoid the Catalyst Control Center at all costs....that thing is screwy.
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 5:48 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet can it get?
Replies: 35
Views: 12306

:lol: :lol: :lol: lenny My name is Inexplicable and I'm a silencer. I guess I'm just addicted to silence. Yesterday... I ducted. :oops: I had been thinking about it for a while, planning and drawing. Not a day went by without thoughts of air flow. It's especially hard when you go outside, feel the w...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 5:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A64 - quiet - mild overclock - spec check
Replies: 24
Views: 6011

The trouble with political jokes are that they always seem to get elected! :lol: :lol: I'll have to remember that one. As far as RAM goes, a lot of people are having good success with Winbond UTT chips. If your mobo has vdimm up to 3.2V or so, check out the OCZ Value VX, the Mushkin Blues, or other...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The function and usefulness of side vents?
Replies: 8
Views: 2388

wow, that is a good price. Must be on sale or something. I've never heard of that vendor, though...but if they check out okay let me know. If you already have a power supply you like, also check out the black SLK3000-B on that same site for cheaper. While the power supply that comes with the 3700 is...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fundamental (noob) video/system build question
Replies: 6
Views: 1950

cerulean.blue , Welcome to SPCR!!! [/size] In my mind this is currently the $64,000 question. Fanless options obviously are the lowest noise on the card...but while GPUs are okay with 70C temps, that's a lot of heat to be belching into the rest of the case, exhausted by the power supply (whose fan ...
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet can it get?
Replies: 35
Views: 12306

so where are the "Silencers Anonymous" meetings held? I'm thinking of starting a local chapter....
by Green Shoes
Fri May 06, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: next gen nVidia to pull 200+ W
Replies: 65
Views: 19111

How did I miss this interesting thread? :D I think only time will tell what happens with these cards (and not much time, as r520 and nv70 are both supposed to make cameos sometime in June). The next generation will hopefully get more efficient, but I woudn't put any money on it. CPUs have to a point...