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by BrianF
Tue May 03, 2005 8:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Oh no. IMO we need to get away from any openings on the bottom of PSUs. All that does is allow heat from the CPU to go right in, compound with the PSUs own heat, drive its fan speed up...you know the rest. Actaully, I really dont know why the "12cm bottom fan" design persists in an age where decent ...
by BrianF
Tue May 03, 2005 7:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

I'll see if warm air is coming out with the intake fan. It might be hard to gauge exactly what's happening unless we could shrink down like in Fantastic Voyage and be inside the PC while its running. :) I thought about this at great length last night. I wish Mr.Antec would chime in here... The sing...
by BrianF
Tue May 03, 2005 3:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SLK3000B intake fan position
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

Btw, do the screw holes in the front of your 3000B match up with the 120mm fan? I've read some of the newer ones have extra holes I got my SLK3000B from Tech Data about 2 weeks ago, and was delighted to find standard 120mm mounting holes just inside of the ones for their plastic mount (though I hav...
by BrianF
Mon May 02, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec True Power II 380
Replies: 39
Views: 18479

while TP2's and SP2's are quiet... Yes, but which is quieter (under normal use)? I was all set to buy a TPII380....but I read the comments over at OC Forum and panicked. I impulse-ordered an SP400, but havent opened it yet ('cause once I do I cant return it). I hesitate because I just dont like the...
by BrianF
Mon May 02, 2005 5:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Those holes are most puzzling. Obviously, Antec found or felt they were needed for some reason. Instinctively, one would think it would just leak warm air back into the PC, especially if there is a case fan creating a negative pressure in the case. On the other hand, the vents might be there to allo...
by BrianF
Sun May 01, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thick vs. Thin fans
Replies: 7
Views: 2482

The reason I started thinking about this is the new SmartPower 2.0 power supplies from Antec.

The allways-on intake fan is a 80x15mm 9 blade. The on-demand exhaust is a more conventional 80x25mm 7 blade.

It just struck me as curious. I want to try and understand their design decision...
by BrianF
Sun May 01, 2005 10:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thick vs. Thin fans
Replies: 7
Views: 2482

Thick vs. Thin fans

I'm sure this has been dealt with before but a search for "fan thickness" wasnt very friuitfull. If anyone can point me to an old thread, otherwise.... What in principal is the difference between a thin fan with many blades vs. thick ones with fewer blades? Which gives more pressure, or CFM, or what?
by BrianF
Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

I would like to hear the other fan too Must be maddening. I mean, my obsessive compulsive side would allways wonder if the second fan is working unless I witnessed it spin up at least once. :) I have an Onkyo Surround Sound receiver with a fan which never kicks in, but at least it spins for one sec...
by BrianF
Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

The rear fan hasn't come on yet.....I already answered this a few posts earlier. Yes, I know. I was just hopping the fan HAD come on and you could comment on its noise. That the first fan is sooo quiet is very interesting. The SmartPowers sound (no pun intended) too good to be true. If they are as ...
by BrianF
Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

One would assume... I hate to assume, especially since if I order through work, I cant send it back. :) I was going to take a chance ordering one, but then I had this horible vision of a fan kicking on to full speed all of the sudden right in the middle of me working or playing, which would of cour...
by BrianF
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

So...can you tell us any more? I'm dying to know about the exhaust fan: When it kicks in, does it come on slow and speed up according to heat, or is it a "full on/full off" thing?
by BrianF
Tue Apr 26, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Re: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info

It's not odd at all, because that fan is more on the inside of the PC, it's noise will escape the case much less. Ok... I get the idea now...makes sense (as long as there are no vents on the bottom).....though as you mention, one would think that the outside fan would be restrictive to the inner on...
by BrianF
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info

Antec just posted a little info: http://www.antec.com/us/pro_p_SPII.html Unique Fan setup: usual exhaust, plus intake opposite (not on the bottom). Strange text in their literature though: "exhaust fan starts to spin when the power supply reaches certain terperatures to ensure proper air flow, the s...
by BrianF
Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What are you paying for Panasonic Fans?
Replies: 4
Views: 2402

What are you paying for Panasonic Fans?

I was looking at the 120mm L1A through work.....$24 seems steep...
by BrianF
Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:17 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Undervolting a 3pin fan
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

I put a resistor in-line on the positive lead to give me 8V on my CPU fan.
by BrianF
Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:38 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Successes with Elastomer Grommets? (especially McMaster)
Replies: 15
Views: 33255

Question on sizes... Of the two hard drive gromets sizes listed, does anyone know which is a "perfect fit" as a replacement for those that come with the SLK3000B's drive cage? I would just measure mine but its near imposible to measure decimal inches with a ruler. :) Also, I have the same question a...
by BrianF
Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax NoiseTaker "2.0"
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

Are we talking about the same thing?

http://www.antec.com/us/pro_p_TPII.html

I dont see a 500W, nor any with detacheable cables, nor any with a rear fan (expect the 550EPS)...
by BrianF
Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax NoiseTaker "2.0"
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

DO please post your initial impressions when you get it. Nothing against Enermax or SeaSonic, but I can get Antec wholesale throught work so if the noise level is not obseen, I'll be ordering either the 380 or 430.
by BrianF
Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax NoiseTaker "2.0"
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

Truth be told, I'm holding out for SPCR to report on the Antec TruePower 2.0s before I make a decision....
by BrianF
Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax NoiseTaker "2.0"
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

Enermax NoiseTaker "2.0"

I could swear this was not on their site last week.

http://www.maxpoint.com/products/pow_su ... /index.htm

Looks like the 425 and 475 models have been updated with the 24pin (a nice 20+4 unit rather than an adapter), 6pin PCIE connector, etc.
by BrianF
Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which McMaster-Carr gromets for SLK3000B Drive cage?
Replies: 2
Views: 1357

Well, yes, this thread: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=3843 was particularly helpfull as a starting point, and in fact lists two different sizes (one dubbed "silence", the other "performace") but it never really got into whether either makes for a "perfect fit" for the ubiquitous A...
by BrianF
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which McMaster-Carr gromets for SLK3000B Drive cage?
Replies: 2
Views: 1357

Which McMaster-Carr gromets for SLK3000B Drive cage?

Not sure if this question belong here or over in silent storage...

I've seen the gromets on page 582, but does anybody know which exact one is a perfect fit for the SLK3000B's drive cage? Their specs are in fractions of inches which is near impossible for me to measure.
by BrianF
Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Should I get an Antec TX640B?
Replies: 3
Views: 1716

Sooty wrote:I don't know where you're getting your info, Brian.
In a word: "D'oh!" My bad. I saw that same old purple plastic 80cm front fan holder and assumed the rear was the same. I stand corrected.
by BrianF
Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Should I get an Antec TX640B?
Replies: 3
Views: 1716

Main disadvantage, in the context of "quiet" is that like its predesesors, the TX640 has only one 8cm rear fan. By the time you get an 8cm to be quiet, you wont be left with stellar air changes. Only "advantage" I can see is that it comes with a ATX2.0 compliant (but still backware compatible) power...
by BrianF
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec True Power II 380
Replies: 39
Views: 18479

Probably not by April 20th, based on what I'm aware of and what I can guess. Don't worry, any delays in the reviews will be worth it. I'm, new here. Is there a proper place to ask the staff if they are working on a review and when it might be up? SeaSonics are very hard for me to get but the Antec ...
by BrianF
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Flaw in the SLK3000B's drive cage?
Replies: 7
Views: 2835

Flaw in the SLK3000B's drive cage?

Am I crazy, or is there a bit of a flaw in the drive cage? I mean, sure, the drives are mounted by rubber gromets, but they each sit on four metal folds in the cage. I found I had to "fudge" my drive up a bit so that it didnt contact the metal. I'm thinking those folds in the metal should be bent up...