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by Steve_Y
Thu May 11, 2006 3:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: My Acousti Pack Delux v2 arrived
Replies: 5
Views: 2132

To be honest I didn't really notice the smell when I applied Acoustipack, there was certainly an odour, but it wasn't really unpleasant and I wouldn't say that they stink. I think the AcoustiPack FAQ is quite accurate. There's no smell from my AcoustiPack lined PC, and I couldn't smell much when I g...
by Steve_Y
Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best damping material(s) for P180?
Replies: 26
Views: 7966

I've used an AcoustiPack Deluxe kit in my P180, with very good results. With the 5.25" bay blocks placed above and below my optical drive, AcoustiPack on the side panels and a few layers of AcoustiPack on the top half of the door, optical drive noise was significantly reduced. This is the main reaso...
by Steve_Y
Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Why isn't the Aerocool VM-102 the heatsink of choice here?
Replies: 14
Views: 4526

I just have a 92mm Nexus fan @ 6v drawing air through the top fins of my VM-102. It's cooling a 9800pro at stock speed and obviously that's a pretty low end card by modern standards, but that keeps it very cool, no active cooling of the heat sink under the card was necessary. Personally I find that ...
by Steve_Y
Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dampening optical drives.
Replies: 7
Views: 1801

Cold packs would act as insulators, effectively causing the drive to heat up more. There is no "buffering" action there, unless of course you pre-freeze them and put them in cold! People who've used cold packs in hard drive enclosures have found that they absorb and transfer heat quite well. If the...
by Steve_Y
Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Serial ata enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 2914

Im sorry guys. I would like to add more details. I got a Western Digital 250gig sata II drive. And I cannot stand that loud whinning sound it makes. The seeking noises arent that bad, but the whinning noise is killing me. Thanks I don't think you can silence a noisy drive like that without also cau...
by Steve_Y
Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake Silent Boost as a passive cooler
Replies: 2
Views: 1110

Thermaltake Silent Boost as a passive cooler

I don't know if anyone else has tried using this pretty mediocre Socket A heat sink as a passive cooler. I imagine there are a fair few of them around as they always seemed to be popular coolers, I had one spare after upgrading to a Thermalright SI-97. The tightly spaced fins make it a bad choice fo...
by Steve_Y
Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolt a Celeron 300MHz?
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

I'd have thought you could run that CPU passive without any problems. I've got an old Compaq with a passive heat sink Slot 1 PII 400Mhz, with a little airflow it stays quite cool.
by Steve_Y
Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest notebook hard drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1783

What about Samsung M60? Is it just like the M40 when it comes to noise? I've haven't had much luck in finding information about the M60. I've been considering getting one as the SATA version is easily available in the UK and seems to be cheaper than other 100/120Gb 2.5" drives. The greater density ...
by Steve_Y
Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: REAL Antec P180 Door Fix
Replies: 71
Views: 58095

I decided to try to get one of the replacement doors, but Antec have requested I send them proof of purchase before they can deal with the request. Does anyone know what they would accept? If they're referring a document that's included with the case then I can't find it. Do you think a copy of the ...
by Steve_Y
Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure System & iMon Remote
Replies: 24
Views: 16333

I'm still surprised that there wasn't more of an attempt at drive silencing by Zalman I'm not. You have to remember that even in the demanding "silent sector" SPCR forum activists are more extreme and demanding than most. I can see your point, but surely the TNN cases are intended for the most extr...
by Steve_Y
Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure System & iMon Remote
Replies: 24
Views: 16333

It looks like a very nice bit of hardware, but IMO the advantage in noise/temperature of its passive CPU/graphics cooling is quite small compared with a Scythe Ninja + 5v Nexus and passive graphics card coolers like the VM-102. The HDD and optical drives are the biggest noise makers in a lot of PCs,...
by Steve_Y
Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone got the Nexus I-Style Case?
Replies: 5
Views: 2269

It's funny seeing that case still being rebranded and sold 4-5 years after I built a system using one, especially considering the shelf life of most computer components. When I bought it the case came with a 300W PSU and cost around £25 so was a pretty good deal at the time, I was totally uninterest...
by Steve_Y
Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Homebrew drive enclosure
Replies: 111
Views: 89594

EDIT: nevermind, I read above that 120mm is to narrow (missed that :oops:) so I will go for the larger boxes :D two for £11 +postage, can't be bad :D Wasn't it just the 6 screw 120mm wide enclosure that was a little too narrow? From looking at the measurements it seems like the HDD + a slim gel pac...
by Steve_Y
Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Homebrew drive enclosure
Replies: 111
Views: 89594

Does anyone know where I can find a suitable enclosure in Britain? Any luck finding one? I am looking also. Thanks I haven't purchased one yet, but I've found a few places in Britain that stock enclosures that might do the job: http://www.distel.co.uk/asps/results.asp?CAT=84001 http://www.cricklewo...
by Steve_Y
Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How low can the Nexus 92 and 120mm go and start reliably?
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

I've used several 92mm Nexus fans and they all start consistently at 5v, although you may find their noise level acceptable at a significantly higher voltage. The 80mm and 120mm fans seem to need a little more voltage to get started, but running them at 6-7v isn't a problem.
by Steve_Y
Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New power supply, or risk replacing PSU fan with a Nexus?
Replies: 5
Views: 2079

I've got a few 80mm Nexus fans and none of them click so I think you were just unlucky with the one you bought, I think you'd be very unlucky indeed to get another bad one. In a fairly low power system (Athlon XP 2600+, Radeon 9800pro, 1 hard disk) a 80mm Nexus @ 7v provides plenty of cooling for th...
by Steve_Y
Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Homebrew drive enclosure
Replies: 111
Views: 89594

Does anyone know where I can find a suitable enclosure in Britain? I've done a quick Google search but couldn't find any that I'm sure would work, a lot of sites don't seem have pictures or much detail about items like that.
by Steve_Y
Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:08 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Aerocool case w 250mm fan!
Replies: 15
Views: 5043

Making the side panel fan an exhaust would seem like a very bad idea to me. Having it blow cool air directly onto the motherboard seems much more efficient.
by Steve_Y
Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Aerocool case w 250mm fan!
Replies: 15
Views: 5043

I know that case looks like nothing but a gimmick, but I'm intrigued by the design. Years ago I thought about cutting a big hole in the side panel on my PC and trying to fix a big desk fan on it, in the end I dismissed it as a pretty stupid idea, but maybe I was a little hasty. That Aerocool case ma...
by Steve_Y
Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Homebrew drive enclosure
Replies: 111
Views: 89594

It's not a cheap option, but I imagine an external 5.25 enclosure like this: http://www.sweexeurope.com/product.asp?pid=317 would be quite good for putting together a homebrew coolpack damped enclosure. Obviously an external 5.25" enclosure wouldn't fit in a 5.25" bay, but as they're generally only ...
by Steve_Y
Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent PCI slot / system exhaust?
Replies: 11
Views: 3226

A low noise blower like that would be a very nice thing to have for graphics card cooling, or for HTPC systems in tiny cases that only have 60mm fans. Unfortunately I think the ones that are available are unsuitable for silent computing. I tried an Akasa blower but I found that it was too noisy even...
by Steve_Y
Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Fusion looks interesting.. (CES 06)
Replies: 7
Views: 3001

If you want to talk about 2.5 hard drives, they are also clearly audible. Well, at least two platter ones. I can clearly hear my 80Gb scorpio in my laptop. It's possible that one platter drives are significantly quiter, I don't know. The only difference is that 2.5 HDDs do not require active coolin...
by Steve_Y
Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 simply isn't a quiet case - expectations too high?
Replies: 84
Views: 28006

The P180 makes minimal or no difference to an already quiet system. That's what I've saying throughout the entire thread. I'm not saying its a bad case, I'm simply saying that it doesn't advance the silencing game. That may be true when it comes to your system, but for other people the difference c...
by Steve_Y
Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 simply isn't a quiet case - expectations too high?
Replies: 84
Views: 28006

Re: The P180 simply isn't a quiet case - expectations too hi

I've been playing around with the P180 for the last few weeks now, and I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed. In essence, it doesn't strike me as a quiet case at all in stock form and its certainly not 'silent'. I agree, but I've yet to see a case that's particularly quiet without some modific...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Century is about to release a Compact Flash HDD
Replies: 10
Views: 2258

If a 2.5" drive is too noisy then you can always put it in a silencing enclosure. I've seen a few home made enclosures on these forums, or you can put it in something like a Silentdrive, or just pack some sound damping foam around it and suspend it with some rubber bands. Heat isn't the problem it i...
by Steve_Y
Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: REAL Antec P180 Door Fix
Replies: 71
Views: 58095

I'm a newbie here. Here are the pics of the newest door. Perhaps, the left is the present one which you are talking about. The right is the newest one marketed here in Japan two days ago. It was reinforced with an aluminum back panel. I bought two P180 Black, hehe. :mrgreen: That's very interesting...
by Steve_Y
Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Aerocool VM-102 performance and conclusions
Replies: 15
Views: 6060

My Radeon 9800pro doesn't have a temperature sensor and I don't have any other way of measuring it apart from opening the case and using my finger. Even when the card is simply displaying the Windows desktop the VM-102 heat sinks get hot to the touch quite quickly if I have no fan blowing over it, I...
by Steve_Y
Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Akasa Amber is a winner.My "12cm Fans"Experience.
Replies: 72
Views: 47106

I picked up one of the Akasa Amber fans along with an Aerocool Turbine to try in my new P180 case. The Akasa Amber doesn't have any annoying clicking like a lot of other 120mm fans I've tried, but it doesn't sound completely smooth, I can still hear bearing noise even when it's running at <7v. It ha...
by Steve_Y
Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: REAL Antec P180 Door Fix
Replies: 71
Views: 58095

My recently purchased P180 has a centre magnet and metal power switch so presumably has the revised door. Unfortunately the door is still warped most of the time, right now there's almost a 1cm gap between the magnet and power button. If the room is warmer (i.e. immediately after my heating has been...
by Steve_Y
Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How can I run a fan in my cabinet?
Replies: 7
Views: 2644

I used an adapter intended for powering an external hard disk to run a fan. That had a standard 4 pin molex plug and I used a low noise fan (120mm Nexus @ 1000RPM), so no modifications or other adapters were needed. I imagine you should be able to pick up the power adapter without also having to als...