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by Steve_Y
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD in external eSATA enclosure; viable noisewise?
Replies: 12
Views: 4478

Re: HDD in external eSATA enclosure; viable noisewise?

I’m a big fan of eSATA drives. Going from 2.5â€
by Steve_Y
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" SATA in a desktop
Replies: 29
Views: 9643

Re: 2.5" SATA in a desktop

A. If you aren't happy with the level of noise/heat from a 3.5" drive then a 2.5" model is a good option. You lose performance, but that may not be noticeable in normal desktop use. B. The SATA cables are exactly the same. C. I've used 2.5" drives for years in a few different desktop PCs, so far I h...
by Steve_Y
Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 41310

No self-respecting audiophile snake oil salesman will claim that their product can silence your PC. They will only claim to make it sound better, as evidenced by judicious techno-speak and a paucity of research. You don't not know that that particular green with which you're to rub around the edges...
by Steve_Y
Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 41310

I would have to say there's at least as much snake oil and rip-offs in the PC market; 1kw PSUs, case fans that supposedly blow 70CFM at 8dBA, etc etc etc. These are the kinds of scams we are very familiar with on SPCR. I can see your point. I was thinking of the seemingly non-functional audio produ...
by Steve_Y
Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 41310

Your comments are immanently reasonable and I personally agree it's wise to regard some of the more esoteric products with suspicion, although not all products are snake oil and there's nothing to preclude some of them from working as claimed, even some of the more unusual ones. There have been cas...
by Steve_Y
Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 41310

How do you decide which music to listen to? That's hardly the same as trying to determine differences in sound quality. It's like the difference between deciding which computer game is more fun to play, and determining which graphics card gives you a higher frame rate and visual quality. While the ...
by Steve_Y
Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 41310

Re: blind testing, that's something I'm not in favor of. Blind testing would seem to be the ideal method for "proving" something one way or the other, but it's fatiguing and hence confusing and it doesn't reflect the way we actually listen to music, which is indeed subjective. I have no doubt that ...
by Steve_Y
Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 41310

The difference between any MP3 (or LAME, or OGG, etc.) and the original is typically astronomical. If you're not hearing a difference, let alone a large one, it's exposing the limited resolution of your equipment and / or your setup. The listening tests I've seen, such as the various blind tests at...
by Steve_Y
Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: GA-MA69GM-S2H released yet?
Replies: 103
Views: 58956

Firetech, where can I find compatibility listings? What I'm seeing on this Thermalright page: http://www.thermalright.com/a_page/main_product_hr05.htm Sorry, i was responding to Steve_Y and his Asus M2A-VM NB problem. I don't think the S2H is listed there under Motherboard Compatability List link. ...
by Steve_Y
Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: GA-MA69GM-S2H released yet?
Replies: 103
Views: 58956

Re: Cheers Austin.

If the stock NB cooler provides stable, healthy temperatures for the board in a given setup, however, then this shouldn't matter. Based on my experience with the Asus M2A-VM HDMI, a small NB cooler on a 690G is a definite cause for concern. I experienced very poor stability until I went to a fair a...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: SCYTHE S-FLEX SFF21D 800 RPM VS SFF21E 1200 RPM
Replies: 6
Views: 3187

In my experience the 1200RPM version starts reliably at 5v. Even in a very quiet environment that'll be close to inaudible.

Considering the ticking issue with the 800RPM version; the 1200RPM model seems like an obvious choice.
by Steve_Y
Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 131869

I have problems when playing back WMV files: the output looks very surrealist, just big moving green, red, yellow and blue pathces on the screen (LG L1710B at 1280*1024, DVI connection). To me that sounds like an issue with the codec rather than problem with the hardware or drivers. I've tried a va...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: My Biostar TA690G Review: mATX Overclocking Gem
Replies: 87
Views: 63365

I also tried undervolting using CrystalCPUID, but found two major issues: 1. CCPUID did not kick in until the system booted up. Between power-up and system boot up, the power consumption surged and peaked at over 100W. With undervolting in the BIOS, the consumption never went above 70W. While this ...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: nexus real silent fan in seasonic s12 430
Replies: 13
Views: 4581

Re: buzzing noise

charonme wrote:I wanted to use the 1200rpm sflex too, but I was worried it has even higher starting voltage than the nexus. Doesn't it?
My S-Flex sample starts at 5v without any problems, while my 120mm Nexus doesn't start reliably at that voltage.
by Steve_Y
Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: nexus real silent fan in seasonic s12 430
Replies: 13
Views: 4581

I used a 1200RPM Scythe S-Flex myself. Mainly because of concerns about the life span of sleeve bearing fans when used horizontally in a fairly hot environment. I connected it to an external fan controller rather than using the PSU's fan header. Running at 800RPM it's definitely quieter than the sto...
by Steve_Y
Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent external drive for backup?
Replies: 1
Views: 1383

I've never found a particularly quiet external 3.5" drive, an external 2.5" drive should be a bit quieter.

The alternative is to get a longer cable and place the drive further away, or place it inside something that would block some noise.
by Steve_Y
Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Good sound card?
Replies: 36
Views: 11745

I've played around with surround sound, but whether it was due to the recordings I tried, or because I'm so used to stereo, I just didn't find it a particularly pleasant experience. An interesting novelty rather than something that actually made the music more lifelike and enjoyable. Personally I li...
by Steve_Y
Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP vs. Vista
Replies: 72
Views: 25063

Does Windows 2000 do everything XP can if you have Service Pack 4? What if you try to run a program or use an MP3 player that only has mention of XP (and Vista) support? Does anyone know? I keep trying to find the answers through Google but not having much luck. I used Windows 2000 for over 5 years...
by Steve_Y
Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Your opinion on Laptop drives for Desktop use
Replies: 18
Views: 5039

Re: Your opinion on Laptop drives for Desktop use

-Compatibility: since the SATA/power connectors look the same, I can't see any reason why there should be any physical incompatibilities. In any case, I may be wrong, so can I use the normal SATA power connectors, or even the 12V connectors with a SATA power converter? 2.5" SATA drives use exactly ...
by Steve_Y
Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: eSATA idea
Replies: 10
Views: 4358

Where I'm coming from is having read the reviews of the Icy Dock and Antec MX-1 enclosures, it seems that the former results in significantly increased noise with no lowering of temperature whilst the Antec lowers temperature significantly but still with an increase in noise over the bare drive. No...
by Steve_Y
Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cooling strategy for your AMD C'n'Q CPU ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3396

Steve_Y: AS far as I've understood undervolting, then I have to sacrifice the auto-throttling that C'n'Q provides. CrystalCPUID has its own equivalent of C&Q; you can set a different multiplier and voltage for different levels of CPU load. There's an article about it here at SPCR: http://www.silent...
by Steve_Y
Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: eSATA idea
Replies: 10
Views: 4358

That should work fine, but have you checked that none of the available enclosures will suspend the drive? That isn't something I've ever tried as I don't use suspend mode, but the externally powered eSATA enclosures I've used do turn off the drive when the PC is shutdown. Maybe some of them (at leas...
by Steve_Y
Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cooling strategy for your AMD C'n'Q CPU ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3396

At stock speeds I'd have thought a large cooler like a Scythe Ninja could passively cool that easily. I know you said that you don't want to mess around with undervolting, but you might want to have a look at CrystalCPUID. It allows easy undervolting from the Windows desktop and in my opinion is wor...
by Steve_Y
Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD's Smart Strike: Athlon X2 BE-2350
Replies: 15
Views: 10007

I'm going to guess that undervolting sacrifices C&Q? CrystalCPUID basically gives you configurable Cool and Quiet. Compared with the stock C&Q settings, the undervolting offered by CrystalCPUID reduced my X2 3600+ power consumption by around 10W at idle and around 20W under load. My older 90nm 3600...
by Steve_Y
Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Coil whine = too much power draw?
Replies: 7
Views: 2712

I'm not sure if the coil whine I've experienced is due to my 430W Seasonic PSU or my Asus M2A-VM motherboard. Fortunately it rarely occurs in normal use so is something I can tolerate. I've mainly noticed it when testing the system using Prime 95. Loud coil whine stops and starts intermittently when...
by Steve_Y
Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sandisk 32GB solid state drive
Replies: 147
Views: 75689

WTF? In what way does using PATA versus SATA hamper it's potential? You know how many PATA devices are out there already, and are still being produced? I know people think Tutti-Frutti is the flavor of the week and anyone who doesn't have it, is a Luser, but really! The problem is that a lot of new...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 131869

AMD Awaymode? To be honest I've never heard of it. Nice to know that it isn't some kind of hardware fault. As for the weird video problem you're having, I'm afraid I can't be much help. I've tried a few different video formats on my PC and they all play without any problems. I imagine most people he...
by Steve_Y
Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: My Uber silent PC
Replies: 6
Views: 5052

I wonder how much power that system actually uses? Certainly not enough to stress a decent 400W PSU I'd have thought. It's funny to see the old misconceptions about power supplies still dragged out on forums. Like the idea that a higher maximum output will automatically make the PSU run cooler and m...
by Steve_Y
Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 131869

We were still experiencing some flickering even after install the Zalman ZM-NBF47. So we decided to install the Thermaright HR-05. The installation was much easier. To be honest I’m very surprised that the HR-05 could actually fit. To me it looked like it couldn’t be angled to avoid the heatpip...
by Steve_Y
Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 131869

I've had a go at improving the little northbridge heatsink with some spare ramsinks. Here's a shot of the stock northbridge cooler: http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/9751/beforegg1.jpg And here it is after its rather Frankensteinian makeover; with 10 Swifttech ramsinks stuck on it: http://img55.image...