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by Worker control
Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless Firewall
Replies: 10
Views: 3339

C7 not so good

The C7 processors are not that great. Atoms are faster and use less power. I'm currently rebuilding my firewall using one of these: http://www.mini-box.com/MSI-IM-945GSE-Mini-ITX-Motherboard?sc=8&category=100 Idle 14W, load 15W. Drop a wireless card into the PCI or mini pcie slot, and you've got a n...
by Worker control
Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: comments on an i7/solo system?
Replies: 10
Views: 3237

modular cables

I"m a fan of PSUs with modular cables, as they cut down on the clutter. Having said that, the Solo does have a nice area (behind the mobo) for stashing cables out of the way. You'll also want two 92mm intake fans: http://www.jab-tech.com/Scythe-KAMA-FLEX-92-mm-Silent-Case-Fan-Low-Speed-SA0925FDB12L-...
by Worker control
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 39799

As much as i would like a SPCR comparison to make my decision on according to this my next fans will probably be Scythe SY1225SL12L's. They work sweet with no undervolting required and I can get them at my favourite online store. :-) Handy because i need 10. SPCR review here: http://www.silentpcrev...
by Worker control
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 39799

MicroCenter / Scythe

I stopped by a MicroCenter today and was pleasantly surprised (even shocked!) to see that they had a range of Scythe fans for sale. Perhaps they've been reading MadShrimps and SPCR? :)

In any case, nice to see that my ears aren't lying when they tell me my 850RPM SlipStream is really quiet.
by Worker control
Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 108188

14cm fans

Scythe makes a 14cm fan, the "Kaze Maru": http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/038/sy1425sl12_detail.html Don't know how good it is. But their other fans (aside from the extra-thick Ultra Kaze) are generally excellent. Update: Just noticed that it is designed for a 12cm fan slot. So maybe not an op...
by Worker control
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Ion System - Low Power Monitor/Display?
Replies: 4
Views: 1402

USB headset

Not sure what a SHTF is, but here's a USB-powered headset:

http://www.vr920.com/iwear/products_vr920.html
$400
640x480
32 bit color

Review:
http://arstechnica.com/hardware/reviews ... review.ars

BTW this was the result of searching for "video headset" on Google.
by Worker control
Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI IM-945GSE-A (MS-9830) mini-itx atom N270 board
Replies: 12
Views: 10147

Just bought one

I just received one that I bought from Logic Supply. The BIOS has temp-based system fan voltage control. I haven't installed an OS on it yet, but it looks good so far. I expect its performance and power usage to be similar to the Eee Box, which uses the same CPU and NB.
by Worker control
Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sugo SG05 (mini-ITX)
Replies: 25
Views: 18750

PSU

I would love a case with a big slow fan, designed around the PicoPSU, and not concerned with fitting large expansion cards. Haven't seen it yet, though.
by Worker control
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me cut costs on my silent gaming build
Replies: 19
Views: 3298

Cheaper PSU options

You can also save a bit of money by going with a straight SeaSonic brand S12II. The 430W one is $69 after rebate at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151033 IIUC it is a bit louder than the Enermax, but it's still quiet. And rock solid quality, with a 5 year warranty.
by Worker control
Sun May 11, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo with 9600GT, stealing HDD space?
Replies: 35
Views: 9555

Yes

I just put together a system with a Solo and the ECS N9600GT-512MX-P GeForce 9600GT 512MB (the one with the huge heat sink). The PCI-E power connector is on the end of the card, and thus it does steal one of the HD sled spots, even with a right-angle SATA connector on the HD. If the PCI-E power conn...
by Worker control
Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1611565

by Worker control
Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung disappointment -what drive next?
Replies: 10
Views: 4825

Enclosures are hard to silence

Enclosures are hard to silence. Many of the quietest drives vibrate quite a bit.

Perhaps you could reconsider your need to use an enclosure? Soft mounting in a case is pretty easy, and much quieter.
by Worker control
Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quitest 120-250GB PATA hdd
Replies: 8
Views: 3132

I like the SP2514N

I've had good luck with the SP2514N. I've bought four of these so far, and they've all been pretty quiet IMO. They vibrate, as all 3.5" drives seem to these days, but if you soft-mount them, they're good. And they're pretty cheap these days: Newegg has them for $70.93 shipped. I think that newer dri...
by Worker control
Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Whole New System - I need help with it all!
Replies: 30
Views: 9202

Compromise

At that price, you're going to have to compromise on performance, or quietness, or both. Note that these prices include shipping, and are from Newegg. Intel's Core 2 Duo chips are the nicest CPUs available right now, but they start at more than $200, which is out of your budget. The P4 chips use way...
by Worker control
Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Whineless PSU.... Do They Exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 4823

picoPSU

My picoPSU has no whine. Something about the design (encasing things in ceramic?) prevents the high-pitched whine most electronics make. My picoPSU-powered EPIA CL6000E is totally silent, except for the occasional noise from its HD (a Samsung SP2514N). It sits in open air, with no case, and stays ve...
by Worker control
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on P150, Conroe build
Replies: 10
Views: 3565

dust

Whoops, sorry, typo in my question :( I meant "Do you think I can get away with the stock fans in the P150 case", as in temp wise. Does the stock fan setup create good airflow, is what I meant to ask. To help prevent dusty air from getting sucked in unfiltered, you might want to get a couple low-sp...
by Worker control
Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Bits & Pieces from IDF Fall 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 4635

Bicycles

Bicycles aren't much fun in unpleasant weather. If it's raining, you're going to get wet. And if it's cold, you better have a special cold-weather helmet, because your summer helmet will neatly ventilate all the heat from your body. And if it's even a bit icy, it's hard to stay upright. My favored f...
by Worker control
Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2065

NSK?

by Worker control
Tue Jul 04, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Article: Google servers and power efficiency
Replies: 26
Views: 9369

Cooling the datacenter

One factor that is likely different for a datacenter is that all the power used (and turned into heat) has to then be removed by an AC system. And AC systems chew up power like anything. So the cost savings from a more efficient PSU will be substantially larger than the simple calculation would sugg...
by Worker control
Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestion for a file server?
Replies: 25
Views: 8476

mini-itx

mini-itx systems make good file servers. They're small and don't use much power. You might be able to pick up a used one cheap. A new one would run you $100-$200, plus another $70 for the power converter and AC adapter. A word of warning, though: the C3 chips are really, really slow. I have a CL6000...
by Worker control
Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 407404

Not just with ASUS

I also had a NeoHE fail to boot a Biostar TForce 6100-939. The same mobo was fine with a Fortron. I think it's disgraceful that Antec didn't do a full recall of these PSUs. I understand that doing so would be expensive, and so the bosses at Antec aren't keen to do it, but really, the NeoHEs are aggr...
by Worker control
Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 407404

problems with Biostar TForce 6100-939?

Anyone had P150 compatibility problems with a Biostar TForce 6100-939? I bought the board on Anandtech's recommendation -- the system is for non-gaming use, so I wanted onboard graphics for cost and power reasons. Aside from the PSU, the P150 case seems really great, with generally high quality. My ...
by Worker control
Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 407404

What I heard from Antec tech support

I posted a ticket in the Antec tech support system, asking: My understanding is that at some point in the last few months, Antec started shipping a revised version of the NeoHE 430 which fixes the compatibility problems that many people have had with these PSUs. Which serial number range corresponds...
by Worker control
Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply buzzing ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1375

also with a DC to DC power board

I just put together an EPIA box, including a PW-60 DC to DC power board. The box is very quiet, including the Samsung SP2514N, all except for a high pitched whine coming from the power board. Really annoying.
by Worker control
Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: www.storagereview.com reviews the Samsung Spinpoint P120
Replies: 19
Views: 6470

Is the 300GB model as quiet? Note that that's a three-platter drive at 133 MB/platter, whereas the P120 series are two platters, at 125 MB/platter. More platters usually implies more power and more noise. T: http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/SpinPointTSeries/HardDiskDrive_SpinPointTSeri...
by Worker control
Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: www.storagereview.com reviews the Samsung Spinpoint P120
Replies: 19
Views: 6470

PATA available

The PATA model, the SP2514N, is in stock at various places. One is on its way to me at this very moment!

I hope it's as great as the SP2504C that SR reviewed.