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by roadie
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modulat, straight-through quiet PSU?
Replies: 5
Views: 2014

I use the same "straight through" method to feed my NeoHE with cool air, but use filters for the top two bays. I don't think there are any low power (and cheap) 80mm fan designed PSUs out there other than the NeoPower series. Obviously, the Signature or TruePower Quattro PSUs are overkill, both in t...
by roadie
Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fan swap suggestions on Antec Neo HE 550?
Replies: 18
Views: 3521

Has your NeoHE always been noisy? I don't think mine has ever made any noise, but it is ducted and fed with cool air from outside of my case's chassis.
by roadie
Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silent i7 P183 build (work in progress)
Replies: 25
Views: 14968

I built my main PC for animation and rendering. I bought everything right when it came out so in total i think i spent 3 g's. It renders pretty fast. 1 min video in highest quality in Maya rendered in about 4 min i think it was less. my laptop would normally take 30 min and the schools macs would t...
by roadie
Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT01
Replies: 48
Views: 20869

Seems like a less restrictive hard drive design and softer mounting method a la Antec Solo would be brilliant in this case.
by roadie
Fri May 29, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB / platter is out!
Replies: 110
Views: 69730

The 1Tb drive looks like a perfect storage drive. My 320Gb Samsung HD321HJ is running out of space so I may invest in one when my current storage drive is full.
by roadie
Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 67356

SPCR has changed the industry (for the better), and I don't think many other review websites can say the same.

Congrats!
by roadie
Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How easy is it to mod an Antec Solo to fit a GTX 260?
Replies: 4
Views: 2191

Nice one. The new GTX 260 looks like a great card, so it's a shame that they are too long to fit in a Solo, which otherwise is the perfect case. I wish someone would make a non-reference design, like Gigabyte have done with the 9800GTX+: http://uk.giga-byte.com/FileList/Image/vga_productimage_gv-n98...
by roadie
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Signature 650 PSU: Antec's Challenge
Replies: 34
Views: 16924

Great power supply. I'm perfectly happy with my current one, which is completely inaudible at all load levels my computer can produce, but if I were planning a complete new build with top level components, the Signature would be at the top of my list.
by roadie
Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: An Anechoic Chamber and Test Equipment Upgrades for SPCR
Replies: 44
Views: 31707

This really is truly remarkable dedication to bettering the website, thank you Mike.

I have to say I feel for you on the plane issue. I'm very close the the landing path into Heathrow, which is no pleasure. Planes, and Boeing 747s especially, really do produce the most horrendous racket.
by roadie
Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Diamond Radeon HD4850
Replies: 46
Views: 23961

I think I'll skip this round for the 40nm refresh. Gaming performance seems great, but I am happy with my 3870 at the moment. I believe the voltage of the card is not being altered when idle, which results in the offensively high idle power consumption. I think a driver update, or at least a driver ...
by roadie
Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: First take on reading the Radeon 4850/4870 reviews
Replies: 51
Views: 18535

The cards look great, although I think I will skip this round to see what ATI can do with their 40nm shrink. However, I believe the 48x0 cards are slightly longer than the 38x0 cards; does anyone anticipate any problems fitting them into an Antec Solo? Not only does the length of the cards have to b...
by roadie
Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 92070

I'd certainly be vary weary with liquids around this stand!

I can't see anyone other than hardcore overclockers being interested in it.
by roadie
Thu May 08, 2008 5:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fast Booting Mobos/BIOses
Replies: 7
Views: 2870

I know my board would boot more quickly if I disposed of my IDE DVDRW and disabled the IDE controller. I believe the ICH9 chips that most of the P35 boards use don't have an IDE controller, so rely on a third party chip to provide this functionality. This means a longer start up process. I also beli...
by roadie
Thu May 08, 2008 1:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ABIT IP35 Pro and fans
Replies: 6
Views: 2654

Any 3 pin fans will work with the mobo. I am running 3 fans from the motherboard headers: a Yate Loon off the 4 pin CPU header, another Yate Loon from the System fan header and an Arctic Cooling Turbo Module from the Aux 1 fan header. I am not sure about the more feature rich IP35 Pro, but my board ...
by roadie
Wed May 07, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Xigmatek Battle-Axe: First Direct-Touch Heatpipe VGA Cooler
Replies: 22
Views: 10947

As soon as I saw this product, I knew it wouldn't do any better than the Accelero S1 rev2 and Turbo Module I have on my 3870. The product is really wasted without an IHS on the GPU.
by roadie
Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.11 320GB single platter (ST3320613AS)
Replies: 25
Views: 25015

I just received one of these drives to use as a games/large programmes drive. However, I won't install it until I receive the e4500 CPU I'm waiting on. Hopefully, this will be before the weekend. I'm not too concerned about the noise it will make in all honest, as it will be suspended by elastic in ...
by roadie
Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Antec Solo next to a giant pepper grinder
Replies: 10
Views: 5929

Hey, just to warn you, the extra heat MAY cause damage to the PSU if you constantly run it like that. My PSU when i was using the TRUE ran much warmer with the TRUE facing up (i couldnt fit it normally because of the HR-05 and the PSU support bar). Excellent setup anyway! Another SOLO user *high fi...
by roadie
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Antec Solo next to a giant pepper grinder
Replies: 10
Views: 5929

Unfortunately, due to the AM2 HSF retention bracket, that is the only way the TRUE will face. All air from the main chamber is pulled out by the rear case fan and none makes it to the PSU so I am not too bothered about it really. The air coming out of the PSU does get fairly warm under extended load...
by roadie
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Tkpenalty's Silent/Quiet PCs
Replies: 17
Views: 9168

Really nice clean builds! Wish I could get mine to a comparable state, but I simply have too many hard drives.
by roadie
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:47 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Antec Solo next to a giant pepper grinder
Replies: 10
Views: 5929

My Antec Solo next to a giant pepper grinder

I've not show off my computer in all its glory before, so here it is! Starting at the front, I removed the fan grills from in front of the two Glacialtech Silentblade 92mm fans. They are controlled by the Silverstone fan controller so that they are silent when idle but do draw a fairly significant a...
by roadie
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Enjoy the silence... (Updated May 2014)
Replies: 77
Views: 84961

Wow, really nice build!

The only use I found acoustic damping foam was reducing resonance in an aluminium case. I guess with your hard drives in those enclosures, you shouldn't have that problem.
by roadie
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Akasa AK-965 socket 775 tower cooler
Replies: 15
Views: 7238

Great to see some packaging for a PC component with very little plastic! Shame the product itself is just a bit "meh". Still, for £10-£11 I guess it is good value, and with a spare 120mm fan zip tied to it, it could deliver good results.
by roadie
Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for Fan Controller Recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 2778

I also have this fan controller in black. It controls two Glacialtech 92mm fans at the front of my Solo and I couldn't be happier with it. At the lowest setting, the fans are silent. However, one thing I did notice with it when running a 120mm Yate Loon on my TRUE, was that I don't think it was able...
by roadie
Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Top blowhole cover for the P182
Replies: 42
Views: 22481

Re: Intriguing

Hmm AntecRep has got me thinking. I got the impression that my rear exhaust fan was making too much noise because the P182 was too close to the wall. You know, noise bouncing off a hard surface, or something. So I moved it further from the wall, and a tad towards me, and it does sound a bit quieter...
by roadie
Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI HD3850 & HD3870: Improved Acoustics & Power Effi
Replies: 35
Views: 25693

An enjoyable read, thanks for the review. I also found this quote damn amusing: Palit is a Hong Kong based manufacturer, so naturally an obese frog in a suit of high-tech armor adorns their HD 3870 box. I have had two 3870 cards; a reference Sapphire card and a non reference Gigabyte card. I agree t...
by roadie
Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 76514

I too see the 200mm fan as unnecessary. A 120mm fan there would have been a much better choice in my opinion, especially with a less fussy designed exhaust. I would also like to see 2 120mm fans at the very front of the case, like the SOLO's 92mm design. You could then have 4 or 5 HDDs with an elast...
by roadie
Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:20 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Slipstream 800 RPM - shipping to UK?
Replies: 11
Views: 3302

How about just undervolting a Yate Loon instead? That would be much cheaper and they are almost unnoticeable under 1000rpm.
by roadie
Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AC Accelero S1 is the BEST cooler for 8800GT / ATI38?0 cards
Replies: 221
Views: 130201

The S1 needs so little airflow to work at its best that I think two of any sized fans is excessive. I went for the Turbo Module because it is thinner than a 120mm fan and the cost was the same.
by roadie
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AC Accelero S1 is the BEST cooler for 8800GT / ATI38?0 cards
Replies: 221
Views: 130201

I bought an Accelero S1 rev2 along with the Turbo Module over the weekend and have installed it on my 3870. Idle temps are slightly lower than with the stock Zalman VF700 cooler but it easily outperforms it when loaded. The GPU temp mirrors that of the CPU temp and I've not yet seen it over 50 degre...
by roadie
Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Ninja Copper: Scythe's 5th Year Celebration
Replies: 84
Views: 45400

I bought a Ninja Rev.B on the strength of your original Ninja article and never got decent results out of it. It does seem to me that the mounting mechanism for both AMD and Intel platforms is suspect. I think bolt through mounting methods are much better, but obviously they are less convenient to f...