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by roadie
Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD to release 320GB platter drives
Replies: 49
Views: 29931

As Samsung has been so slovenly in releasing its single platter 320Gb drive, I may go for this WD3200AAKS-00B3A0 if I can find one available in the UK. This will be for a games drive, as I will format my current games drive (a 74Gb 8Mb Raptor) to be the OS drive (currently a slow 80Gb Maxtor). I thi...
by roadie
Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 5000+ Black Edition vs. 5200+ EE or 5200+ Brisbane
Replies: 4
Views: 3118

The 90nm 5200+EE is pretty rare these days; if you stumble upon one pick it up! It is probably worth a small price premium over the 5000+BE due to the extra cache. Odds are that they will reach the same speeds if they are late steppings, but the extra cache on the 5200+ will give better performance....
by roadie
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 VGA Cooler
Replies: 48
Views: 63243

How many PCI slots does the S1, plus the 120x25mm fan take up?
by roadie
Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 VGA Cooler
Replies: 48
Views: 63243

I have just ditched my x1950xtx for a 3870 and have also ordered a S1 so I can crank up the core speed on the card. The stock cooler is far too noisy and is too small to keep temperatures down when at >850Mhz. I have flashed the card's BIOS to one that sets the stock clocks to 830Mhz/1200Mhz and ope...
by roadie
Mon Dec 03, 2007 3:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 315035

I too am interested in the 320Gb drive. I already have a 320GB T166 "general storage" drive, which is ace but would like a faster drive to put my games on, rather than the crappy 80Gb Maxtor I currently use.
by roadie
Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo - included fans and how good is that 120mm?
Replies: 11
Views: 4245

The Antec Tricool at the rear is not slow enough in my opinion to be considered for a very quiet computer. A Yate Loon at ~860rpm is what cools mine when idle, and that's just about right. Of course this rpm increases when gaming to help improve heat extraction under load.
by roadie
Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
Replies: 45
Views: 35700

I've previously owned the Ninja and currently have an TRUE on my CPU. My findings don't support SPCR's in regards to the Ninja; the TRUE outperforms it at all fan voltages by a significant margin, including at higher speeds and voltages.

However, thank you for the review!
by roadie
Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme - AMD64 S-clip?
Replies: 1
Views: 1152

'fraid not.
by roadie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:19 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alternative to Antec SOLO?
Replies: 19
Views: 11304

It would be perfect; there's a socking great hole right in the side panel next to where the 2900 would be sucking in air!
by roadie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:51 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alternative to Antec SOLO?
Replies: 19
Views: 11304

I'd keep the 3000B. I've owned both it and the Solo, and the 3000B is a great case. Although it doesn't look as nice as the Solo, it is extremely competitive in silence terms and probably has superior cooling potential. I blocked the upper vent on the side panel and filtered the lower one, which gav...
by roadie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:37 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 2 slot Kama Bay?
Replies: 10
Views: 3794

I emailed Scythe a while back about making a two slot Kama Bay with an 80mm fan. They swiftly replied saying it wasn't going to happen. I managed to purchase two 5.25" bay filters off Ebay instead. These came with 3 40mm fans each but once removed, the product is pretty effective and looks ok too.
by roadie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo PSU w/ duct/ZM-MFC2 (2008 Update)
Replies: 15
Views: 15467

I have quite a similar set up! The Solo really is a good case to make a quiet computer with. The only problem I have with mine is that the rear of the case is backed up against a wall (~6" or so), and the wall reflects the sound of the computer back towards me. It's amazing how this can amplify the ...
by roadie
Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Athlon X2 and ASUS - quiet out of the box!
Replies: 10
Views: 3325

The temp sensor in the Brisbane CPUs is broken so it's hard to get an accurate picture of what the temperature is. Coretemp doesn't work. It's really down to the motherboard manufacturer to create a bios that will calibrate the temp sensor on the motherboard for the CPU correctly. My abit board did ...
by roadie
Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek HDT-S963, now badge-engineered by Kingwin
Replies: 3
Views: 1964

The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 looks of more interest:

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfis ... 725_5.html
by roadie
Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:12 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: "Son of datamining" and the new SI-120 SE
Replies: 5
Views: 2584

I would really like to see a face off between the following heatsinks: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Thermalright HR-01 Plus Thermalright Ultima 90i Thermalright SI-128 SE Luckily it appears that someone on Xtremesystems is going to be performing a massive heatsink test that includes these :) Shoul...
by roadie
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:00 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright SI-128 SE
Replies: 39
Views: 18262

This looks like a great cooler. Would definitely be interested in one if I decide to make my Brisbane naked, due to Thermalright's bolt down mounting mechanism.
by roadie
Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Andy Samurai Master CPU heatsink/fan
Replies: 24
Views: 16357

Would love to see this versus the SI 128 SE.

From my experience of the Scythe fan that comes with most of their new heatsinks, it is silent at ~870 rpm but quite noticeable at full speed.
by roadie
Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me reduce system noise 120mm and fan controller
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

simmy2 wrote:Is the fan silent at 1000rpm?
Yes, I'd like to know this too, as I am considering having 2 SE 1000s on my Ninja and then a variable RPM SE 2000 extracting air from the case.
by roadie
Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Finally, a quiet SATA drive...I mean really quiet.
Replies: 49
Views: 43121

I have a HD321KJ on the way to replace a 200Gb Maxtor DiamondMax 10 that is crapping out on me. I find all my drives to be pretty quiet so it will be interesting to see whether the Samsung makes any difference.
by roadie
Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:11 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacing Tri-Cools - is it worth it? Will I notice?
Replies: 11
Views: 3846

The 120mm Tricool on low in my computer is the loudest component. Not sure if I can be bothered to replace it though.
by roadie
Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New fan blade design - owl like
Replies: 36
Views: 21373

The serrations at the rear of the fan blades are likely to be vortex generators. You can often see these on F1 cars, where they are known as Gurney Flaps. Their primary purpose is to reduce drag so the design could be good for low noise operation. However, how much time this fan has spent in a wind ...
by roadie
Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:52 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Global WIN NCB fans
Replies: 28
Views: 22323

I sold amjedm the Globalwin fan. I think I found a distributor in the UK through the Globalwin website, here's the URL: http://www.rainbowcomponents.co.uk I sent them a quick email and a guy called Gary got back to me. He sold me two fans for £7.20 each plus p&p. That's all he had at the time. My i...
by roadie
Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HR-03 PLUS
Replies: 34
Views: 23596

See this thread from post 54 onwards. The HR-03 Plus looks to be an awesome cooler.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... p?t=134503
by roadie
Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 3 fans, 1 controller
Replies: 9
Views: 3039

Hi Puffi, have you thought about getting our FP33 fan controller? It will allow you to easily control three FM121 fans manually: http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-fp33.htm The FP33 is a great product! It's good quality and good looking. I chose it over the ugly Akasa fan controller to control ...
by roadie
Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do you think your nForce is cool enough?
Replies: 11
Views: 3986

thejamppa wrote:Epox nForce4 with Zalman NB47J
You can see my system in my sig. The Zalman HS on the nforce ultra chipset gets hot enough to burn but it can still run stably at up to 290Mhz at stock voltage. By all accounts, ATI chipsets run much cooler
by roadie
Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case Windows and noise
Replies: 3
Views: 2655

I had a Gigabyte Aurora with a window. It's a very thin aluminium case that resonates badly from hard drive vibrations but after I had applied Acoustipack everywhere and suspended the hard drives I don't think the window made any difference in the noise level.
by roadie
Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Fan Round-Up #3: 92mm Fans
Replies: 45
Views: 34226

For UK peeps who haven't won the lottery a cheap,quiet 92mm is Glacialtech Silentblade. Yes quiet fans in the UK are almost prohibitively expensive so I plumped for some of the above. My Glacialtech Silentblades reside at the front of my Antec SOLO and whilst at full speed through my Silverstone fa...
by roadie
Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 2.1 speaker recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 7612

If I were buying a new set of 2.1 speakers for my computer, I'd get some from the same manufacturer of my hi-fi speakers, Acoustic Energy. I'd put money on these being the best in their price range:

http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/Produc ... Aego_M.asp
by roadie
Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:29 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommend a silent modular power supply please for HTPC
Replies: 6
Views: 2715

I have had both an Enermax Liberty and a NeoHe. The Antec is so superior in terms of noise produced, it's not even funny.
by roadie
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AC Freezer 64 Pro: Overrated?
Replies: 21
Views: 8787

You should use Coretemp to measure to the CPU temps. It reads directly from the sensor within the CPU and reads both core temperatures. I find the chip on my motherboard over reads my CPU temps by about 5 degrees.