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by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Alternate NB coolers: Enzotech & Nexus
Replies: 34
Views: 11403

Enzotech started as a CPU cooler brand IIRC. the round fins in the S1* models remind me of the Alpha heatsinks.
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li officially embraces big fan "250"mm
Replies: 5
Views: 2896

Uhm ugly is the word, however Lian Li mostly manufactures rectangular boxes and all the fancy is in the materials and in the price tag.

This is a direct link http://www.lian-li.com/product/product0 ... x=4&type=a
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mac Mini [Quiet?]
Replies: 5
Views: 3233

Re: Mac Mini [Quiet?]

Chocolinx wrote:I can get a Celeron M X200 for roughly $800 CND or a Mac Mini for slightly more $899 CND.
That shuttle must be really overpriced. Usually apple products have quite a high markup.
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure
Replies: 98
Views: 80676

Nice review and good performance. While reading, the placement of the intake and exhaust vents led me to think it would be recycling hot air but eventually I was wrong.

The exterior doesn't look very appealing though, it makes me think of a soapbox: take off the lid and wash your hands :)
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:14 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra 120
Replies: 4
Views: 1922

A tower cooler can be installed in four ways. I don't understand what you mean with "horizontal" so here it's the full story: 1) In a desktop case, the cooler is perpendicular to the floor plane. This is the way SPCR reviewers test the heatsinks, so I guess it's ok. 2) In a tower case, the cooler is...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AC Freezer 64 Pro: Overrated?
Replies: 21
Views: 8772

The AMD stock cooler IMO offers better value, being quieter than the F64P. It's not a tower, but you can have it all :)

I would be just tempted to say 'I must have got a really bad sample'. But then I listen to the soundclips, and I can clearly see we are talking about the very same product.
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua = Overhyped, noisy little buggers
Replies: 34
Views: 23216

The Sharkoon golfballs seem to be great fans at a considerably lower price. You can probably get two of them for one Noctua and still have some change left...
by J. Sparrow
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: hr-01 troubles
Replies: 1
Views: 1143

The duct is meant to increase cooling effectiveness of the heatsink by setting it up in a semi-passive configuration, it's strongly advised that you duct your HR-01. In my experience, other components are better cooled if the main exhaust is not ducted. WRT the max safe temperature, don't be afraid,...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: +3.3V consistently too low...
Replies: 13
Views: 3622

I have a SpeedFan report right in front of myself in this very moment, it says "+12V: 9.29V" - I have measured the 12V line with a multimeter some hours ago and it was an almost round 12V.

Update: it's just another SpeedFan bug...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AC Freezer 64 Pro: Overrated?
Replies: 21
Views: 8772

Update : I've put the Freezer back in use. I've built a new "2nd rig", and resisted the temptation of getting a Ninja for just 33 €, only because I had a Freezer Pro lying around. This thing IS noisy as hell! The 2nd rig only has TWO fans: the S12 PSU fan and the Freezer fan... the Freezer alone ...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 50W Quad Core Xeon announced
Replies: 10
Views: 4919

Quad cores are perfect to enter the top spots in the leaderboards of distributed computing projects ;)

There's always a way to use more power, I have no doubts our humble dual-cores will be rendered completely obsolete in just a few months.
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Should a PSU pull air from inside of the case or outside?
Replies: 2
Views: 1475

Re: Should a PSU pull air from inside of the case or outside

I can mount the PSU so that it pulls air directly from the vent, or flip it around so that it instead pulls air from inside the case. Which is more preferable, and why? If you mount it pulling air from the inside, you will end up lowering the pressure inside, which might disrupt the airflow inside....
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6465

Poodle wrote:You can see how I grounded my Corsair far down in this log:
http://www.sweclockers.com/album/?id=583
Great! U120 wind tunnel! Can you post the results with different setups? In another thread, maybe :)
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any way to replace stock fan on Zalman CNPS 9700??
Replies: 4
Views: 1913

If you search the forum, you should find the process explained for the 9500. The 9700 mod should be pretty much the same.
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: High temps with HR-01 in TJ-08
Replies: 3
Views: 2074

Re: High temps with HR-01 in TJ-08

You should really duct that HR-01. I don't feel any air coming from the back Nexus... but if I open the case I do feel a lot of air. Do this check: open the side and listen to the sound the fans are making; then close the side and listen again. Do the fans spin up a lot? If the answer is yes, try re...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua = Overhyped, noisy little buggers
Replies: 34
Views: 23216

I guess Nexus or Scythe. I was about to buy Noctua but then went for Scythe. Why? 1) I listened to the sound recordings on SPCR and I didn't like Noctua at all. 2) Scythe costs 25-50% less 3) Noctua marketing material is IMO pretty mean. I've ordered two more Scythe, too bad I didn't see that Shark...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan and fan controller questions...
Replies: 38
Views: 16297

The Zalman MFC-1 controls 6 fans, two of those have 0/5/12V switches, the others have knobs for 5-11 V (control is not very accurate however) Otherwise you just buy a 4-fan controller and some Y-cables and put two fans on the same channel. You can control even more than 8 fans with Y-cables as long ...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need to replace a socket 939 board with another socket 939.
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

DFI IMO makes sense only if you're an overclocker: you buy an expensive motherboard because it allows to run a "budget" CPU at much higher speed. Spending much less on CPU allows one to buy a better motherboard and memory. Price might not be an issue if your company pays for it, anyway. nForce4-base...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking Dual Core
Replies: 8
Views: 2510

"K9" is most likely a bright idea from the marketing dept of the motherboard manufacturers. See Wikipedia: K9 appears originally to have been an ambitious 8 issue per clock cycle core redesign of the K7/K8. At one point, K9 was the Greyhound project at AMD, and was worked on by the K7 team beginning...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: So Many Choices, slightly Overwhelmed.
Replies: 17
Views: 4738

Never heard the stock cooler but they say it's pretty noisy. I assume the Freezer Pro is quieter than that but I couldn't bear it at full speed (which is lower on the AMD version), it was hitting my nerves. Of course you can try borrow an air compressor and give the thing a nice clean-up, that can r...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman's new 9700 bigboy heatsink/fan
Replies: 22
Views: 14881

The heatsink testbed is LGA775 based.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: So Many Choices, slightly Overwhelmed.
Replies: 17
Views: 4738

Only the Noctua certainly needs motherboard to be removed. The U120 doesn't need motherboard removal as long as you're using a mainboard with a metal backplate. The Ninja doesn't need it, too, but performance might be not much better than the stock cooler. I don't see what's the problem with removin...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Going crazy!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3208

I assume angelkiller was thinking of something bigger like HR-01 or the U120/U120X.

However... is your case using a side intake vent that you want to stay with inline coolers? If you have front intakes, then shop for a tower.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: So Many Choices, slightly Overwhelmed.
Replies: 17
Views: 4738

The Freezer 7 might be noisy on a Prescott at full load, with that budget you can buy something better. If your case is (or can be) optimized for straight line airflow, a tower design is your best bet IMO. Don't buy the Ninja unless you're willing to do some modding to get the adequate amount of pre...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6465

The Corsair HX520 is regarded as one of the best quiet PSUs around, so you might just have stumbled into a bad sample. How about trying a swap ?
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: LC Power LC6550 PSU experienes?
Replies: 4
Views: 9729

No real-life experience, but I've read something about LC Power: they are budget units, and IIRC the specs are doctored up, like the 550W would be probably rated 400W or less by another manufacturer... An LC Power 550W costs slightly less than a Seasonic S12-330 and one third less than a 350W Enerma...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suspend PSU
Replies: 21
Views: 6465

Not sure if it's vibration of just pure air 'whoosh' - possibly a bit of each - I'll have a listen tonight. Vibrations are tackled with dampeners, but your PSU might be struggling for air. If case intake vents are too restrictive, then the fan will spin faster because of decreased pressure at the P...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 2000W external PSU spotted
Replies: 30
Views: 10124

Now we only need someone's commenting about muscle cars/penis length and utterly powerful PSUs/ePenis, and the thread will be perfect :lol:
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Instead of Scythe Quiet Drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 2317

Take a look at this user-review for good enclosures other than the Scythe:

viewtopic.php?t=32509
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: IBM uses glue to cool chips
Replies: 4
Views: 1820

scientists noticed that a cross formed in the paste as large amounts of particles piled up, inhibiting the layers of glue from spreading out evenly. The scientists were able to trace the cause of this back to the flow behavior of the paste, which simply follows the path of least resistance. Along t...