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by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me make this puppy even cooler/quieter
Replies: 7
Views: 2744

Re: Help me make this puppy even cooler/quieter

Any thoughts? :) I would try to find out why you can't tell the difference between an undervolted Nexus (inaudible) and full-speed. Ditching the TriCool seems like a good idea: get a quiet fan with better airflow, that would lower temperature inside the case, and prevent your PSU from ramping up (a...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Media PC made from Junk
Replies: 13
Views: 11463

I don't love wood cases but this one looks pretty good, indeed. Just a little suggestion: If I need to flash the BIOS, I can simply remove the lid and attach a floppy drive. I always burn my BIOS files to optical media (usually CD-RW, turn on verification to stay on the safe side), and no need for a...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: My cooling hell.
Replies: 14
Views: 4821

Re: My cooling hell.

I am cooling an amd athlon 64 3200+ 2 GHz socket 939 or a simular cpu, not above 2 GHz. I'm cooling my 3200+ Winchester (1.25V) on a mATX board with an AC Freezer 64 Pro undervolted to 5V. It's pretty quiet, but it's better not to turn off the fan, unless it idles most of the time. The case has a 1...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Hot but stable AMD64, beyond the specced thermal 'limit'
Replies: 3
Views: 2090

My experience with my two Athlon64 is that they start behaving weird at temperatures near Tcase, but it 's not always immediately evident. As I use my systems for distributed computing (and I hate to run machines that randomly go haywire), I tend to stay well below max TCase. But, if it works for yo...
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The quiet quad core challenge
Replies: 9
Views: 3469

I'd rather buy an Ultra-120 or extreme rather than mod a brand new Ninja.
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Just ordered my Ultra-120 Extreme!!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 4941

xanthacroid wrote:just the AM2 and 775?
good question, thermalright's site states:
Compatibility:

INTEL: All Intel LGA775 processors
AMD: All AMD Socket AM2 Processors
no mention of 939 whatsoever... :(
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Using SpeedFan to dynamically control 120mm fan?
Replies: 3
Views: 1997

Re: Using SpeedFan to dynamically control 120mm fan?

My question is whether or not I can use SpeedFan to control the speed of a 120mm fan There's no difference in controlling a 120 mm or an 80-mm fan as long as you stick with the same 'kind' of fan: if your system has 4-pins PWM connectors you need a 4-pin PWM fan, or a 3-pin (or Molex + adaptor) fan...
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra 120 +
Replies: 45
Views: 20519

The new extreme is as tall as the original U120, and that fits in a Solo, someone posted a shot of that setup some days ago. It's a tight fit, that's true, there's not much space left in my Stacker which is 14 mm wider than the Solo.
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange fan controller behaviour. Hints?
Replies: 5
Views: 2051

Ok, I got it C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-L-Y wrong :lol: :lol: :lol: :oops: :oops: I thought you put the fan in the lower section of the PSU , that is, you made the Noisetaker look like an S12 :) It should be actually feasible, and not too much work either... However, it would bother me to use an external contr...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange fan controller behaviour. Hints?
Replies: 5
Views: 2051

Yes, the PSU is on the bottom (does it make a difference?)

I'm very interested in your mod, can you provide shots or a brief description?
by J. Sparrow
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: True power consumption?
Replies: 12
Views: 4319

If it really needed 26 A, it would have a peak power consumption of 312W, sounds like too much even for an 8800.
by J. Sparrow
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: a couple questions about SpeedFan
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Re: a couple questions about SpeedFan

banksd1983 wrote:first, in the picture here you can see I have "case fan s120" down to 0%, yet it still shows it at 1442 rpm.
Fan connectors on a motherboard are not all created equal: some of them are speed-controllable while others are not.

Some boards do not have any controllable header at all.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: looking for a solution *pic*
Replies: 13
Views: 5246

The U120 can be rotated with the aid of the S-Clip (optional) - it's worth noting that the updated version of the U120 should be out real soon now, but I don't know if it will fit on 939.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cheap Fanless CPU cooling
Replies: 9
Views: 3720

You can get round the search engine problem by going to google and then using the following as a key:

site:silentpcreview.com "socket a" fanless
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 3409

Xbit labs has some interesting PSU reviews where they connect the PSU to an UPS and see how much load they can put on it before it screams for overload. In this one you can see a SmartUPS 620 connected to several units. The limit is between 315-380W, so it's 0.6 or less ! The power factor of your PS...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Strange fan controller behaviour. Hints?
Replies: 5
Views: 2051

Strange fan controller behaviour. Hints?

This is a Speedfan plot from my Enermax Noisetaker PSU; other than assuming the onboard controller is gone, is there any other reason that may explain this behaviour ?

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by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A very quiet HTPC
Replies: 14
Views: 14140

The Solo is intended for cool/quiet operation without any modding and definitely aims to be a good looking case. Yours doesn't look good at all and required extensive modding.

I wonder whether you could achieve similar results simply by modding a cheaper case.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need 2 92mm fans for Temjin TJ07
Replies: 6
Views: 2493

I'm reading the review of your case... quite a weird beast! Take a look, if you haven't yet.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:12 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need 2 92mm fans for Temjin TJ07
Replies: 6
Views: 2493

What do you mean with:
boxleitnerb wrote:On the top and the bottom, 120mm can be fitted in, so no problem there.
? most likely you don't need 4 case fans.

However Nexus, Noiseblocker Black Fan XE1 and the Fander are currently recommended fans in 92-mm class. For more info, read this article
by J. Sparrow
Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AC Freezer 64 Pro: Overrated?
Replies: 21
Views: 8779

If you asked me what's the most popular cooler here, I would have answered with no doubt whatsoever, the Scythe Ninja. Regarding the value point: The AMD stock cooler IMO offers better value, being quieter than the F64P. It's not a tower, but you can have it all :) Quieter and cooler running (look a...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: hard disk life if lying in dormant state...
Replies: 30
Views: 14072

i don't think obsolescence is going to be a problem... i still have 20 year old computers lying around my house, :lol: I'm not the only one then ;) obsolescence is a problem when things break, though. The industry is based on a replace-rather-repair model which makes economic sense, but what if you...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AC Freezer 64 Pro: Overrated?
Replies: 21
Views: 8779

The only explanation that comes to my mind is that both my F64P and your U120 must be below average samples.

I was really tempted to get the Ninja B to test it on my dual core Opteron just to see if it could really blow away the U120, but in the end I decided to save some cash :)
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AC Freezer 64 Pro: Overrated?
Replies: 21
Views: 8779

To me it's just the other way round :) the Freezer Pro at full throttle is about 8-10 degrees behind the U120. The fan spins faster, that's true, but the F64P is way smaller and less capable to transfer heat quickly, it doesn't seem entirely illogical to me that the Ultra 120 performs better. I usua...
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Choosing a 120mm fan: Zalman vs. Sharkoon vs. ???
Replies: 13
Views: 5667

TriCool are only ok if you use them at low, which means you could probably move more air just breathing through the vents ! ;) At 2000 rpm every fan is noisy; whether a good fan @ 1000 rpm is quiet enough or not, is matter of ambient noise and personal taste, the average hard drive is louder than th...
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 1000RPM FANS POWERFUL ENOUGH ?
Replies: 11
Views: 6417

My harddrives currently are temped at approx 20-23c, without the fans they still stay at a impressive 40-43c. Undervolting your intake fan to either 5 or 7 V would be a good idea: 20 degrees is uselessly low. Regarding the case, define your preferred airflow then block all the unused vents. The top...
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How to mount 2 fans onto a single Ninja???
Replies: 5
Views: 2568

If you already have a case fan behind the Ninja, you might see no difference at all.

However, elastic bands or metallic wires can be put to use.
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Possible motherboards/CPUs for a Linux system
Replies: 40
Views: 22387

I'm liking the idea of AMD AM2 dual core or possibly 939. 939 is EoL and more expensive than AM2 when available. Only interesting if you already own some parts you won't feel like throwing away or selling. any likely reasons why I might regret choosing a micro ATX board rather than an ATX one, prov...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Hard drive silencer unit
Replies: 3
Views: 2163

Given the prices out there, I must agree with Erssa. Still a new 320 GB drive will probably cost ~2x a Scythe QuietDrive.
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thoughts on new system build...
Replies: 8
Views: 3561

Maelwys wrote:but I think this case actually works best with no front fans.
why do you think that ?
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo case speaker
Replies: 3
Views: 2291

I just keep a 'case speaker' from an old box just in case; you don't need those things often if you don't have POST problems.

FWIW I had a POST problem while building, but it didn't beep at all... ;)