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by samuelmorris
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: NZXT Whisper Case Review
Replies: 3
Views: 1986

Hmm, quiet PC, and 19 hard drives. Conflict of interest anyone? haha This is NZXT's second go at a quiet case, the Hush was the first. Shame that unlike Antec, NZXT keep the crazy bright Blue LEDs on their quiet cases, kind of ruins the effect really. The pair of 80mm fans above the PSU is an intere...
by samuelmorris
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS 00D6B0 at MicroCenter - YMMV
Replies: 16
Views: 16574

One of my housemates purchased a terabyte greenpower, and it turned out to be a WD10EAVS, which I'd never heard of. Any info on how these compare? It was pretty good, certainly very low vibration and airborne hiss, but it did have a single tonal pitch to it probably around the 19-20dB mark, which ca...
by samuelmorris
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Please start testing 140mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 13506

I'm actually quite impressed with the 140mm Streamliners. At maximum speed in my friend's PC they must be producing 27dB at the most, and the vast majority of that is turbulence noise from the radiator he uses them to cool, there is no click/hiss/grid whatsoever from them, I suspect because they use...
by samuelmorris
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 1TB Or Seagate 1.5TB ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4909

I had no trouble getting an RMA from WD, and the Greenpower drives seem quiet. The results from most Seagate drives noise-wise are less than impressive, and during seek, my older 250GB Seagate is actually significantly louder than a 36.7GB Raptor, if you can believe that.
by samuelmorris
Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 307089

http://i37.tinypic.com/2nio5jn.jpg Is this of genuine concern? Most people I Ask who don't own the drive say it's a SMART error, and therefore I should RMA the drive. However, there seems to be widespread discussion about a possible misdiagnosis due to unrecognised information via certain chipsets....
by samuelmorris
Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Several queries regarding HD4000 series
Replies: 3
Views: 1577

Several queries regarding HD4000 series

Hi there, eventually I will need to upgrade from my solo HD3870, since I run 2560x1600, and the 4800 series cards are unquestionably the ones to buy for the moment. However, I have numerous reservations about using one (or more likely, eventually two), primarily noise. a) I know the stock coolers ru...
by samuelmorris
Thu May 29, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Twelve Hundred
Replies: 17
Views: 7206

I can tell you now - the 900 was a hard case to silence, the 1200 will only be worse. it's too open to hide airborne noise from hard disks and any small fans, plus the stock fans don't go silent at low speed, far from it.
by samuelmorris
Thu May 29, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wii -> PC?
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

My mate uses mentawl's method for his Wii - it's perfectly playable.
by samuelmorris
Thu May 29, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: (Partially)Passive Crossfire
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

Indeed. I'm thinking "you get what you pay for" - the S1 is half the price of the HR-03. Now I know why that is. Oh well, off to ebay with it as a 'faulty' job. Might perhaps make me a tenner..
by samuelmorris
Thu May 29, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: (Partially)Passive Crossfire
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

Well, after spending considerable time attaching an Accelero S1 rev2 to my HD3870, it no longer works. Removing the cooler again showed me why - the core has been cracked in the corner. Very disappointing considering the delicacy I used during the archaic installation procedure (plastic clips? come ...
by samuelmorris
Mon May 26, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI HD3850 & HD3870: Improved Acoustics & Power Effi
Replies: 35
Views: 24705

I've just reread this article. If the HD3870 really is 21dB at 30% fan speed, then it just goes to show how important noise character is - I own a stock cooled HD3870 and a Corsair HX520, rated one higher at 22dB, and the PSU is almost inaudible beneath the GPU at more than 2 feet away.
by samuelmorris
Mon May 26, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: (Partially)Passive Crossfire
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

Yeah, I was thinking of getting a pair of Nexus 80s to fill those slots. If you think it'll make sufficient difference I'll do it. One thing I've noticed, since going with a Corsair HX 520W, the reduced fan speed means it practically isn't an exhaust fan any more...
by samuelmorris
Tue May 20, 2008 6:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ultimate Silent PC
Replies: 19
Views: 6057

Lol a Celeron with a TRUE! That's got to be a first.
Would you mind posting what temps you get with your Accelero S1 on your 8800GTS? I'm curious to see how well they do in a proper silent PC environment. :)
by samuelmorris
Sun May 18, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Zalman Heatpipe units
Replies: 3
Views: 1768

To be fair, I don't really want to fan mod a PSU, as easy as it may be. In any case, I found out the Zm600-HP is nowhere near as good as the KW unit, and almost similtaneously found a cheap HX 620W at play.com, albeit it may be a few weeks before I get one since it's out of stock. Why the 620W? Why ...
by samuelmorris
Wed May 14, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: (Partially)Passive Crossfire
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

Hehe, well there's a side exhaust 120mm fan right next to where the cards are, but it only runs at 700-800rpm ish. Would that be sufficient, or would I have to put a fan on the S1?
by samuelmorris
Wed May 14, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Zalman Heatpipe units
Replies: 3
Views: 1768

Zalman Heatpipe units

Hi there, I've just read the review of the ZM-1000-HP and have been very impressed. I'm not the sort of retard who feels he needs a 1KW PSU, however so I have no intention of shelling out anywhere near that much money. However, having owned a Thermaltake Toughpower 750W for a while I would ideally l...
by samuelmorris
Wed May 14, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: (Partially)Passive Crossfire
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

Thanks for the reply thejamppa. It's interesting that you say the Accelero S1 coolers work better in low airflow environments, I hadn't even considered them. Cheap though they are, I'd sooner not have to do any bending or cutting with the heatsinks, however simple as I'm not really the most dextrous...
by samuelmorris
Mon May 12, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: (Partially)Passive Crossfire
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

(Partially)Passive Crossfire

Hi again, I've been using a pair of HD3870s in Crossfire for a month or two now, and have had about the level of success I was expecting getting the performance out of it. However, a few weeks back I suddenly noticed that the second card needed a very large fan speed increase to remain stable when i...
by samuelmorris
Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Monitor
Replies: 12
Views: 2950

I have no issue in recommending Dell or Samsung monitors. If you buy Dell though, stick with the proper Ultrasharp series, I don't know if the E series is as good. If you go samsung, get the 226BW - a very fine screen that.
by samuelmorris
Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Logitech Z-560 vs Z-5300e speakers
Replies: 9
Views: 3115

All I can really add to this is that there is no problem in bass clarity with the z-5500s, so I have no reason to believe it's true of the other 5000 series, such as the 5300.
by samuelmorris
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply potential options - limited budget...
Replies: 1
Views: 2353

Power supply potential options - limited budget...

Hi there, I currently use a Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU (complete overkill I know, wish I'd known when I bought it). In my current config, the fan rarely ramps up even when gaming, but at its idle speed it's not exactly what you'd call silent, I'd hazard a guess at 25-27dB at 1m. Consequently, I...
by samuelmorris
Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Noisy LCD Monitors (high-pitched backlight whining)
Replies: 17
Views: 12423

My Dell 3007WFP makes that noise at a reasonable volume (i'd guess above 25dB), but only at maximum brightness, down it just one level and the noise pretty much disappears. it also makes a different noise when you change resolutions (a hissing noise, kind of like a gas leak!) and when you turn it of...
by samuelmorris
Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:53 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: undervolting multiple fans
Replies: 3
Views: 1491

That's still a reasonable amount of current, you'll want a pretty large resistor.
by samuelmorris
Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Buying x1650XT/x1950Pro AGP. Help make it SPCR-standard!
Replies: 22
Views: 7291

if at all possible, get a card you can fit a Thermalright HR-03 cooler to. There's nothing quieter than no fans at all (as long as you don't have an X1900 with screaming chips like I have).
by samuelmorris
Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: which [92mm] fan is better ?
Replies: 28
Views: 9001

The Zalman CNPS7000 is only quiet enough at 5V. Anything above and your PC will not be silent. Try running the Nexus 92mm fan. 12V will suffice, but for absolute silence, I'd recommend around the 10V level, you can always get one of those resistance cables. What else is in your PC?
by samuelmorris
Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD501LJ
Replies: 123
Views: 138759

Does anybody know how these perform with Nexus Drive-a-way enclosures? I have two of these, one with a 36GB Raptor in (yuck), and another with 250GB 7200.9 Barracuda, for which the vibrations are minimal, almost non existent. if the 501LJ performs like that, i'd be more than satisfied
by samuelmorris
Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Computex 2007: Cases
Replies: 17
Views: 17554

That makes sense, it's one of their featured stores isn't it?
by samuelmorris
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HR-03 on my 8800 ultra :-(
Replies: 11
Views: 4232

Ace temps for such a high power GPU. The Nexus fan always concerned me, what with it being a sleeve bearing fan, vertically mounted onto a heat source, seemed like a double suicide. What sort of case ventilation do you have? I would like an 8800GTX/Ultra, but only if I can HR-03 Plus it using quiet ...
by samuelmorris
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: If you thought 1000W PSU was overkill
Replies: 26
Views: 9286

I actually use a Toughpower unit. From the power supply perspective they're good, since they're just rebadged ChannelWell units. SilentPC perspective, they're pretty rubbish since either the fan or the way its mounted is useless. At high speed (but therefore loud, and high speed is how the PSU runs ...
by samuelmorris
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD 2600XT prices here.
Replies: 4
Views: 2590

To make you buy the more expensive product :P At least there are plenty of silent options out there for mid-range performers. Try running a PC with a 30" monitor (that means 2560x1600 gaming) silently. Not easy, especially when the monitor itself makes more electrical noise than a silent case fan. T...