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by samuelmorris
Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and fast - WD green, Seagate LP or Samsung F2 ?
Replies: 23
Views: 7337

The WD10EADS, while the fastest of the green 1TB drives, are also the noisiest, but they still eclipse every other drive I've owned, mainly on vibration - with four at once, the deep vibration is certainly audible, but it's so quiet that compared to a single 7200rpm drive you don't notice it. I alwa...
by samuelmorris
Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

So far so good a month in with mine.
by samuelmorris
Tue May 26, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet 140mm Fans?
Replies: 35
Views: 15058

Having a light source in the case isn't to everyone's taste, but the heat argument is crazy. The LEDs in a fan only use a maximum of 0.4-0.5W, and because LEDs are very efficient, you're looking at perhaps 0.1W of heat at best. The motor in a fan produces much more heat than LEDs do.
by samuelmorris
Tue May 26, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet 140mm Fans?
Replies: 35
Views: 15058

Unfortunately I decided to go cheap and get a Sharkoon black fan as I bought this lot from Scan, who don't sell the Aerocool fans. However, having heard the Aerocool fans in a system I still say they're worthy of consideration for people who want quiet 140mm fans with LEDs. The Sharkoon I bought per...
by samuelmorris
Mon May 25, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

It could have been the cable, not the PSU. I've had more power cables go bad than PSUs now I actually buy decent PSUs.
by samuelmorris
Sun May 03, 2009 7:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

Got the NV430 installed in my new system and I'm amazed. It makes the Corsair HX 520W I had seem like a PCP&C, there just isn't any discernable noise at all, besides the elecrical buzz, it may as well be fanless (This includes sticking my head right beside the unit).
HIGHLY recommended.
by samuelmorris
Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

I'm installing this in a top-mounted case so I can't say, but the connector looks reasonable length. Besides, you can buy extension cables for a few £/$/euros and a lot of cases already come with this extension in the bundle.
by samuelmorris
Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Attack of the Scythes
Replies: 72
Views: 48436

Heh, would prefer the grille to remain intact as that's all there is that makes up most of the side to my case (HAF932). 1200rpm would possibly be enough, and indeed 700rpm would probably do me in York, but even with an Ultra-120, a 1600rpm SFF21F on it, correctly fitted with good paste, my CPU reac...
by samuelmorris
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Attack of the Scythes
Replies: 72
Views: 48436

I'm interested in going for some SH 1900rpm Slipstreams. The reason being that I need fans with a good low noise level for idle usage as they're used in a block of four, hooked up to the same fan controller output for simplicity (I will use two per channel with slipstreams due to the power usage. I'...
by samuelmorris
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do multiple tries on spin-up hurt longevity?
Replies: 20
Views: 3866

Haha, slightly lower a.c. input voltage perhaps is enough.
For ref, WD Green drives use next to no power spinning up, or while running.
by samuelmorris
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do multiple tries on spin-up hurt longevity?
Replies: 20
Views: 3866

Depends on the spin-up rate. Fast spin up drives like Raptors probably consume about that much, and Seagates are no slouch either. I predominantly use WDs and Samsungs in my server which spin up slowly, and thus use very little power doing so.
by samuelmorris
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NVIDIA GTX275: Too hot?
Replies: 5
Views: 1816

There is no need to up the fan speed. All the graphics cards I've used for several years run up to 90ºC under load, and none of them have been affected in the slightest. People just assume graphics cards have the same temperature boundaries as CPUs, they don't. The mobile Geforces regularly run at ...
by samuelmorris
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do multiple tries on spin-up hurt longevity?
Replies: 20
Views: 3866

I've powered off HDDs mid-spin up several times without ill effect, but on a continuous basis, I don't think it will do the HDDs or the Power Brick any good. I don't think you'll get immediate issues, but I strongly suggest you find another power brick sooner rather than later.
by samuelmorris
Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

Ordered myself a Nexus Value 430W before the last three go out of stock again. Will post back with my results. Expecting great things.
by samuelmorris
Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

Excellent. They were out of stock there the other day, as they were anywhere else that sells them (Surprisingly few places do)
by samuelmorris
Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76481

No longer available in the UK :( :cry:

Do you think this'll be a temporary situation or will I have to look elsewhere for my new ultra-silent PC?

I can get one imported for $130, but that much for a 430W PSU is criminal.
by samuelmorris
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [Quiet] Power Supply to Replace ThermalTake 850W Toughpower
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

Yeah I'm definitely buying a Nexus Value for my next system.
Also, online PSU calculators are stupid. I find them usually at least 50% above, if not higher.
by samuelmorris
Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 and Corsair VX550
Replies: 11
Views: 2546

Oh right, I didn't realise it was that way round. I'd heard reports of the 750 being louder than the 650, and vice versa with the 550, but didn't realise. The HX1000 is one noisy beast, I tried one out. Since I have a relatively good ear for fequencies (courtesy of having learned grade 1 keyboard ha...
by samuelmorris
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 and Corsair VX550
Replies: 11
Views: 2546

I thought the VX was Seasonic as well? It was my understanding that VX and HX520/620 were Seasonics, the TXs and HX1000 were CWT.
by samuelmorris
Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [Quiet] Power Supply to Replace ThermalTake 850W Toughpower
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

Probably won't, my server's Earthwatts seems like a toy compared to my desktop's PSU.
by samuelmorris
Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 and Corsair VX550
Replies: 11
Views: 2546

I don't think PC P&C units are bad in that regard, but VX units certainly do well, and might work out cheaper, depending on where you live.
by samuelmorris
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 and Corsair VX550
Replies: 11
Views: 2546

I think a VX with a better fan might do very well. The VX fan control is relatively steep, but it can be adequately cooled with less. For the Silencer I'm not sure, surely the 50dB fan is there for a reason... :?
by samuelmorris
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [Quiet] Power Supply to Replace ThermalTake 850W Toughpower
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

No, thermaltake toughpower fan controllers are REALLY agressive. I could get my old 750W Toughpower to max speed with only 140W draw. Granted, the cooling setup was all wrong, and when i fixed it it wasn't so bad, but they're still really noisy units. The Modu82 units do look good, but they're very ...
by samuelmorris
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [Quiet] Power Supply to Replace ThermalTake 850W Toughpower
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

Apart from perhaps the 16 GPU folding trolley above, I'm one of the more 'that's ridiculous, why do you care about silence' people. Fact is though, even though there are two of them, the HD4870X2 is actually a very quiet card at idle when the clock speeds have settled down. I'm not using a case at a...
by samuelmorris
Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [Quiet] Power Supply to Replace ThermalTake 850W Toughpower
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

The ZM850-HP I now have is the quietest PSU I've ever heard. I use a quiet system at idle and can confirm the unit is as quiet as SPCR reviewed the 1KW version. It handles a 900W d.c. stress test without shutting down (though I didn't run it for long for obvious reasons) and runs an overclocked Quad...
by samuelmorris
Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet 140mm Fans?
Replies: 35
Views: 15058

Yes, having bought a more suitable case for my Dual 4870X2s, the Coolermaster HAF, I have a rear 140mm fan slot, and the stock coolermaster one is bunk. It's quiet enough, but pushes as much air as an 80mm probably would at a reasonable noise level. Was looking at Aerocool Streamliners (more specifi...
by samuelmorris
Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:00 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet 140mm Fans?
Replies: 35
Views: 15058

In my experience they tend to start doing that regardless when they get old. However, I haven't had any fail completely yet, whereas I've had at least three ball bearing fans fail, in one case it started billowing smoke! (Silverstone FM121, c. 9 months age)
by samuelmorris
Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet 140mm Fans?
Replies: 35
Views: 15058

The noise it made definitely suggested sleevebearing, and I'm pretty sure HardwareSecrets' report on it said it was a sleeve, which is why it was surprising, as Ball bearing fans are more suitable for a PSU, but in my experience tend to be slightly more abrasive in the noise they produce.
by samuelmorris
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet 140mm Fans?
Replies: 35
Views: 15058

I could tell from both the tone it produced, and the frequency of the ticking / hissing that it was running at about 1000rpm at idle (high, but even so, the noise was terrible). Believe it or not, when it reached beyond 1300rpm or so the noise seemed to disappear and it became smoother.
by samuelmorris
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 39943

Nexuses used to be £10 like the rest, but for whatever reason, they thirded in price in the last year or so.