Search found 1348 matches

by frenchie
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My updated Solo
Replies: 34
Views: 15034

Re: My updated Solo

Been a while.... sooooo, the X-650 caught fire. Flames coming out of the back, loud crackling noises, dimming lights in the house, screaming wife... Somehow the breaker didn't break. Ran to the computer and unplugged it. My wife saw the whole thing, she was in the same room. I just saw the blue smok...
by frenchie
Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his friends
Replies: 24
Views: 16124

Re: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his fri

A video of Mike, yeah !!!!!!!!
Not a bad try for a quiet build :)
by frenchie
Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup
Replies: 10
Views: 7296

Re: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

Very nice article !!
Thank you Andrew and Mike, very nice write-up.
by frenchie
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Care to help a newb give their rig the silent treatment?
Replies: 1
Views: 2252

Re: Care to help a newb give their rig the silent treatment?

Welcome to SPCR !!! The first thing you can try, is to remove the filters on the input side, just to see if the noise changes. You can also try to stop one fan at a time, or slightly change the speed of one : sometimes the resonance between 2 fans can cause the symptoms you describe, and changes in ...
by frenchie
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 281106

Re: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]

Nice post Neil, thanks ! I wonder what kind of real-life fuel economy we'll see... It looks low to the ground, was that your impression ? (I'm thinking ease of access)

Same cd as the Model S. The 2014 MB CLA250 will do even better as far as cd is concerned. Not for fuel economy though :p
by frenchie
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: reducing whoosh sound of 2.5 drive - recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 3888

Re: reducing whoosh sound of 2.5 drive - recommendations?

http://www.silentpcreview.com/scythe-quietdrive2.5

Worked wonders for me. Changed the pitch of the seek sounds though...
by frenchie
Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler
Replies: 3
Views: 3183

Re: be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Thanks for the review.
I'm a bit surprised to see it ranked in the "Editor's Choice" category given the average mounting system. I guess the low cost and the performance are more than enough to counterbalance the mounting system issues.
by frenchie
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

This is off topic, but no, wind is NOT a better solution than PV arrays. Why ? Because electricity is most needed on hot or on cold days (depending where you live). And on those days, there is no wind... What's missing, is an electricity storage solution that performs well both at the grid level, an...
by frenchie
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Christmas is upon us (almost)
Replies: 6
Views: 3614

Re: Christmas is upon us (almost)

Fixed the link (the video was made private for some reason...)
by frenchie
Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Christmas is upon us (almost)
Replies: 6
Views: 3614

Christmas is upon us (almost)

And to start the season, a bit of fun :)
https://www.google.com/#q=jon+stewart+m ... ta&tbm=vid

[EDIT : google link ; pick the link to the daily show's website]
by frenchie
Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: looking for a printer that wont screw me over.
Replies: 23
Views: 8138

Re: looking for a printer that wont screw me over.

My Brother uses 3.5 Watts at idle I believe... I can measure that again.
(It's connected to the wireless network)
by frenchie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Help in silencing ASUS 560ti (DirectCU II cooling)
Replies: 2
Views: 1949

Re: Help in silencing ASUS 560ti (DirectCU II cooling)

Welcome to SPCR !!! 1- Dis-assembly should be easy, it's usually just a few small screws (heatsink cover and fans) 2- If your fans fit the power connector on the card, get a Y splitter and you can plug 2 fans in 1 header. If they don't fit, you can use a fan connector on your motherboard or a conne...
by frenchie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: looking for a printer that wont screw me over.
Replies: 23
Views: 8138

Re: looking for a printer that wont screw me over.

I have a Brother B&W laser printer connected to the wireless network. One new high yield toner for $40 (the real Brother brand, not a cheaper refill) prints about 2,500 pages. I'm very happy with it. They have a color version : HL3170CDW ($260 at the egg) What's your budget ? $260 might look like a ...
by frenchie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU heatsink design - affecting CPU temperature when on idle
Replies: 12
Views: 5015

Re: GPU heatsink design - affecting CPU temperature when on

I don't think this card is powerful enough at idle to make much a difference in your system. Maybe one or 2 degrees, if that.
by frenchie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU heatsink design - affecting CPU temperature when on idle
Replies: 12
Views: 5015

Re: GPU heatsink design - affecting CPU temperature when on

If your setup hasn't changed, don't get a blower style card, it'll never be quiet... Go for something with more fans and a larger cooler (I have had good luck with the Gigabyte Windforce coolers)
by frenchie
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

Buy an electric! I bought a Volt two months ago [snip] I'll be very interested to see how it drives in the snow, and what the fuel economy is. Diesel fuel is more expensive than regular in the US : $3.194 a gallon for regular gas, $3.832 for diesel (source http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_gnd_dc...
by frenchie
Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

I'm not sure I follow you. The battery is the tank, not the fuel. All you can say is that the tank of fuel is less heavy that the battery, regardless of whether it is full or not. So you are displacing a constant weight when you use electricity, not when you use regular gas (and maybe mileage improv...
by frenchie
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 80x15mm Fan
Replies: 5
Views: 2048

Re: 80x15mm Fan

Papst doesn't seem to make one (they have all other size/depth combinaison... :cry: ) Any chance you can fit the fan outside the PSU ? Only other option I can think of is a 70mm fan, papst makes one : http://www.ebmpapst.com/en/products/compact-fans/axial-compact-fans/axial_compact_fans_detail.php?p...
by frenchie
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

I just filled up my tank this morning : $3.29 a gallon The cheaper the gas the worse it is for electric vehicles.... Higher prices will drive demand for more efficient vehicles, including diesel and electric. The sad part is that gas is a short term vision of the market. A company that misses the el...
by frenchie
Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

I think an important part of the comparison is being missed : the i3, model S, leaf are ELECTRIC !! It's very true you can get a fancy BMW 5 series for the price of a Model S, but the series 5 (sedan) is not electric and it's fuel economy is terrible !! the 2013 series 5 does 34 mpg highway and 23 (...
by frenchie
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to help Corsair build the [quietest] case ever?
Replies: 44
Views: 19565

Re: Want to help Corsair build the [quietest] case ever?

my turn :) a few notes : PSU in it's own chamber, at the top of the case (allows bottom intake fan to be closer to where fresh air is needed) bottom only intake to keep noise away, 3*120 or 3*140 mm fans HDDs sideways, to minimize airflow interference Solid top to keep stuff from falling in the case...
by frenchie
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

Interesting conversation here. Just a couple of things... What happens when a gas powered vehicle runs out of gas : it is stuck and you have to push it... Same as an electric vehicle :) . Yes you can get a can of gas, walk to a gas station, and refill your car, and hopefully it will start. Electric ...
by frenchie
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)
Replies: 9
Views: 7425

Re: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)

Hi MattP, Thanks for posting the video. I've seen mods like this done before, using those integrated closed loop liquid coolers. You can even have the radiator out of the case :) My next mod is actually exactly what you did with a GTX460, but with a 92mm tower cooler (no room for anything higher). H...
by frenchie
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Our Lapped CPU Heatsink Test Platform
Replies: 37
Views: 18916

Re: Our Lapped CPU Heatsink Test Platform

A very, VERY good article ! Thanks a lot for spending time on this issue. This is a pertinent point, and I have to admit the last time I examined our i7-965E, I could not help notice that the corners of the PCB (substrate) are bowing upwards visibly. The subtrate, looked at from the IHS side, is con...
by frenchie
Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

Why did you pick the volt versus, for example, the leaf ? Just curious.
by frenchie
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42693

Re: How to silence your car

I sat in a parked Model S a few weeks ago, the car was on, but the lack of noise is strange. I love it. I wish I could have driven it around the block. There is a person in town who has one, I'm jealous !
It's also a very roomy car (compared to my Elantra anyways :lol: )
by frenchie
Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:29 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Advice on my first quiet build
Replies: 14
Views: 6879

Re: Advice on my first quiet build

Any Seasonic PSU in your store ?
by frenchie
Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anno 2013 - fancontrol: hardware or software
Replies: 13
Views: 4119

Re: Anno 2013 - fancontrol: hardware or software

Welcome to spcr. Personally i would see that my case fans run on fixed voltage like 7 or 9v. CPU fan should be RPM or pwm controlled by BIOS. Finally GPU, should also be equipped with a quiet fan solution and/or modded Isle RPM via BIOS hack. I'm obviously no fan of Software (which could fail) or n...
by frenchie
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silent desktop pc and gaming rig (4790k + 280x)
Replies: 27
Views: 18230

Re: 0 db at idle gaming rig achieved

Where do you see the most dust ? Bottom of case ? GPU ? It's a lot of questions about dust but I'm curious to see how the natural airflow affects where the dust settles PS : fanless is cool. And yes, you can always get a better "quieter" faster rig, but it's not fanless. And who knows, maybe you DO ...
by frenchie
Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silent desktop pc and gaming rig (4790k + 280x)
Replies: 27
Views: 18230

Re: 0 db at idle gaming rig achieved

Nice setup useful_idiot !!
Fanless = bragging rights ! Congrats.

Nice temps too. What's the dust situation ?