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by DonP
Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 200gb Samsung P120s at PC World for £58inc (UK only)
Replies: 5
Views: 2703

WD3200JB from Savastore comes to 29.82p/GB inc del.
by DonP
Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 200gb Samsung P120s at PC World for £58inc (UK only)
Replies: 5
Views: 2703

Well spotted.. although there are other options - Komplett do the WD3200JB (Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB IDE ATA/100 8MB 7200RPM) for 92GBP. The SP works out at 29.24p per GB, while the WDC at 28.75p per GB. (ok, the flaw in my argument is that if you add delivery at 6GBP to the cost of the WDC t...
by DonP
Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Scorpio WD800VE spinup in a Thinkpad X31
Replies: 1
Views: 1286

Scorpio WD800VE spinup in a Thinkpad X31

Has anyone found that on boot up you can hear the WD800VE rev up and then shutdown suddenly, rev-up, shutdown, rev-up, shutdown, rev-up and by this time the BIOS has finished its thing and the disk remains spinning.. and then the OS starts to boot? Ok, so this could be an issue with the current requ...
by DonP
Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the 6-pin AUX ATX2 PSU connector really needed?
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

Well, for the record, and for completeness purposes a closing report on how things went.. I ended up buying an adaptor like I listed above.. the UK one didn't actually have the 6-pin on it as is shown in the picture (I called and asked) but I finally sourced one at a local computer fair (for the rec...
by DonP
Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Iomega Mini HDD
Replies: 1
Views: 1066

Re: Iomega Mini HDD

Also a general question - How come 1.8" drives aren't really that popular in USB HDDs, and only mainly used in MP3/Video portable players such as the iPod? I'm guessing it's because they are only available in smaller capacities and are more expensive than 2.5" drives. The largest 1.8" ATM is 80GB I...
by DonP
Thu Nov 03, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the 6-pin AUX ATX2 PSU connector really needed?
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

Well, ok, I won't unplug the 6-pin and hope for the best.. Even though my soldering skills are better than average I can't be bothered to build a new cable unless I abolsutely have to.. but, in a bit of luck I did find a suitable cable: from the US ( atx-to-atx12v-adapter ) , and from the UK (check ...
by DonP
Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the 6-pin AUX ATX2 PSU connector really needed?
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

Thanks for the replies guys. Yeah, I do have a dilemma. What I'll do in a few days is probably just unplug the 6-pin from the current PSU and see if it still boots, and then gradually stress it more and more. It'll give me a reason to borrow Doom 3 to stress the graphics card too :) Basically my con...
by DonP
Sat Oct 29, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the 6-pin AUX ATX2 PSU connector really needed?
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

I rediscovered USENET groups and an anandtech article but I'm still confused.. the information conflicts a bit.. Anandtech: "Most system boards based on the Intel 850 Chipset will also require the 1x6, 6-pin connector, although this is optional." (link) Optional AND required? Usenet posts: "That con...
by DonP
Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the 6-pin AUX ATX2 PSU connector really needed?
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

Is the 6-pin AUX ATX2 PSU connector really needed?

Guys and Gals, I have a quick question.. I have a Gigabyte GA-8IHXP ver 2.1 mobo which has a 6-pin AUX connector on it . The mobo is currently running off a Antec TruPower 380 (a 1.0 version, not the trupower 2.0). I'd like to swap the Antec for a Seasonic S12-380 . The thing is that the S12 doesn't...
by DonP
Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:42 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Sticky for the UK
Replies: 107
Views: 218130

Re: S12-430 as Scan

bredbored wrote:S12-430's are now at £40 inc vat at Scan;
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductI ... tID=256335
Bargain!
Bummer.. I was waiting for it to get back in stock before ordering it.. but now it's at 62GBP.. but.. not all is lost - the 380W model is now down to 42GBP.
by DonP
Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li 20th Anniversary Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 1676

I've found another pic..
by DonP
Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Gonna get a Seasonic S-12 430 but have some questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2818

It is still the quietest fanned PSU we've ever tested -- by a big margin. Thanks Mike - I must admit I slightly skimmed over the text you quoted - I was just looking at the new dBA numbers and comments like "The Adda fan has a bit more buzz while the Yate Loon seems to have a bit more whoosh" and t...
by DonP
Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Gonna get a Seasonic S-12 430 but have some questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2818

Ordered it, really looking forward to receiving it. This Antec PSU I have in is the ONLY what I would consider 'noisy' thing in my case so hopefully getting the S12-430 will eliminate all the noise. :) FWIW Kustompcs.co.uk also stock the S12-430.. I might end up getting one from them eventually. I'...
by DonP
Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I desire [xxx] most in my life.
Replies: 41
Views: 17880

Ignorance - all the way! If not that then, in order.. Family & Companionship, Health & Longevity, Knowledge, (then of equal weight: Hedonism, Enlightenment, Wealth, Power & Respect). Seriously ignorance is good.. because if you have that then you don't want the rest. Ignorance is great in many resp...
by DonP
Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1675997

Cassette Boy: Mick's Tape
Very well made.. there's a sample under that link.
by DonP
Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Plextor's 16x Slot Loading DVD Burner
Replies: 11
Views: 4143

I had a Pioneer 6x DVD Slot loading DVD-ROM drive. It was moderately noisy, but I liked it, until it broke *cry*. Agreed. I loved my Pioneer DVD-ROM Slot loader.. loud at start but then it settled down when it was reading the disk - although not quiet by any means. and then one day it died.. and I ...
by DonP
Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: ATA over Ethernet (AoE)
Replies: 30
Views: 21319

I don't think the point is speed - it's ease of expanding SANs (storage-area-networks) and the lower overhead of data transfer over network.. what I mean is SMB is very slow, as is NFS.. but FTP has much less overhead and therefore much better throughput.. although doesn't allow proper random access...
by DonP
Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: V120CE silent?
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

I'd like to hear any experiences of this drive too - should be good for large file stores and HTPCs.
by DonP
Sat May 21, 2005 5:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Static electricity ??
Replies: 3
Views: 1253

Take a multimeter and check for continuity between your HDD metal case/lid and your PC case. If the thing beeps then you don't need a grounding wire.
by DonP
Sun May 08, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Nidec P80 the quietest?
Replies: 15
Views: 4131

But I should add something - the WDC is brand spanking new - got it only a few days ago.. BUT it was packaged very badly - took one hell of a beating. Was this a retail packaging? If not, where did you get the drive? It was an OEM drive - wrapped in bubble wrap and in a brown box with some other bi...
by DonP
Sun May 08, 2005 4:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SS-301HT: a pictorial
Replies: 38
Views: 42375

Well I bit the bullet and ordered a SS-351HT from xcase.co.uk. Thanks for all the info Tibors - I ordered a 24->20pin adaptor so I was prepared for the install. For the record - the SS-351HT from xcase is labelled "SS-351HT Active PFC F3", elsewhere it says "Rev A1". At the AC power connector it sta...
by DonP
Thu May 05, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Nidec P80 the quietest?
Replies: 15
Views: 4131

Ok, I'm hesitating to make lots of noise about this comparison because I think it's the first such comparison on SPCR.. and it's only a single sample, with disclaimers. I recently bought a black top WDC WD2000JB - it's manufactured March 2005. I also have about four Spinpoint SP0812N - all Nidecs.. ...
by DonP
Mon May 02, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU reviews at 220V AC instead of 120V AC
Replies: 32
Views: 11276

Of course, had I been consistently working with 230VAC I probably would have had someone else do it. I dont mind 115VAC as much. Ive been zapped a few times, but its no where near as dangerous as 230v is. I cant imagine working with 400v+. I've been zapped about six times with 240VAC.. (actually, i...
by DonP
Mon May 02, 2005 7:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU reviews at 220V AC instead of 120V AC
Replies: 32
Views: 11276

Rusty075 wrote:2: Xbitlabs.com does their testing at 220. They don't do any acoustic measurements, but their electrical testing is among the best I've seen online.
Wasn't there a SPCR regular who set up his own quiet PC related site in France? I think he did some reviews too.
by DonP
Mon May 02, 2005 7:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU reviews at 220V AC instead of 120V AC
Replies: 32
Views: 11276

Firstly, do you think the difference is really that significant? I don't think it is. If anything PSUs are better in Europe because (AFAIK) the certifications are stricter. Also the 220V would result in higher efficiency PSUs (at least from what I've read of PSU flyers). Secondly, is it important? A...
by DonP
Mon May 02, 2005 6:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Server
Replies: 1
Views: 877

I've just finished building such a thing - although a slightly lower spec. It's just going through burn in testing right now. I'm guessing you'll end up going the Althon 64 route so I'm not going to list what my bits are since they're underpowered (XP-M2500+ but underclocked and undervolted) and als...
by DonP
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: A simple 12/7/5/0 volts switch?
Replies: 11
Views: 3847

Haha! That's just crazy enough to work. Such a simple solution. Kind of a binary counter method of switching, but that works. <snip> Plus, it might be fun to rig a whole bunch of fans in the case, and when I'm ready to start gaming, I can yell "Full Power!!", throw a bit toggle switch, and they all...
by DonP
Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: A simple 12/7/5/0 volts switch?
Replies: 11
Views: 3847

I've never tried it and this advice comes with na warranties, explicit or implied... but.. you might be able to do a 12/7/5/0 with two DPST switches. You attach the common pin of the first one to the positive lead of the fan and the other two pins on the switch to 12V (let's call this switch positio...
by DonP
Sun Apr 17, 2005 5:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SS-301HT: a pictorial
Replies: 38
Views: 42375

Wow mahkum2 , that is a good price - thanks! I might buy it for another project, but the current project needs a very very quiet PSU and the FSP350-60PN(PF) according to the recommended list of PSU isn't at the better end of "the SPCR quiet scale". It's rated 3, I have an Antec TruePower 380 which i...
by DonP
Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SS-301HT: a pictorial
Replies: 38
Views: 42375

btw.. when trying to figure out what the SS-351HT is, check out this thread:
MikeC wrote:5) The SS301HT, SS351HT and SS401HT are different from all of the above. They are NOT the same series as the SS400HT, SS500HT, SS600HT. This is an OEM, less expensive, less advanced model for system integrators.