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by CoolColJ
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD
Replies: 9
Views: 3235

Re: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD

Speed is not the main thing, multitasking is! You can load 10 things at once on the SSD and not slow to a crawl, which is why it's so great for an OS drive. Put your pagefile and Temp folder there, and it doesn't flinch. It would take seriously over a minute when the Windows desktop showed on a boot...
by CoolColJ
Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Corsair Performance Pro SSD vs Intel 520 SSD
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Corsair Performance Pro SSD vs Intel 520 SSD

You won't notice any difference between these drives in everyday use. Reliability and tools are more important. I myself would choose between the Intel 520 and Samsung 830. Both have good tools and reliability. Samsung is cheaper, and more square HD size - ie 256-512 vs 240-480 :lol: Grab an 830 whi...
by CoolColJ
Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD
Replies: 9
Views: 3235

Re: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD

Pay up for a 240-256GB SSD for the system drive - believe me I was a skeptic at first, but the HD thrash upon the desktop showing went from a few minutes down to a few seconds on every reboot!! :shock: I no longer dread reboots after updates and what not - I no longer bother sleeping the system, and...
by CoolColJ
Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Evolution of my Drives - My HDs benched
Replies: 2
Views: 1280

Re: Evolution of my Drives - My HDs benched

The 2 slower drives

Samsung HD204UJ 2TB
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Samsung 1TB HD103UJ
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by CoolColJ
Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Evolution of my Drives - My HDs benched
Replies: 2
Views: 1280

Evolution of my Drives - My HDs benched

Well I just upgraded my system drive to an Intel 520 240GB, and added that 3TB Seagate STM3000D01 - so I benched all of my HD. the Samsung H103SJ is the oldest, and was my system drive until this week, going to retire it to the external eSata dock as one of the drives that I turn on occasionally for...
by CoolColJ
Thu May 24, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 14632

Re: GTX 670 launched

Just got the windforce and I can happily report: Finally highend cards silent enough for SPCR standards. I can not hear it in idle at 25% which is 660 RPM. And I dont mean "cant hear it over my 3000 RPM CPU fans and HDD" (like in other forums), I mean I cant hear the PC at all (no HDD, only 5 and 7...
by CoolColJ
Thu May 24, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Revisited
Replies: 39
Views: 16570

Re: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Revisited

You can buy the fans separately, seen them online
by CoolColJ
Sun May 20, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 3412

Re: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?

I modded the bios of my Gigabyte GTX570 OC with the FermiBiosEditor, after saving it with GPU-Z Set the minimum fan speed to 15%, from the factory 40% Then dragged the .rom file onto the latest NVFlash which automaticly burns the bios onto my card while in desktop 8) Rebooted, and now with an ambien...
by CoolColJ
Sun May 20, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 14632

Re: GTX 670 launched

Mod the bios! Decrease the minimum fan speed and all will be quiet 8)
by CoolColJ
Sun May 13, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 3412

Re: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?

Since you seem interested in high performance / low noise with pre-fitted cooler, maybe this would help: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/ Performance is similar if not better than 7970, power draw a bit lower, cost should be about the same, and noise is relative...
by CoolColJ
Sat May 12, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 3412

Re: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?

thanks, so maybe I AC my Gigabyte GTX 570 OC instead? :) The quietest videocard I ever had was an old 7900GT fitted with a Zalman heatpipe with a tiny fan that ran at 7v, in my old P4 system in Antec Sonata system Which I might resuurect for when I want near silence after 12pm when web surfing :) I ...
by CoolColJ
Thu May 10, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 3412

Re: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?

What's wrong with retrofitting? The price differential between different versions of the same card is likely to be greater than the cost of an aftermarket cooler which means that searching for a single model with a certain cooler prefitted may be more expensive and may not get you the best card. Ju...
by CoolColJ
Wed May 09, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 3412

Any 7970 with factory fitted Artic Cooling?

Are there any Radeon 7970 fitted the Artic Cooling from the factory?

Trying to decide between this and a Galaxy 580GTX which has them fitted from factory
by CoolColJ
Mon May 23, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PaQ (Powerful and Quiet) case
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

Re: PaQ (Powerful and Quiet) case

Hmm modding a server case could be good :)
by CoolColJ
Tue May 03, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PaQ (Powerful and Quiet) case
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

PaQ (Powerful and Quiet) case

I read about it in Sound on Sound magazine http://www.paqt.co.uk/ I guess this case is a combo of push and pull, with the fans in the centre :) Comes with an OEM version of Seasonic S-12 430W For me, one of the most exciting yet affordable designs for the musician is from a new company called PaQ (P...
by CoolColJ
Tue May 03, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silence Case Attenuation Enclosures
Replies: 0
Views: 835

Silence Case Attenuation Enclosures

This will make your quiet computer effectively silent 8) http://www.silencecases.com/images/SC1-Maple-Plexi-Lg.jpg cheaper http://www.silencecases.com/pro_attenutation_cases.html Isobox - expensive, with thermo controlled fans etc. 30+ db reduction http://www.custom-consoles.com/isobox.php very expe...
by CoolColJ
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: [Which] 1TB "green" drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: Whitch 1TB "green" drive?

Bam there's your quiet and fast 1TB HD 8) Yeah, but i need only the "quiet part", speed is not an issue :) (already have an 128 gig SSD with SandForce controller) Anyway, do you notice any unpleasant vibrations on your Samsung F4? So far, my only bad experience with Samsung drives were slightly str...
by CoolColJ
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: [Which] 1TB "green" drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: Whitch 1TB "green" drive?

Why bother with the older drives? My advice would be to get the newer, faster and better 2TB 5.4k drives and only use the first half - ie just create some partitions only using the first half. Bam there's your quiet and fast 1TB HD 8) I'm happy with my new Samsung F4EG. I've always stuck with Samsun...
by CoolColJ
Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent & Fast if Possible 2 TB Hard Disk ???
Replies: 3
Views: 1636

Re: Silent & Fast if Possible 2 TB Hard Disk ???

I'm pretty happy with the Samsung F4EG, just got one yesterday. Running in an external case It's way quieter than the Samsung 103SJ 1TB 7200rpm drive it replaced, and faster! Sounds like it's half the volume. It's a 5400rpm drive, but the first 1.2TB is faster than average speed of the Samsung 1TB 7...
by CoolColJ
Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Nasty high pitch noise on Samsung F4EG 2TB
Replies: 4
Views: 1447

Re: Nasty high pitch noise on Samsung F4EG 2TB

I'm pretty happy with mine, just got one yesterday. Running in an external case It's way quieter than the Samsung 103SJ 1TB 7200rpm drive it replaced, and faster! Sounds like it's half the volume. The first 1.2TB is faster than average speed of the 1TB 7.2k drive :shock: Although it's pretty slow af...
by CoolColJ
Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC - quietest GTX570?
Replies: 5
Views: 4900

Re: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC - quietest GTX570?

That's pretty good - anything around 25-27db under load is not bad at all
by CoolColJ
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC - quietest GTX570?
Replies: 5
Views: 4900

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC - quietest GTX570?

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=159684 I have this, and I can say its the quietest card I've ever owned, even when playing graphics heavy games. Never seen the fans above 44%, they are quieter than my case fans even at that speed, and my case fans are all silent 1200 rpm 120mm fans....
by CoolColJ
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gainward Phantom GTX570
Replies: 0
Views: 693

Gainward Phantom GTX570

This might be the quietest, card with decent speed 8) http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/gainward_phantom_gtx570_review/2 You could probably take the fans out and strap a 120mm ontop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFq1OUCMme4 The most impressive thing about the cooler is that it's a sin...
by CoolColJ
Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

Hi, guys, I need your help. After initial fascination with the case I found quite a lot of little annoying defects in my case. For example: 1) the top front cover with power buttons and I/O ports is not properly aligned with the steel front. It is lower than the steel front by ~ 3 mm and is not hor...
by CoolColJ
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

I just dont like those ext temp sensors to check the temps, placed on surface of the chip. Would rather prefer a system that be able to works on the system self temps, much more accurate and reliable, like the motherboard, or via software. Just set a desired temp, and the device may power the fans ...
by CoolColJ
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

And I have both stock fans running at 50% of the ULNA adaptors through a fan controller! What ext. fan controller did you get, for managing or switching normal and ULNA modes on NH-D14 fans from outside the case? I guess, using one of this ones http://www.lamptron.com/products/view/Fan_Controller_F...
by CoolColJ
Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

The NH-D14 is honestly overkill to some extent. I have my i7 930 running at 4.1 ghz, cpu volts at 1.25, and the heatsink never gets hot, barely warm! And I have both stock fans running at 50% of the ULNA adaptors through a fan controller! 1.25v & 4.1 ghz stable(?) on that cpu is quite an accomplish...
by CoolColJ
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

The stock fans are not that bad, but the S-Flex 20db model I have here is quite a lot better, but the 1200rpm slipstream I tried in palce of the cases top fan seems to make this faint rattle... You can take the fans out, the 180mm ones, but once you do, you will lose the speed control as the wires ...
by CoolColJ
Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

Hi, guys! I really enjoyed reading your comments. I am thinking of getting the case, I just love how it looks. I have few questions though. 1) Is it possible to take the HDD cage out in order to put a long, lets say 48-cm radiator on the three fans? Can I just unscrew it or I will have to cut the c...
by CoolColJ
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 (P182 killer?)
Replies: 173
Views: 96218

Well it sure isn't as quiet as the first time I put my Antec Sonata build together. The 1TB 7200rpm HD, emit a pretty annoying low hum. I think it's partly due the HD and partly due the case. At night is's pretty loud in comparison, whereas with the Sonata, you sometimes had to do a double take to s...