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by the_smell
Thu May 06, 2004 2:25 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: C3 Passive Cooling - Possible?
Replies: 27
Views: 4734

The 1.2GHz C3 is rated at 18 watts max, so it should be possible to cool a celery 667 with a half decent heatsink with some airflow. As for overclocking, you'll probably need to turn up the wind a bit, I guess it's a case of playing with things to get temperatures you're happy with. Is it just me, o...
by the_smell
Thu May 06, 2004 12:36 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: C3 Passive Cooling - Possible?
Replies: 27
Views: 4734

I agree with all that's been said - I've previously used a C3 800 passively cooled with an old coolermaster heatsink (cheap and nasty aluminium). My temperatures never went above 30degC with only my PSU providing airflow. Recently I changed to a 1.2GHz model with a zalman CNPS6000-CU and I also cool...
by the_smell
Sun May 02, 2004 1:18 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: silencing laptop (hardware&software approach)
Replies: 5
Views: 1606

You could try installing speedfan (just do a google search), this might allow you control the fan speed if the BIOS is supported (although I think this might be unlikely). You could try also the nexus laptop cooler thing, if the fans are temperature controlled then this might help. However since it ...
by the_smell
Sat Apr 24, 2004 2:16 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: how about a Forum topic for laptops/notebooks?
Replies: 4
Views: 1272

You'd hope that since laptops use the parts we'd all like to have in desktop form (low power CPU, quiet HD, etc), they should be pretty quiet. If people have got noisey laptops they could try the passive cooler nexus makes - but I don't know how good it is. It's been mensioned before here: http://fo...
by the_smell
Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: External PSU for Firewire box
Replies: 9
Views: 2021

You could try using one the small (passively cooled) PSUs poeple use for mini-ITX creations, for example:
http://www.mini-itx.com/store/default.asp?c=10
The only problem being they don't kick out a lot of power, but you might get away with a couple of hard disks.
by the_smell
Sun Apr 11, 2004 3:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet will my upcoming system be? Any suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 3410

The Zalman is pretty quiet, although wouldn't be classed by many people on SPR as silent (but they have high standards). It all depends how quiet you want to get - it's relatively easy to build a system using off the shelf parts that you don't notice most of the time, but to get one that you simply ...
by the_smell
Sat Apr 10, 2004 10:17 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet will my upcoming system be? Any suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 3410

On the suject of PSU's, you're system won't use even 300 watts so I'm sure 550W is overkill! (I've used my 400W zalman to power a dual 2800 athlon system with 4 hard disks without problems). But you're the boss and I suppose with 550W there is no chance you'll ever need run out of power. PowerSnooze...
by the_smell
Sat Apr 10, 2004 9:39 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet will my upcoming system be? Any suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 3410

Oh, and while I'm here, dampening material is good foor stopping vibration noise, and does help a little to insulate off other noise sources. I would recommend AcoustiPack Deluxe, not plaxmate or the stuff made by coolermaster, as you don't get enough of it and it doesn't do as good a job!
by the_smell
Sat Apr 10, 2004 9:31 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How quiet will my upcoming system be? Any suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 3410

Hi danielvh, welcome to SPR! :D Ok hear goes, I've tried to put the most important ones first... PSU - try and get the recently reviewed Enermax NoiseTaker 475 PSU or any other 400W PSU in the SPR recommended section (400 will easily be enough I think). VGA card - replace the stock cooler with somth...
by the_smell
Mon Mar 08, 2004 2:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silencing a projector (slightly OT)
Replies: 11
Views: 15816

I agree with zak that presentation models tend to be a lot worse for noise than home cinema models. If you're thinking about getting a projector I'd look up some reviews in specialist magazines - I've read a few projector reviews in What HiFi, and they winged when anything had a bad fan/said if it w...
by the_smell
Thu Mar 04, 2004 4:07 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Fanles VIA C3 Nehemiah 1200Mhz machine done!
Replies: 30
Views: 28852

Hi trodas :D good to hear :) that your :D fanless PC :? has come together :D well :o without too much heating 8) . sorry :wink: I may have used a few :P too many smilies :oops: in this message :roll: But hey! :idea: Fanless PC's are cool 8) :D :) :( :o Seriously :? I may be missing the point :lol: b...
by the_smell
Thu Mar 04, 2004 3:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seagate SATA drives and Nexus NX-3500 - do they whine?
Replies: 6
Views: 2044

Ah yes I also got a Nexus NX-3500 from novatech a few months ago - you've go to love that lack of fan sound :D smooth
by the_smell
Sun Feb 29, 2004 4:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: For those wanting a G5 looking case...
Replies: 11
Views: 3669

Looks very nice from the outside, and if I'm not mistaken on the inside those look like 120mm fans - a fist for Lian-Li me thinks :) Lets just hope the airflow isn't resitricted by the exhaust vent. Do like the look of the separate cooling for PSU and HDs, mmm, but the HD mounting look side onto the...
by the_smell
Sat Feb 28, 2004 8:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VIA 800mhz fanless problems
Replies: 7
Views: 5049

Hi p_UK I had some problems keeping my C3 800 stable when passively cooled - but then I realised that my BIOS had set the fsb to 166 MHz using the fail safe default! :oops: I'm just using a cheap coolermaster heatsink with the fan removed and I've never had problems (the temps stay in the mid 20's u...
by the_smell
Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which way fan to blow mounted on HS?
Replies: 21
Views: 4205

If I'm not mistaken the much loved Zalman CNPS7000A coolers also suck air away from the heatsink.

I agree with Dr.CrackEnHore that you should experiment, however on the thermalright website they have installed a fan blowing down in the installation section.
by the_smell
Sat Feb 14, 2004 4:18 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Booting from Memory Stick?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Ok, I think I'm going to have to resort to a desperate plea... :!: :?: :!: HELP!!! :!: :?: :!: Does anyone else have any ideas of how to sort out this memory stick trouble!?! My only hope is it's something really obvious as it would appear booting from USB devices is not at all uncommon from a few g...
by the_smell
Sat Feb 14, 2004 6:46 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Booting from Memory Stick?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Mmmmm... Is the memory stick still ok - can you use it just as a storage device without problems?

I reccon I'm more confused! :?

So close, yet...
by the_smell
Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:51 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Booting from Memory Stick?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

I once booted a memory stick only to discover they aren't entirely shock proof! :oops: sorry, couldn't resist. How far did it get into the boot process, was it past the drive detection and starting to load the OS? I read somewhere that on some motherboards usb1.1 devices tend to have more success th...
by the_smell
Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is it just me ..
Replies: 16
Views: 2977

Lazy is good :) Stock coolers are (generally) poo! :oops: I agree with Lenny - the easiest thing to do (appart from ear plugs) is to get a completely new heatsink+fan, simply becasue it's the option that will give you the best results. The zalman 7000A AlCu is a good way to go (or the 7000 without t...
by the_smell
Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: any opinions on scythe's fanless mini-ITX case?
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

To attach the heat pipe you'd have to remove the heatsink attached to the EPIA and replace it. The only difficulty could be removing the EPIA heatsink - these are attached by thermal adhesive (I think either cooling or heating will make removal easier - I've frozen a board before and the heatsink ca...
by the_smell
Sun Feb 08, 2004 3:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: any opinions on scythe's fanless mini-ITX case?
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

This case looks like the same deal as the HUSH and Tranquil systems - these do include an intrgrated EPIA M10000, but the case contains it's own heat pipe based passive cooling system for the CPU - this replaces the 'fansink' making it a completely passively cooled system. The slots in the front of ...
by the_smell
Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman 3100 vs. 6000
Replies: 5
Views: 1467

Sorry about my rant earlier, it appears you can get 2600+ bartons! :oops: I had a closer look at a 6000 Cu I have and compared it with pictures of the 3100 - basically the 3100 has a lower surface area (about 70% of the 6000), so obviously it's unlikely you'll get the same performance from the 3100....
by the_smell
Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman 3100 vs. 6000
Replies: 5
Views: 1467

Hi Emmett What temperature is you CPU running at when just ticking over and when at full load? I would only get concerned if it's over 65 degrees. I don't think there is much difference between the zalman 3100 Cu and the 6000. It might be worth just trying a bigger fan with your present heatsink. Al...
by the_smell
Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS7000A-AlCu
Replies: 9
Views: 2747

...it stayes the heatsink clips needs cutting Doh! looks like the 8RDA+ isn't the easiest motherboard to fit the zalman. I doubt the cutting needed would be difficult. On the subject of PSUs I've beeni using the Nexus NX3500 in my server for a couple of months, and I've been very impressed, althoug...
by the_smell
Sun Feb 01, 2004 12:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS7000A-AlCu
Replies: 9
Views: 2747

Hi Scooby I think the system you suggest will be nice and quiet, from the pictures I've seen of the SLK 3700 BQE and your motherboard I'm pretty certain they will fit with the zalman. The zalman at 5V will be fine for cooling your XP2800 - both barton and throughbread versions, the noise will be pro...
by the_smell
Sat Jan 24, 2004 3:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU temp 103C?
Replies: 5
Views: 1803

I can only think that the 103 is fahrenheit - maybe your motherboard is reporting it wrong. A few simple tests will tell you if your CPU is really at 103 degrees C... Does you computer work? Does the heatsink feal very hot? Is this a joke? :wink: You might just need a BIOS update, or maybe you shoul...
by the_smell
Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NCU-1000
Replies: 16
Views: 3332

Hey I love a bit of passive cooling - the less fans the better ideally, but one problem is the Heatlane Zen costs nearly twice the price of the Zalman 7000 AlCu. Plus I doubt when undervolted (especially to 4V) you could hear the difference, but you could run the zalman with a cpu at full speed, gam...
by the_smell
Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:17 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: which shuttle is quieter the amd or the intel ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1579

As mas92264 said if you mod the CPU and the PSU fans in shuttles you can make them reasonably quiet. I think some of the shuttle clones can be made a lot quieter, I've seen a demo of the Fur Fusion K7 Barebones (there is also a P4 model), which is cooled completely by a sinlge 92mm fan - it was much...
by the_smell
Sat Jan 17, 2004 2:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li PC60 or 68? Will my PSU fit + Quietness?
Replies: 1
Views: 1022

Hi xenole, welcome to SPR! (please don't get too addicted). I'm using a PC60 with my gaming system, I can't say I've seen any major differences between this and the interior of any other Lian Li midi-tower cases. I think you won't have problems with the Q-Tec PSU fitting as the zalman I'm using at t...
by the_smell
Sat Jan 10, 2004 1:29 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Zalman, is it worth the $....?
Replies: 17
Views: 4116

A couple of other alternatives for Geforce are zalman ZM17-CU (comes with the glue and takes less room than the northbrige heatsink) or the Arctic-Cooling VGA Silencer (this would be a bit of an overkill, but in the UK it's significantly cheaper than the zalman heatpipe). The problem is once you've ...