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by icancam
Mon Aug 23, 2004 8:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: quiet SCSI drives?
Replies: 25
Views: 7503

If you're willing to pay the price, they are available for purchase.
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=sav ... &scoring=p
by icancam
Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright XP-120
Replies: 254
Views: 98997

Ralf, perhaps Newegg's (as of this post) quoted price of $62.99 (and $6.00 shipping) is a data entry error? The Thermalright site lists a retail price of $49.95 for the XP-120 without a fan. The price being asked by Newegg would make sense only if a fan is included but none is mentioned or shown in ...
by icancam
Fri Aug 20, 2004 4:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Integrated mobo's with ATI Mobility Radeon 9800 GPU's?
Replies: 0
Views: 804

Integrated mobo's with ATI Mobility Radeon 9800 GPU's?

An article by AnandTech on the ATI Mobility Radeon 9800 GPU - http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2171 - begins: "The world has long been used to seeing desktop performance and graphics capabilities increase at incredibly high rates. We have also borne witness to the fact that integrated a...
by icancam
Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Arctic Silver ArctiClean
Replies: 0
Views: 675

Arctic Silver ArctiClean

Here's a review of a new two step cleaner from Artic Silver (in collaboration with Nanotherm) that ensures that the thermal surfaces of CPU's (and GPU's) and heat sinks are pristine before being attached together.
http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&articID=214
by icancam
Fri Aug 13, 2004 3:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NCU-2000
Replies: 27
Views: 9077

Here's the link to the www.teschke.de review that is now in fractured but intelligible english. http://www.teschke.de/heatpipes/News/components/CPU_Cooler/NCU_2000/ncu_2000.html I've been using the NCU-1000 with an Intel Northwood 2.0GHz processor with great success since October 2003. The NCU-2000 ...
by icancam
Sun Jun 27, 2004 1:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Avance Terminator: Better execution than Lian-Li V series?
Replies: 16
Views: 3950

At Hexus.net there is more information on the Silverstone case. Some of the pictures show a passive CPU cooler in the air flow of the front to back push-pull fan arrangement.
http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews/re ... BhZ2U9MQ==
by icancam
Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: is my pc fairly silent?
Replies: 9
Views: 6968

cruelsister wrote:ps- anyone have a quieter solution to the Zalman cooler?
Yes, the Heatlane Zen.
http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewto ... atlane+zen
by icancam
Sat Jun 26, 2004 2:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Super Tornado is taunting me
Replies: 4
Views: 1805

I also have a setup with a Super Tornado (Rev A1 with OEM replacement fan) and an additional 120mm case fan. In my set up, however, the second fan is pulling in air from the bottom of the case. The fans are not fighting each other for air but are in balance. In your set up, with the Sonata's notorio...
by icancam
Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:53 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm Evercool Aluminium Fan
Replies: 145
Views: 88675

Is this the fan you are talking about: http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/frozencpu/fan-43.html ? How many balls does it have? :) I don't know since the description just says "ball bearing". We now know that they come in one and two ball bearing versions. The label on my fan says 3.36W. The link says...
by icancam
Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Dangers of HD mounting
Replies: 8
Views: 2714

It is certainly true that HDD's routinely endure a tremendous amount of abuse and yet "keep on ticking". On the other hand, a sudden hard drive crash is an ugly experience, indeed. I know that manufacturers make every effort to improve the durability of their drives as allowed by the constraints of ...
by icancam
Wed Jun 23, 2004 7:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietly mounting my drives in a "new" Lian Li cage
Replies: 6
Views: 2087

BTW, is it a good idea to put the bungee through both the upper and lower plate for added protection against swinging (when doing an U-shape, knots on the top)? Or does it cause vibrations/other problems noise-wise? No, I don't think it does create problems when attached both above and below. In my...
by icancam
Wed Jun 23, 2004 6:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Dangers of HD mounting
Replies: 8
Views: 2714

Somewhere in one of the Forums, I recall a manufacturer (Seagate?) quoted as stating that the recommendation was that their HDD be mounted at 90 degrees vertical to the horizontal with the narrow edge (width on the horizontal) up but not the long edge (length on the horizontal) up. I have looked for...
by icancam
Wed Jun 23, 2004 5:48 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm Evercool Aluminium Fan
Replies: 145
Views: 88675

It is very quiet mechanically, but requires a massive undervolt to keep airflow noise in check. I run it just above stall. My two ball bearing version of the fan is also loud because of the impressive amount of airflow at higher voltages. Do you have the means to measure your settings? Are you by a...
by icancam
Tue Jun 22, 2004 7:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm Evercool Aluminium Fan
Replies: 145
Views: 88675

HammerSandwich wrote: I find Evercool's page confusing. Did you get EC12025M12C? I got an EC12025M12BA. Supposedly, the two ball bearing version is quieter than the one with a single ball. Somewhere in the Forums, someone has also stated that ball bearings are not invariably noisier than sleeve bea...
by icancam
Mon Jun 21, 2004 9:46 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm Evercool Aluminium Fan
Replies: 145
Views: 88675

HammerSandwich wrote:
There's a better deal.
I took a look and noticed that it is for the one ball bearing version. I just purchased the two ball bearing version from CompUSA for $9.98.

As they (ahem) always say, two balls are better than one. :wink:
by icancam
Tue Jun 15, 2004 4:20 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent external HDD/enclosure recommendation?
Replies: 7
Views: 4035

DISC DRIVE LEADER SEAGATE INCREASES PC HARD DRIVE CAPACITIES

I'm guessing that the reviewer got confused between bels and dBA ratings. A sound level of 2.5 bels makes a lot more sense than 2.5 dBA. Seasonic is quoting 2.0 bels at idle for its latest 120GB HDD. "The Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive is the world's first external hard drive small enough for consum...
by icancam
Sun Jun 13, 2004 2:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright XP-120
Replies: 254
Views: 98997

Would anyone care to speculate on the use of the XP-120 in a passive mode with a cooler running processor? Might it be a viable alternative to the Heatlane Zen radiator? I am using the latter with a P4 2.0 Northwood with great results in combination with a Seasonic Super Tornado PSU. In that applica...
by icancam
Sun May 30, 2004 4:42 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright XP-120
Replies: 254
Views: 98997

More pictures along with another monster heatsink from 1A-Cooling.
http://www.madshrimps.be/forums/showthr ... eadid=5342
by icancam
Sat May 29, 2004 2:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone SST-ST30NF 250 watt/300 watt ATX fan-less power
Replies: 3
Views: 1796

In the "real world" environment inside a case, it appears that some sort of air flow will still be advisable. Do you think, Mike, that a fan running at say 5V, would provide enough of a meaningful noise reduction over one of the high efficiency PSU's on the Recommended list? If one adds a fan and vo...
by icancam
Fri May 28, 2004 12:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do it yourself hard drive noise reduction guide
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

You could use sand instead of water. This is a technique that has been used for years to dampen sound and vibration by audiophiles. Apparently, the individual grains of sand rub against each other and in the process dissipate the energy via friction.
by icancam
Fri May 28, 2004 8:39 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Good price on a fanless Sapphire 9800 Pro at Newegg
Replies: 10
Views: 3118

Yes, I'd assume the same but, as always, the decision of what to get is a compromise. In certain systems, a VGA Silencer may be a better option. Any moving part will add some sound whether it be mechanical or air turbulence or a combination of both. A passive heat sink is inherently noiseless and ha...
by icancam
Sat May 22, 2004 10:44 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Laser cooled semiconductors!
Replies: 1
Views: 794

Laser cooled semiconductors!

I wonder if this would be a silent process? Based on the article it doesn't look like we'll be getting away from air and water cooling, or refrigeration techniques, in the near future. Nevertheless, quite a far out application of laser technology! http://science.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_titl...
by icancam
Sat May 22, 2004 2:31 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't want an internal floppy disk drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

Thanks for the advice. The internal FDD is removed and I am ready to start the process of removing the 3.5 inch cage. I went into the Set Up Boot Menu in the BIOS and it now reads "Floppy Device (Not Enabled". I also went into the Device Manager section of My Computer and experimented with disabling...
by icancam
Sat May 22, 2004 5:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't want an internal floppy disk drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

Don't want an internal floppy disk drive

I would like to remove the 3.5 inch cage in my modified Dell mid sized case to free up some more internal space to add an additional suspended HDD. Since I have an external USB floppy disk drive for occasional use, I was wondering how to go about setting up the computer (an OptiPlex GX-240) to boot ...
by icancam
Fri May 21, 2004 5:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspended hard drives and reliability
Replies: 29
Views: 8712

In my application of the "suspended HDD" technique, I've actually got elastic cord both above and below, so perhaps it should be referred to as a decoupled "tethered HDD". I did this because my modified Dell case is a clam-shell type rather than having a side panel that can be removed to work on the...
by icancam
Fri May 21, 2004 4:47 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: "Why speed isn't everything"
Replies: 5
Views: 1760

Might it have more to do with exceeding a temperature threshold (per core) rather than the issue of the total amount of heat that would need to be removed from the micro processing system?
by icancam
Fri May 21, 2004 4:10 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Intake Fan
Replies: 3
Views: 1309

I have also found that adding an intake fan (now a 120mm Nexus mounted at the bottom of a modified mid tower Dell OptiPlex case) made a considerable difference to the HD temperatures. The SMART readings were 43C and now average 34C (or 5C above ambient room temperature). The intake fan in this confi...
by icancam
Fri May 21, 2004 2:16 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Very disappointed after I took all suggestion from SPCR
Replies: 14
Views: 4300

How very frustrating for you, Gunzee! All is not lost. How about seeking out and isolating what's making the noise and then dealing with it? I have a Dell based system (Optiplex GX-240) that was already considered to be quiet in comparison to other commercially available units. At work, in a typical...