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by HammerSandwich
Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5
Replies: 45
Views: 18488

One other point to keep in mind is that the enclosure remains useful for its form factor's lifetime. I have a Smart Drive that's had probably 4 different HDs in it over the years, and it has reduced the noise of them all. In that light, an extra $30 or so is money well spent. Compare that to a $50 h...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Optimizing an X25-M SSD in XP
Replies: 17
Views: 11364

cmthomson wrote:...the "media wearout indicator" on my drive is 93 after almost exactly a year, so that would suggest a 10yr lifetime.
Does that mean 93% life remaining? If not, what?
by HammerSandwich
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Stop me researching and help me buy
Replies: 4
Views: 944

The Radeon 5770 strikes me as the obvious choice.
by HammerSandwich
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best 785G motherboard!
Replies: 12
Views: 4939

I can't tell you what's best, since I've not tried all of the 785G boards. But I'm pretty happy with my new Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H (and the earlier 780G version). One significant drawback for SPCRers: the fan-control options stink.
by HammerSandwich
Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: x64 Speedfan question
Replies: 17
Views: 4351

Possibly needed to run as admin when setting the config.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: StoneWave Pro Studio i7 Workstation PC
Replies: 11
Views: 5904

I'm guessing the review would have been a rave if Stone had waited to ship an i7-860.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Antec Solo, Corsair VX450W, misc
Replies: 5
Views: 1316

mefizto, what's your location?
by HammerSandwich
Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Music Rig (modded Lian-Li, Intel SSD, external sound cards)
Replies: 14
Views: 7714

Nice build. I'm jealous of your HP2s. Simply outstanding headphones.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:45 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: MY new WC setup
Replies: 11
Views: 6158

Please post your results. We haven't seen much discussion about undervolting pumps. FYI, next time you take the loop apart, you can mod the radiator to improve bleeding. Get a brass, sheet metal screw & rubber washer, then drill a hole in the upper end tank to fit. Crack the screw when filling, and ...
by HammerSandwich
Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 271
Views: 336513

MikeC wrote:...our homes become havens from the madness beyond.
How often do you find yourself hiding out in The Chamber? :)
by HammerSandwich
Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 271
Views: 336513

Can't believe I've missed this thread... From newest to oldest: Dell 2209WA - Very quiet, high-frequency whine. Brightness does not affect it, but the image modulates the volume. I can usually hear a bright picture, while a dark image is effectively silent. Annoying when I notice it, but even a slig...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: MY new WC setup
Replies: 11
Views: 6158

Sunbeam Rheobus. Details of the build are in this thread.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: MY new WC setup
Replies: 11
Views: 6158

My DDC has been undervolted for more than 4 years now without issues. Temps increased a very little, but noise dropped significantly at around 10V.
by HammerSandwich
Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: here is my rig but i need some advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

If the 4830 was fast enough for you, you should look for a 4770. It would run a bit cooler than the 48x0 cards & match the 4830's performance.

In other advice, I doubt you need so many fans & suspect that an HD enclosure might make an audible improvement.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 176328

Thanks for the clarification.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 176328

We have to restrict our formal comments on the products we know and/or have reviewed. We actually don't know the HX450, and until we do it's not wise for us to comment. So what's with the following line from the Antec Signature 650's comments? Note: The 850 was not reviewed, but we have every confi...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:01 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FREE for the price of shipping
Replies: 10
Views: 2487

PMing about the CPU & HSF.
by HammerSandwich
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: TNN 500AF + SSD + 6 monitors
Replies: 31
Views: 31534

rookhawk wrote:[The Q9550S] is currently the fastest quad core CPU and that particular model ($100 more for the s) gets you a 65W core instead of the hotter running 95W core such as the one I used. (95w is still within spec for the case however)
Have you seen SPCR's Q9550S review?
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 23848

The contenders are... Prolimatech Megahalems Thermalright U120E Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Noctua NH-U12P Zalman CNPS10X Extreme Thermolab Baram These have large enough fin surface area and tight fin spacing to make 2-fan push-pull worthwhile. Not the Ninja or HR01. I nominate the Zerotherm Zen FZ120 for t...
by HammerSandwich
Thu May 07, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Lian Li PC60 gets the treatment
Replies: 32
Views: 41096

That's a killer CPU, running at 3.6 with such low voltage!
by HammerSandwich
Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition for AM3
Replies: 13
Views: 6794

ryboto wrote:Anand shows this...
<snip>
...I added another one from their review.
Freshen up on SPCR Forum Rule 14.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: DIAMOND-based heat transfer compound
Replies: 48
Views: 34928

MikeC wrote:I didn't say better heat transfer does not affect steady-state operation...
Fair enough. My apologies.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: DIAMOND-based heat transfer compound
Replies: 48
Views: 34928

...then improving it to 0% would actually lower temp in real conditions, where the thermal load does not stay steady, but instead bounces up and down depending on what the user is asking of the computer. MikeC, I'm disappointed to see you write this. Better heat transfer certainly affects steady-st...
by HammerSandwich
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple Noise Patent Applications
Replies: 31
Views: 31474

Did you folks read the article? The patents apparently describe assessing a PC's noise, not simply thermal management.

In any event, I'm reasonably confident that a mountain of prior art exists here.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Suggestions dampening or reducing Loud LIAN LI PC-7FW?
Replies: 5
Views: 2077

What CPU are you running? If OCed, what settings?

What PSU? If it has a 120mm fan, try a passive GPU cooler & duct to the PSU's intake.

You probably have more airflow than you need. I'd test by disconnecting the 140mm and running the 120mm exhaust around 700rpm.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: If I'm getting a Core2 Quad which should it be?
Replies: 26
Views: 6312

~El~Jefe~ wrote:The computer IS the processor. everything else is secondary to its performance.
I ain't saying that the CPU doesn't matter, but the overall system is what counts in the end. I'd much rather have an E7400 with 4GB than an E8400 with 2GB.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which Western Digital 640GB is the best?
Replies: 12
Views: 3507

Blue & Black both have 2 platters at 7200rpm, right? So any noise difference should be the same as sample variance between 2 of the same model. If you think a little more speed and longer warranty are worth $20, I see no reason to dismiss the Black for noise.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water Wetter Additive - Three years tested.
Replies: 38
Views: 28298

I'm not dismissing WW - I've used it in both my WC PC & racing karts - but its properties are not unique. eh, it changes the flow of the water by a LOT. makes the water lose its surface tension. Real cheapskates* can achieve the same result with 1 drop of dishwashing soap (e.g. Dawn) per gallon of d...
by HammerSandwich
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Caviar Green 2TB & Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB
Replies: 42
Views: 13673

MikeC wrote:+10 dB requires a 10x increase in power, but sounds only twice as loud. <snip>...the power difference between in 10W/ch amp and a 100w/ch amp is not really discernible. It's really only 3 db -- 6 dB in stereo.
Huh? Isn't +10x power the same as +10dB?
by HammerSandwich
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water Wetter Additive - Three years tested.
Replies: 38
Views: 28298

~El~Jefe~, any signs of build-up in your tubing?