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by Edward Ng
Thu Jun 30, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ed's (Effectively) Silent K8 Rig--Moving Beyond Sigma One
Replies: 68
Views: 67704

I have a fairly low-dust environment and am not averse to periodically blowing it out with compressed air... That said, I will be honest and admit that I'm not too savvy when it comes to filter materials--my suggestion is to do a quick search in the case forum for previous filter discussions, as the...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need Quiet CRT Monitor
Replies: 23
Views: 5722

That depends too; on video cards where the image quality is poor, raising the refresh rate stabilizes the image but also causes it to blur. This blurriness causes many peopel to squint and strain, as it fools the brain into thinking that your vision is blurring, not the image.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Fans page
Replies: 146
Views: 143904

fallenturtle: the reference fans for SPCR for 120mm and 92mm are Nexus. Buy those, they're cheaper and definetly quieter (plus, unlike most fans, HAVE ACCUERATE SPECS). That doesn't really answer my question. I want to know if anyone has put SilenX's published specs to the test... except for the ne...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

No filter; not a big fan of that silly duct.

I have an AN8-SLI that I have in my silent rig, which is in an SLK2650-BQE with a Venice and 6600 non-GT; I have another AN8-SLI coming in tomorrow that will be installed into my P180 with a San Diego and a pair of 7800GTX in SLI.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best nForce4 Ultra (not SLI) board?
Replies: 14
Views: 4707

Right, if you are a modest overclocker, the Gigabyte is fine. For heavy overclockers, the Gigabyte is out of the question. It has to do with the Gigabyte not having as many overclocking options as the Abit or DFI. Then again (as I said before), heavy overclockers don't heavily base their mobo decis...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

That's the only site I know that shows 7800GTX pulling more power than the 6800 Ultra; several other sites did actual power tests and found the 7800GTX coming in less power hungry (not just quoting nVIDIA, but actually testing it out). VF-700Cu--maybe, although there are several other solutions I'm ...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best nForce4 Ultra (not SLI) board?
Replies: 14
Views: 4707

I was referring to the Abit having more overclocking options then the Gigabyte, nothing to do with the chipset cooling. Overclockers generally don't get Gigabyte boards, just because the ram voltage options aren't as good compared to an Abit or DFI. Well my point is that you could be into serious o...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best nForce4 Ultra (not SLI) board?
Replies: 14
Views: 4707

I use an XP-120 on my AN8-SLI; the only real interference is that it's very difficult to install RAM after installing the XP-120. I recommend installing the RAM onto the board before installing the XP-120, and I highly recommend that all that be done before mounting the board into the case. It's not...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best nForce4 Ultra (not SLI) board?
Replies: 14
Views: 4707

I would go with the Gigabyte, unless you are serious about overclocking to the limits of your hardware (which I doubt, or else you wouldn't care about passive cooling). Not... entirely true. The Silent OTES heatpipe cooler is extremely effective, and handles fully upvolted nForce4 without any issue...
by Edward Ng
Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:26 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling P180
Replies: 27
Views: 11722

I had dual radiators in my previous setup; one Black Ice Pro 120 and one Black Ice Xtreme 120, along with a Swiftech res, a Storm G4 and an NV-68 block. My Laing DDC had no trouble at all producing sufficient flow in that loop. The new system I planned to water cool will produce plenty of heat, but ...
by Edward Ng
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling P180
Replies: 27
Views: 11722

I tried to fit a BIP 120 in the front area and it's not happening without serious cutting action.

Doesn't work too well out back, either. This is basically why I gave up trying to water cool my P180 rig.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

Cool n' Quiet likely won't work for me anyway since I'll be jacking up the HTT so heavily.
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is AeroCool VM-101 sufficient for GeForce 6600GT?
Replies: 11
Views: 3044

TD128 has temps; VTD128 does not; it's the VIVO card. It's supposedly something that can be enabled with a BIOS flash but stince I'm not even using that card anymore, I'm in no mood to fudge with it.
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: <4Gb low noise IDE/SCSI hard disk?
Replies: 11
Views: 2458

My bad; since somebody suggested CF, I figured this was worth a try.
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:43 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: <4Gb low noise IDE/SCSI hard disk?
Replies: 11
Views: 2458

Here's my suggestion.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:41 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Abit got mobos with heatpipes!
Replies: 88
Views: 43575

Okay, cool... :lol:

I was concerned if they released a 2.0 with heatpipes so quickly, and I had a 1.0, what's wrong with it that they had to make such a major revision so quickly!
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Abit got mobos with heatpipes!
Replies: 88
Views: 43575

Is that 2.0 as in 1.0 was non-heatpipe, or is that 2.0 as in a second version of the heatpipe cooled board?
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A8n SLI Premium w/ passive NB...anyone here have it yet
Replies: 30
Views: 11936

I'm not so sure there's many people out there who have both boards and can directly compare them that way, but it's worth a try asking I suppose...
by Edward Ng
Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

I'm going to use two 512s for now and squeeze the most perf I can out of them until I start hitting games that are happier with over a gig; I'd rather get better perf in most of my games and sacrifice one than speed up one and lose perf in all the others. Oh I'm definitely not settling for stock vol...
by Edward Ng
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180: Motherboard Warning!
Replies: 35
Views: 20456

Are you sure? I don't mean to make you look stupid or anything, but did you check the little black container on the opposite side of the upper HDD cage? It's a reasonable mistake to make.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Please recommend quiet cooler for 6800
Replies: 6
Views: 2162

Is that just what they've tested? I wish they had a list of things that definitely didn't fit. Just 'cause it hasn't been tested to fit, doesn't mean it doesn't.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Please recommend quiet cooler for 6800
Replies: 6
Views: 2162

Actually, if it fits, this looks quite good, particularly since you can use any fan of your choice that fits.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 Motherboard / PSU compatibility List
Replies: 104
Views: 66816

I am using the 24-20-pin adapter, as the DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb is a 20-pin ATX board.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Fri Jun 24, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

Who said anything about, "quietly?" :lol: :lol: :lol: I don't think I can water cool this very well in the P180; it's not particularly easy to mod with its incredible thick steel and the spacing is not quite right to really properly fit or mount a 120mm radiator without modding. I highly doubt any p...
by Edward Ng
Fri Jun 24, 2005 1:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Please recommend quiet cooler for 6800
Replies: 6
Views: 2162

The NV Silencer 5 Rev. 2 seems quite a bit smoother than the original versions; I find the one I put on my 6800GT to be pretty decent housed inside my P180. Other sources of noise in the machine include all the stock case fans set for low and a 120mm Yate Loon blue LED fan on the CPU cooler undervol...
by Edward Ng
Fri Jun 24, 2005 1:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

Okay, everyone; by the end of next week, I should be able to give you guys some Power Angel readings from a machine with dual 7800GTX in SLI with a San Diego, a Raptor, an SP1614N, a gig of RAM on an ABIT SLI board and an S12-600. I decided to skip on the TRD supercharger for my car, and dump some l...
by Edward Ng
Fri Jun 24, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec p180 vs p160
Replies: 11
Views: 3932

Let me be the third staff member to chime in here and let you know that those two cases are absolutely, positively, incomparable in any way, shape or manner. Not only is the manufacturing quality on the P180 far superior, but the P180 is one of the most well-damped, if not the best damped mid/full t...
by Edward Ng
Fri Jun 24, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 155612

Combine the solutions. Use the RAM card for OS/apps and use a laptop HDD completely muffled in an enclosure for storage. I guarantee you this is inaudible. At that level one should be more worried about coil whine or monitor hum/buzz.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7800 GTX ***NOT*** dissipating 200W!
Replies: 86
Views: 29481

It doesn't take high def to bog down even an SLI of 6800 Ultras if you're doing 1600x1200 at 8X FSAA and 16X aniso.

-Ed
by Edward Ng
Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The future is now PC to Stereo
Replies: 40
Views: 10572

I don't rip to uncompressed, I rip to lossless compressed (a format known as FLAC; used to use Monkey's Audio before). I use foobar2000 to output via Kernel Streaming to an Echo Audio Mia MIDI sound adapter, which then sends the data via 75 ohm digital coax S/PDIF to a Benchmark DAC1, converting to...