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by Edwood
Tue Jul 08, 2003 7:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Cuda V vs. 7200.7 Significant differences in noise?
Replies: 10
Views: 4661

I'll second what aphonos wrote. You can indeed enable AAM on the SATA Barracuda V. I've done it using the Hitachi Feature tool that he mentioned. And as far as availability of the 120GB Barracuda V SATAs, I don't know where you live but Fry's Electronics has the retail boxed version (comes safely p...
by Edwood
Mon Jul 07, 2003 3:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Cuda V vs. 7200.7 Significant differences in noise?
Replies: 10
Views: 4661

Seagate Cuda V vs. 7200.7 Significant differences in noise?

I'm considering buying the newer 7200.7 ST3120026A 120GB /w 8MB Cache. Silicon Acoustics seems to be the only one carrying the older Cuda V ST3120024A 120GB /w 8MB Cache. But at $170, OUCH! Is the newer 7200.7 louder or quieter? I've noticed that the 7200.7 series no longer has the "Sea-shield". -Ed
by Edwood
Mon Jul 07, 2003 12:48 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Ultimate HiFi Jukebox PC under $1K?
Replies: 25
Views: 8332

Well, since you have a grand to spend, How about a Hush PC? It will aesthetically match your HT components better. It also has a single PCI slot you could possibly use that sound card in. As always check the measurements so it will all fit. Not to mention that it will be dead quiet. I really think a...
by Edwood
Sat Feb 22, 2003 11:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ultra quiet XP-heatsink from Verax
Replies: 8
Views: 2657

I bought the $35 "special" Verax out of curiousity. It is really quiet, but has a kind of annoying high pitched noise from the fan motor itself. Probably won't be noticeable when used as a CPU fan, but probably would be annoying if several are used as case fans. It has almost no air turbulence noise...
by Edwood
Wed Feb 12, 2003 3:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How to build muffler?
Replies: 8
Views: 6536

Re: SilentPC Pro

What do you guys think of the SilentPC Pro Series case by Fujitsu-Siemens? I would, at the least, remove the Q-Tech power supply from it. I also found an interesting website, http://www.muffledcomputing.com, that sells fan mufflers and foam kits offering from 5-15dBA reductions in sound. LOL "Weste...
by Edwood
Wed Dec 04, 2002 1:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seeking experiences with WD 7200 100/120 GB...
Replies: 12
Views: 5094

I have two 120GB WD1200JB's in RAID 1. They are quite a bit louder. But their speed can't be denied. Especially with the write speed penalty I get with RAID 1. I have a 80GB WD800JB, and that is one loud sucker. It has an almost raspy, grindy noise. Very annoying. I'm thinking of using a Smart Drive...
by Edwood
Tue Nov 19, 2002 10:35 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Pics of my Zalman ZM80 install
Replies: 6
Views: 6645

Pics of my Zalman ZM80 install

Dear lord this thing is huuuuuge! I was really worried that the RAM would get in the way, as it seems most Mobo's have their RAM slots in the way of the AGP card. I used the scientific method of touching the heatsink when running a game for awhile. It gets pretty warm, but not hot. Not very cool eit...
by Edwood
Sun Sep 29, 2002 2:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A very interesting PC Noise site......
Replies: 1
Views: 2157

Yep, seen it b4.

Those who haven't go there now! Incredible water cooling projects!

-Ed
by Edwood
Fri Sep 06, 2002 12:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Hmm, still no Zalman heatpipe VGA cooler.... what to do?
Replies: 32
Views: 18180

I want it all! 3D performance and silence. I know, I know. To dream the impossible dream... Would be easier to fight a windmill rather than have a totally silent performance PC. Seriously, though. The Ti4200 has such a high overclock margain, that it runs quite cool by itself. I wouldn't run it with...
by Edwood
Fri Sep 06, 2002 1:39 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Hmm, still no Zalman heatpipe VGA cooler.... what to do?
Replies: 32
Views: 18180

I'd say live with it for now and wait for Zalman. Unless your GF4's fan is a screamer and you can 't stand it.

My MSI Ti4200's fan isn't too bad. I'm patiently waiting for zalman too.

-Ed
by Edwood
Thu Sep 05, 2002 2:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive
Replies: 27
Views: 14381

atsang wrote:I'm using it with a wd 120gb special edition, and it works just fine. Smartdrive does a good job of transfering heat to the outside of the casing.
[addsig]
How long have you had it in there?
keep us posted if anything happens.

-Ed
by Edwood
Thu Sep 05, 2002 2:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Alternatives to a Hard Drive
Replies: 21
Views: 6796

Can't wait for the review, MikeC!

i wonder when Cenatek is going to release a bootable Rocket Drive?

I'm not even going to consider one until I can boot from one.
-Ed
by Edwood
Thu Sep 05, 2002 2:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Alternatives to a Hard Drive
Replies: 21
Views: 6796

Man, the Rocket Drive DL has different prices for each empty board. They set an artificial memory cap to jack up the prices accordingly! The 4GB maximum Rocket Drive DL costs $899 on their site! Yikes. Seems to me that the board is the same for all Rocket Drive DL versions, just has the max memory l...
by Edwood
Thu Sep 05, 2002 12:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive
Replies: 27
Views: 14381

I just checked out the store. It's really small. Pretty cool stuff.
they didn't have any Smart Drives in stock, though.

As far as Akiba, I think it's just a word. Akiba.com seems like the Yahoo.com of Japan.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Sep 04, 2002 12:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive
Replies: 27
Views: 14381

Yikes!
Is there an English version of their site?
Ridiculous to try to read their site thru the Babelizer.

I guess I'll have to just drive over there.
Are they affiliated with Akiba.com in any way?

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Sep 04, 2002 11:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive
Replies: 27
Views: 14381

Kewl!
I live only 5 miles from there!
I can't believe I missed it. I shop around there all the time.

-Ed
by Edwood
Fri Aug 30, 2002 3:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive
Replies: 27
Views: 14381

Is that a Los Angeles Japanese shop?
Which on eis it? I live in LA. I would like to check that store out!

-Ed
by Edwood
Thu Aug 29, 2002 12:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone built a wooden box to surround their noisy pc?
Replies: 12
Views: 7705

I used shelfing material and boxed in my noisy 2KVA UPS and Server. I had to put some fans and blow holes with ducting to allow airflow. I used Panafol L1A's, but am looking to replace with quieter fans. I lined the inside with "egg cate" style acoustic foam also. So, it's kind of a case for compute...
by Edwood
Wed Aug 28, 2002 6:28 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Shuttle SS51 XPC
Replies: 4
Views: 3635

Looks like you could fit a TKPower fanless PSU in there.
http://www.siliconacoustics.com/tkpow300wfan.html

That would make for a high performance system cooled by a single fan!

Not a cheap one, though. :(
-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Aug 28, 2002 6:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Experiences with TKPower fanless PSU?
Replies: 5
Views: 2478

Experiences with TKPower fanless PSU?

Does anyone have this PSU?
What are your experiences? Suitable for single Athlon XP system?
Looks like an open frame 1U PSU.

http://www.siliconacoustics.com/tkpow300wfan.html

Pretty damn expensive. Ouch.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Aug 28, 2002 5:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Changing Exhaust Fan on el-cheapo power supplies
Replies: 22
Views: 12897

DId that to an el cheapo CompUSA 300watt PSU, but it ended up making sparks fly out the back two months later and fried my mobo, CPU, and RAM.

So, just be aware.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Aug 28, 2002 5:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Has anyone looked into those RSG fanless units?
Replies: 3
Views: 3172

That small 125 watt one is just like industrial open frame psu's like one's made by EOS. Notice that it says it still needs a fan, albeit a really low flow one. I have a 130watt EOS VLT series one about that same size. It has a slight buzz noise, more like soft clicking. Can only hear it if you put ...
by Edwood
Wed Aug 28, 2002 4:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless Enermax died after 7 months
Replies: 3
Views: 3732

I wouldn't run a fanless PSU that wasn't designed to unless it is on a non-critical computer, or at least one that doesn't have expensive components on it. I modded an el cheapo CompUSA 300watt PSU, switched the noisy fan with a Panaflo L1A with disastrous results. Two months later I turn on the com...