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by Edwood
Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD to release 320GB platter drives
Replies: 49
Views: 28412

Just got two WD3200AAKS-00B3A0 drives.

About to fire them up.

They are noticeably lighter in weight due to the single platter.

-Ed
by Edwood
Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Undervolting confusion and underclocking
Replies: 9
Views: 4231

Anyone have experience underclocking a 8800GT with Coolbits? Does it work as well as ATiTool. I've had great success with my X800 XT PE and ATiTool.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: FSP Zen400 Fanless PSU. Whiney at all?
Replies: 6
Views: 2150

FSP Zen400 Fanless PSU. Whiney at all?

Who here has the FSP Zen400 or 300? Does anyone have one that whines?

I'm thinking of replacing my Antec Phantom 350 with it eventually.

-Ed
by Edwood
Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Buy Nvidia 8600GTS now, or wait for 9600GT ?
Replies: 30
Views: 15854

Well, if I were to go off of relative ratings, perhaps I should consider ATi.

-Ed
by Edwood
Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Buy Nvidia 8600GTS now, or wait for 9600GT ?
Replies: 30
Views: 15854

First review of 9600GT, here's the power part http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1293/19 I don't remember how much 8600GT/GTS series consume, but it consumes less than 8800GT, especially in idle. Thanks for the link. Idle power usage is less with the 9600GT than the 8600GT. Yet, they measure the 8800...
by Edwood
Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What happened to aluminum sandwiching?
Replies: 15
Views: 4078

The copper cage is DIY....and difficult. It's all soldered together. I had to rivet it together first, because the heat from the small torch was trying to warp the panels......plus as I soldered one joint, the solder on the previous joint would melt. It was a lot of fun..... That case is probably s...
by Edwood
Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Buy Nvidia 8600GTS now, or wait for 9600GT ?
Replies: 30
Views: 15854

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm OK. My current Althon 64 set up barely tops 100 watts.
by Edwood
Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Buy Nvidia 8600GTS now, or wait for 9600GT ?
Replies: 30
Views: 15854

I saw this info about the D9M family. "Other details of the D9M family have already surfaced. ChileHardware published slides yesterday claiming the GeForce 9600 requires a 400W power supply that requires 26A on the 12V rail. Unlike previous mid-range GeForce cards, the D9M will require a 6-pin suppl...
by Edwood
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Buy Nvidia 8600GTS now, or wait for 9600GT ?
Replies: 30
Views: 15854

Buy Nvidia 8600GTS now, or wait for 9600GT ?

I was wondering if the 9600GT would be worth the wait or is it going to be much more power hungry than the 8600GTS. I am building this system soon, but it will have to be powered by a single Antec Phantom 350. CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz Mobo: ABIT IP35 Pro RAM: 8GB (4 sticks in all)...
by Edwood
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD to release 320GB platter drives
Replies: 49
Views: 28412

KenAF wrote:I received several of these drives today. I got them from this ebay seller.

When you submit payment with Paypal, specify in the note that you want the new WD3200AAKS-00B3A0 version.
I ordered two of them, they're on their way.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja or Thermalright XP-120 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1570

What do you mean when you say 'ducted airflow'? If by that you mean pseudo-passive (no fan actually on the heatsink), I think the Minja would be a better bet. It would allow airflow along the same path as the airflow is already in your system (horizontally) as opposed to the XP-120 which likes top-...
by Edwood
Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja or Thermalright XP-120 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1570

Scythe Mini Ninja or Thermalright XP-120 ?

Should I use a Scythe Mini Ninja or use my old Thermalright XP-120? Which one would cool better with only ducted airflow? This is the system it's going into: E8400 Wolfsdale + Abit IP35-E Here's a pic of the ducting system in the old setup (A64 3500+). http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v74/imagemonk...
by Edwood
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P180 front USB port Static Charge causes reboot.
Replies: 17
Views: 7623

I just had the same thing happen to my computer as well. I'm going to have to try attaching a grounding wire as well.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Maximum Ducting Project II. More Mods.
Replies: 13
Views: 6553

Love the cookie jar duct. Minimal work and looks great too. I'm going to have to redo my ducting work soon. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v74/imagemonkey/Computers/Edwood_HTPC_mk2_14VM101.jpg I don't think I'll be able to cool everything with a single 120mm fan like I hoped. Perhaps a few very s...
by Edwood
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital AAKS - 500/750GB vs. 320/640 GB noise
Replies: 8
Views: 7324

Oh well, I placed an order for two 320GB WD3200AAKS B3 rev.

I guess I'll find out for myself.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja fits Abit IP35-E ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1082

Scythe Mini Ninja fits Abit IP35-E ?

Anyone tried the Mini Ninja on an Abit IP35-E mobo?

Was wondering if it would fit.

-Ed
by Edwood
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Who has still has a working Antec Phantom used regularly?
Replies: 5
Views: 1864

Who has still has a working Antec Phantom used regularly?

Knock on wood, my Antec Phantom 350 is still alive and kicking. It powers an Athlon 64 3500+ (2.2GHz), 4GB RAM, ATi X800 Pro, one 7200rpm HDD, one notebook slim DVD-rom drive, and two 120mm Fans. It will soon power an Intel E8400, 8GB RAM, Nvidia 8600GT, two 7200rpm HDD, on notebook slim DVD-rom dri...
by Edwood
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone know a "silent" PSU that is silent?
Replies: 15
Views: 5125

My old Antec Phantom 350 is completely silent and still kicking. Knock on wood. :p

I'll be at a loss as to what to replace it with when it dies. I'm about to upgrade to Core 2 Duo E8400 + GeForce 8600GT + 2x 7200rpm HDD's.

Keeping my fingers crossed that it survives the upgrade.

-Ed
by Edwood
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital AAKS - 500/750GB vs. 320/640 GB noise
Replies: 8
Views: 7324

The 640GB WD6400AAKS and [updated] 320GB WD3200AAKS are based on Western Digital's new, higher density 320GB platter. The older 500Gb and 750Gb versions are based on <200GB platters. The new 320GB product code is WD3200AAKS-00B3A0. The B3 tells you that it is the new version. Manufacturing on this ...
by Edwood
Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Can a Western Digital Raptor 150GB be made quiet?
Replies: 29
Views: 6862

The Smart Drive Cooper is so expensive, I would actually contemplate an SSD solution. OK, not really, but $175 for a HDD enclosure that doesn't cool better than the Smart Drive 2002c? Uh, OK. Has anyone tried the SilentMaxx Enclosure with a Raptor? http://www.quietpcusa.com/Silentmaxx-Aluminum-Hard-...
by Edwood
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Full Vista Aero Glass Support with Lowest Power Usage?
Replies: 20
Views: 5521

fri2219 wrote:Have you looked at AMD/ATI FireMV based cards?

I'm using one on my (Linux) based WS, replacing my old Matrox- it's been rock solid and sips power when not in use. I initially installed Vista64 on it for laughs, and it ran Aero without any problems.
Ouch, those are way too expensive.

-Ed
by Edwood
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Full Vista Aero Glass Support with Lowest Power Usage?
Replies: 20
Views: 5521

I was thinking of perhaps the Nvidia 8500GT, there are quite a few passively cooled models.

-Ed
by Edwood
Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: what's the lowest power card supporting 2560x1600?
Replies: 6
Views: 1784

Exellent graph!

Wow, the 8800 is power hungry!

-Ed
by Edwood
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Full Vista Aero Glass Support with Lowest Power Usage?
Replies: 20
Views: 5521

I just want to know which would be a good model. My ancient Matrox P650 doesn't cut the mustard.

-Ed
by Edwood
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Full Vista Aero Glass Support with Lowest Power Usage?
Replies: 20
Views: 5521

Full Vista Aero Glass Support with Lowest Power Usage?

I'm rebuilding my main workstation to Vista 64. It's only going to be a 2D workstation (Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter mainly, with maybe some Non-linear Video Editing). So I won't be playing games on it. I'd like to get a video card with the lowest power usage, but still supports full Vista Ae...
by Edwood
Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital GP WD5000AACS any quieter than WD7500AACS?
Replies: 4
Views: 4017

Ah, I guess I'll be getting the 750GB version then.

-Ed
by Edwood
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Can all 2.5 inch HDDs be bus powered over USB?
Replies: 9
Views: 2632

My 7200RPM 200GB Hitachi 2.5" drive works with a single USB port most of the time. Some laptops just don't have enough juice and require two USB ports for the power. But most of the time it works on a single USB port.

-Ed
by Edwood
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Bluefront HD suspension ... New.
Replies: 14
Views: 5907

I think for all intents and purposes, the drives are more secure either way. Only care would be in removing the drives when tipping the case (this is a tower case, I'm assuming, right?) on it's side when working on the motherboard. But sounds like you have it snug enough that they'd stay put even wi...
by Edwood
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital GP WD5000AACS any quieter than WD7500AACS?
Replies: 4
Views: 4017

That's weird that the seek noises are rated as louder for the 500GB one.

Maybe the added density of the extra platters deadens the seek noise a bit? Or perhaps its the louder idle noise that is masking the seek noise a bit?

-Ed
by Edwood
Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2008, the year of the SSD...
Replies: 32
Views: 9765

Unless prices drop in half, no.

64GB is the minimum size needed for useable space with Vista. 32GB is just too small.

When Mtron releases a 64GB model for around $500 I'll definitely consider it.

Otherwise I don't expect SSD's to be in the mainstream until 2009at the earliest.

-Ed