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by bomba
Fri Jul 02, 2004 7:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which is the Quietest?
Replies: 9
Views: 2528

FYI, From personal experience w/ a 160G Seagate 7200.7, I can say it has loud seeks. Also, due to ongoing litigation against Seagate, accoustic management is locked in these drives, so there's not much you can do. The Hitachi 7k250 series does have the idle mode cat meow sound, but there has been fi...
by bomba
Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: !!!China vs. Japan Panaflo and Globe 120 vs. AF120CT!!!
Replies: 75
Views: 35605

mpteach wrote:maglev??
Don't want to pull this thread OT as Sunon's magnetic levitation fans have been discussd in other SPCR Fans & Control threads. However, thus far I have not seen any firsthand reports of how good (or bad) maglev fans are from a silencing perspective.

More info on maglev from Sunon here.
by bomba
Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:04 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: !!!China vs. Japan Panaflo and Globe 120 vs. AF120CT!!!
Replies: 75
Views: 35605

Of the three new Chinaflos, two perform precisely the same as their Japanese counterparts, but the third one still produces the motor chaff noise (sh sh sh sh sh sh sh sh sh...). Great description, I received 10 or so 80mm L1A Chinaflos from SVC Compucycle some time ago and they ALL made the sh sh ...
by bomba
Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Stop all fans in sleep mode?
Replies: 6
Views: 2024

Yeh, what nutball said, S3 is fans off standby, which should work fine. Suspend mode not recommended.
by bomba
Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fooling Dell
Replies: 24
Views: 7242

Many motherboard RPM sensors consider the fan "failed" if its spinning at less than 2500rpms or so. When cool at startup the PSU is probably spinning too slowly to be acceptable to the mobo. BTW, the 80mm L1A is spec'd at 1900RPM @12v, M1A is spec'd at 2450and H1A at 2950. 80mm hydrowave Panaflos w...
by bomba
Wed Jun 30, 2004 6:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My build spec - final thoughts before I buy?
Replies: 23
Views: 14974

Why not go w/ a Seasonic Super Silencer rev A3? 300 watts should be sufficient. I've no experience w/the 120mm Accoustifans, but iirc, Edward Ng pointed out some inconsistencies with 'em. The 120mm sleeve bearing Globe fans are cheap & have received favorable comments from SPCR moderators! irt SATA ...
by bomba
Wed Jun 30, 2004 6:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Drive Set-Up - Board Opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 1539

bomba, Yes I have, but it still gurgles. Quiet otherwise as I stated. hawkeye1 Ok, in that case go with two drives. If you put your programs and files on separate physical drives, performance will be better. Although, I've not used the Spinpoint, they are the well loved here; my guess is that you'l...
by bomba
Wed Jun 30, 2004 5:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: is this a good build?is it quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 10497

Hi, I'm also quite a newbie on the silence part of computers. And I'm willing to buy more or less the same configuration as mastrduke. I've taken note of all the information given. But I still have one question. On my current conputer, I set my HSF into "sucking" mode with a duct to the case fan. I...
by bomba
Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Sonata PSU fan noise +
Replies: 48
Views: 16785

You guys sure are harshin' on the Sonata! Contrary to some of the opinions in this thread, I feel it is one of the best choices as a foundation for a quiet PC and arguably the best foundation for those not willing to cut, mod, swap PSU's etc . I humbly beg to differ with you. Since you're willing t...
by bomba
Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fooling Dell
Replies: 24
Views: 7242

Perhaps you can disable in BIOS, look to disable CPU fan failed detection or something similar.
by bomba
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Drive Set-Up - Board Opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 1539

Have you tried changing the Maxtor's accoustic management using the Hitachi Feature Tool or Maxtor Amset utilities?
by bomba
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: speedfan control of mobos -- suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 2713

On the speedfan homepage, there is information regarding supported chipsets and motherboards. Users can also post their findings. Here's the link.

I browsed it briefly and did not see any 865PE motherboards that will give you case fan speed control, however.
by bomba
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: is this a good build?is it quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 10497

Ok here's my comments: If you're willing to cut 'n mod and/or you want to bungee suspend your hard drive, go with the 3700AMB, instead of the BQE. Artic cooling VGA silencer for the 9800 pro Regarding SATA drives in general, some have reported difficulty in changing accoustic management settings. Th...
by bomba
Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Sonata PSU fan noise +
Replies: 48
Views: 16785

You guys sure are harshin' on the Sonata! Contrary to some of the opinions in this thread, I feel it is one of the best choices as a foundation for a quiet PC and arguably the best foundation for those not willing to cut, mod, swap PSU's etc. I also thinks it's a fine looking case. My Pentium 4 2.8C...
by bomba
Mon Jun 28, 2004 5:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata and HDs overheating
Replies: 7
Views: 3178

Sure is a lot of Sonata Bashing going on! I kinda like mine. I have fitted front & rear Papst 4412's undervolted at 5V. Right now drive temps are 40C for the 80G boot drive and 30C for the 120G data drive. Both are Maxtor DM+9 PATA drives. My system is very quiet & stable, see sig for details. Inner...
by bomba
Mon Jun 28, 2004 5:35 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Stop all fans in sleep mode?
Replies: 6
Views: 2024

S3 standby is fans off. Look to enable/force S3 standby in your BIOS setup. Can't comment on getting WOL (wake on LAN) to work, however. My experience with both standby and suspend modes is that they can be problematic. Good luck!
by bomba
Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Speedfan & Panaflo
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

What about Panaflos and the PWM speed control of Speedfan? Isn't this a known bad combination or have I been hitting the pipe a little too hard again? Hey, I can't comment on your smoking habits, or what you SoCal boys may like to put in your pipe... I do have a dozen or so 80mm L1a Chinaflo's, but...
by bomba
Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Speedfan & Panaflo
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

speedfan will report fan speed on (2) case fan headers and the CPU fan header on my Asus P4P800dlx; however, speed control works only on the CPU fan header. Your millage may vary, but I suspect your 875 Asus mobo may be similar to my 865PE irt fan speed control. Rusty is spot-on that speedfan works ...
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Sonata PSU fan noise +
Replies: 48
Views: 16785

Bob, In regards to a 300watt PSU not being enough, you may want to check out this thread. Some guy posted running a P4 2.8C CPU, with a 9800pro vid card and RAID 1 off of a Nexus NX-3000. BTW, I've seen the Nexus NX-3000 for under $60 From perusing your other system specs, I've got a feeling that yo...
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing PC: Mission Failed Miserably
Replies: 33
Views: 30876

Are you asking if you can change to a WhisperRock and run without a case fan, based only on idle temps? Beats me! In fact, I'm not sure that this question is answerable. Even if you are able to keep your CPU cool enough sans case fan, it's doubtful that this will be the quietest possible configurati...
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 10:50 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Athlon 64 Motherboards
Replies: 25
Views: 6589

This is going OT, but I have found speedfan works for me...and there is a little trick. Speedfan allows you to set two threshold temperatures for each monitored device, CPU, HDD, motherboard. It secondly allows you to select two fan speeds as a percentage of the max. There is a 3rd fan speed of 100%...
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 10:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: POWER FACTOR: about your US power bill...
Replies: 1
Views: 778

My yank electric meter looks like this: http://www.we-energies.com/images/house/elecmeter.jpg Reads KILOWATTHOURS After a little Googling, it seems that in the USA, industrial users are often charged for low power factor, but residential customers are not. However, after just a little research I bec...
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Sonata PSU fan noise +
Replies: 48
Views: 16785

Bob,
Your setup is very similar to mine, not sure if you mentioned what video card you are using. Anyway, 300 watts should be plenty of power, if you're looking to save $.
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:11 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: software control over fans
Replies: 6
Views: 1500

Since the 2 aps you mentioned are together capable of adjusting all 3-pin fan headers, speedfan should do you well. Can't comment of fanspeed since I haven't tried it. Speedfan does not kick in until the OS is fully booted and user logged in. IIRC, fanspeed differs as it runs as a service and is act...
by bomba
Thu Jun 24, 2004 6:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing PC: Mission Failed Miserably
Replies: 33
Views: 30876

WELCOME to SPCR! Stealth fans are not quiet as you have found out. There is no doubt that you should be able to quiet your PC without spending too much $ and the Inwin case looks fine. Here's how I would attack it as a start: You will need 1 or 2 case fans with the quiet PSU. Go with Panaflo L1A fa...
by bomba
Wed Jun 23, 2004 6:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Sonata PSU fan noise +
Replies: 48
Views: 16785

I modded my TP380S with a Panaflo M1A, helped alot. However, after quieting the other noise sources in my Sonata, it again became the loudest element, even modded. Problem is the fan controller ramps the fan up quickly. You could use a lower speed fan or move the thermistor, but the Antec PSU runs p...
by bomba
Tue Jun 22, 2004 10:17 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thinking 'bout trying a Athlon 64 Mobile?
Replies: 1
Views: 837

Thinking 'bout trying a Athlon 64 Mobile?

Read here first, courtesy of Google!
by bomba
Mon Jun 21, 2004 6:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silver or Black colour scheme? Help me decide!
Replies: 15
Views: 3847

I think you're wacky for asking us, I'd pick the color that goes best in it's intended surroundings. However, I voted silver, 'cuz black seems to be equivalent to the beige of yesteryear. Silver is more elegant.
by bomba
Mon Jun 21, 2004 6:07 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Panaflo L1A Japan from Jab-Tech have rpm monitor?
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

No, Panaflo fans with RPM monitoring have p/n's that end in BX. Low-speed Panaflo's with RPM monitoring will have p/n's that end in L1BX. In reality, I've only ever seen medium speed "BX" Panaflo's except the 92mm, which I've seen on rare occaision sold as a L1BX. Here's the panaflo p/n cheat sheet.
by bomba
Thu Jun 17, 2004 12:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 3700AMB and Firewire
Replies: 2
Views: 1099

Inwin CR-i530 is a 3.5" form factor 4-slot USB 2.0 flash reader which also has audio ports, (1) USB2.0 port and (1) firewire port. But, be advised that I've been having inconsistent detection of this reader and the CR-i500 in both Nforce2/Athlon and 865PE/P4 Windows XP Pro systems. I believe the cul...