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by Herb W.
Tue May 27, 2003 12:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Global Win cases in Canada?
Replies: 0
Views: 1154

Global Win cases in Canada?

Does anyone know a source? Can't find one so far. Having just paid over $50 in brokerage fees and taxes to UP-ripoff-S to bring a Silenx PSU up from the US, I don't want to go through that again!

Thanks in advance....
by Herb W.
Sat May 24, 2003 11:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet SATA HDD?
Replies: 7
Views: 3046

The new Maxtor Diamondmax Pro 9 SATAs have been reviewed elsewhere, and these use a fluid bearing system that the reviewers claim is quiet, but who knows.... They sure are fast; I am hoping they will suffice noise-wise - I'd like to Raid-0 a pair through the ICH5(R) Southbridge on a 875 motherboard ...
by Herb W.
Sat May 24, 2003 10:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Video Card HS Excitement!
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Very interesting - given the noise concerns with the high-end video cards these days you would think manufacturers would be a lot more circumspect about using cheap thermal goop. Anyone know what is used with a 9800 Pro? Or what type of thermal interface is shipped with the Zalman passive video cool...
by Herb W.
Wed Mar 12, 2003 9:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Artic Silver vs. Thermal Pad for stock P4 HS/F?
Replies: 10
Views: 4674

Just be aware that you void that warranty by stripping off the heatsink pad.... a big advantage of the 3.06G; it ships with paste, no pad, so substituting another paste won't kiss your warranty goodbye....
by Herb W.
Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:50 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Canadian Retailers for Silencing Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 150108

The Mutepc web site listed above is the French version, with no link to the English, which can however be found at:

www.mutepc.net
by Herb W.
Tue Mar 04, 2003 9:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Cables: flat or rounded?
Replies: 13
Views: 3992

I've seen in other forums comments about problems in signal integrity with rounded EIDE cables - I'd avoid 'em like the plague for mission-critical work. Apparently rounding removes some mandated barrier between the data-carrying channels - don't remember the details.
by Herb W.
Mon Mar 03, 2003 10:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Shin Etsu G-751: 5C cooler with no added noise!
Replies: 86
Views: 32317

Yes, 2-3C better according to some reviews I read. The reseller I bought mine from suggested warming it up slightly to ease application (I haven't used it yet).
by Herb W.
Mon Mar 03, 2003 10:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: whats the quietest psu i can get in canada?
Replies: 4
Views: 3212

I just ordered a Silenx a few days ago, and was told that UPS cometimes collects the GST and a nice fat brokerage fee and sometimes does not - seems to be luck of the draw... P's suggestion only makes sense if you live right near the border and can drive to the States in an hour or so. Even then you...
by Herb W.
Sun Mar 02, 2003 2:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li New Quiet Case Review (PC-6070)
Replies: 14
Views: 5317

Re the Lian-LI 6070 and other cases using internal noise insulation: Whether all that heat-trapping insulation is worth it is a big question - without it you could probably run your fans more slowly and achieve roughly the same low-noise footprint at the same temps. Extending that 6070 review, two c...
by Herb W.
Sun Mar 02, 2003 9:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Weird hard drive squeal
Replies: 23
Views: 10002

I wouldn't hit the panic button yet - yes, it's probably just a calibration routine. IBM has included something like this in their newer drives to recalibrate after temperature changes. This was discussed in a thread on the 180GXP...
by Herb W.
Sun Mar 02, 2003 9:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How "Loud" is a western digital 800jb
Replies: 20
Views: 7420

Storagereview recently reviewed these drives. There are three platter densities currently in use : 60, 68, and 80 Gig. They vary quite a bit in noise - see the review - but you can't discern which you'd be getting from the model # - it only tells you the capacity and whether you get a 8M cache. Nast...
by Herb W.
Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:42 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Slightly OT: CD burning
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Thanks to both of you. The Tom's review was a little vague about the burn process used, but the CloneCD site makes it clear that in fact you have to make a disk image on your HD - you can't do an "on the fly' copy from a second optical drive.
by Herb W.
Sat Mar 01, 2003 5:29 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Slightly OT: CD burning
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Slightly OT: CD burning

Can anyone tell me whether if you wish to back up a CD that uses some copy protection scheme (eg Safedisk) you must have 2 CD-RW burners that are capable of reading and writing the protected disk, or can you just copy a CD disk physical/bit image to your hard drive with 1 CD-RW and then burn the new...
by Herb W.
Sat Mar 01, 2003 4:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone seen these? Directron 450W PSU with 4 internal fans
Replies: 5
Views: 3038

Search for "laugh of the day".
by Herb W.
Sat Mar 01, 2003 10:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Silenx specs info...
Replies: 37
Views: 10607

You could email/phone and ask - I found them very helpful when I ordered. One peeve I do have with their service (this holds for many other online outlets) is that they do not automatically provide receipts, just invoices that do not indicate the item has even been paid for, let alone by whom. When ...
by Herb W.
Sat Mar 01, 2003 9:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone seen these? Directron 450W PSU with 4 internal fans
Replies: 5
Views: 3038

There is an earlier thread on this PSU...
by Herb W.
Fri Feb 28, 2003 10:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal grease - how much, what does it do, do brands matter
Replies: 6
Views: 2732

I got a few syringes of Shin-Etsu recently - I was told by the retailer that the best way to deal with its relatively thick texture when applying it is to warm it up slightly before application; warming the syringe in your hand could be enough...
by Herb W.
Fri Feb 28, 2003 10:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Silenx specs info...
Replies: 37
Views: 10607

crg, I don't plan to do anything with the old Dell - will be keeping it as a backup system and occasional game server. It's an XBR1000r 1G PIII with a black heat duct for the CPU fan and no other case fan. While Dell told me I could not substitute a different PSU into this box, QuietPC.com does sell...
by Herb W.
Fri Feb 28, 2003 12:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Silenx specs info...
Replies: 37
Views: 10607

Ordered a Silenx 400 watt unit yesterday, the first part for a new build. These last few weeks have been good times for those like myself who have been looking to assemble a state-of-the-art rig that run near-silent... Just combine a Silenx PSU, a Sapphire Pro Ultimate 9700 (it includes both the Zal...
by Herb W.
Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I,ve bought 3 new drives - theres a clear winner - read up
Replies: 12
Views: 6642

And make sure you ground your drivesto the drive bracket....
by Herb W.
Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Silenx specs info...
Replies: 37
Views: 10607

New Silenx specs info...

The raves about the low noise levels of the Silenx PSUs in this forum led me to ask ExoticPC for further specs to supplement the very limited info on their 400W unit found on their Web site. I got the following reply from Peter about the 14 dba model: Here are the specs on the SilenX 14 dBA 400 watt...
by Herb W.
Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Review: ExoticPC SilenX 350W PSU.
Replies: 73
Views: 51340

Thanks, guys!

Just a note of appreciation for the willingness of WATYF and digitalix to take the time to share their experiences - very informative. See the new "Interesting Silenx info" post for newer specs on the 400W unit.
by Herb W.
Sat Feb 22, 2003 9:49 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Warranty preservation trick
Replies: 17
Views: 5230

Pretty scary forum over there - lets hope that what I saw doesn't foreshadow the future for our beloved English language! :shock:
by Herb W.
Sat Feb 22, 2003 9:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Calculating loads for a quiet PSU: a common mistake?
Replies: 1
Views: 1352

Calculating loads for a quiet PSU: a common mistake?

I'm sure around here someone will immediately correct me if I am wrong on this.... :wink: I'm not an engineer or tech, but from what I have inferred from Tomshardware's recently posted data on CPU wattages in their CPU scaling article together with their recent PSU review, it's a big mistake to simp...
by Herb W.
Sat Feb 22, 2003 9:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much will a 300w power supply run?
Replies: 284
Views: 619073

might as well hop on the bandwagon: ...i haven't had any problems yet, it's dead silent as well, can i ask for more? i'd say 400w would only be needed for high end raid setups or dual processors... Looking at your setup (which is very close to what I am planning), and working from Tomshardware figu...
by Herb W.
Sat Feb 22, 2003 8:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Questions to people with Lian-Li or Kingwin cases.
Replies: 6
Views: 3534

I did an "ultra ghetto" mod in my Lian Li case by stretching a bungee cord twice around the HDD bay assembly horizontally. From what I have read elsewhere, assuming this mount electrically isolates the HDD bay assembly from the rest of the case you have had a very lucky year, as your drive case is ...
by Herb W.
Tue Feb 18, 2003 2:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Zalman CNPS7000cu
Replies: 2
Views: 1393

Just what I have seen on the Zalman forum from their rep - sometime latter 1/2 of Feb for non-Korean release (it's already on the Korean Web site). But they have pushed the releaase of this back several times, a la Geforce FX.... Let me know if you find a vendor, and I will do the same - looking for...
by Herb W.
Fri Feb 14, 2003 10:23 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New 400 watt PSU from Zalman
Replies: 13
Views: 5797

Unfortunately, like a few other low-noise 400W PSUs, it has relatively low capacity on the +12v rail for a 400 watt supply, only 15A. Some 350 watt supplies are better than this.... in fact it's no better than their own 300W unit!
by Herb W.
Fri Feb 14, 2003 9:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Laugh of the day (hell, maybe the week)...
Replies: 5
Views: 2893

Laugh of the day (hell, maybe the week)...

Check out this new "low-noise" four-fan :shock: PSU: http://www.overclockers.com/articles701/kw1a.jpg From a review at Overclockers: " measured fan noise with a Radio Shack sound meter three feet from the rear of the PS (free standing - not in a case); at Turbo it measured 57 dBA, at Low 51 dBA, and...
by Herb W.
Fri Feb 14, 2003 8:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Question for 180GXP owners
Replies: 21
Views: 15827

It's still going to be much louder than the 7200.7. Whether the extra 10-15% performance will be worth all the extra noise I guess is a personal choice. Plus I expect this 10,000 rpm WD will be one very pricey (for an IDE) drive.