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by Jordan
Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Scythe consumer survey
Replies: 15
Views: 6640

Interesting they even mention the backplate, suggests to me that they're aware that there's an issue. I think the fact that are now selling backplates as separately suggests they're aware it's an issue for some users :P But I'd like to see them using it as the default, which they probably won't do ...
by Jordan
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Scythe consumer survey
Replies: 15
Views: 6640

xan_user wrote:Is it just me or is the 'next' and 'bac'k buttons on the webform in German?

Strange from a Asian company... :lol:
Yep, it's very strange considering the rest of the form is almost perfect English!

It's probably done by a CMS where the users can't update the button text...
by Jordan
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent vs cool
Replies: 17
Views: 9173

I really don't care what my temps are, as long as it's inaudible and stable. So what if it shortens the lifespan of the components? Even if it were to do it by half, I upgrade everything on a 2 year cycle anyway. I usually just hand down the components to family members where they will have a very e...
by Jordan
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Scythe consumer survey
Replies: 15
Views: 6640

Scythe consumer survey

Scythe consumer survey

Chance to win a prize yada, yada but most importantly... if everyone votes for backplate/screw as their preferred mounting method they might listen!

I know they have started to sell backplates as an accessory, but hopefully they'll always use them in the future.
by Jordan
Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Advice about AC/DC power adapter required
Replies: 1
Views: 1250

Advice about AC/DC power adapter required

OK, this isn't actually PC related but seemed like the most fitting forum... I just got myself a SpeakerCraft SL-One speaker A-B switch for sharing my pair of front speakers between my AV and stereo amps. The switch arrived today but doesn't include a power supply! :evil: The requirements are 12V (2...
by Jordan
Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Duo E8400 or Quad Q9300
Replies: 38
Views: 9446

I let my sig go out of date :oops:

I have a 3.5" Samsung F1 now and also have a rear 120mm Nexus that's controlled by the Motherboard. It barely spins up at all :)
by Jordan
Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Duo E8400 or Quad Q9300
Replies: 38
Views: 9446

Hmm the E7300 is almost here and it should push the price of the E7200 down :lol: Idle temps/power consumption is of much greater interest to me as 95% of the time I'm just using the PC to browse the web and use MSN etc. or the PC is just sitting idle while I'm doing other things in the room - this ...
by Jordan
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Duo E8400 or Quad Q9300
Replies: 38
Views: 9446

Thanks for all the replies :) I haven't really been looking to OC, I don't really want to increase power consumption/temps any more. As well as a performance boost I was looking to upgrade to a newer chip for the efficiency increase, too. I was thinking of undervolting me E4300 in the mean time... I...
by Jordan
Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Duo E8400 or Quad Q9300
Replies: 38
Views: 9446

Duo E8400 or Quad Q9300

I'm looking to upgrade my current E4300 (1.8GHz) to either of the above. I managed to get a hold of a second hand Gigabyte P35 DS3 for £35 and 4GB Geil DDR2 for £30. I later kicked myself when I learned about the E P35 DS3! Are the power reducing features significant? Does it affect the CPU power ...
by Jordan
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Laptop optical drive in PC...
Replies: 9
Views: 3197

When I learned that the Scythe comes with the ATAPI to IDE adapter included I was shopping around to buy it until I came across it on Ebuyer and read the damning user reviews... Only downside is that to connect up the USB,Firewire,Card-Reader all the included cables require you to connect via exteri...
by Jordan
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Laptop optical drive in PC...
Replies: 9
Views: 3197

Strid , It's funny, I have this exact same thread in my usual PC forums and I remembered the Scythe and posted my thoughts there, which were: "Probably a bit over-complicated for my needs (read: expensive). Plus it's a little ugly. And I have a case door." But it does look at the moment to be a dec...
by Jordan
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Laptop optical drive in PC...
Replies: 9
Views: 3197

andyb , that's a picture of my work PC and where I got the idea from ;) I want to have a laptop optical drive in my P180. I've made my original post a bit clearer. blackworx - Thanks :) I see it for around the £80 mark, which is a bit more than I thought I'd have to pay. I'll keep looking out for ...
by Jordan
Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Laptop optical drive in PC...
Replies: 9
Views: 3197

Laptop optical drive in PC...

I want to put a laptop optical drive in my home PC (Antec P180) because they're so much quieter and don't spin away like they're possessed. The compact Dell Optiplex desktop PC I use in work has one and I've been wanting one in my home PC since I started using it - it's just so quiet. Trying to find...
by Jordan
Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 93839

Perhaps there should be a case manufacturer offering a DIY case option for those that way inclined. Order the parts and panels you need and put the case together yourself. Could this be possible? Personally, I would still buy a ready-made chassis but some people might be interested in such an idea....
by Jordan
Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 93839

I'm surprised that some people actually find opening a case door too hard to power on their computer. Who said it's too hard? Certainly not me so please don't twist my words An inconvenience though? Yes. Especially considering as this case is so large I have to sit it on my shelf sideways and the d...
by Jordan
Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 93839

Matija wrote:I personally couldn't imagine powering-up my computer with a button... Ctrl+Esc is what does it for me.
You prefer to use 2 buttons instead? :lol:

*OK so technically keys...*

My PC in work powers on at 8.30 every morning ready for me coming in :)
by Jordan
Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 93839

When will Antec learn we do not want the power button behind the door?! Are you listening Antec? You kindly put the USB and front audio ports beside the door so why can't this be done with perhaps the most frequently accessed feature: the power button? I would practically never have to open the cas...
by Jordan
Wed May 21, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: samsung hybrid flash drives
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

There was some benchmarks over at AnandTech or Tom's hardware, i don't remember which, saying that it only improved battery life by a meager 5-10%. I think that's far from pathetic :? Considering how little of a laptop's power a hard drive uses I think a 5-10% battery saving is relatively huge. Imp...
by Jordan
Wed May 21, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 500GB Samsung F1 vs 500GB WD Caviar GP
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

The drive arrived today. 2 things I overlooked (or ignored, putting them to the back of my head) is increased heat over a 2.5" drive (significant) and increased power consumption (not insignificant but not as important, either). Windows Vista 64-bit hasn't arrived yet so I'm unable to set it up in t...
by Jordan
Mon May 19, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 500GB Samsung F1 vs 500GB WD Caviar GP
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

Ordered myself a 500GB Samsung F1 for £45 inc. earlier today. Got an external 2.5" enclosure to put my M60 in, too. Now it just remains to be seen whether this 3.5" drive is quiet enough for me. I have my doubts. I had a Samsung single platter Nidec P80 before and swapped it for the M60 to go quiet...
by Jordan
Mon May 19, 2008 4:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 500GB Samsung F1 vs 500GB WD Caviar GP
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

Or should I go for the WD6400AAKS at £61? I really don't need the extra space so I don't want to pay extra for that but I wouldn't grudge paying the extra if it was likely to be quieter.

The WD3200AAKS is only £44 but I hear it takes a performance hit?
by Jordan
Mon May 19, 2008 3:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 500GB Samsung F1 vs 500GB WD Caviar GP
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

500GB Samsung F1 vs 500GB WD Caviar GP

WD5000AACS vs HD502IJ I currently have a 120GB 2.5" Samsung M60 and while I've become accustomed to the low noise I'm slowly filling it and I'm not too happy with the laggy performance. I'm thinking of trying a 3.5" drive again to see if I can live with the noise to reap the performance gains. It w...
by Jordan
Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 77818

I would have loved to have read the measurements and subjective conclusions on the top 200mm hooked up to a viable resistor and set to its lowest start-up voltage. Though I realise this can vary from fan to fan. Don't suppose there's any chance of this. Please ? :lol: ok, ok.... [grumble, grumble] ...
by Jordan
Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 77818

I would have loved to have read the measurements and subjective conclusions on the top 200mm hooked up to a viable resistor and set to its lowest start-up voltage. Though I realise this can vary from fan to fan. Don't suppose there's any chance of this. Please ? :lol: And yes, other than warping and...
by Jordan
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do all Core 2s underclock to the same speed/voltage?
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Do all Core 2s underclock to the same speed/voltage?

Do all Core 2s underclock to the same speed/voltage under SpeedStep when idle?

Hmm, seems like they all go down to 6x so I suppose it depends on the FSB. Would still be interested to know about that VCore, though.
by Jordan
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" SATA in a desktop
Replies: 29
Views: 9912

Koolpc wrote:So, getting a 2.5 Hard drive i would notice a big difference in noise? I can hera my Samsung even though i have it suspended in a Cd rom bay!!
The Koolpc from the Kustom PC forums?
by Jordan
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent, single platter 2,5'' HD
Replies: 11
Views: 5446

I've tried quite a few 2.5" drives but have stuck with Samsung M60s each time. I wouldn't worry too much about it being single platter. I don't have a fan running in my system and with the case side on (HD suspended and the HD bay is lined with acoustic dampening material) and the PC is inaudible.
by Jordan
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" SATA in a desktop
Replies: 29
Views: 9912

I've been a 2.5" Samsung convert for a while now. My main PC has a 120GB M60 (PATA) and my Shuttle had an 80GB M60 when I sold it. I did it for the much lower noise level but the lower power consumption and heat was just a small bonus. Did I notice a performance loss? Hell yes. On start-up, loading ...
by Jordan
Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: is your p180/p182 a hook or more short? - POLL
Replies: 33
Views: 15611

I've never had an issue with the door, in fact I was very pleased the the door opens a full 180 degrees. Most cases I see open around 120 degrees.

I've had the case over two years now (I think) and still haven't had the door hinge break so you should be OK.
by Jordan
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: is your p180/p182 a hook or more short? - POLL
Replies: 33
Views: 15611

i'd also remove the front door all together, I find it kind of silly. Oh, and i'd find a way to make it a little more curvy 8) I don't! I put some Mutemat behind the door and and the combination masks optical drive noise somewhat compared to open drive bays. However, they put the USB ports on a pan...