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by Jordan
Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Crucial C300 - is the firmware bug-free?
Replies: 38
Views: 17724

Thanks for the link :wink:
dhanson865 wrote:I doubt it's that big of an issue though. If you have a traditional hard drive the C300 will be faster in 95% or better of the situations you put it through.


Yeah, the access time alone should see to that :)
by Jordan
Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Crucial C300 - is the firmware bug-free?
Replies: 38
Views: 17724

Hexus review of the 64GB C300

What I want to know is, will I see the same performance on my old 965P chipset (Windows 7)?

Is there anything new chipsets added for SSDs that my old chipset won't do well?
by Jordan
Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Latest SPCR-certified PC: Puget Serenity i7
Replies: 34
Views: 17533

Nice system and nice article :) I'd like to know a little more about the HDD configuration though. Is the storage drive set to power down completely or does it just idle? Did you use it at all during testing? I think in the past SPCR have said that's thin acoustic dampening material is next to usele...
by Jordan
Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 77765

Klepus wrote: I disagree because HDD temperature 38-39 degrees Celsius with 21-22 ambient is unaffordable.
Why? I think this is unfounded speculation on your part ;) Have a look here
by Jordan
Fri May 21, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Updated Heatsink Test Bed and Methodology
Replies: 51
Views: 44494

Ah, I did indeed. Thank you Mike!
by Jordan
Thu May 20, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Updated Heatsink Test Bed and Methodology
Replies: 51
Views: 44494

I could have sworn the heatsink testing took place inside an ATX case, or was this something that was stopped a long time ago? Actually, I think it's the PSU test I'm thinking of... :lol: Something I always missed (while I believed this is how testing was done) was in addition to the 12v/7v/5v test ...
by Jordan
Mon May 10, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

But if your hearing is so sensitive that 700rpm is too loud, then you could go with your lower powered card and run with .. say 600 rpm instead. If you can hear that through a sound proofed case well... My HDD does annoy me. My storage requirements are pretty low so as soon as a decent performing 2...
by Jordan
Tue May 04, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Ordered a Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate in the end from ebuyer for £58 delivered. They are fetching more than this on ebay so if a passive 5670 comes along at a good price I might just upgrade at the time. Unfortunately I can't find my power monitor to do a before and after measurement against my 7300G...
by Jordan
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

For info, the Asus 5570 is now in stock at several UK retailers. The cheapest I spotted (with free shipping) was here: Ginger6.com Thanks for the heads up :) The 4670 seems to perform marginally better in most reviews (except Tom's) and I can get it about £8 cheaper. Which has the lower idle power...
by Jordan
Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Yeah seriously considering a 4670. Think the 5450, though an upgrade on my 7300GT, is just too weak.

Is there any warrant to that 4670's green claims?
by Jordan
Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Right now I'm considering just getting a GT 240! I've seen a passive version already and performance figures suggest it's better than the 5670 (in StarCraft bet at least!). Even if you can't find the Go Green easily there is a non Green version of the fanless 5750 that will still beat the GT240 and...
by Jordan
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Right now I'm considering just getting a GT 240!

I've seen a passive version already and performance figures suggest it's better than the 5670 (in StarCraft bet at least!).
by Jordan
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Don't forget a HDMI to DVI cable is often cheaper than paying the difference in price on getting a card with 2 DVI connectors on the 5xxx series cards if you don't care about the gaming performance difference. Indeed. Just my current card only has DVI + VGA so it needs to go. Can I take an HDMI por...
by Jordan
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Thanks a lot for your detailed response. The Asus 5570 looks like a very decent option. I have seen a few Sapphire Ultimate HD 4670s on ebay and I'm wondering if for the price they go for (~£50) they'd be good value for money performance and power efficiency wise? I am trying to get a hold of anoth...
by Jordan
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Passive HD 5xxx options in the UK

Currently playing StarCraft 2 beta on my 7300GT @ 1600x1200 on lowest settings but with no slowdown. Looking for a GPU upgrade just to see a bit more detail. SC2 beta GPU comparison here . Idle power draw is what matters most to me, don't mind turning fans up for gaiming. The PowerColor Go! Green HD...
by Jordan
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RSS "alerter" add-on for Firefox?
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Anyone? :)
by Jordan
Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 41122

Mike - the link to the Pentium D on the test platform page goes to a 404 page.
by Jordan
Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 41122

Re: hellooooo-o

Hello... it would be nice to test heatsinks mounted on AMD mobo for a change! Doesn't really matter... if it performs well on this hot Intel CPU it should perform well on any AMD CPU. The main thing is that all other heatsinks have been tested on this platform so it makes sense to keep using it for...
by Jordan
Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards
Replies: 24
Views: 14141

Anyone have any idea what my 7300GT's idle power consumption would be vs the HD5450? Wondering if I can get a slight graphics upgrade and less power draw and heat into the bargain :oops:
by Jordan
Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:16 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RSS "alerter" add-on for Firefox?
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

RSS "alerter" add-on for Firefox?

I find myself visiting sites like SPCR and TFT Central several times a day just to check if there's any new news or reviews. I really just want an unmissable, instant pop-up that tells me one of these sites has a new article up that I can then click on to visit the site. My bookmarks toolbar is full...
by Jordan
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 41122

IMO the whole 2nd fan issue is exaggerated, since it only becomes apparent when testing outside a case. To me this is an argument for testing outside a case, and I say that as a supporter of 'in case' cooler testing. As the rest of your post shows, once in case other variables come into play which ...
by Jordan
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler
Replies: 57
Views: 41122

Tzupy wrote:I know that I wouldn't have this problem with a P183 instead of the Solo, but I don't like the looks and size of the P183, compared with the Solo.
P180 Mini solves the size issue somewhat... but you'd also need a mAtax mobo if you don't already!
by Jordan
Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MadShrimps pits Clarkdale vs Phenom II + 785G
Replies: 25
Views: 28784

The article title on the SPCR home page is a dead link.
by Jordan
Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 53456

Hope to see a review for this soon!
by Jordan
Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:33 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua, GT, and slipstream.
Replies: 3
Views: 2184

I'm going back to nexus for my back exhaust and S-Flex D for my top one. I've used a Nexus RS 120mm in my P180 for years (mounted simply using big dods of blu-tak!). It's a sort of fail-safe fan in that it only very occasionally comes on when my Motherboard fan control adjusts the voltage high enou...
by Jordan
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 21133

I hadn't actually, thanks for the link. The Green looks fantastic, any idea what they've done to the card to reduce power consumption? I did have something slightly higher up the line in mind though (5850 for instance), and a semi-passive solution to allow for a faster card. I really don't mind nois...
by Jordan
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 21133

I agree it would be madness for SPCR to turn down reviewing a hot product such as this! It's good for publicity, if nothing else. I just question the manufacturer's thinking in this case is all, other than free brand publicity, which you can't really argue with. Do SPCR have to return the card in th...
by Jordan
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 21133

It seems strange to me when you guys are given higher end products to review that clearly don't cater towards the low-noise expectations or requirements of the average SPCR reader :? Does the name of the site not give it away? Some of us need our PC to be quiet AND still have high performance to be...
by Jordan
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 72749

HammerSandwich wrote:
Jordan wrote:What is the rest of your system spec, though?
As noted in my post, there is no case at this point.
Sorry, I don't know how I completely missed that part of the post :oops:
by Jordan
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 72749

to be honest the ambient room temperature is completely irrelevant here - it's the temperatures inside your case that will affect the PSU fan speed. First Prize in the Most Absurd Thing I Read on the Internet this Year The amount of cooling from air depends on it's humidity and the temperature diff...