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by Spod
Fri Jul 01, 2005 12:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Silent Graphics card for Photoshop CS2
Replies: 25
Views: 7694

I'm with roo on this, the lower end of the Quadro FX series is a good match to professional 2D graphics apps. The drivers are optimised for accuracy rather than performance, quite the reverse of gaming cards' drivers.
The Quadro FX 700 should be adequate, and not too costly.
by Spod
Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New System - Any Suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 2499

Western Digital 74 gb Raptor,10000 rpm SATA. I assume an SATA 2 version will appear in a month or so,The combo of SATA 2 and 10k speed means the real bottleneck is pretty damn quick. Samsung Spinpoints for mass storage,they are on the shelf now in SATA 2. Fair point about the X2, it's only worthwhi...
by Spod
Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New System - Any Suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 2499

Some good, low latency DDR400, and one of the new Abit or Asus motherboards with heatpipe northbridge cooling would seem best. The X2 4400+ isn't much more expensive than the X2 4200+, and has 1 MB cache per core, rather than 512 KB - it may be worth the extra, depending on how much you're pushing y...
by Spod
Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CAS 2 RAM on an Athlon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

Is Crucial Ballistix cheap enough to be in the running? That works well on AMD systems, and at launch, was cheaper than equivalent TCCD based RAM.
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec SLK3000B: Minimalist Midtower for Quiet PC
Replies: 233
Views: 189550

Yes, the plastic door clips are an issue on this and the 3700 series. Bending the metal they clip into can help. I find that if I tighten the thumbscrews too much, the clips pop open.
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SLK3000B with pre-cut AcoustiPack C6607?
Replies: 10
Views: 3163

With no door and the AMB style drive cage, the 6607 kit would be best.
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja heatsink
Replies: 179
Views: 151144

Hey MikeC, you never mentioned in the review that during the test of the prescott, when you were running only 1 fan, did you close the blowhole shut? Or just turn the fan off? IRRC, the top fan was off and a book was atop the hole. But this -- and much more -- will be detailed fully in the P180 rev...
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P180 - First Impressions (with update)
Replies: 84
Views: 43236

Now pondering if I should go and get one myself... sigh... still using an MSI K8T Neo with a AMD64 3200 socket 754. Been waiting for prices to drop on the socket 939s OT - it's probably not worth it unless you want to get an X2 or a 7800GTX to go with the new motherboard. Otherwise, your current sy...
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 27429

I noticed a whine from near the optical sensor on my MX510 a while back, it really surprised me when I worked out where it was coming from. Most of the time, it doesn't bother me, but now, early on a Sunday morning when everything else is quiet and I've just been reading this thread and listening to...
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SeaSonic S12 500, Enermax EG495AX VE, and Seasonic S12 430
Replies: 11
Views: 3864

Any good PSU will deliver its rated wattage in DC power. Graphics card manufacturers take the fair assumption that not all PSUs are good, so they overstate the PSU requirements. Consider the 7800GTX, which consumes about 100-110W. They spec a 330W PSU for a single card, 500W for SLI. That's because ...
by Spod
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics problem - driver or hardware. PLEASE help!
Replies: 9
Views: 3005

If your original RAM heatsinks were better than the ones bundled with the Zalman, and the Zalman still fit over them, you made the right choice not swapping them. The ZM-80 series blocks most airflow from the RAM, so they supplied heatsinks for those cards that had no heatsinks on the ram. It depend...
by Spod
Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:11 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: best way to cool my chipset
Replies: 2
Views: 1145

Depending on compatability with your motherboard layout and graphics cooler, replacing your chipset cooler with a model designed for passive operation would be the best option. The Zalman NB-47J is a good choice. Search the forums for NB-47J, it's a key to many chipset cooling discussions.
by Spod
Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Probems closing the computer case - Antec SLK3000B
Replies: 8
Views: 2803

You're welcome! :D I flipped the fan on my XP-90, not for the CPU's sake but to better cool the RAM - blowing air onto something tends to produce better airflow over that item than sucking air off it. This doesn't apply so clearly to the XP-90 and 120 as far as cooling the CPU is concerned - all els...
by Spod
Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics problem - driver or hardware. PLEASE help!
Replies: 9
Views: 3005

The Gigabyte will still need some decent case ventilation, but it ought to work just fine passively, and perhaps the cooler is better suited to a 6600GT than the Zalman was.
by Spod
Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics problem - driver or hardware. PLEASE help!
Replies: 9
Views: 3005

The fact that you're now having problems with video even when the video card isn't stressed, and the nature of those problems, does suggest that the video card is damaged. If the problems only showed up under stress, extra cooling might help. Normally, I might be tempted to blame improper installati...
by Spod
Tue Jun 21, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Probems closing the computer case - Antec SLK3000B
Replies: 8
Views: 2803

I'd sooner remove the duct than use a thinner fan, especially if the duct doesn't overlap well with the fan; if the fan is blowing down over the heatsink, it will draw cool air from the vent whether or not there is a duct. Anyway, an XP-120 can cool most CPUs (especially AMD) just fine without the h...
by Spod
Sun Jun 19, 2005 5:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P180 - First Impressions (with update)
Replies: 84
Views: 43236

Those "bend to break" plates - aren't they just supposed to bend 90°, and then the drive sits on top of them? Assuming they're like my 3700 BQE.
by Spod
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New System help
Replies: 8
Views: 2683

I'd pick the 3000B over the 3700BQE. Better airflow past the hard drives, and if you don't like the TAC duct, you can remove it. Also, the AcoustiPack pre-cut kit for Antec SLK-3700BQE is still a good fit, and includes padding for the inside of the door, which will greatly reduce optical drive noise...
by Spod
Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for the right HDD for an upgrade
Replies: 5
Views: 1757

Elixir is right, except that the new Samsung P120 200 GB and 250 GB drives are both two platter designs, and are reported to be comparably quiet to (if not better than) the Samsung P80 series.
by Spod
Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is xp120 enough?
Replies: 18
Views: 6203

The XP-120 is better than the XP-90c, if it will fit.
by Spod
Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is xp120 enough?
Replies: 18
Views: 6203

The XP-120 doesn't come with a fan, but you need one to cool any Athlon 64 or P4, unless it's heavily underclocked and undervolted. The Nexus 120mm should work well, even at 5V, and be inaudible outside the case. Make sure the XP-120 will fit your motherboard before you buy it - ThermalRight has det...
by Spod
Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P180: A visual tour
Replies: 224
Views: 171607

Can't the VGA duct take over the CAGs role? Not that I think it will be necessary - with two unrestricted exhausts and such an unrestricted intake (no hard drives in the way), the air around the CPU should be fairly cool anyway.
by Spod
Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Rank the noise of the PSUs?
Replies: 5
Views: 1769

I'd say you've listed them in order of desirability, best last. The SmartPower is Antec's budget line, the TruePower gives better quality power and may have better fan control algorithms (I don't actually know this for certain), and the Seasonic is.. a Seasonic. They're always good and quiet (at lea...
by Spod
Tue May 31, 2005 12:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 164523

I don't see why DDR266 wouldn't work at DDR200 speeds. As long as there is an SPD setting for 100 MHz (200 MHz effective), any 184 pin DDR SDRAM DIMMS should work. Just throw in whatever's cheapest, as speed and timings won't make any difference when you're so heavily bottlenecked by the interface.
by Spod
Tue May 31, 2005 12:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 331059

Even if PSU exhaust does get drawn in through the VGA duct, I don't think it would be much of a problem. The hard drives and PSU won't add much heat to the air, and it'll mix with outside air before it gets drawn back in. And importantly, it won't keep going round in circles - the air can only go in...
by Spod
Sun May 29, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Dust protection spray?
Replies: 3
Views: 1607

I'm not aware of any such product that would work. Fit filters to your intakes, that'll hopefully reduce the dust in your whole case, not just the CPU HSF.
Alternatively, just open it up and blow the dust out with compressed air every few months.
by Spod
Sun May 29, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 compatability issue and how they were solved
Replies: 8
Views: 2224

Because ThermalRight uses heatpipes with wicks, it doesn't make any significant difference which way up you mount it.

If you really can't make the XP-120 work, the XP-90 is almost as good, and is much more likely to fit.
by Spod
Sun May 29, 2005 1:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 74GB Raptors? Whine Gone?
Replies: 16
Views: 6203

Soft mounting makes very little difference to seek times. But it does make a difference. I will attempt to explain why. The reason is that the drive has very sophisticated algorithms to calculate the motion of the actuator given a particular length and duration of power to the actuator motor. It nee...
by Spod
Sun May 29, 2005 12:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SLK3000B with pre-cut AcoustiPack C6607?
Replies: 10
Views: 3163

You can also use the Pre-cut kit for Antec SLK3700-BQE if you want the foam lining for the door - it makes a huge difference to optical drive noise.
by Spod
Sun May 29, 2005 12:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Storage without moving parts?
Replies: 59
Views: 20276

Perpendicular recording will increase data density, which will improve HDD performance. More data per inch of track means better STR, more tracks per inch means typical seeks will be shorter and quicker. but even a 50% improvement in both wouldn't hold a candle to solid state storage. The main limit...