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by rtsai
Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 80g from Newegg a JVC!
Replies: 9
Views: 2928

Have you tried installing the drive to listen to it for yourself? Lots of people are happy with their JVC motors Samsung drives. Use "search" to find the survey where everyone reports their model of drive and their subjective opinion of its noise level. You could always just return the drive and eat...
by rtsai
Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: are silentpcreview going to review the mini mac?
Replies: 4
Views: 2971

Do you have an Apple store near you? Wouldn't it be simpler to just walk into a store and listen to one for yourself? No disrespect to SPCR staff, but my own firsthand experience would trump a website review any day (modulo sample variance and longevity issues, if a website can accumulate that kind ...
by rtsai
Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SP1614N Temp Reporting
Replies: 8
Views: 3087

I can confirm what you've seen. I have a background process monitoring my SP1614N temperature, and it's only ever reported temperatures of 14, 16, 18, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, and 33 C, going back to August 2004. If anything, I've kind of been worried that the drive is under-reporting temperatures, but (...
by rtsai
Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need help samsund h/d and antec slk3000b issues
Replies: 23
Views: 5507

Placing HDs in the bottom of the case is a fairly common thing around here. Make sure you put it on an antistatic piece of foam, ususally your mobo will come with a piece of it. If you want furter isolation place a piece of regular foam or rubber underneath the static foam. If you can poke around y...
by rtsai
Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 200193

FWIW, the EverCase 4252 link on the recommended page no longer works; it's been changed to this.
by rtsai
Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 147526

I agree that isellsurplus.com is "slow". I ordered on Sunday, they didn't ship until Friday. They get an extra day for MLK Monday (no mail/FedEx/etc.), but still ... Not a good choice if you're in a hurry. I ordered 3 of these fans from them ($26 shipped); I didn't see the "free shipping for orders ...
by rtsai
Thu Jan 20, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases with 120mm fans
Replies: 272
Views: 430605

The Antec SLK3000-B can be added to the list; it has room for front and rear 120mm fans (it only comes with a rear fan).
by rtsai
Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: how do I test a PSU?
Replies: 3
Views: 1256

Thanks, folks!
by rtsai
Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: how do I test a PSU?
Replies: 3
Views: 1256

how do I test a PSU?

This is probably a dumb question, but I'm a building a computer for the first time (total n00b). :oops: I just bought a Seasonic Super Silencer 400W A3. I want to just plug it in to the wall and see what it sounds like. So that's what I did. I plugged it into the wall, flipped the power switch, and ...
by rtsai
Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 147526

FWIW, if you haven't ordered yet, and are thinking about it, isellsurplus is having free shipping today, no minimum.
by rtsai
Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU/case/mobo/HSF/NB compatibility matrix?
Replies: 0
Views: 808

PSU/case/mobo/HSF/NB compatibility matrix?

I've found that the CPU HSF vendor websites are pretty good at providing compatibility tables with their products; e.g., here . Are there similar resources available for things like whether or not a PSU will fit a case, or if a PSU will conflict with some HSF? For example, there was a recent post so...
by rtsai
Fri Nov 19, 2004 3:15 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silenced network server
Replies: 8
Views: 4842

I have a 6-year old P2-400MHz. All it needed was a new HD (which it needed anyway, because 8GB isn't as impressive as it used to be) and a new fan. Dumb question.... what would one do with such a system? I'm not joking, I'm curious. It's actually quite useful. Besides this old P2-400MHz machine, I ...
by rtsai
Thu Nov 18, 2004 6:54 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silenced network server
Replies: 8
Views: 4842

I have a 6-year old P2-400MHz. All it needed was a new HD (which it needed anyway, because 8GB isn't as impressive as it used to be) and a new fan.
by rtsai
Fri Oct 22, 2004 8:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Possible 7200.7 buzzing fix!
Replies: 10
Views: 3052

What kind of buzzing are you talking about? I have a two 7200.7's and I haven't noticed any buzzing.. but then again, my system is quite loud as it is now. I believe they are takling about the Seagate periodic self-testing that it does when it is idle for some amount of time. The MBM logging (other...
by rtsai
Fri Oct 01, 2004 4:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive suspension users - transportation question
Replies: 19
Views: 3807

I now wish I had saved every strip of eggcrate foam I ever got in the mail. Can't seem to find that stuff in stores and I don't like the idea of buying it online. I used to save all packing material "just to have". Then we moved towns, into a smaller apartment :( But in my new office (I work at a c...
by rtsai
Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung spinpoints sound like a (rather loud) fan
Replies: 10
Views: 2956

Have you tried suspending it or laying it on foam? I had a hum when I first got the drive, but discovered it was due to case vibration. The old stock drive was a 5400RPM drive; the Samsung is a 7200RPM drive. I'm guessing the (old 5-year-old) case was only designed for hard-mounting the slower 5400R...
by rtsai
Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Just put my Samsung on foam
Replies: 6
Views: 2286

I had my Spinpoint suspended in a 5.25" bay, then moved it to rest on foam. The advantage (for me) is that with the drive at the bottom on foam I can point an undervolted fan at it for a drop in temps (31C in 5.25" bay, 27C on foam, 16-18C on foam with a 7V fan directed at it). The only disadvantage...
by rtsai
Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD silence. Beyond the rubber band!
Replies: 25
Views: 7608

Re: HDD silence. Beyond the rubber band!

I don't think my elastic suspension made a whole lot of difference compared to the rubber grommets supplied with my case. Am I the only one not impressed by the performance of an elastic suspension? Is my drive unusually noisy? In my experience, the elastic will only get rid of vibration noise (HD ...
by rtsai
Fri Sep 10, 2004 7:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet DVD burner?
Replies: 15
Views: 3853

My Sony DRU-510a CDRW/DVD+-RW is pretty quiet when burning DVDs. But I suspect it's because it's relatively slow (1x/2x/4x), far slower than my noisy CDRW burner (52x, although I think "x" might be different between CDs and DVDs?).
by rtsai
Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Regular Sewing String instead of Elastic to suspend HDD??
Replies: 14
Views: 3516

I know there's been plenty of discussion about this, but I don't recall anyone actually experimenting, simply because many people report success with elastic / StretchMagic / whatever other material is very cheaply available (less than $3 for all you'll ever need). If anything, I would speculate tha...
by rtsai
Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is this useful to cool suspended hdd?
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

Where is your fan drawing air from? The case itself. Apparently, any air flowing over the drive is better than none. My temps are nicely cooler with this configuration. Is your 5.25" bay uncovered or something? Yes, top and bottom: I meant to ask if your 5.25" bay was uncovered as in being exposed ...
by rtsai
Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is this useful to cool suspended hdd?
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

What kind of temperature changes did you see with this setup? I tried something very similar but didn't really see any improvement. Where is your fan drawing air from? Is your 5.25" bay uncovered or something? In my setup, I had the fan in an external 3.5" bay left uncovered to the front panel, poin...
by rtsai
Sun Aug 29, 2004 3:59 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: evacuating heat from under desk
Replies: 10
Views: 3766

The back of the desk is covering up the power supply exaust on the case. I am thinking that is where a vast majority of your heat is comming from. You're absolutly right, the area behind exhaust fan is reasonably cool. The area behind the psu exhaust is incredibly hot! Is that some flavor of Dell c...
by rtsai
Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC from PIII bits?
Replies: 6
Views: 3500

Depends on what you plan to do with it. Check out mythtv.org; they have a bunch of guidelines on what to expect from different kinds of hardware.
by rtsai
Thu Aug 26, 2004 6:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How much noise would 4 Samsung Spinpoint 160gb drives make..
Replies: 19
Views: 5016

I haven't seen any mobo-integrated RAID5 SATA controllers. Glancing through newegg, they are somewhat pricey (US$200+). So price will be a consideration here (if it is at all), assuming $100/disk. For two disks' worth of data, you can either spend $400 for 4 disks at RAID10 and max out your storage,...
by rtsai
Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How much noise would 4 Samsung Spinpoint 160gb drives make..
Replies: 19
Views: 5016

My drive (SP1614N, IDE not SATA) sitting on foam doesn't make any noise I can hear. I would think your first fight would be against heat, not against noise. Off-topic: why not just run all 4 drives in a single RAID array (3 data disks, 1 parity)? That way you end up with 480GB of storage, with strip...
by rtsai
Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Second HDD and a whole lot of heat
Replies: 6
Views: 2105

I am suspecting that the Seagate runs a little hotter than other drives. In one machine that sits on the floor (Dell Dimension Optiplex GX1 running Linux), I've tried various things with its Samsung SP1614N: - Suspended in 5.25" bay with sewing elastic; 29-31C - Sitting on foam at bottom of case, 5V...
by rtsai
Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic super tornado 300 glitch
Replies: 7
Views: 1862

What is the temperature of your HD? HD overheating has led to weirdness in my system until I figured it out.
by rtsai
Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:54 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I can hear my monitor buzzing !
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

but but but ... it has the mosquito buzzing noise when the monitor is turned "off" (e.g., front panel power button, but "real" power button in back is still "on"). So is it still a matter of just twiddling with the refresh rate or brightness control or something?
by rtsai
Tue Aug 24, 2004 6:18 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I can hear my monitor buzzing !
Replies: 13
Views: 2646

I have a Viewsonic VP171b LCD that has a discernible high-pitched mosquito-buzzing-like sound.