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by rtsai
Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HDD isolation ideas for my case
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

Someone else hard-mounted both drives into the cage, and then suspended the entire cage (rotating it sideways, so that the drives are "standing up" on their thin edge). Maybe that applies to your situation as well? I like that idea because it doesn't involve any irreversible modding (e.g., no cuttin...
by rtsai
Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 loose with A64 chip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4955

Bring this thread back on-topic, has anyone in their years of system-building experience had a tension-mounted heatsink lose its tension (and thus its effectiveness) after many mount/unmount cycles or after many years?
by rtsai
Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 loose with A64 chip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4955

OK, this thread is officially hijacked, but it's mine, so I guess it's OK :? I've unfortunately hoarded a ton of free-after-rebate CDRs (and I don't make that many CDs to begin with), so I don't have a real financial incentive to go buy some CDRWs. I do have another computer with a 3.5" floppy, but ...
by rtsai
Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: E-A-R HD isolation mounts
Replies: 13
Views: 4064

Would these EAR grommets be any better in my 3000B case than the ones supplied by Antec? It would be a lot easier than a suspension or Sorbothane setup. I have the following setup: Antec SLK3000B with stock TriCool exhaust fan A64 3500+ Winchester Thermalright XP-120 with orange Yate Loon fan Solte...
by rtsai
Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 loose with A64 chip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4955

Well, my heatsink wasn't hot at all to the touch (barely warm, in fact). More interesting is a very recently-posted download on Soltek's website : "Fixed CPU temperature issue". Unfortunately, my computer is legacy-free (no floppy drive), so I have to figure out a way to flash the BIOS (probably was...
by rtsai
Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 loose with A64 chip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4955

XP-120 loose with A64 chip?

I have an Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard, A64-3500+ Winchester CPU, and Thermalright XP-120 heatsink. The XP-120 is mounted with a special retention mechanism (doesn't work with the stock RM on the motherboard), and is tension-clipped (not screwed on). Would it be possible for the tension to wear ...
by rtsai
Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommend quiet (of course), cool, with DVI?
Replies: 9
Views: 2684

Many NVidia fx5200-based cards with DVI-out are passively-cooled. I have a Chaintech SH5200-128-DVI. Others reported to me are the MSI FX5200-TD128 and Gainward Pro/660 TD/DVI VGFX5200DTL. Beware of the newer cards with 128-bit memory; the manufacturer websites often show "reference" pictures that d...
by rtsai
Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Linux hddtemp with SP1614C doesn't work
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Linux hddtemp with SP1614C doesn't work

This thread makes a reference to VIA8237 chipsets not reporting SMART data for SATA drives.

Is there anything else I can try under Linux to obtain my SATA drive temperatures?
by rtsai
Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: what are safe temps for 120g, 8meg, samsung spinpoint ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

A single fan near the drive worked wonders for me. See my results here (second from top).
by rtsai
Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell Precision workstation 370
Replies: 10
Views: 5857

A big big problem is the cases with the front flip-up panels (Dimension 8300, GX270, probably some others). There's just no intake. I have a Dimension 8300 at home and a GX270 at work. The other models (PowerEdge, Dimension 4600, probably some others) that don't have the front flip-up panel have bet...
by rtsai
Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec SLK3000B -- which are the motherboard standoff screws?
Replies: 6
Views: 2599

Antec SLK3000B -- which are the motherboard standoff screws?

The SLK3700BQE manual (what Antec supports points you to if you request an SLK3000B manual) says to insert the "Phillips-head" screws into the brass standoffs. Unfortunately for me, there are two or three different kinds of Phillips-head screws that come with the case, and I think all of them kind o...
by rtsai
Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:46 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Installing XP-120...
Replies: 9
Views: 2491

Re: Installing XP-120...

I'm getting ready to install an XP-120 inside a Antec SLK3000, and I'm looking for pointers. I'm not an expert at installing any heat sink, and this thing is enormous. What order is easiest to install this bad boy? 1. Last - Just clip it on after everything is put together? or 2. Mount on motherboa...
by rtsai
Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec SLK3000-B
Replies: 8
Views: 4092

Re: Antec SLK3000-B

IMHO, the omission of the PSU on the 3000B is no bargain. Newegg charges exactly the same shipping for both the 3000B and the 3700AMB, so you are only saving $7 ($62 for the 3000B vs $69 for the AMB, plus the AMB often goes on sale with free shipping). While the AMB's power supply isn't terribly qu...
by rtsai
Sun Feb 13, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Are 2 fans noisier than 1 blowing the same CFM?
Replies: 65
Views: 159501

Re: Are 2 fans quieter than 1 blowing the same CFM?

The issue of multiple vs single fans is clear with the Nexus 120. Two of them at 6V move as much air as a single one at 12V, and make 2-3 dBA LESS NOISE!! I think I missed a step somewhere, with this statement that the CFM moved by two Nexi at 6V equals the CFM moved by a single Nexus at 12V. Am I ...
by rtsai
Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will an SLK3000B mount an AT format motherboard?
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: Will an SLK3000B mount an AT format motherboard?

Does anyone know if the 3000B has the right mounting points to fit an old AT-format motherboard? Try sending an e-mail to Antec support (e-mail on their website). I've e-mailed them (for an SLK3000B manual) and they were responsive (pointed me to the SLK3700BQE manual). They ought to be able to giv...
by rtsai
Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Thor's Hammer
Replies: 58
Views: 57039

Re: Thor's Hammer

burcakb wrote:Note that the front fan is mounted on the outside of the case.
So are you and Cams just running with the front bezel popped off? Isn't that overly ghetto for such an otherwise nice case :lol:?

Or is there actually room between the case and bezel to accommodate the front fan?
by rtsai
Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How does the Antec 1650B compare to the 3000B?
Replies: 5
Views: 2380

Re: How does the Antec 1650B compare to the 3000B?

I want a black case without a drive door. The 3000B would be my first choice but I am sure the door would drive me nuts. The Antec 1650B seems to be the best Antec case w/o a door. What are its disadvantages compared to the 3000B? The antec website shows their specs. The SLK1650B has an 80mm front ...
by rtsai
Fri Feb 11, 2005 6:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: THANKS for the troubleshooting advice for my A64 system!
Replies: 13
Views: 3461

Re: My planned low noise/high OC A64 system

The list: Mobo: Abit AV8 3rd-Eye, based on Via K8T800 chipset CPU: A64 3000+ Winchester 90nm CPU Cooler: Thermalright XP-120 PSU: Enermax EG475P-VE SFMA Noisetaker 470W Memory: OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 Dual Channel Kit 1GB PC3200 Graphics: Leadtek A400 GT 6800 GT Optical Drive: BenQ DW1620 (alrea...
by rtsai
Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Athlon 64 System Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 3418

With CPU-ducted cases ("Intel Thermally Advantaged Chassis") positioning the duct off-center with respect to AMD motherboards and CPUs, what do people do? The AMD motherboards (the Abit AV8, anyway) don't line up the CPUs with these ducts, for example the Antec SLK3000B. Are SLK3000B owners with AMD...
by rtsai
Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: how to get a Nidec motor Samsung Spinpont guranteed
Replies: 33
Views: 11218

Reesh wrote:Hey dan, did this microcenter have 1614N oem drives? The one in mayfield, OH only had 1604N drives even though they did have nidecs.
I suspect not. Just check the Microcenter.com website; they don't list the SP1614N drives (although they do list SP1604N and SP1614C).
by rtsai
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Abit AV8 layout + Seasonic Super Silencer
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

The design standards for PSU's are created by Intel. They introduced that connector for the Pentium 4. Intel doesn't really care if AMD procs need it too. All other manufacturers just follow the naming in the standard. Ah, so this connector is not optional for AMD CPU/mobos and it still needs to be...
by rtsai
Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Abit AV8 layout + Seasonic Super Silencer
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

i gave up on abit a long time ago because of poor mobo layouts and their constant pursistance to keep putting small fans on just about everything. northbridge, power regulators etc. im not sure what you need an SPDIF input for. but if you want a mobo recomendation: Yeah, the AV8 actually has passiv...
by rtsai
Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Abit AV8 layout + Seasonic Super Silencer
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Abit AV8 layout + Seasonic Super Silencer

I guess this really should go in a motherboard section :? The Abit AV8 ATXPWR1 and ATX12V1 connectors are located in a rather bad part of the motherboard, IMHO. They are in the back, right between the CPU and the I/O panel, so that the cables will be covering much of the case exhaust fan out-take. T...
by rtsai
Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for advicerecommendations for my new antec slk3000b
Replies: 39
Views: 12599

Just to let everyone know, i didnt get a manual with the case so emailed Antec and there posting one to me as its not on the website for download either. Are they sending you a hardcopy manual or e-mailing you an electronic copy? I'd be interested in obtaining an electronic copy, since I am also a ...
by rtsai
Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 and yate loon
Replies: 8
Views: 2203

Cams wrote:You may be lucky and manage to attach the fan as I did, using just the fan retention clips supplied.
Is the fan completely secure? Isn't the design of the retention bracket intended to have the little sharp point fit inside the screwhole?
by rtsai
Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste -- too much or too little?
Replies: 4
Views: 1589

Thermal paste -- too much or too little?

How will I know if I've used too much or too little thermal paste with my CPU and heatsink? I have a Winchester 3500+ and XP-120, and used the paste that came with the XP-120, and used a business card to spread the stuff thinly and evenly as best I could, but since it took me so long to get the XP-1...
by rtsai
Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 and yate loon
Replies: 8
Views: 2203

Yes, the "corner mod" is simple enough for a newbie. I'm a newbie and I just did it 8) Just follow the instructions as shown.

I bought a USD$6 mini-hacksaw for the job at the local hardware store.
by rtsai
Sun Feb 06, 2005 12:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Abit AV8 + Thermalright XP-120 mounting problems?
Replies: 1
Views: 726

OK, nevermind.

I just took it off and tried again (harder). You have to clip that capacitor corner first; all the other clips are pretty easy.
by rtsai
Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Abit AV8 + Thermalright XP-120 mounting problems?
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Abit AV8 + Thermalright XP-120 mounting problems?

Does anyone else have an Abit AV8 motherboard with Thermalright XP-120 heatsink? I'm having trouble getting the "northwest" clip (if you orient the motherboard in its normal upright orientation) into the retention mechanism; I think a capacitor is in the way. There doesn't seem to be enough of an op...
by rtsai
Sat Feb 05, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for advicerecommendations for my new antec slk3000b
Replies: 39
Views: 12599

Just to let everyone know, i didnt get a manual with the case so emailed Antec and there posting one to me as its not on the website for download either. Are they sending you a hardcopy manual or e-mailing you an electronic copy? I'd be interested in obtaining an electronic copy, since I am also a ...