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by Straker
Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:49 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Real silence - move your PC to another room!
Replies: 126
Views: 118282

If they were ethernet I imagine they would cost even more. With Cat5 you do get 4 UTPs, that helps. I think the gonzo settings you mention require 2 cables as well. yeah, being able to use all 4 pairs was the reason i said that, and i meant "not ethernet" in that they can probably just ram everythi...
by Straker
Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm evercool, 92mm panaflo
Replies: 1
Views: 1154

120mm evercool, 92mm panaflo

Didn't want to bump any ancient threads, but yes, I've already searched, just had a few questions regarding these... Are the 120x25mm Evercool aluminum fans still the best all-around 120mm fans (where best = low motor noise, decent cfm undervolted, 25mm rather than 38 )? Anyone with one of these and...
by Straker
Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Real silence - move your PC to another room!
Replies: 126
Views: 118282

All very cool. Note that some claim to maintain 1920 x 1200 x 75 resolution video, which is way more than I would need. But they're really freakin' expensive! Probably because they're purchased mostly by companies. I bet it won't be long before there are enough SOHOs & homes with enough computers t...
by Straker
Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Suggestions to make case air flow better
Replies: 16
Views: 4716

You could try covering up the bottom back fan hole (with a piece of cardboard or something really temporary) to see if your air flow was actually better before. Removing the side panel works too (temps shouldn't go down more than a degree or two max if air is flowing properly) but doesn't show what'...
by Straker
Mon Aug 02, 2004 3:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Don't buy the Iomega 250gb External HDD
Replies: 4
Views: 1432

Two 200GB drives? Regular Seagates aren't spectacularly quiet anyways. You can get two 200GB drives for only a couple bucks more than a 250GB drive, or the same price as one of those gimpy 5400rpm near-line Maxtor 300gb drives ( http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-144-323&de...
by Straker
Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1672386

ali wilson & matt smallwood - devastation, james lawson remix
by Straker
Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Of Decoupling, the Samsung SpinPoint SP1614N, and Cooling
Replies: 6
Views: 2315

If the HDD temps really are an issue, I'd suggest considering ducting the upper part of your case (so that the PSU fan is dedicated to cooling the 5 1/4" drive bays. This presumes, of course, that the rest of the system can be ventilated by a rear case fan (you don't mention what kind of case you h...
by Straker
Sun Aug 01, 2004 4:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Shut off noisy hard drives in Win XP?
Replies: 33
Views: 14723

yeah, like everything the sysinternals.com people make is immensely useful, looks like their site is broken right now though. But this is ridiculous, isn't it? I recently bought a new drive and have begun experementing with this myself - withouth coming up with any good solution. But the thing is; l...
by Straker
Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Shut off noisy hard drives in Win XP?
Replies: 33
Views: 14723

short answer, no long answer, that (or something similar) is probably how drives are slept when they *are* slept due to settings in the power control panel. I'd bet that power management is working fine, but the drives are being accessed every now and then, so they rarely reach the time you've set f...
by Straker
Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: finalization process, help please
Replies: 48
Views: 24903

what i think is even funnier than 3-3.4ghz Northwoods outperforming Prescotts is that Prescotts use even more power than P4 EEs and A64 FX53s. WTF is up with that? are P4 EEs based on the Northwood or Xeon or what? and spending money is fun, but make sure you're actually getting something out of it ...
by Straker
Sat Jul 31, 2004 2:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: stock fan x800 pro [loud/not loud]?
Replies: 10
Views: 3246

I have an x800 pro (ATI; have a Sapphire coming in a week or so), that was my assumption too, that the larger fan = more airflow and no whine. I can't hear its fan over anything in my pc even at max speed, but my pc is relatively loud atm (although nothing stupid like a vantec tornado or 5 fans). FW...
by Straker
Sat Jul 31, 2004 12:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much power?
Replies: 9
Views: 2479

7 drives would probably be closer to 40W, but still nickels and dimes. check your controller, see if you can delay spinup on some of those drives like you can with SCSI, and uh crap someone already said that. most drives seem to use 5-7W on idle and 20-25W spinning up, try listening to your drives o...
by Straker
Sat Jul 31, 2004 12:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Help me avoid blwoing something up pls...
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

painful to me, pierce right through me, can't you understand, oh my little girl :( depeche mode if the wires are just connected to solder pads, you can cut them off right at the pads, no need to futz around with tape there. probably no need to tape them regardless, since they're insulated already, r...
by Straker
Sat Jul 31, 2004 12:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: finalization process, help please
Replies: 48
Views: 24903

prescotts make baby jesus cry :cry: and grommets help a bit with hard drives, if you poke around in the faqs and stuff the different approaches are all roughly ranked. best and easiest ways are to just sit them on the bottom of the case on sorbothane (or foam rubber or whatever, might need to use mo...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 4:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless heatsink for nVidia 6800 series?
Replies: 51
Views: 17491

but my 9800 Pro struggles to keep up at 1600x1200 in a lot of games-- fex, Warcraft 3-- with AA or aniso enabled. "these cards" = X800/6800 :P Sure, it's only one generation different, but an X800XT PE is more than double a 9800 Pro (and before someone says it, not just in price). Yes, more than 2 ...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Icepack goop instead of water?
Replies: 7
Views: 3091

sorry, i meant specifically when compared to completely passive watercooling like in the link posted above, especially if it's for one component only... looks (and works, unless one of my assumptions is horribly wrong) like a bulky homemade heatpipe, with the surface area of the "pipe" all going to ...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 6:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VGA card power dissipation
Replies: 136
Views: 279103

Newer meaning from which card onwards? I am looking at passive cooling VGA card. Heard that ATI cards are always prefered among HTPC people... old post, but in case anyone else happens to wonder, i'm *quite sure* (but wouldn't stake my life on it) that anything newer than the 4200-4600 will automat...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 6:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless heatsink for nVidia 6800 series?
Replies: 51
Views: 17491

... And you should consider that 6800 series is already becoming widely available while ATI still struggles to put any of its new cards on the market. ... I'm finding the opposite is true here. Called around and found the 6800's backordered until at least beginning of august, some middle of august,...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 6:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: *EDIT* Nevermind. Need spare stock ATI Radeon cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 2023

should be fine, as long as you're not doing anything silly like taping over the RAM or getting it in the way of the gpu hsf.
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 5:46 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Icepack goop instead of water?
Replies: 7
Views: 3091

kinda silly, you could probably do better with a big heatpipe instead. no leaks, the pipe itself acts like a heatsink and radiator, and orientation isn't as critical (if it has a decent wick etc)
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 5:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Very quiet system for a procrastinator
Replies: 10
Views: 3964

read some other threads here, there are lots of threads comparing different CPUs... bottom line is Prescotts are awful, even a P4 EE or Athlon FX will usually be easier to cool ( = easier to keep quiet). If money's not a big deal and you want to be able to play games properly (and since it's a new P...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Solid State Disk, not too bad of a price
Replies: 21
Views: 6551

If you're constantly swapping, you need more RAM, not a faster HDD. Or something. Actually, it's ridiculous how often software will assume, for some stupid reason, that you're letting Windows handle your page file, try to load gigs of stuff into RAM, and then crash when it finds out the hard way th...
by Straker
Sun Jul 25, 2004 1:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Max safe temp for hard drives?
Replies: 103
Views: 312128

not gonna quote since the original stuff is so old, but also remember MTBF = mean time BETWEEN failures, not BEFORE. Like storagereview says, it's more like the chance of having a (or the, if you only use one) drive die assuming you regularly replace it and run it under reasonable conditions, so it'...
by Straker
Sat Jul 24, 2004 6:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Would You Get A Mac?
Replies: 167
Views: 96672

<3 seal, don't think i've ever seen anyone with much of an opinion one way or the other actually have the balls and brains to go buy the other platform on a whim before now. i still have a bronze powerbook g3 333 sitting on my desk beside my PC, i use it for reading mail and occasional heavy duty te...
by Straker
Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:46 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: A test FAQ for public review.
Replies: 45
Views: 31698

ati vs nvidia

registered to ask some other stuff and saw this, figured i could help. don't see an answer to the nvidia vs ati question you suggested yet, for silent PC purposes this is possibly the hardest (or alternately, least important/most indeterminate) question imaginable. definitely no clear-cut answer as ...