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by teknerd
Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Effect of extension cables
Replies: 13
Views: 4691

They do however have Molex -> ATX12V 4pin cables. Would using one of these be fine? is there any difference in whats coming down the ATX12V 4pin cable, and the Molex cable? the molex -> 12V converter isnt a good idea on ATX v2.0+ power supplies. It is fine on older power supplies though. The atx 2....
by teknerd
Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New rig needed
Replies: 6
Views: 1557

SPCR did testing on hard drives to see how much they actually draw and the majority never peak above 9 Watts. So all of the hard drives will only add up to 27 watts, far less than your processor or graphics card.
by teknerd
Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silent Pentium 4 D 830 3 GHz
Replies: 7
Views: 1760

You have a nice looking setup however as it has been pointed out, it is much, much harder to build a silent system from a P4. A dual core athlon will perform just as well and put out half the heat. I would recommend an athlon x2 4200+ (or 3800+) with an asus a8n sli premium with a scythe ninja and t...
by teknerd
Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New rig needed
Replies: 6
Views: 1557

the phantom will be fine with either setup, especially in the P180. the antec's set to medium and wired for 7V or wired for 12V and set to low will probably be fairly good (especially given what you are coming from :lol: ) Personally i would spring for the Asus since the quality is better overall (b...
by teknerd
Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Zalman or Antec Smartpower 2?
Replies: 6
Views: 2074

I'd say definately go with the smartpower II.
by teknerd
Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Style Best Suited for P180
Replies: 17
Views: 6326

i was able to route the main ATX cable very neatly out the little hole and tuck it in next to the hard drive and optical cages. As far as the 12V connector goes, i cut it before beginning and made a custom lead so i could tuck it back and away, so i can't tell you about that. Worst case scenario tho...
by teknerd
Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Style Best Suited for P180
Replies: 17
Views: 6326

i haven't gotten by a8n premium yet, but i did a mock layout with a board that has the same connector positioning and had no problem.
by teknerd
Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:09 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: HELP! Antec Sonata PSU problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

not from the outside. If you cracked open the psu and figured out how the measured the temperature im sure you could figure it out somehow.
by teknerd
Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: HELP! Antec Sonata PSU problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

assuming that you mean the Sonata II is your new case, you dont have a problem. The new Sonata II's feature the Antec SmartPower II power supply. The new Power Supplies have two 80mm the exterior of which (the one you can see) only starts spinning once the temperature gets high enough. Read the SPCR...
by teknerd
Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Style Best Suited for P180
Replies: 17
Views: 6326

I have a P180 and a Smart Power II 500W and i can affirm that the cables are plenty long to reach where they need to go.
by teknerd
Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Quietest dedicated 128mb grafix w/ < 15" screen?
Replies: 2
Views: 2913

The new IBM Thinkpad T43's can be confiured with a 128mb ATI FireGL graphics chip.
by teknerd
Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 939 sli motherboard.. what has the top here?
Replies: 6
Views: 1829

Asus A8N-SLI Premium.
Good performance and a silent heatpipe cooler on the northbridge.
by teknerd
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: 200,000 point club
Replies: 30
Views: 20270

CONGRATULATIONS.

I'm about 4 months away from joining.
by teknerd
Fri Sep 09, 2005 8:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AOpen i945Pa-PLF with "powermaster"
Replies: 1
Views: 1175

SPCR did a review of an earlier version of the board based on a i915 chipset
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article233-page1.html
by teknerd
Thu Sep 08, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ATX PSU with 4 SATA connectors ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1602

Well the antec smartpower II 500W is modular and has 4 SATA connectors.
The phantom 500 is passive and has 4 connectors.
and the whole true power II line has 4 connectors (but they arent modular or fanless)
Additionally the seasonic S12 430, 500, and 600 watt models all have 4 SATA connectors.
by teknerd
Thu Sep 08, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: SLI Heatsinks
Replies: 1
Views: 1014

the zalman would likley fit, but it would be a good idea to get a board like the asus a8n-sli premium which has two spaces between the card slots so there is more room for the cooler.
by teknerd
Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: looking for an agp mobo s939 for an amd x2 CPU
Replies: 16
Views: 3513

if you look at asus's website they specifically designate when a board supports the amd x2 (such as the a8n-sli series) there is no such designation under the a8v deluxe.
by teknerd
Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: looking for an agp mobo s939 for an amd x2 CPU
Replies: 16
Views: 3513

the board you posted is a Via K8T800 chipset, which does not support dual core CPU's. To my knowledge there is only one board that meets all your requirements: the ASRock 939Dual-Sata . unfortunately the nforce4 chipset (which is far and away the best chipset available for AMD chips) is PCI-Express ...
by teknerd
Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quiet A-PFC PSU, with straight-through fan and EPS12V?
Replies: 40
Views: 13302

hmm, thats too bad. I think you will have trouble finding an appropriate psu, simply because server psu's were never designed to be quiet. I think your best shot right now is going to be a fan swap.
by teknerd
Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quiet A-PFC PSU, with straight-through fan and EPS12V?
Replies: 40
Views: 13302

well depending on how comfortable you are with building your own power supply cables, you could use an Antec Smartpower II 500W and simply build your own 8-pin Mobo cable. (or use a converter that turns 2 molexes into an EPS 12V connector).
by teknerd
Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Epia HSF replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 2121

just use a zalman nb47j northbridge heatsink
by teknerd
Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which case should I get?
Replies: 13
Views: 3270

the 3800b is the same as the 3000b but it also includes an antec smartpower II 400W power supply. You can see the spcr review of the smartpower II at http://www.silentpcreview.com/article260-page1.html. (To give you the basic gist, it works great for lower powered systems, but the fans ramp up when ...
by teknerd
Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just upgraded now I would like even quieter components
Replies: 5
Views: 1512

replace the 80mm and 120mm fans with Nexus Real Silent fans and dump the CPU cooler and replace it with an XP-90 with a 92mm nexus.
by teknerd
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent PSU recommendation for low powered system...
Replies: 15
Views: 3570

how much are you looking to spend. if you've got the money i'd recommend a p180 (spcr edition of course :lol:) and an antec phantom 350. if you are trying to save money an antec slk-3000b and a seasonic 330/380 is the way to go (you only need the 330 but the 380 is like bucks more so you might as we...
by teknerd
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dell Desktop Noise?!???
Replies: 2
Views: 1113

if you are comfortable building your own: shuttle zen st62k

otherwise a dell optiplex series (their business line) here
by teknerd
Mon Sep 05, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I did what everybody told me not to do ;-)
Replies: 45
Views: 12885

in practice the northwood 2.8 has a tdp of 89 watts tops versus about 130 for a dual core prescott.
also the 3.2ghz prescott the person on htpc news was using has a tdp of 84 watts.
by teknerd
Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I did what everybody told me not to do ;-)
Replies: 45
Views: 12885

knutinh, First, i wish you the best of luck in keeping that setup cool and quiet, you'll need it. second, everyone, stop attacking people because they make their own decisions. for knutinh the extra performance boost was highest on his list of priorities. Other people (myself included) would have go...
by teknerd
Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:14 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: acaurora's BLACK P180 ;P (Narrowband warning!)
Replies: 19
Views: 25504

1. wim: quiet you, little dogs kick ass. I have a similar dog and he is the greatest dog ever.

2: acaurora, nice, but take off those case badges and that wiring, oh how it pains me to see such a rats nest.
by teknerd
Mon Sep 05, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How about Dell computers?
Replies: 20
Views: 5486

One note about modern dell desktops. They are very quiet, at idle. Once you put them under load, that CPU fan goes to full blast and that is one loud mother fudger of a fan, (i'd say around 40-50db). I have a dell i bought for my parents and under load it is at least 2-3x as loud as the 4 computers ...
by teknerd
Sun Sep 04, 2005 7:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fastest Quietest Drive
Replies: 15
Views: 4294

the hitachi's are not very quiet compared to other available drives
given what you have said i would recommend the Western Digital JD series. Some people have had issues with the drives whining, but mine has been fine and they performed well during the SPCR review.