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by ckolivas
Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How far does PSU have to be from ones ear to not hear it?
Replies: 10
Views: 3660

Alas moonlighting as a linux kernel developer and doing lots of video reencoding means the sort of computing power I need is greater than that of affordable passive computing, and the hard drive is actually the loudest component; going 2.5" would improve that by a little, but the performance drop do...
by ckolivas
Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How far does PSU have to be from ones ear to not hear it?
Replies: 10
Views: 3660

I've got SPCR inspired hardware where the loudest component measures 21dB and is very respected on these forums and reviews. However my pc is in a very quiet environment 10 feet from me and the difference between pc on and off is incredible. Having used computers for 24 years now I can say I sorely ...
by ckolivas
Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Core 2 duo all SPCR inspired components
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Yes the Pale Ale is indeed Australian, and easy to find in Australia but less so exported. Favourite German is Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Coopers pale is very nice too but sweeter than I generally like. I didn't go with the Scythe because I wasn't planning a fanless setup since these fans were ...
by ckolivas
Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Damped SLK3000B vs Solo
Replies: 21
Views: 6121

I have a 3000B and a Solo. Go with the Solo. I read your description of the system you have built using the Solo case but I was wondering how much you had modded your SLK3000B. I really prefer the extra external bays on the SLK3000B but if the Solo has enough inherent advantages for quietness, I co...
by ckolivas
Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Core 2 duo all SPCR inspired components
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Heh another build mistake on my part. Note in the picture how I put the DDR2 ram in two different coloured slots. To get dual channel with 2 ram modules they need to be in the same colour slots so I've since corrected that.
by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A quiet reliable power supply out of the box, does it exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 3162

Get a seasonic. I have bought both S12 430s and S12 energy+ 550 PSUs and they are excellent but they do cost more.
by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Damped SLK3000B vs Solo
Replies: 21
Views: 6121

I have a 3000B and a Solo. Go with the Solo.
by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Core 2 duo all SPCR inspired components
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Velcro dots pictures from my earlier forum thread:

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by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:23 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex SFF21D 120mm "8.7dB" mini review
Replies: 13
Views: 6778

I agree. The value of the SFD bearings has not been emphasised enough in most of these comparisons (except by the SPCR crew) where the extra flexibility of possible usage applications and the potentially much longer life expectancy are of great value. Especially considering all of my pcs are on 24/7...
by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Core 2 duo all SPCR inspired components
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Little creatures Pale Ale is Australia's best mass produced beer and a regular drink for me so I have to say it was lovely. http://ratebeer.com/Beer/little-creatures-pale-ale/7658/ Yes the PSU is definitely oversized. I was planning on using the S430 in the build but my regular supplier of quiet com...
by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:37 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex SFF21D 120mm "8.7dB" mini review
Replies: 13
Views: 6778

nightmorph wrote: (Offtopic: didn't know you hung out here. We quite like ck-sources over at Gentoo. :D)
Thanks :D

(/offtopic)
You might like my recent addition then:
viewtopic.php?t=36474
by ckolivas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:18 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Core 2 duo all SPCR inspired components
Replies: 12
Views: 9692

Core 2 duo all SPCR inspired components

Here's a list of the important components: Case: Antec Solo CPU: Intel 6600 core 2 duo heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120 Fans: 2xS-Flex SFF21D PSU: Seasonic S12 Energy+ 550W Motherboard: ASUS P5B Graphics card: ASUS EN7600GS Silent 512MB Hard drive: WD5000KS I was not planning on using the Antec tric...
by ckolivas
Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex SFF21D 120mm "8.7dB" mini review
Replies: 13
Views: 6778

Heh that can't be good. The fans that come with the heatsinks aren't the same as the s-flex.

Also it's nice that the recent 120mm fan roundup by SPCR agrees with what I've said here about this fan.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article695-page5.html
by ckolivas
Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex SFF21D 120mm "8.7dB" mini review
Replies: 13
Views: 6778

Yes I would say 18.7dB is probably close to what this fan sounds like given comparisons with other fans. Probably the best thing I can say about the sflex D is it is the quietest available 120mm fan on the market... but then it is also the lowest flow. As regular SPCRers know, though, it is the only...
by ckolivas
Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which is better? (silent 12v or undervolting)
Replies: 20
Views: 7708

Here's my review of the 21D: viewtopic.php?t=35981
by ckolivas
Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:38 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Fans -VS- Nexus Fans
Replies: 17
Views: 7933

Mini review of the scythe D series: viewtopic.php?t=35981
by ckolivas
Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex SFF21D 120mm "8.7dB" mini review
Replies: 13
Views: 6778

S-Flex SFF21D 120mm "8.7dB" mini review

Ok here's a summary of the manufacturer's data. Scythe S-FLEX 120mm Fan SFF21D Features for Scythe S-FLEXâ„¢ 12cm Case Fan Equipped with Genuine S-FDB* Bearing This fan is equipped with genuine S-FDB (SONY Fluid Dynamic Bearing) made by SONY corporation. Market Leading Low-Noise Level S-FDB technolo...
by ckolivas
Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec SLK3000B - Interchangeable panels?
Replies: 3
Views: 2151

The duct is easily unscrewed. I've put together two systems where the height of the heatsink prohibits the duct being in place at any height so I removed the duct entirely and just left the grill. Of course this leaves an opening in a place which you may not desire.

oh and
Welcome to SCPR!
by ckolivas
Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: A new SilenX fan, this one 1.5" deep "11dBA"
Replies: 11
Views: 3241

I agree too. The 92mm (old style) SilenX fan is the quietest thing I've owned.
by ckolivas
Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best 80mm Fan <= $5
Replies: 5
Views: 3425

Re: Best 80mm Fan <= $5

Mike_Metro wrote:Side question...does a single Nexus 80mm push enough air to cool 2 250GB hard drives?
This one's easy to answer. Yes. It takes very little airflow to make a massive difference to hard drives.
by ckolivas
Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need case suggestions to replace P180
Replies: 18
Views: 7716

Downgrade to the SLK3000B. It seems to fit the description you have posted. This is only a half serious suggestion, but not far from the truth...
by ckolivas
Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU Temp on new build - stand pat or keep messing with it?
Replies: 7
Views: 2340

Don't worry too much about temperatures so long as they're in the safe range. The quest for lower and lower temperatures comes from other websites that preoccupy themselves with overclocking possibilities and placing some arbitrary prize on getting the lowest temperature possible. This is SPCR, thou...
by ckolivas
Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Pick me a passive heatsink for an old Riva TNT2
Replies: 12
Views: 3268

I put a NB47J on my GeForce4 MX 440 a while back. Click on the photos for hi-res versions. It came with a crappy fan on a tiny heatsink like this after I removed the fan: http://ck.kolivas.org/cooling/gpu_hs_640w.JPG The mounting holes were in the right place to put the NB47J on without any effort (...
by ckolivas
Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Pentium D 820 Overclock w/ The Ninja
Replies: 13
Views: 3238

Anyone have any ideas what the lowest voltage a D820 might work at ? Each cpu will be different so there is no answer to that. Try dropping an absurd amount, then halve that till it works and keep halving the difference till it's stable... did that make sense? Anyway running the mprime stress test ...
by ckolivas
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:43 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A Liquid That Won't Get Things Wet
Replies: 12
Views: 4366

Fluorinert has fascinated me for years. Just for more information, apparently they start with water, knock of the hydrogen and replace it with fluorine making difluoride oxide. The process is probably patented and some trade secret, or perhaps the demand is so low that noone else has bothered making...
by ckolivas
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A Liquid That Won't Get Things Wet
Replies: 12
Views: 4366

and how much is it? refresh my mind on how sound is muffled by liquid...I seemed to have forgot... Turn on the radio. Fill the bathtub. Put your ears below the waterline. Note how muted the radio sound becomes. Do not drop the radio INTO the tub. :idea: It seems mineral oil is cheaper,by a lot,and ...
by ckolivas
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A Liquid That Won't Get Things Wet
Replies: 12
Views: 4366

and how much is it? refresh my mind on how sound is muffled by liquid...I seemed to have forgot... It was about 1000 bucks for 250ml last time I checked. I don't think the 3m site says anything about price. Was that some tongue in cheek comment about sound being muffled by liquid? I'm not sure how ...
by ckolivas
Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 12 cm 16 dB ADDA fan -- ADDA AD1212DX-A73GL
Replies: 15
Views: 5694

Re: 12 cm 16 dB ADDA fan -- ADDA AD1212DX-A73GL

Inexplicable wrote:It wasn't listed on ADDA's website
Gotta say that scares me.
by ckolivas
Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A Liquid That Won't Get Things Wet
Replies: 12
Views: 4366

From the website:

3M™ Fluorinert™ Electronic Liquid FC-77
The wide liquid range of Fluorinert liquid FC-77 (-110 deg C to 97 deg C) allows its use in heat transfer applications in the semiconductor industry, and also makes it useful in electronics testing.

That's the stuff.
by ckolivas
Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Pentium D 820 Overclock w/ The Ninja
Replies: 13
Views: 3238

Undervolting the pentium Ds can safely shave off 10 degrees while still being stable in my experience provided your motherboard supports it.