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by alain
Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 7850 vs. 7870
Replies: 18
Views: 10383

Re: 7850 vs. 7870

washu wrote:I have the Sapphire 7870 in a P280 and I'm quite happy with it. At idle it is very quiet to my ears and not bothersome at all. I'm not a big gamer so I don't push it often, it was many bought to replace two separate cards driving a quad head setup.
Thanks.
by alain
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 7850 vs. 7870
Replies: 18
Views: 10383

Re: 7850 vs. 7870

Has anybody experience with the Sapphire RADEON HD 7870 GHz Edition (2 GB)? I'm thinking of buying it, but not for gaming but for is GPU processing power. Most of the time it will be used only for non game "normal" use (browsing, office work, a video or two). So I want to know if it's rather quiet w...
by alain
Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Case: use the existing case fan OS Drive: I like the m4 128GB. My C300 128GB has been great. Time to bend your mind some more. Fresh out of the box, when you format your SSD, be sure to over-provision it. Just 10-20% and you may get a big IOPS and endurance bump. To over-provision, just format the ...
by alain
Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

UPDATED BUILD (nothing from the original list remains :D ) Case: Antec Solo II [ swap out single rear stock fan? ] CPU: Intel i7 2600k [ 2700k is +$40, worth it? ] Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V Pro [ GEN3 is +$30, worth it? ] Memory: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile Blue 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V DIMM (...
by alain
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Most of Z68 motherboards have HDMI and DVI, and both can be used in an independent dual display configuration. My monitors are VGA/DVI, so I might end up needing the ASUS nVidia GeForce GT210 after all. Man, this rig building stuff can sure get complicated. I just installed a 1600*1200 DVI monitor ...
by alain
Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Hi

With a budget of 2K I would think about using 2 SSD's. If you're used audio tracks fit in a SSD (128 or 256 GB) this would be probably very fast.

So 1 SSD for OS and programs and 1 SSD for the audio tracks that are active (read, in use in that job/session/jig/...).
by alain
Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Among the relatively recent 7200 HDDs we reviewed, the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB stands atop w/ 13 dBA idle and 17 dBA seek. The WD Blues and Blacks run more like 15-16 dBA idle and 20~23 seek. The 7K1000.C is a 2 platter drive; the newer Deskstar 7K1000.D is a 1TB single -platter drive, which ...
by alain
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Is it possible to suspend two drives and then mount another drive in a HD bay? Below the lowest supension there room for a 2.5" drive, for example a second SSD. On top it's possible to add a 2.5" drive upside down, not a problem for a SSD. It should be possible to add a 3.5" drive below, but not wi...
by alain
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

A Z68 chipset board is what you want. Supports the built-in GPU & adds full overclocking support for CPU, memory and integrated graphics. I've never used a mobo with a built-in GPU/integrated graphics. Will it be able to handle my two 22" monitors? Most of Z68 motherboards have HDMI and DVI, and bo...
by alain
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 12745

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Is it possible to suspend two drives and then mount another drive in a HD bay? Below the lowest supension there room for a 2.5" drive, for example a second SSD. On top it's possible to add a 2.5" drive upside down, not a problem for a SSD. It should be possible to add a 3.5" drive below, but not wi...
by alain
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Mugen 3
Replies: 19
Views: 9395

Re: Mugen 3

Hi

I can install the fan of my mugen 3 in either push (not much room left) or pull configuration.

I've installed in on a i5 2500k without OC and I'm mostly thinking about low CPU usage.

It's in a solo II case with the default case fan.

What will be the best from a silence point of view?
by alain
Sun May 29, 2011 1:31 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Improve Stock Heatsink
Replies: 6
Views: 1634

Re: Improve Stock Heatsink

I replaced the stock cpu fan with a scythe samurai ZZ. It's a lot less noise now. (Better at full load than before at 15% load.) You'll have to check whether there's place for the cooler, but I did it easily without removing the MB from the case. (but on a table) The most difficult (tricky) is remov...
by alain
Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which one to choose: HD103SI or HD203WI Samsung drive?
Replies: 7
Views: 2044

Re: Which one to choose: HD103SI or HD203WI Samsung drive?

http://www.silentpcreview.com/samsung-f4-seagate-xt-2tb Thanks for the link. This drive seems excellent, definitely considering it. But can you tell me is it even quieter than the 1,5 Tb F2 Ecogreen HD154UI drive? Here in Finland the 1,5 F2 HD154UI cost 74.90 € and the 2 Gb HD204UI 93,90€. I would ...
by alain
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which one to choose: HD103SI or HD203WI Samsung drive?
Replies: 7
Views: 2044

Re: Which one to choose: HD103SI or HD203WI Samsung drive?

Why not the Samsung HD204UI?
by alain
Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestion for Silent PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 2568

Re: Suggestion for Silent PSU

They're good quality, just be sure to get one of the new E8 series as they're tuned for extreme silence rather than just being quiet like the old E7. Many wattages and fixed/modular cabling models to consider, I'd go for the 400w one with fixed cables as it's plenty power and still relatively cheap...
by alain
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestion for Silent PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 2568

Re: Suggestion for Silent PSU

As you're talking euro's, maybe take a look at "be quiet".
by alain
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Budget Silent CPU Cooler?
Replies: 34
Views: 8306

Re: Best Budget Silent CPU Cooler?

Why? Because it isn't any better at all, with reference to the CM 212+. The ZZ is a quiet, relatively small, but generally speaking mediocre cooler, which usually costs a little more than the CM: if there's room for this latter, the ZZ cannot compare to it, even with its not exceptional stock fan, ...
by alain
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Budget Silent CPU Cooler?
Replies: 34
Views: 8306

Re: Best Budget Silent CPU Cooler?

quest_for_silence wrote:
alain wrote:Maybe the scythe samurai zz

Absolutely no.
Why?
by alain
Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Budget Silent CPU Cooler?
Replies: 34
Views: 8306

Re: Best Budget Silent CPU Cooler?

Maybe the scythe samurai zz, it has a very good spcr review.
by alain
Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T + 880G
Replies: 12
Views: 4769

Re: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T +

a quick question:

While configuring a 1090T + 880G MB PC (2disks + 4GB) at a local shops web configurator I got a conflict with a 380W power supply. I thought that a 380W supply wouldn't have any trouble with the config? (In practice I will build it in my P150 + 430W power supply)
by alain
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T + 880G
Replies: 12
Views: 4769

Re: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T +

Thanks for the number.

Some users of i750/i760 system?
by alain
Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T + 880G
Replies: 12
Views: 4769

idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T + 880G

Hi Not found after quite a long search. Does anybody knows what the difference in idle powerusage is between a : intel i760 with p55 MB (with sata 6 and usb3) and low end GPU versus a AMD 965 or 1090T with a 880G MB and the igp on the board I've seen some comparisons with both having a separate GPU,...
by alain
Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Consumer SSD Battle
Replies: 58
Views: 14254

Re: Consumer SSD Battle: WD vs. OCZ vs. Intel

Forget the next generation Intel SSD Chipset, look at the next Sandforce controller. http://www.anandtech.com/show/3971/sandforce-announces-nextgen-ssd-controller-sf2000-capable-of-500mbs-and-60k-iops I wasant planning on getting another SSD for a while, but each generation leapfrogs the last, and ...
by alain
Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Consumer SSD Battle
Replies: 58
Views: 14254

Re: Consumer SSD Battle: WD vs. OCZ vs. Intel

Lawrence Lee wrote: FWIW, C&Q/C1E had no effect on our results and the MS AHCI driver was used.
Thanks
by alain
Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Consumer SSD Battle
Replies: 58
Views: 14254

Re: Consumer SSD Battle: WD vs. OCZ vs. Intel

I notice an AMD system was used for this review. I recently built an AMD system with a SandForce drive and found all sorts of surprises with the AMD south bridge (I am using a SB850). A lot of people are saying that AMD's Cool'n'Quiet and C1E has a huge impact on speeds. I haven't tried disabling t...
by alain
Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap acoustic foam: does it even exist?
Replies: 14
Views: 4194

Hi Just installed it into my home computer. At first I was disappointed, the computer made still noise. However things changed after I did start a second (work related) computer, which was the most silent before. Not anymore, my home computer is now better. It went even better when I play radio even...
by alain
Sat Apr 09, 2005 12:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap acoustic foam: does it even exist?
Replies: 14
Views: 4194

Hi What's the practical noise reduction? Is it noticable? Has anybody already tried it inside a computer? I looked up the maximum temperature and this is 100°C (or 212 F), so it seems safe to use inside a computer. I've also check the electrical resistance on a very old (small) piece and it doesn't ...