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by jhhoffma
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 19916

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

For sure, it isn't as sleek as the standard case, but if it's being mounted behind a TV or something, who cares...

It will definitely cost more, but how much and when was always the question.
by jhhoffma
Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 19916

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

Saw some other sites post pictures of a slightly thicker version of this kit that has room for a 2.5" drive inside. It's supposed to come out this month...eagerly anticipating that.

Mike, did Intel comment on that at all?
by jhhoffma
Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Please recommend quiet 5400 drive; haven't bought for a bit
Replies: 17
Views: 7560

Re: Please recommend quiet 5400 drive; haven't bought for a

kuzzia wrote:Well, I'd simply go for a WD Green with as many GB/$ as possible.
Agreed. They are all the same except newer models have larger buffers. None will be louder than any other drive you might be using. If vibrations are an issue, suspension will be your only cure.
by jhhoffma
Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: CPU fan to replace Scythe SY1225SL12M
Replies: 13
Views: 5734

Re: CPU fan to replace Scythe SY1225SL12M

Why not just get the "L" version of that fan? It comes stock at 800rpm. I've had several, none have exhibited any chirping with mobo header control or a FanMate. They will go down to ~500rpms easy too.
by jhhoffma
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives
Replies: 10
Views: 4156

Re: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives

One thing to keep in mind is that a home file server with 15 drives is generally nothing like a file server of the same capacity in most other environments. I have a similar server and 99.9% of the time (probably an under estimate) all but one or two drives are spun down. So drive noise is minimal,...
by jhhoffma
Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives
Replies: 10
Views: 4156

Re: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives

Remember that SILENT and QUIET are two different things. Both are relative to the environment. However, if you are loading any case up with hard drives in 5x3 enclosures, the resulting effect will be anything but SILENT, even if they are 5400rpm "Green" drives. You'll need to cool those drives, whic...
by jhhoffma
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet BR drive for HTPC
Replies: 3
Views: 2246

Re: Quiet BR drive for HTPC

Please try using Search.

Note the part about using Nero DriveSpeed to control your drive's speed. Only way to make it truly quiet and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work with BR drives as well.
by jhhoffma
Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Diablo 3 guest pass?
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

Re: Diablo 3 guest pass?

Maybe you have to login to your B.N account on the website to enter that code?
by jhhoffma
Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-C32B
Replies: 5
Views: 2805

Re: Lian Li PC-C32B

The tag says "Noctua NH-U9B lapped".
by jhhoffma
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Spinning heatsink
Replies: 43
Views: 49126

Re: Spinning heatsink

+1 to Mike's post. Seems odd that a principal investigator at Sandia opts to be rude in a public forum. Then again, a username here doesn't provide provenance. The poster could just be "some dude". If he is the researcher, then perhaps he should look through this site and keep reading until he real...
by jhhoffma
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 or R3
Replies: 7
Views: 2374

Re: P183 or R3

Not sure I'd call it a design flaw considering the case design was probably finalized before USB3 header pinouts were spec'd in.
by jhhoffma
Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: WARNING to 7V fan modders
Replies: 5
Views: 2125

Re: A WARNING TO YOU ALL

Yeah, 7V mods should really only be done at the termination end of any PSU leads with nothing downstream or daisy-chained except other 7V-driven fans (by using the standard molex configuration).
by jhhoffma
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: multiple hard drives, not for server but for RAID speed
Replies: 28
Views: 5597

Re: multiple hard drives, not for server but for RAID speed

Do you mean "low end", ie old cheapest SSDs are not as good as a spinning drive? The problem has not fundamentally changed. Some old SSDs are pretty good for the money actually. The newest SSDs are still not as fast at writing sequentially as a pair of hard drives costing less than half as much. Th...
by jhhoffma
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Optimizing for idle power consumption
Replies: 11
Views: 2650

Re: Optimizing for idle power consumption

I think there's a little more to it than picking an intel or MSI board. You obviously don't need to get a P or Q-series board for a low power integrated video system. That being said, intel boards are solidly reliable, no doubt. And MSI makes high quality components, too. Stick to the H-series, and ...
by jhhoffma
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Using old case for multi-disk NAS? Can it be quiet?
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: Using old case for multi-disk NAS? Can it be quiet?

Are you actually planning on using that PII or do you have something else in mind to power the server? I've made attempts to convert old heavy-gauge steel cases to file servers. What usually ends up happening is that it's just easier to spend $50 on a newer case (like an Antec 300) and throw another...
by jhhoffma
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Dampening vibration on Mugen 2 fan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1586

Re: Dampening vibration on Mugen 2 fan?

I've used very small pieces of double-sided sticky foam to insert between a fan and it's heatsink where vibrations are a problems. Usually, they are thin enough where they don't cause a problem with the wire clips. Bigger issue is what you are running underneath where you need a fan on the Mugen to ...
by jhhoffma
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:07 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Any way to balance a 200mm top fan in my Antec 900?
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Any way to balance a 200mm top fan in my Antec 900?

The larger Antec fans are notorious for vibrations. Mostly it's due to the thin frames, which are way to flimsy for adequate rigidity. On my 300, I used some "Peel & Seal" around the frame to add some mass to the frame and dampen the vibrations . Also using some type of isolation/decoupling will gre...
by jhhoffma
Sun May 22, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Slipstream SH model and Asus fan controls
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Slipstream SH model and Asus fan controls

You probably would have been better served starting with the M model (1200rpm). They move plenty of air for any sane purpose that would be visited on this site and they undervolt very well.

The SH's are not likely to slow enough to make them really quiet, but I could be wrong.
by jhhoffma
Sun May 22, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec TruePower 650W issue ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1073

Re: Antec TruePower 650W issue ?

Just to make sure that the fan is the problem, try stopping it with a straw and see if the noise goes away. If it does, then your fan is the culprit. In that case, it may be the fan's bearings are shot. Or it might mean that there is a problem with the fan controller. Either way, you'd can try for a...
by jhhoffma
Sun May 22, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W
Replies: 3
Views: 1967

Re: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W

Yeah, I'd stay away from the EA-500D if silence is key. It's default fan speed is much too high.
by jhhoffma
Sun May 22, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacement for TX-750?
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Re: Replacement for TX-750?

uhhh...no clue :?

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by jhhoffma
Thu May 12, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: suspension of HDD on Define R3
Replies: 26
Views: 5194

Re: suspension of HDD on Define R3

If it's just one or two drives, you can suspend it vertically (on it's side).

It's not the best looking configuration, but I've used it to great effect in an Antec 300.
by jhhoffma
Thu May 12, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacement for TX-750?
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Re: Replacement for TX-750?

It might not be as quiet as an X-series, but the Antec TP-750 is pretty darn quiet.
by jhhoffma
Sat May 07, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Silencing a House's Resonating Air Conditioner
Replies: 3
Views: 4308

Re: Silencing a House's Resonating Air Conditioner

You can also try wrapping some thin layers of fiberglass mat around the pipes transmitting the vibrations. Some stores might even carry pipe-wrap that might work.
by jhhoffma
Sat May 07, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Silent CPU cooler for socket A?
Replies: 13
Views: 3424

Re: Silent CPU cooler for socket A?

I used to have a couple Zalman CNPS7000-AlCu's that I fan modded with some older Scythe Kaze-Jyu 100mm fans (one at 1500rpm, one at 1200rpm). Stock, those heatsinks weren't too good, or rather, the fans weren't. With fan mod, they performed pretty well. I even used one on my E6550 for a while when I...
by jhhoffma
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Opinions on Corsair HX650
Replies: 6
Views: 2017

Re: Opinions on Corsair HX650

I doubt it's noisy, but it's one of the more expensive PSU's in a very crowded market.

Can't comment on how it actually sounds, since I don't have one.
by jhhoffma
Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any such case exist?
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Any such case exist?

I'm not really sure what you are asking... But if you're looking for a case that will have the DVD drive on the side, there aren't many. There are some full tower cases (as in HUGE) that fit that mold, but they cost $500 (Lian-Li X500 comes to mind). You don't see a lot, since they need to be much w...
by jhhoffma
Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspending HDDs with non-elastic cord
Replies: 7
Views: 2060

Re: Suspending HDDs with non-elastic cord

"Guitar string" is a good description as that's exactly what you'd have. If drive security is an issue, I'd look at getting some small bungee cords from your local home improvement store. They can be cut, tied, and routed just about any way you want. More importantly, you can use some cable anchors ...
by jhhoffma
Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much will a 300w power supply run?
Replies: 284
Views: 601950

Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

From what I remember though, the 5850 actually draws less power than the 8800GT...

If it were me, I'd upgrade the PSU though. Too close to the limit for my liking.
by jhhoffma
Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why does my SB system use 2x more Watts than in SPCR review?
Replies: 14
Views: 1443

Re: Why does my SB system use 2x more Watts than in SPCR rev

Doesn't take a lot to add 18W to a system. 1/3 of that could be your second HDD (WD Green). You also have 3 fans in your setup (1-2W each). Not to mention your PSU is a tad less efficient than the one SPCR uses. Combined with the potential inaccuracy of a Kill-A-Watt, I think you're doing just fine....