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by allenlux
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Replies: 29
Views: 23294

Actually my understanding is that it's proportional to the amount of data on the drive, not the size of the drive. My 8 hours was for only 185 GB of data. But an empty drive should be very fast. I could be wrong about this - when I bought my drive there was very little information around on this sub...
by allenlux
Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Replies: 29
Views: 23294

See my post above. I used the WD Align System Utility (from Paragon), which I think is what you mean by the Windows XP command line utility.
by allenlux
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EARS ?
Replies: 31
Views: 55623

I posted my first experience with one of these drives here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=494893#494893 Having got over the initial alignment operation - which took longer than I had expected - my impressions of the drive a week later are good. It's imperceptibly quiet in oper...
by allenlux
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Replies: 29
Views: 23294

I'm not sure if I am supposed to revive an old thread with some information which is slightly off-topic, but as this thread is one of the few places with discussion of the WD Advanced Format drives, I'll mention my recent experience with one of these drives. I needed a new drive to replace an existi...
by allenlux
Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan
Replies: 16
Views: 5779

I still can't control the fan speed via Speedfan, though. Deep embarrassment on my side: I had forgotten that PWM speed control normally requires a 4-wire fan connection, whereas the case fan header on my mb and the Noctua fan both use 3 wires. The CPU fan header on the mb is a 4-wire header so of ...
by allenlux
Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan
Replies: 16
Views: 5779

Felger Carbon, that's really interesting. I'm going away for a couple of days (a "management seminar") so can't contribute any more for a day or two - but I'm curious as to the fix you suggest. Soldering holds no terrors - in my early days I fixed my Osborne portable computer by replacing RAM chips ...
by allenlux
Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan
Replies: 16
Views: 5779

Another discovery: I connected the Noctua fan through a Zalman low-voltage lead like this: http://www.thecoolingemporium.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=47 Now the fan is turning at 827 RPM and Speedfan is giving an RPM readout. I guess the Zalman lead - which is just an inline resistor ...
by allenlux
Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan
Replies: 16
Views: 5779

Yes, I'm using the ULNA lead which should reduce the RPM to 600. In Speedfan the reading is always zero RPM, with all divisor settings. In the interests of science I just tried removing the ULNA lead and now Speedfan does give a reading - 1260 RPM, just as it should! Obviously the ULNA lead interfer...
by allenlux
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan
Replies: 16
Views: 5779

The Asrock 4CoreDual-VSTA mb has a Winbond W83697HF sensor and Speedfan has no problem using this to measure the CPU fan speed, which is why I wondered if it might be something unusual about the Noctua fan.
by allenlux
Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan
Replies: 16
Views: 5779

Noctua fan speed not showing in Speedfan

I've got a Noctua NF-S12 1200 RPM fan hooked up to the mainboard case fan header on an Asrock 4CoreDual-VSTA motherboard. For some reason the fan speed isn't showing up in Speedfan 4.32. The CPU fan (Intel stock HSF) on the same mb sensor gives a good speed readout. I've played around with the "FAN1...
by allenlux
Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New quiet PSU to replace a NeoHE?
Replies: 7
Views: 3655

Hi McBanjo, Ive emailed dabs.com about RMA'ing it and they cant confirm that they'll test it against a P5W DH, im worried that the PSU will work fine with another mainboard and they'll charge me for the P+P and hassle. Im checking out RMA'ing it straight to Antec but there customer supports pretty ...
by allenlux
Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mini-ITX case with 5.25 optical drive
Replies: 7
Views: 4950

mcoleg, I know what you mean. When the Mini-ITX motherboards first appeared they seemed to be good value, but as the newer boards and cases have become steadily more expensive, it no longer seems like the best option unless size really is critical. I put my most recent Mini-ITX board into one of the...
by allenlux
Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mini-ITX case with 5.25 optical drive
Replies: 7
Views: 4950

Have you looked at the mini-itx.com site? On their shop page for cases (http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=3) they have a table of cases. In fact, I think the only one which takes a full-size optical drive is the Morex Venus 669. This doesn't take a brick power supply, but you could take out the PSU a...
by allenlux
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:16 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacement PSU for Chyang Fun Minicube Mini-ITX case?
Replies: 5
Views: 2352

Sorry about the delay in responding. Yes, as qviri says, the dimensions are HxWxD = 85x140x55 mm. I never found a proper replacement, so I bought a PicoPSU -120W version. It cost real money but I figured that I could re-use it later in another case. The original Chyang Fun MiniCube case only fits th...
by allenlux
Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacement PSU for Chyang Fun Minicube Mini-ITX case?
Replies: 5
Views: 2352

Replacement PSU for Chyang Fun Minicube Mini-ITX case?

I've used this case for a home server since 2003, using a Via Epia Mini-ITX motherboard. The PSU fan failed in 2004 and I replaced it with a new third-party fan. Now the whole PSU has failed and I'm wondering how to replace it. The PSU is a completely non-standard shape and size, and apparently not ...
by allenlux
Fri May 26, 2006 5:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404802

I see that this thread is still alive, so I'd just like to follow up my post of 3 April. At that point I had just received a replacement NeoHE from Antec, with revision "A2.2" on the sticker (see picture in my 3 April post). As of today, I can confirm that during 8 weeks of operation the combination...
by allenlux
Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404802

I have to say, you guys must have the patience of saints. There is no way I could tolerate having to wait 4 months (!!!) to get a fixed PSU. That thing would be in the dustbin quicker than you can say "Defective PSU engineering". I have quite a collection of computers in various stages of construct...
by allenlux
Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404802

Today, 3 April, I finally received a replacement NeoHE 430 - about a week after posting off the old one with its RMA number to Rotterdam (and just over 4 months from when I entered my first RMA request ticket on the Antec site). I plugged it in to the same setup which lately caused problems (ECS 760...
by allenlux
Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404802

I appreciate the fact that AntecRep posted this information, but his post refers (apart from the warranty sticker part) only to the "Asus motherboard issue", and does not mention problems with other motherboards which may or may not be related. I finally got my RMA this week and have today posted my...
by allenlux
Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Sharkoon power supplies?
Replies: 4
Views: 1927

Actually, here's a followup question: Where is the intake of the SHA350? On the back or on the bottom of the PSU? I'd love to have a straight airflow PSU, because I already have sort of an intake duct set up for that. The back of the PSU is mostly grill. There is also a smaller rectangular grill on...
by allenlux
Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Sharkoon power supplies?
Replies: 4
Views: 1927

It's a different model, but I recently bought a Sharkoon SHA350-8P ( http://www.sharkoon.com/enghtml/powersupply.htm#sha350 ) and used it to replace the non-working NeoHE 430 in a P150 build. Good points of the Sharkoon were: - heavy, solid feel, nice dark grey colour - price (35 euros) - quiet (by ...
by allenlux
Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: NeoHE gets loud after one minute
Replies: 11
Views: 4080

Normally the NeoHE (when it's working) is extremely quiet - essentially inaudible. That's why I persist with mine despite its temperamental nature.

It sounds as if something is not right with your setup. Can you give more details of your hardware - and also the serial number of the NeoHE?
by allenlux
Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Overpriced/Out of stock Seasonic..Next best thing? NeoHE?
Replies: 15
Views: 3851

My thoughts: - don't buy a NeoHE unless you are prepared for the possibility that you might have to return it - be aware that the NeoHE doesn't work properly with quite a few motherboards, and sometimes the problems don't show up immediately - be aware that getting an RMA from Antec is not quick or ...
by allenlux
Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433317

Latest instalment in the my attempt to get an RMA: this was yesterday's message from Antec Customer Support: "The NeoHE has a newer design which is the ATX12V v2.2 and when using older motherboards it might not work properly. The NeoHE will work with motherboards that requires the ATX12V v2.01 or hi...
by allenlux
Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:44 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433317

I don't really see how the PSU could just suddenly decide that it needs more power draw to be able to start up after 2 months of usage, though. There are many variables at work here - the amount of current needed by the PSU to push it over a threshold, and the amount of current drawn by several dif...
by allenlux
Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433317

Re: NeoHE 380 failed after 2 months

What troubles me right now is that I haven't read about anyone else having a NeoHE for 2 months before it died - everyone seem to have either good or bad from the beginning. I've also posted about erratic behaviour, in this thread: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=25890 On 5 Februar...
by allenlux
Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: NeoHE problems with nVidia chipsets only?
Replies: 10
Views: 3451

My NeoHE failed to work in 2 motherboards: an nForce 2 and a SiS 760GX. I've posted about these in the "NeoHE high-efficiency" thread.
by allenlux
Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404802

In fairness to Antec, after my earlier problem with the Neo HE 430, I have now installed it in another new build: ECS 760GX-M motherboard Sempron 3100+ 512 MB RAM ATI Radeon 7500 Initio SCSI DVD-ROM CD-writer 80GB HD (Samsung) and in this setup it seems to be working fine (although I'm not stressin...
by allenlux
Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:31 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The FUD about the NeoHE...
Replies: 11
Views: 2937

I agree that the NeoHE will work in some configurations. Mine failed to work in the system I'd originally planned it for, but is now working OK in a second system. However, why expose yourself to this uncertainty? There are other PSUs of equivalent quality which work in all configurations. So unless...
by allenlux
Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404802

In fairness to Antec, after my earlier problem with the Neo HE 430, I have now installed it in another new build: ECS 760GX-M motherboard Sempron 3100+ 512 MB RAM ATI Radeon 7500 Initio SCSI DVD-ROM CD-writer 80GB HD (Samsung) and in this setup it seems to be working fine (although I'm not stressing...