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by crabnebula
Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EADS seek noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 4469

My replacement drive is indeed much quieter than the original. It is a 2 platter model, however, so that might have something to do with it. In the meantime I also obtained a WD10EAVS (with smaller cache), and that one is noisier during seeks than the replacement 10EADS, but quieter than the old (de...
by crabnebula
Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EADS seek noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 4469

Here are HDTune benchmarks, all run with fast setting with SATA in IDE mode and in the same machine (AMD 780G). P7K500 AAM off: http://img269.imageshack.us/i/hitachip7k500500gbaam25.png/ WD10EADS AAM on: http://img27.imageshack.us/i/wd10eadsaam128inidemode.png/ WD10EADS AAM off http://img504.imagesh...
by crabnebula
Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EADS seek noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 4469

I have just been testing it so it was laying by the case. Other drives are suspended, but I tried holding it between my fingers and the noise was as bad. @webs0r: thanks for the test, that confirms what I thought. My 6400AAKS is quiet as yours (barely audible), so I guess it will be an RMA for the W...
by crabnebula
Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EADS seek noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 4469

WD10EADS seek noise?

I just received a WD10EADS (3-platter version) for my HTPC. I'm astonished by the seek noise of this drive and am wondering if it is defective. The drive shipped with AAM off. With this setting, seeks are comparable to a 500GB 7200.11 (which is to say, quite loud). They are also noticeably louder th...
by crabnebula
Sat May 23, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anyone actually bother to undervolt anymore?
Replies: 55
Views: 12922

HTPC based on AMD 780G + Athlon X2 5000+ is deeply undervolted in BIOS. Runs passive 90% of the time. Older laptop based on 1.5 GHz Pentium M is also undervolted with RMClock to prolong battery life and reduce heat/noise. Desktop based on Core 2 Quad is left at stock voltages in BIOS with SpeedStep ...
by crabnebula
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: When are 4xxx series graphics going to be on-board?
Replies: 11
Views: 3323

There were a few reports this past week saying that the upcoming 880G chipset (780G successor) would have the same integrated Radeon 3450 GPU. Disappointing.
by crabnebula
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Brisbane and CrystalCPUID: Attaining stability
Replies: 21
Views: 12276

I've been testing my new system a few days for stability with rmclock (m2a-vm hdmi + 4850e + picoPSU, good undervolting but crashes :roll:). The issue seemed to be switching states. Then this topic came up. I tried crystalcpuid and I confirm that seems to solve the issue (I want to test more throug...
by crabnebula
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung F1 750GB & 1TB Drives: Fast... and Silent?
Replies: 26
Views: 18150

Comparison with P7K500?

MikeC,

I remember reading a while ago that you requested a P7K500 sample. Did you ever get it?

It would be an interesting addition to this comparison...
by crabnebula
Wed May 28, 2008 6:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: "BE" series AMD or underclocked "Black Editio
Replies: 3
Views: 1626

I was in the same situation as you and went with the 5000+ Black Edition. I just undervolted it and it runs at 2.6 GHz @ 1.21V (normal VID 1.30V). Of course if you underclock you can lower the voltage further. Either way you'll be in the same range as the energy-efficient BE and e processors, but yo...
by crabnebula
Sun May 25, 2008 5:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How well do the B3 Phenoms undervolt?
Replies: 2
Views: 1857

Thanks for the reference to Tom's. It's unfortunate that they didn't try undervolting their 9100e. Based on what I've gathered, the Phenom's seem to operate within a narrow voltage range that doesn't scale very much with frequency. The X3 has a default VID of 1.05V at its lowest multiplier (yielding...
by crabnebula
Sat May 24, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How well do the B3 Phenoms undervolt?
Replies: 2
Views: 1857

How well do the B3 Phenoms undervolt?

I've been contemplating getting a Phenom X3 8450 to replace an Athlon 64 5000+ Black Edition in my HTPC, in order to unlock more post processing options with the 780G IGP. My Athlon is undervolted and is cooled by a Ninja Mini. I'm wondering what to expect with a Phenom in terms of undervolting pote...
by crabnebula
Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: P5K-E Speedstep + Overclocking
Replies: 9
Views: 3717

There might be a 40% threshold, I wouldn't know since I always went straight to FSB 333. When using SetFSB, the only issue I have is that when resuming from S3 standby, the FSB falls back to its default of 266. So I just execute SetFSB again when needed. Alternatively, you can run a script automatic...
by crabnebula
Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: P5K-E Speedstep + Overclocking
Replies: 9
Views: 3717

Indeed, the P5K-E will set a fixed Vcore when you raise FSB (not sure about 40% threshold). However, you can use SetFSB to increase the FSB after Windows has loaded and EIST will then function normally. With a Q6600, you can also do the pin mod trick to change FSB to 333 permanently.
by crabnebula
Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 78555

I can imagine what a pain it must be to have a new driver released with such poor timing. Most other reviews I've seen have only compared the IGP with a Hybrid setup in terms of performance. It is very interesting that you tested with only the discrete graphics card and the IGP disabled. The results...
by crabnebula
Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 78555

Catalyst 8.3 has been released, FYI.
by crabnebula
Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD GP vs P7K500 vs 7K200
Replies: 12
Views: 7325

If you compare the noise measurements from that site with those here , you''ll notice some strange inconsistencies. For instance, the F1 is quieter that the T166 according to the tech report, but louder according the other site. There is definitely very real sample variation in any mechanical produ...
by crabnebula
Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD GP vs P7K500 vs 7K200
Replies: 12
Views: 7325

I did find this , so, yes, it looks like access time is a problem. The 320GB Samsung T166 looks pretty good in that comparison. 500GB GP vs. P7K500 -- the Hitachi is mostly faster and louder. The mythical Samsung F1s (HD322HJ and HD642JJ) look like they will be the ones to get. The new WD3200AAKS i...
by crabnebula
Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yate-Loon won't fit under the tabs holding top fan on P182?
Replies: 7
Views: 2439

Ok thanks. Guess it's time for some modest "home improvement". :)
by crabnebula
Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yate-Loon won't fit under the tabs holding top fan on P182?
Replies: 7
Views: 2439

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a picture. I actually tried to do that initially, but the plastic was so hard to cut that I gave up. I guess I will need a proper saw. May I ask what you used?

Thanks again!
by crabnebula
Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yate-Loon won't fit under the tabs holding top fan on P182?
Replies: 7
Views: 2439

Yate-Loon won't fit under the tabs holding top fan on P182?

I have a very simple question that will sound trivial, I'm sure, but nonetheless: Did anyone replace the top Tri-Cool fan in the P182 with a Yate-Loon D12BL-12? The fans I've purchased won't fit under the metal tabs that are used to hold one edge of the fan instead of screws. It seems like the only ...
by crabnebula
Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How can a passive 8600GT have a loud high pitched whine?
Replies: 27
Views: 17950

Good luck with the replacement. I'm glad I bought an Asus as this problem seems to be widespread.
by crabnebula
Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HP Media Vault: Big in size and performance
Replies: 1
Views: 1421

Just got one of these. Unfortunately it is much noisier than I expected. In fact this little box makes more noise than my quad core desktop, mainly due to the fan, but also from the HD vibration, which I doubt is acoustically dampened. I'll probably end up opening it to see what I can do...
by crabnebula
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How can a passive 8600GT have a loud high pitched whine?
Replies: 27
Views: 17950

So they allowed you to return the Gigabyte and pick another card? They actually issue a refund, and you then have 30 days to order a replacement with free shipping if you wish (it can be a different product). Their policy does say that they charge a 15% restocking fee, but I believe they do not app...
by crabnebula
Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How can a passive 8600GT have a loud high pitched whine?
Replies: 27
Views: 17950

Sorry I wasn't clearer. I was referring to the second one. Both cards were returned to DirectCanda.

If you do return it, I suggest you replace it with a different model as there seem to be quite a few in the retail channel that exhibit similar problems.
by crabnebula
Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How can a passive 8600GT have a loud high pitched whine?
Replies: 27
Views: 17950

Well Gigabyte issued an RMA number so I could send it back to them directly, but because they have a 2-3 week turnaround and I ran the risk of having to pay custom brokerage fees (offices in the USA), I requested an RMA with DirectCanada and sent it back there instead. Let me know if you need furthe...
by crabnebula
Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How can a passive 8600GT have a loud high pitched whine?
Replies: 27
Views: 17950

Just a follow up. I ended up purchasing an Asus Silent EN8600GT. This one IS completely silent. Quite happy with it.
by crabnebula
Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Help me select a passive cooled nvidia 8500/600 card.
Replies: 4
Views: 2230

A few points that might be useful to you: If you're in the US the MSI cards appear to be cheaper than others and would probably be good choices (can't find them in Canada). Among the 8600GT models, the Asus has HDCP, to my knowledge others do not (if that is important to you). Note that all 8600GTS ...
by crabnebula
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe fans and the CPU fan connector? Confused...
Replies: 13
Views: 3979

The P5K, unlike many of its higher-priced companions such as the P5B or P5W, lacks the ability to control a 3-pin fan connected to the 4-pin CPU header. On other boards, there is an option in the BIOS to run this header in "PWM" or "DC" mode (ie, in 4-pin or 3-pin mode), but the P5K does not have t...
by crabnebula
Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive video card for the non-gamer?
Replies: 18
Views: 6720

I'm not very familiar with the limitations of the 8400/8500 series compared to the 8600, but I wouldn't take that for granted without checking first. Total bandwidth and processing power are important to achieve smooth playback + post processing with high bit-rate codecs, and the lower cards might h...
by crabnebula
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive video card for the non-gamer?
Replies: 18
Views: 6720

If you plan on watching HD-DVD or Blu-Ray eventually with this card, you should get at least the nVidia 8600 or ATI 2600 series of cards for proper decode acceleration and optimal image quality.