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by geobrick
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: F4 HD204UI Vibration variance?
Replies: 8
Views: 4010

Re: F4 HD204UI Vibration variance?

I bought 4 of these a couple of months ago. They do vibrate. I thought a 5400 rpm drive would be more quiet but the vibration makes it noisier than past Samsung Hard Drives I've owned (more than 20 over the years). I started buying Samsungs years ago because of how quiet they were. These don't live ...
by geobrick
Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Mugen 3
Replies: 19
Views: 9169

Re: Mugen 3

I just installed a Mugen 3 in an Antec P183 case on an I7 920 (Gigabyte GA-X58-UD5 MB). I had to get rid of the noisy stock Intel fan. I've put up with it way too long. I'm using the Mugen 3 with its stock fan and it's very quiet. From a foot away you can't hear it. My Samsung HDs and (now) top moun...
by geobrick
Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Removing top grill from an Antec P183 (No cutting)
Replies: 3
Views: 2005

Thanks. I think the pictures are too large for a forum post. I'll have to edit them when I get a chance.
by geobrick
Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Removing top grill from an Antec P183 (No cutting)
Replies: 3
Views: 2005

Removing top grill from an Antec P183 (No cutting)

Here's a way to remove the top grill from a P183. First remove the top fan. Then remove the 4 screws and cylindrical black plastic washers (used to hold the gill in place tightly). Then I used a flat putty blade to slowly pry the plastic top up (very slowly). Note: there are plastic tabs on the top ...
by geobrick
Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119835

Long and highly informative post on the F3! :) All this leaves me very curious : How are your F3 500s/HD502HJs doing after months of use? (Apart from Geobrick's fail.) Is (low) vibration and noise still outstanding for a 7,200 rpm drive? Satisfied? The failure I had could have been caused by the In...
by geobrick
Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 is Back?
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

One of the major (IMO) differences between the P180 and P182 is the ability to route cables behind the motherboard in the P182. At least according to Devon's postscript about the v1.1 in the P180 review, it sounds like the P180 v1.1 may still lack that. Other than that, I do believe the v1.1 is ess...
by geobrick
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 is Back?
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

It arrived today

The box says it's a P180 v1.1 (which came out in 2006 according to the P180 review on this site). I opened it and it is, in fact, a P180. It's very similar to my P183 with the obvious differences. I looked closely at the P182SE review here on spcr and besides the stainless steel and snake light feat...
by geobrick
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 is Back?
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

Newegg's photos simply don't include the "spoiler". If you look closely at the Newegg photo, you can see the grooves that it would go into. That's the only difference there, at least from the photos in the listing itself. (The P182 is the same, where their pictures don't include the "spoiler".) I c...
by geobrick
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 is Back?
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

The newegg photos show that the top fan is different than what's shown in the old silent PC review article. The SPCR article shows that the top fan sticks up from the top of the case. The newegg photo shows the flat top (like on the P183). I guess I'll find out Friday. I actualy ordered one yesterda...
by geobrick
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 is Back?
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

The P180 is Back?

I just got a newegg email with the P180 case for a pretty good price. I thought that case was long gone and was replaced by the P182 and now the P183 (which I own). Did Antec bring back a new version of the P180? If they did, did they fix any of the known issues? I like the front firewire connector ...
by geobrick
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119835

Re: One of Four failed

How have your other drives been? I was about to buy an F3, and Newegg, Amazon, and ZipZoomFly all de-listed them or changed the status to out of stock this week. Is it high demand, or something else? I have not had a failure yet. It's possible the first failure was caused by the Intel RAID driver (...
by geobrick
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119835

Intriguing, so the (comparatively limited) controller built into recent Intel chipsets can fix this in concert with recent drivers? Are those drivers also available for GNU/Linux or only Windows? I wonder if one can get away with using the appropriate dvr + softRAID, such as MDADM etc? If you're no...
by geobrick
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119835

Re: CCTL

how did this go for you guys, was it ever proven that it works properly? thanks! I discovered that the setting can be changed by HDAT2 but it doesn't change permanitly. The setting goes back to the default after you remove power. So it's not a solution. for changing the default CCTL setting. But I ...
by geobrick
Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119835

Re: CCTL

While poking around the internet, I discovered that Samsung doesn't have a utility to enable CCTL (similar to Seagate's ERC and WD's TLER) on the F1 series. Either the drive has it, because you paid up to get the "RAID class" model, or it doesn't. This makes me wonder if these new F3 drives will te...
by geobrick
Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119835

One of Four failed

1 out of the 4 of my Samsung F3 HD502HJ's drives has failed within 3 weeks. I bought 4 Samsung F3 HD502HJ's in September in preparation for a new build. In Nov I installed them in a RAID 10 (with the built in MB ICH10R controller) for data (RAID was not for the OS - Win7). After about 3 weeks, I had...
by geobrick
Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433328

Earlier in this thread I wrote that I'm satisfied with my NeoHE. Well, I'm no more. Last week it died after a year or so of flawless operation. I I hope everyone who is having problems with their NEO-HE PSUs is sending them back to antec for replacements. I think they have a 5 year warrantee and An...
by geobrick
Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404810

NEO HE 500 issue

I have had some success with the NEO HE line in two PCs but now I have a problem. I bought a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 MB with a Q6600 processor, 2 GB of corsair memory and a Gigabyte 8600 GTS video card. There are three hard drives and one LG DVD drive. I originally built up the system with a 430 Watt An...
by geobrick
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Gyration Mouse whine
Replies: 0
Views: 2200

Gyration Mouse whine

I have a Gyration mouse that, after 6 months, started making a loud high pitched whine. I could hear it from across a very large room. Gyration's Tech support (which answered their phone very quickly with a human) had me disconnect the battery for 60 seconds (it was silent with no battery). After re...
by geobrick
Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404810

BrianF wrote:
geobrick wrote:It's powering an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, 2 GB RAM, 2 Samsung HDs and a Samsung optical drive.
That 2nd hard drive might be whats ~just~ enough to put you over. .
It's possible. I can't say for sure. If you'd like, I can try to boot it with just the one HD and nothing else.
by geobrick
Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433328

NEO HE 500 Works Fine

I'm using the Neo HE 500 with an ASUS A8N-SLI-Premium and it's been fine for 2 weeks now.

I risked buying it because:

1) I have a NEO HE430 working fine with an Intel P965LT since Sep 06 (see earlier posts)

and

2) it was only $40 after a $45 rebate at Fry's.
by geobrick
Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404810

"Safe" is a little relative since the so called incompatibilities apparently persist: Just tried a brand new S06080xxxx on an Intel brand P965LT mainboard and got the same old start up problem..... I believe someone a few posts back had found the very same. I have had the NeoHE 430 from a P150 case...
by geobrick
Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404810

jagalactic, I also bought a P150 at Fry's and while I had trouble with my Gigabyte K8NS ultra 939 motherboard, it now appears that it was not related to the NEO HE 430. Before I ever bought the P150, my system was hit with a power outage. Days later a memory module failed. About a week later I put t...
by geobrick
Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Low power system not booting with high efficiency PSU?!
Replies: 84
Views: 122880

Re: Low power system not booting with high efficiency PSU?!

As mentioned above, higher efficiency PSUs generally tend to need higher minimum power on the 12V line in order to simply run. Typically, we're talking about 1A or greater. Older, less efficient PSUs have much lower minumum current needs, under 0.5A and often ZERO. I did some research and testing o...
by geobrick
Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 404810

Update Again: Spoke too soon?

Perhaps I spoke too soon below. The current status is the NEO HE 430 is still working. I was able to bench test it and the power came on so I installed it in another system to power a new Intel P965 motherboard with an E6600 core 2 chip. Yes, it's a risk but so far it works. The Gigabyte motherboar...
by geobrick
Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 433328

UPDATE: NEO-HE-430 Failed and took MB with it

Upadate 2: It is working again. See my update description Here: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=25890&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=540 It's on page 19 (dated Sep 3, 2006) My motherboard however is still dead. ****************************************************** Picked it up on a...
by geobrick
Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Ultra X-Finity ULT-XF500
Replies: 17
Views: 11580

Goldmember, Thanks for the link. It's a good article. geobrick, I read an article in Business Week last year that broke down the percentages of rebates. I googled it for you. The Great Rebate Runaround These companies have it all planned out. The term "slippage" is really funny. Basically, people wh...
by geobrick
Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Ultra X-Finity ULT-XF500
Replies: 17
Views: 11580

It's $9.99 at Fry's after a rebate this week I still think you get what you pay for though. True, But I did see someone Post that Fry's occasionally sells the Antec PSUs for about $15 (After Rebate). I don't know what it is about rebates. I think it amounts to a relitivly cheap loan for the compani...
by geobrick
Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Ultra X-Finity ULT-XF500
Replies: 17
Views: 11580

On Sale with rebate at Frys

It's $9.99 at Fry's after a rebate this week. I bought one for a back-up.

Do the seasonics ever get discounted like this? I heard that Antec sometimes does but not that I've seen.