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by oberbimbo
Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooling hard drives in a Silverston ST17
Replies: 0
Views: 784

Cooling hard drives in a Silverston ST17

My HTPC is working nicely, but now that I have 5 drives in it (1 500G Samsung, 4 1TB GPs) the hard drives are getting pretty hot. I am running with the Etasis Fanless PSU and the original 2 case fans at 5V (they are just too noisy at 12V but barely move any air at 5V). So now I am wondering what I c...
by oberbimbo
Sat May 23, 2009 1:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Buying new WD 1TB driver
Replies: 6
Views: 2617

I call BS on the Linux claim. This is from a 18 month old WD10EACS running in a RAID5 on Ubuntu (note it is not quite running 24/7, more like 24/3 or so because I'm abroad a lot): === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Device Model: WDC WD10EACS-00ZJB0 Serial Number: WD-WCASJ1282787 Firmware Version: ...
by oberbimbo
Sat May 23, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD announces quiet 2TB hd, less than one sone
Replies: 2
Views: 1510

For some curious reason, it idles at higher power draw than the 20EADS. And as for noise, unless the signature is significantly different (which I doubt), it has the same dbA ratings as the 20EADS in AAM mode so not much to see here, I'd say. Unless of course they would slash the price, current per ...
by oberbimbo
Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EA[C|D]S, WD10000CS or Samsung Ecogreen F2 for HTPC
Replies: 0
Views: 1499

WD10EA[C|D]S, WD10000CS or Samsung Ecogreen F2 for HTPC

I'm looking to upgrade my HTPC which already has 3 WD10EA*S in RAID5 with another one or two drives. Since it is softraid, I don't necessarily need to use the very same drive so I'm trying to decide between: WD10EACS/EADS (to me, they are identical, I couldnt care less about the cache so I just take...
by oberbimbo
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 101476

mozartrules: Except for the facts that I already have the Nvidia board and do not really feel like tearing my HTPC apart just to replace the mother board. Adding a PCI card would be ok, rebuilding the whole thing decidedly is not (mostly I'm too lazy for that). And once I go rebuilding, the price di...
by oberbimbo
Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 101476

Is the AMP available as some sort of PCI card or so? I would love to use something like this to replace my old Technics Analog 5.1 Receiver but I dont want to replace my Asus Nforce8200 board... AMD 780G is horrible under Linux, if you want accelerated video decoding, there is no way around nvidia o...
by oberbimbo
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: GreenPower vs EcoGreen
Replies: 5
Views: 3399

As a matter of fact, I have 3 and 4 platter GPs, but I cannot easily review them because taking apart the RAID array is a major hassle... It could be done but it is risky. So far, the 2TB GP are way too expensive. What I believe I will do is mix 1TB and 2TB in RAID5 once they get to similar price le...
by oberbimbo
Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: GreenPower vs EcoGreen
Replies: 5
Views: 3399

GreenPower vs EcoGreen

In Switzerland the EcoGreen finally ships, at the same price as the venerable GreenPower. I have 3 GreenPower in a RAID5 in my HTPC and I am looking to add another drive. Now I'm wondering which one is better, the GreenPower or the EcoGreen? It's software RAID, so the drives do not need to match, no...
by oberbimbo
Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Platter size, fewer but bigger the quieter right? But..
Replies: 6
Views: 2546

I'd be FAR more worried about mechanical or PCB failure than platters not keeping your data.
by oberbimbo
Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS 00D6B0 at MicroCenter - YMMV
Replies: 16
Views: 16789

So is that the 3 platter 1TB GreenPower?

GreenPower just had a 10% Price Drop in Switzerland making it cheaper than the F1 for the first time, so maybe they finally are shipping it?
by oberbimbo
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Got a Samung HD103UI (1TB EcoGreen) on Sunday
Replies: 26
Views: 27161

That's great news. I was debating getting another GreenPower but cheaper and perhaps even more silent makes me wait (ok, in fairness, the 3 platter 1TB GP should come RSN, maybe that one will be lower priced, too). The F1 is widely available in Europe (bit cheaper than the GP, too) but it vibrates w...
by oberbimbo
Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD guy on hard drive suspension: "It's horrible!"
Replies: 25
Views: 13772

Make a few markings on a drive and use a stroboscope on it. If the markets move in the way described they are right, otherwise it's probably marketing.

If rigidly securing the drive to the case fixes the issue, then so would adding some (a lot maybe) deadweight to the suspended drive
by oberbimbo
Wed May 21, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2x Seagate 7200.11 1TB or 2x Samsung F1 1 TB @ RAID-1
Replies: 10
Views: 3009

Yes, the GP spin slower which makes less noise and uses less power. That price seems somewhat out of tune, I can get them for 210 CHF in Switzerland...
by oberbimbo
Wed May 21, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2x Seagate 7200.11 1TB or 2x Samsung F1 1 TB @ RAID-1
Replies: 10
Views: 3009

If quiet and cool is your mission, use neither. Go for Western Digital Greenpower.

I have used both a F1 1TB an a 1TB GreenPower side by side and the GreenPower is noticeably quieter and uses less power.
by oberbimbo
Sun May 18, 2008 5:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need a new 250GB Silent Drive 3.5"
Replies: 10
Views: 3331

Since speed is what you're after, have you considered the Velociraptor drives? They supposedly are quite silent and as nearly 2.5" drives they should vibrate a lot less...

http://techreport.com/articles.x/14583/15
by oberbimbo
Sun May 18, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 308915

From what I gathered (no personal experience though) the WD 640GB disk is pretty low noise and quite fast, better than even the Samsung, IIRC.

See http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/14380
by oberbimbo
Sat May 17, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 308915

I have one in a SATA-USB enclosure thingy. It's not getting overly hot and is making pretty low noise for 7200RPM but both noise and vibration wise it does not match a GreenPower by quite a bit. Let's just say I will probably order the GreenPower the next time I need a disk, never mind it costs 10% ...
by oberbimbo
Wed May 14, 2008 11:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 308915

I have had bad experiences with the 3Ware controllers. Unless you are lucky and get RAID edition drives, they more often than not kick out perfectly good drives from an array because it took longer than expected to return from a recalibration run :(
by oberbimbo
Sun May 11, 2008 4:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital GP 500GB vs. 1TB
Replies: 4
Views: 2620

Re: Western Digital GP 500GB vs. 1TB

And on another note, how does the GP series compare to the newer 320GB platter drives? There's a lot of talk about the newer drives, but it much of focus is on performance, which I don't care so much about. I'm much more concerned about noise, so does anyone have experience with the two and can com...
by oberbimbo
Fri May 09, 2008 6:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung has plans for 5400 rpm 334GB platter drives EcoGreen
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

Well you can definitely hear seeks on both. Idle is pretty good though.

In doubt, go for the GreenPower, it uses less power and creates less heat, too. I assume you'd probably amortize the cost difference via power savings after a while.
by oberbimbo
Fri May 09, 2008 3:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung has plans for 5400 rpm 334GB platter drives EcoGreen
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

>Btw, how do the standard F1s fare versus the 321KJ, noise-wise? I have a couple of 321s, and they're the most silent drives I've EVER (not) heard... This is slightly besides the point, but maybe it will help you still: I have a F1 and a GreenPower both in USB enclosures (not the same type though). ...
by oberbimbo
Tue May 06, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung has plans for 5400 rpm 334GB platter drives EcoGreen
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

Very good news, F1 have been consistently 15% cheaper than the Greenpowers for a while now in Switzerland
by oberbimbo
Thu May 01, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS released
Replies: 89
Views: 66016

Formatted capacity is a totally useless measure because every filesystem will have different formatted capacity. I have no problem with them using 10^12 bytes for a TB as long as its openly declared. It's not like you don't know what you're buying, really. Now bring on the 1TB 3 platter Greenpower, ...
by oberbimbo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS released
Replies: 89
Views: 66016

Does anyone know if WD plans to ship a 3 platter HD with these platters?

I like the 1TB green power but maybe this would work better, even.
by oberbimbo
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech Power Consumption test - 780G v GF8200 v G35
Replies: 20
Views: 8373

One way or another, without Bluray it's possible to go far below their quoted numbers.

I don't currently consider BD to be of much use considering what the discs retail for, anyway.
by oberbimbo
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech Power Consumption test - 780G v GF8200 v G35
Replies: 20
Views: 8373

I forgot to say, I also have a Benq DVD Writer in there. So that can't be it alone.

Just for completeness, with two instances of burnk7, the machine draws 93W AC BTW. (All values are on 230V)
by oberbimbo
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech Power Consumption test - 780G v GF8200 v G35
Replies: 20
Views: 8373

These idle values seem ridiculous.

I have a Asus M3M78-EMH (GF8200) with a BE-2400, 1GB Kingston, Etasis EFN-300 and a 500GB Samsung SATA disk. The system idles at about 35W. And the EFN300 is a rather old design.

Rather sounds like they forgot to enable Cool'n'quiet to me.
by oberbimbo
Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What's the ideal mobo and CPU for WHS
Replies: 41
Views: 11717

I have an Asus M3N78 with an Athlon BE 2400 and one Samsung HD which idles at 34W so you may want to look into AMD. If the D201GLY2 really needs 30W with a Greenpower it is sorta pointless IMHO.
by oberbimbo
Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Testing out the GeForce 8200 chipset...(ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI)
Replies: 26
Views: 21204

Some guy in a German forum had it running HD DVD on a X2 4400+ (Windows) without problems. Not sure what audio codec he was using, though. There's NO way you can do full bitrate 1080p in software on Linux right now. Not even on a 3.0 GHz Wolfdale, for all I'm told. I can barely do low bitrate 1080p ...
by oberbimbo
Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Testing out the GeForce 8200 chipset...(ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI)
Replies: 26
Views: 21204

Sorry, no idea about HD acceleration (not supported under Linux) and LPCM I can't test because of lack of support for it in my receiver :(