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by bgiddins
Mon May 24, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptor noise: difference among different IcePaks?
Replies: 8
Views: 3352

Wonder if anyone has tried making their own rubber grommets etc for the older Icepaks. I've had a 300GB VR for about 18 months now, it sits loose in the Icepack with the torx screws removed - it got rid of the annoying whine. Tried screwing it back in the other day - the whine came back immediately....
by bgiddins
Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 49494

Apparently the Kingston version of this drive is no more - Intel stopped shipping them to Kingston, cutting them off. So anyone wanting a 40GB SSD, get the Intel one, unless you don't mind a possible inability to provide support by Kingston.
by bgiddins
Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Scythe Slot Rafter
Replies: 6
Views: 2720

Saw that A-Tech mount as well - I would imagine that with a Velociraptor attached (my main interest) it would vibrate like hell and be no better than the ice pack. The Scythe at least is plastic which may have a slight dampening effect, and I run integrated video and have heaps of space around the s...
by bgiddins
Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Scythe Slot Rafter
Replies: 6
Views: 2720

Scythe Slot Rafter

Has anyone tried one of these yet? http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/064/slotrafter_detail.html Basically a plastic mount that slips into a vacant PCI slot, and screws to the case, allows for the mounting of up to 4 x 2.5" HDD/SSDs, plus an optional pair of 80mm fans. Now for SSDs they would be ...
by bgiddins
Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Caviar Black 2TB is underway
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

LodeHacker wrote:64MB cache? :shock:
he "consumer green" WD20EADS has 32MB - however the existing 2TB "enterprise green" RE4-GP already has a 64MB cache - I would be surprised if the "consumer performance" Caviar Black didn't have 64MB as well.
by bgiddins
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD5000AADS: where in the world is Caviar Sandiego?
Replies: 47
Views: 43695

808GB version of this drive

There's a new drive as well: Western Digital Green 808GB WD8088AADS It's not in the list on the WD website, but searching for it found a page: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=613 I note that the AADS (<1TB) models have Read/Write|Idle specs of 6.0/3.7W, as opposed to the EADS mod...
by bgiddins
Sun May 03, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Buying new WD 1TB driver
Replies: 6
Views: 2507

I've had 4 EADS running in RAID 5 24/7 for quite a few months now... however if a HDD is going to fail I'm lead to believe it's either going to fail almost immediately (i.e. after a few days), or after a few years. Manufacturing defects show up pretty quick.
by bgiddins
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 117801

If I could ask God one question...

"Will my 1TB WD green drives fail from excessive load/unload cycles?"

:roll:
by bgiddins
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Buying new WD 1TB driver
Replies: 6
Views: 2507

Re: Buying new WD 1TB driver

Should I buy it? Yes. The "problems" with WD green drives failing early is pure conjecture at this stage - they appear to be one of the most reliable drives around if you go by forums etc. Don't think I've seen a reported failure yet. As someone asked in another thread, a particular thread title on...
by bgiddins
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ PCIe 1 SI TB SSD
Replies: 17
Views: 4682

Looks like this is going to market after all... but with something like a 40mm fan embedded as a cooling solution!!! So much for silent SSDs.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/f ... xpress_ssd
by bgiddins
Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD release enterprise 2GB drive... RE4-GP with 64MB cache!
Replies: 3
Views: 1879

davewolfs wrote:Any chance of these being quiet? The RE3's are pretty damn loud.
These look like a new variation of the RE2-GPs, which are the green series, so 5400RPM I think.
by bgiddins
Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD enter SSD space
Replies: 0
Views: 1187

WD enter SSD space

Western Digital have moved into the SSD space... via acquisition of SiliconSystems. Nothing exciting leaps out from the page.

http://www.siliconsystems.com/index.aspx
by bgiddins
Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD release enterprise 2GB drive... RE4-GP with 64MB cache!
Replies: 3
Views: 1879

WD release enterprise 2GB drive... RE4-GP with 64MB cache!

From the website... a 2GB version of the enterprise series of green drives: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=610 The cache has been boosted to 64MB, compared to the consumer 2TB green drive with "only" 32MB. RWIS is 6.8/3.7/0.8W, compared to the consumer drive's advertised consump...
by bgiddins
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: b Green Smart Article of Noise Reducing Computer Rack
Replies: 5
Views: 4027

Re: b Green Smart Article of Noise Reducing Computer Rack

tell me/us if you consider noise reduction to be "green" Absolutely not. The environmental message behind "green" is very widely accepted to ultimately boil down to sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions - whether it be through elimination of materials like mercury or lead from manufacturing p...
by bgiddins
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar WD10EADS: 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM?
Replies: 10
Views: 12906

It's widely accepted to be 5400RPM. But shops persist in advertising WD Green drives as 7200RPM. Basically WD won't release the actual speed.
by bgiddins
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Linux Software RAID
Replies: 6
Views: 4514

I use gkrellm - it's always open down the left side of my desktop for monitoring system temps etc. The neat thing is it's set up to graph read/write activity on each disk, so when I'm using RAID 5 goodness there's 4 graphs of read or write activity. If a drive fails, it will be visible. There's aler...
by bgiddins
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Build case for ITX motherboard?
Replies: 6
Views: 2395

I'd wait for the Antec ISK 300/400 cases - they have 80mm fans that will probably be easier to quiet/replace than the 40/50mm fans of most mITX cases.
by bgiddins
Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
Replies: 12
Views: 3083

I have 3x slipstream 800 on case, two in front @ 9v and Exhaust @ 12v and 140mm YL 1000 RPM @ 7v on top. How do you find the slipstream fans? I currently have the stock 120mm/140mm tricools running on low, and a pair of AC PWM fans in the front bays - they're quiet but move barely any air. Consider...
by bgiddins
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Obama Deception
Replies: 82
Views: 13604

You realise the rest of the world hated Bush, right? There's about 5 billion people on this planet who think Obama is a good thing for the US.

(I've lived/worked/paid taxes in the US and my partner is a US citizen).
by bgiddins
Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
Replies: 12
Views: 3083

Very good temps - at ambient of 21C, my Q9550 idles at 32/32/30/30, usually hits 41 or 42 per core at 100%. Stock fan running non-PWM - it's a quiet fan by my standards (can't hear it over the Antec 300 tricools running on low). Even on PWM it cools fine, but I moved it to a non-PWM header to get so...
by bgiddins
Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
Replies: 12
Views: 3083

I have that heatsink in an Antec 300 - fits with about 1cm clearance from memory. Great heatsink (mines on C2Q though).
by bgiddins
Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec ISK 300 Mini-ITX case
Replies: 115
Views: 86750

Can anyone tell from those pictures what the disk capacity is? I was looking at a Mini-box ITX case, but it only came with 40mm fans - you could do a lot with a 120mm or 140mm fan mounted directly above a motherboard in one of these cases if a designer applied themselves. A 140mm fan at 500 or 800rp...
by bgiddins
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: VIA C7-D low power rig
Replies: 26
Views: 11020

I think it's criminal that working tech like that was thrown out at the dump! Haven't people heard of e-waste?
by bgiddins
Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: M350 Mini ITX case
Replies: 16
Views: 31025

M350 Mini ITX case

http://www.mini-box.com/M350-universal-mini-itx-enclosure Anyone seen these in the flesh or bought one? I'm still thinking of cooking up an Atom 330 build... this case ticks all the boxes for me except for the lack of filtering and 40mm fan mounts... just not sure how hot an Atom 330 board gets that...
by bgiddins
Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Corsair VX450 PSU with Bottom-mounted PSU case
Replies: 8
Views: 3772

I have the Antec 300 (bottom mount PSU) with the VX450. Cooling is not an issue - I've never heard the term "airflow short circuit" - I still get front to back airflow through the case. HSF blows up - directly into a 140mm exhaust fan 120mm rear exhaust fan blows out PSU fan sucks down, blowing thro...
by bgiddins
Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: New Mac mini - <13w at idle?
Replies: 14
Views: 9362

Cryoburner wrote:Hardly any desktop software makes use full of multiple cores, so it would be a waste.
I was thinking VMware Fusion for starters. Nothing wrong with a bit of virtualisation on the desktop.
by bgiddins
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: IDE options for an OS drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Briefly, but the question of compatibility crops up with Ubuntu... might look further into it as an option. Expect it would need to be low profile - haven't selected a case yet. I was thinking of working out the components and then selecting the smallest case that it would fit in, so I wanted to avo...
by bgiddins
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: IDE options for an OS drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

IDE options for an OS drive

Kicking around the idea of an Atom based build... probably running Ubuntu. Most of the boards I've seen have an IDE connector and two SATA ports - with no onboard RAID. I would like to run RAID 1, so using Linux I can use mdadm for this - but I would need to install the OS on an IDE drive. I looked ...
by bgiddins
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ PCIe 1 SI TB SSD
Replies: 17
Views: 4682

Can you buy 4 250 SI GB Vertexes and controller for this price? You can't even get crappy JMicrons with such capacity for $1500, not to mention controller. ADDED: Which controller? HighPoint site doesn't mention any SATA / SAS one with Marvell chipset and PCIe x8. The case contains a RocketRaid 352...
by bgiddins
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ PCIe 1 SI TB SSD
Replies: 17
Views: 4682

It's already been outed as a RocketRaid card with four naked 250GB Vertex drives attached via SATA, all crammed into a plastic housing to hide the mess. It's no FusionIO drive - just a marketing gimmick. There's even photos showing the grey plastic molding, later painted black to look like an anodis...