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by twinbee
Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

Intel Quad-core Q6600 - G0 stepping. Excellent point about the stock fan/heatsink being the odd one out in the setup. However, hidden just out of sight is a nifty bit of hardware which forceably slows the CPU fan down. Due to the G0 stepping, Arctic Silver MX4 paste, and me being a bit risky, I keep...
by twinbee
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

Enjoy and please report back. But of course :) PSU arrived a few days ago. Had chance today to hook it all up. First off though, I tried the paper clip trick to get the PSU fan to spin without being connected to the motherboard. It is indeed very quiet. In a near-silent room, if I put my ear right ...
by twinbee
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

Nice find about the review Derpington. Shame they didn't care too much about quietness. It's 2015 FFS!!! Why does anyone care/talk about caps today? Woah didn't expect that. Here's a couple of interesting quotes from this thread over at badcaps.net: On 2014-06-16, mockingbird said: "12.5mm and 10mm ...
by twinbee
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

Hmm, the best I could find was this: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1445-page2.html

It's something, but I was hoping for a full review and/or comparison of the Straight Power 10 with other PSUs.
by twinbee
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

Hmm, with apparently only two reviewed since Dec 2012, I doubt that: http://www.silentpcreview.com/section10.html
by twinbee
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

Do you know if the caps are good on it? Just out of interest, can anyone hear the Pure Power L8 from normal sitting distance in an otherwise super-quiet PC?

Any chance for a review of the P10 here at SPCR? :)
by twinbee
Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Bequiet's new 'Straight Power 10' PSU

After around five years of service, my super-quiet Nexus 430 has finally given up the ghost (burning smell - probably produced by too much dust in there, and so cooling wasn't adequate?). Anyway, I'm looking for a new super-quiet contender, and I have my eyes on the BeQuiet brand. I was wondering if...
by twinbee
Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Worth replacing stock Q6600 heatsink?
Replies: 5
Views: 2759

Re: Worth replacing stock Q6600 heatsink?

Thanks guys. Those all seem like good fans, but I was hoping there would be a review of the stock 6600 quadcore fan due to it being very common, and how it can be used as a 'baseline' to see how aftermarket fans compare (so users can see whether it's worth upgrading). You'd think review sites (inclu...
by twinbee
Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Worth replacing stock Q6600 heatsink?
Replies: 5
Views: 2759

Worth replacing stock Q6600 heatsink?

I have a Core 2 quad Q6600 quad-core CPU and am interesting in buying a heatsink to replace the stock heatsink that came with the CPU (I'm not interested in overclocking, just having a very quiet PC). So I'm thinking of getting this heatsink as it's just £10 and received lots of 5* ratings: http://w...
by twinbee
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 22735

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

That is basically what a stock Sandy Bridge does...
Yes but can you force them to that speed (or any speed for that matter), or do they only drop to that speed when you aren't using the CPU? I might want a slow speed even if I'm pushing the computer to its limits.
by twinbee
Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 22735

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

Thanks, yes what would be ideal is if I could have the power when I need it, but then for the rest of the time switch down to a lower gigahertz rating so as to avoid having to use the fan. I wonder if there's a CPU which lets you choose a completely arbitrary GHz level from anything from say 100 Mhz...
by twinbee
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 22735

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

As someone who's less technically literate than most of you in terms of cooling, can I say that I'm pretty disappointed with the review. For a site that has the word "silent" in the domain name, I didn't see the mention of the word "fan" or "noise" even once. It would have been nice to summarize if ...
by twinbee
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The 'convector' style case
Replies: 8
Views: 1400

Re: The 'convector' style case

Thanks, that's interesting, and glad to see it's been looked at. If you are honestly trying to cool a quad-core and a 580 by convection alone, then I must advise you quit smoking crack, it's really bad for your teeth... If I were to have it completely open-air (or a case with grills all round, mostl...
by twinbee
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The 'convector' style case
Replies: 8
Views: 1400

Re: The 'convector' style case

Yes, it only needs to be a standard-sized case for most people. Personally, I'll be using an Intel quadcore (non-overclocked), Nvidia 9500 GT, along with an Nvidia Fermi 580 GPU (both for testing purposes), and a couple of 2.5" HDs (one of which is SSD), so I should be fine if I get at least it a bi...
by twinbee
Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The 'convector' style case
Replies: 8
Views: 1400

The 'convector' style case

I have at the moment a pretty silent PC. However, that may change when I buy a Fermi-class GPU. I've heard the thing puts out about 300 watts, so I'm anticipating I may need another tower case fan ON TOP of the standard PSU fan that's in there. That got me thinking - why don't tower cases work like ...
by twinbee
Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 48698

Re: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD

Ah, hmmm.. during the install, there was options to prepare the drive, but unfortunately, the "format" option was blanked out (in that previous URL, he said not to format the drive, but maybe that's because he thinks I can have full capacity anyway). I'm hoping therefore I won't suffer too much from...
by twinbee
Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 48698

Re: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD

Thanks - I intend mainly to use it as a boot drive with Win 7, though realistically I'll probably use it for a few applications, along with the pagefile and system restore. I asked the question (along with others) at the official Mushkin support forum, and he says that the drive already has overprov...
by twinbee
Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 48698

Re: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD

dhanson865, do you think this would also apply with the Sandforce controller? I've actually plumped for a Mushkin 60 GB model in the end which uses the SF-1200 controller. Apparently, when formatting the 60 GB model, one will only be left with 55 GB automatically, so maybe they think 5 GB is enough?...
by twinbee
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 48698

Re: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD

Many thanks - that's very helpful. The whole 20% free doesn't mean free space on the partition (drive letter) it means formatting the drive to 80% or less than it's advertised capacity. I imagine that's to help TRIM do its thing better, and that it also applies to other drives (e.g. with the sandfor...
by twinbee
Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 48698

Re: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD

Disk Management shows a 40GB SSD as 37.25GB. I formatted mine at just over 25GB but you could get the full 37GB if you care about the capacity. I'm tempted to get this SSD myself, but I'm rather concerned at the 25GB quote. How do you get the full 37 GB capacity and what are the trade offs here? I'...
by twinbee
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: quiet table fan
Replies: 16
Views: 19266

I'm under the impression that the majority of noise caused by a fan is when the 'sharp edge' of each blade hits the air. Is this correct? To solve this, maybe there could be a design where the air increases in speed more gradually, or where the area close to the air hitting blade edge is made from a...
by twinbee
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:27 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Quiet, lightweight dualcore 15" laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 10648

Asus UL50vt seems interesting, though hard to get in the UK, and also since it comes with a NVidia gfx card, doesn't that mean it has another fan?
by twinbee
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 2.5" 320-500 GB HD (reliable too)
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Quietest 2.5" 320-500 GB HD (reliable too)

Until SSD gets a lot cheaper, I'd like to fit a 2.5" HD inside my desktop PC. A couple of reasons: a: They're often quieter than 3.5" HDs b: If I need to diagnose it, I can take it out and connect it to my laptop. What's the quietest and most reliable 2.5" which has at least 320GB (maybe 500). It mu...
by twinbee
Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Quiet, lightweight dualcore 15" laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 10648

As you probably know though, the 36.6 dB is only occasionally reached in idle mode, though I suppose that could be irritating in itself. I wonder if Speedstep could help here. You're right that the 96% seems a bit overrated. It's a close call. The Lenovo Thinkpad is just under 3x the price, and appa...
by twinbee
Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Quiet, lightweight dualcore 15" laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 10648

Hi Ron, Thanks for the reply. I've been trying to do some research as well. In a very similar price range and feature specification to what you mentioned is this: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-G550-Notebook.21568.0.html It features a standard UK/US keyboard layout, and a keypad which is...
by twinbee
Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Quiet, lightweight dualcore 15" laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 10648

Quiet, lightweight dualcore 15" laptop

I live in the UK and need a new very quiet Windows 7 laptop (my previous one is dying). I previously wanted 8 gigabyte and quadcore, but having realised the tech isn't there, here are my new requirements: 1: Dual-core 2: Silent or near-silent. I'll maybe tolerate something like speedstep where I can...
by twinbee
Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Unconditional Basic Income
Replies: 124
Views: 27198

We're at a stage where a small basic income is supplied for everyone (at least in the UK), but in the future, I suppose the basic income will rise and rise further. When businesses and processes unify, and robots/computers begin to take over traditionally human jobs, the output and wealth will stay ...
by twinbee
Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Silent fridge/freezer
Replies: 2
Views: 2110

Space is one factor, but it's more convenient to reach in with a normal fridge of course. I think a sliding (preferably transparent) door would help quite a bit to retain the cool air in an upright anyway, but that's another topic. I just love the idea of solid state. Things are less likely to break...
by twinbee
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Silent fridge/freezer
Replies: 2
Views: 2110

Silent fridge/freezer

This has been posted about before on this forum, but it's been around 2 years, so I think it's worth bringing up again. Just wondering if there are any truly silent fridge freezers out there. I know there's a mini-one selling on Amazon that uses probably solid-state tech, but I was thinking of bigge...
by twinbee
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:15 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A quest for PC speakers...
Replies: 24
Views: 11579

May as well conclude the story. Mainly because of price reasons, I chose the Creative Inspire T10 speakers. They are pretty silent, with no hum/buzz, and the pink/white noise is incredibly faint and effectively silent. The sound quality is almost as good as my older ZyFi Pro speakers, though perhaps...