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by sampo
Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 38651

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

Thanks for the advice. I will report back when the replacement arrives.
by sampo
Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 38651

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

Your outlet is properly grounded, right? And by "proper", I mean it's actually grounded and doesn't just have a socket for the ground pin. The PSU has been plugged into an ungrounded outlet, I just tried also a properly grounded outlet and turned ErP off - end result easily audible buzz and whine. ...
by sampo
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 38651

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

Got a 650W version a couple days ago. The unit seems to emit buzz or whine when the system is powered off, enabling ErP support in BIOS does seem to reduce the noise quite a bit though. Turning system power on cures the problem for a some reason. Not sure if there's variance between different RM PSU...
by sampo
Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: WD Scorpio Black 750GB & Scorpio Blue 1TB
Replies: 4
Views: 11114

Re: WD Scorpio Black 750GB & Scorpio Blue 1TB

This is a bit disappointing, since I was planning to swap my WD Green+SQD to 1TB Scorpio Blue+dual SQDs.

I wonder if Samsung notebook drives offer fairly silent seeks and are free of that annoying platter calibration noise?
by sampo
Sun May 22, 2011 2:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case
Replies: 49
Views: 22013

Re: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case

Very nice, however should I be concerned about motherboard VRM and chipset cooling with this case?
by sampo
Mon May 31, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 66832

Sea Sonic Unveils the New X-Series 80PLUS(R) Gold Power Supplies Computex Taipei 2010 Last year, the launch of the Seasonic X series, the world’s first 80PLUS(R) Gold certified multi-output ATX power supply, was a total success. The full modular X-650 and X-750 won many accolades and industry awa...
by sampo
Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 42984

Finally available for preorder in EU.

http://geizhals.at/eu/a496815.html

Price is currently a bit steep, 35 euros more than non green passive 5750.
by sampo
Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Replies: 29
Views: 23713

WD is a better choice for quiet computing. Samsung is relatively quiet only in idle mode. Both drives benefit from Scythe or similar HDD enclosure.
by sampo
Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:53 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is Lian Li PC-B10 silent?
Replies: 24
Views: 20705

I was looking for compact atx case and this came up. What's the point of not having separate air intake for PSU? Would the intake really improve performance as the hot components are going to be located well above the psu?
by sampo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 5750 announced
Replies: 21
Views: 11139

This is great. I was starting to lose hope.
by sampo
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Putting Drives on Standby
Replies: 23
Views: 5281

Has anyone gotten revosleep to work with Windows 7? Is there a hardware solution for sata power control?

Edit: Found "A Hand Made SATA Hard Drive Switch"

http://www.thesataswitch.com/buy.htm
by sampo
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5
Replies: 45
Views: 19113

My two 500Gb 7200RPM 2.5" drives were clearly audible beforehand, even when soft mounted, but are inaudible in that enclosure. For 1Tb of silent local storage that's cooler and quieter than a 3.5" drive, and a hell of a lot cheaper than SSDs. So do you think that 2x2.5" in SQD would be more silent ...
by sampo
Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2
Replies: 17
Views: 7850

Thanks. I guess both drives are fine from acoustical standpoint. Trouble finding the right WD variant and load cycle issues(?) are pointing me towards Seagate.
by sampo
Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2
Replies: 17
Views: 7850

So would a Seagate LP 1TB be a worse choice than WD Green? Does a two platter 1TB WD Green even exist? I mainly care about idle&seek noise.
by sampo
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5750 - Holy Poop
Replies: 23
Views: 6432

Do you have any experience with Thermalright HR-03 A heatsink? I think it would work OK in pseudo passive mode with 5750. Is there any alternatives for passive heatsinks?

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by sampo
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Some info on ATI 57xx series cards...
Replies: 53
Views: 16291

The retail 4770s have max load draw of 90W(cheaper, less efficient design). Anyway the idle draw is huge improvement over previous generation.
by sampo
Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Some info on ATI 57xx series cards...
Replies: 53
Views: 16291

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Now just make it passive. You should be looking at 4850/4870 performance with this one.
by sampo
Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: EcoGreen F2 500GB not as quiet as expected
Replies: 35
Views: 7220

So I would say it is not inaudible at idle. If anything, the idle noise is worse than the seek noise. I want to try putting the ecogreen in a scythe quiet drive. That will add a couple layers of metal to block the sound so I'm hoping for a big improvement... Yes, scythe box will improve idle noise ...
by sampo
Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76519

I just received my Nexus Value. It's a clear improvement over my older Antec EW with scythe fan mod, but I can still hear it from one meter distance. I would say that the noise character is nice unless you put your ear right next to the psu. I don't currently have anything in my computer that could ...
by sampo
Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 66832

Would it be possible to fit this PSU inside NSK3480 without any modifications? I think the extra length would block the standard cable hole.

Edit: Nevermind, I bought the Nexus Value instead.
by sampo
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76519

Nexus seems to have new 530W version of this PSU, Nexus NX-5000 R3. Preorder price is similar to 430 value here in Finland.

http://www.nexustek.nl/Nexus_NX-5000_Qu ... y_530W.htm

Can we expect SPCR review of this unit?
by sampo
Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI vs nVidia fanless cards for mkv hardware acceleration
Replies: 10
Views: 5562

Check out DXVA support in MPC Home Cinema.

http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/DXVASupport.html

Even the cheapest Radeon HD* card will be enough for basic decoding, NVidia doesn't support VC-1.
by sampo
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and fast - WD green, Seagate LP or Samsung F2 ?
Replies: 23
Views: 7346

I'm not sure that how accurate extrahardware's noise measurements are, but I would stay away if Seagate LP really has 6.6dB noise delta between idle and seek. Samsung F2 has noisy seeks, so don't buy this drive if you are going to use it as system drive.
by sampo
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB / platter is out!
Replies: 110
Views: 66999

I have the F2 currently mounted with Nexus DoubleTwin on upper bay of NSK3480. I also had it inside Scythe box that was sitting on floor. I don't believe that different kind of mounting will eat the noise delta between F2 seek and idle. I guess WD20EADS is a bit too expensive right now, so I'm going...
by sampo
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB / platter is out!
Replies: 110
Views: 66999

I meant that the rattling in idle lasts maybe for one or two seconds. I have run almost every possible error check with this drive - no errors. It's about as disturbing as F2 seek noises, I might have to consider WD Green.
by sampo
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB / platter is out!
Replies: 110
Views: 66999

Ksanderash wrote:But you did say there is a rattling sound even in idle sometimes? Like a heads park?
Yes, maybe for one second period tops. The sound is exact copy from the rattling sound.
by sampo
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB / platter is out!
Replies: 110
Views: 66999

Yes, it's a 1.5TB F2. Your drive seems to have similar rattling sound, so maybe it's just a unique feature of F2 series.
by sampo
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB / platter is out!
Replies: 110
Views: 66999

Does your F2 spin-up sound anything like the following:

http://tinyurl.com/samsungF2

My F2 seems to make those weard sounds randomly even in idle.
by sampo
Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 29686

My quick impressions: with case open and drive sitting on floor idle noise is easily audible. Noise character is pleasant and perceivable volume is a bit higher than Antec Tricool@5v. If you have very low noise fan(s), you'll want to take the last step. With drive placed into Scythe box, idle noise ...
by sampo
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 4830 PowerPlay power consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 3071