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by Camacha
Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Re: Looking for quiet 40mm fans

Allright, I spoke with the manufacturer of the device I am going to use these fans for and apparently static pressure is of relevance for proper operation. Maybe this will help the search a little bit, though it too seems restricted to the numbers the manufacturer gives us. Does anyone have any empi...
by Camacha
Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Re: Looking for quiet 40mm fans

Does anyone have any empiric indication of noise? Otherwise I will have to take a gamble.
by Camacha
Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Re: Looking for quiet 40mm fans

Someone must have looked at affordable 40mm fans before, right? yep we sure have, none ive seen are up to the task. the general consensus on SPCR is to use 80mm as a minimum size to achieve silence. ive used 80mm fans in cases less than 80mm thick, but i had to angle the fan at 45* to make it fit i...
by Camacha
Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Re: Looking for quiet 40mm fans

I want to avoid 'trying' as much as possible, as that tends to add up anyway. Someone must have looked at affordable 40mm fans before, right?
by Camacha
Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Re: Looking for quiet 40mm fans

The Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX is probably the best seller in this category. Apart from the Scythe it might be worth considering the Gelid Silent 4 which has a top speed of 4200 rpm, slightly less than the Noctua. The latter seems to be available locally for a decent price. Three Gelids for one Noctua. Wh...
by Camacha
Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Looking for quiet 40mm fans

Let me start off with the obvious - 40mm fans are not optimal when it comes to sound or airflow. They are small and therefore noisy. I understand that the request for quiet fans of this size is a bit optimistic. However, in the specific situation I am dealing with, size is a major issue. Anything bi...
by Camacha
Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

The SSD I had in mind was something like a Kingston 120GB, fast and cheap but might not allow all your games to fit. Live cramped for a while or install some games on the HDD perhaps? Only until 256GB or larger SSDs becomes affordable, then the small 120GB can become system disk in some other syste...
by Camacha
Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

Seeing other people struggle with their RAID setups (rebuilding and things like that) ... My current motherbord does support several RAID levels, so the option is always open And refraining from using your motherboard's RAID features will keep you away from all sorts of trouble. Would you care to e...
by Camacha
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

Mirroring is only of any real use for mission critical servers RAID/DRBD/whatever isn't only for "mission critical" servers. Like, obviously. Some people... I agree. Seeing other people struggle with their RAID setups (rebuilding and things like that) and the advantages - for reasons expained - bei...
by Camacha
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

I agree, but I should also make sure I will not regret my purchase, as my budget has bounds. I like to get hardware that I know will be useful later on, even when the stuff is a bit out-dated. I care less about budget. An SSD as the fast drive might not be the cheapest solution, but a few years dow...
by Camacha
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

I didn't see anyone else mention this, but you suggested the idea in your first post that you might want to do some kind of mirroring - DONT. Mirroring is only of any real use for mission critical servers, what you want is either an image of your boot drive and a reliable bit of backup software, or...
by Camacha
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

I have been looking into these Red drives and I must say that they look attractive. They outperform the Greens pretty much with everything, while they are quiet as anything. So it looks like the second drive will be a Red; I will just have to configure Windows to spin it up only during backup sessio...
by Camacha
Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

Never looked into them my self, but have you considered a SSD hybrid drive ? Not sure how they handle loading games what with them caching frequently access data. I think those will be unsuitable for my purposes. They cache the most used files, but when requesting large and/or ever changing files t...
by Camacha
Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

Have you considered the WD Red? It's like a green but with no head park feature and longer warranty. I wouldn't get a noisy WD Black unless you really need that extra performance (and even then I would consider a second or larger SSD instead of a spinning drive, depending on how much storage you ne...
by Camacha
Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

I am very aware that internal backup - for various reasons - is far from perfect. For that very reason I have a WD20EARS in an external USB3 casing. I chose USB over eSATA because of backwards compatibility, interchangeability and portability. Speed wise it makes no difference compared to eSATA - be...
by Camacha
Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 15131

Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

Hi there. Because of a little boo boo with my current HDD I decided to go for a couple of new ones. The idea is to have a relatively fast one as a daily driver and primary storage, while a second, possibly slower HDD will be used for the all imporant backups. This is where I messed up before (someth...
by Camacha
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gentle Typhoon 1150 + NZXT Sentry 2
Replies: 2
Views: 1214

Re: Gentle Typhoon 1150 + NZXT Sentry 2

This is unfortunately a common problem with the Sentry 2. They admit it on their forums. Please add your fans to their list so the scale of the problem becomes clear.

http://www.nzxt.com/forum/showthread.ph ... e-Noise%29
by Camacha
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer

There seems to be a problem with the NZXT Sentry 2. Combined with some fans it can create a rattling sound that is quite loud, which kind of defies the point. It's not happening with all fans though, so I'm not sure what to make of it. i seem to recall that the mugen2 comes with thermal paste? I alr...
by Camacha
Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer

Thank you sir, for these excellent replies. You're already helping me a lot. You have no SLI/CFX (it's where the P18x really suffers IME), have no high power draw (so the PSU won't overheat), you have no tons of drives tightly packed: therefore I still continue to not see the need for more than 2 ca...
by Camacha
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer

They are far quieter: but do you really need 6 fans? Maybe I should have been more specific. I will order 6 fans, but at first I will replace the three TriCools currently present in my case (two out, one on the bottem). Then I want to: - Add one as an intake, I feel that would be a valuable additio...
by Camacha
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?
Replies: 477
Views: 660183

Re: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?

I was actually talking about this keyboard: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_elRG19ZtsW8/TGic5d_O8aI/AAAAAAAAAF0/eIdOIXEPdvw/s1600/apple-aluminum-keyboard.jpg The keys not having as much travel is the price you pay, even though I think it's actually pretty nice if you get used to it. It's a bit awkward at ...
by Camacha
Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?
Replies: 477
Views: 660183

Re: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?

Did anyone mention the Apple aluminium keyboard yet? Even though I'm not a big fan of Apples other hardware (too expensive, not flexible enought) the keyboard is something I like. It has keys like the ones on a laptop; not totally quiet but a lot quieter than most keyboards. Decent rubber pads on th...
by Camacha
Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer

Summer 2009, I built a system on the basis of a P4. Yes, that was and is quite an aging chip, but I could get it and some other components for free and didn't have a lot of money to spend at the time. The money I did spend, however, was spend on carefully selected components, so I could keep on usin...
by Camacha
Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case fan guards
Replies: 13
Views: 3819

CE rules. They have strict rules for things with moving objects in it (like cases with fans). when there arent any grills at all the manufacturer is responsibile for injuries. When there is a guard the manufacturer is not responsible. But that doesn't account for cases where there are also fanguard...
by Camacha
Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case fan guards
Replies: 13
Views: 3819

Well, usually my cables are inside my case and the fanguards on the outside, so that doesn't help much :lol:
by Camacha
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case fan guards
Replies: 13
Views: 3819

I am wondering, what is the reason these fanguards are fitted to cases at all? They can even be found in cases that are built for silence, in places where fingers are not an issue (like SPCR's own P180), so why are they fitted/stamped? Maybe they play an important role in shielding the gear inside f...
by Camacha
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AC Accelero S2 + 92 or 120 fan enough for GTS 250?
Replies: 10
Views: 2775

Could someone maybe comfirm whether the little RAM sinks are sticking properly nowadays? I know there were problems with the sinks falling off in earlier shipments, but I guess they could and should have corrected this by now.

I really don't want to glue the sinks in place due to warranty issues.
by Camacha
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's 2010 CPU Heatsink Test Platform
Replies: 123
Views: 45733

Why isn't the Noctua NH-D14 in the test? And it so happens that I'm working right now on a NH-D14 review w/ results from the new test platform. I am very curious to see the results. Most websites just focus on performance, while silence is also quite important to me, even though I do really like pe...
by Camacha
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Noise and build quality of Intel PSU
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

That sounds pretty good to me. Yesterday I managed to dig up a spec sheet of the various components used in the server. The PSU can be found from page 110 and further. You can find it here: http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/chassis/sc5650/sb/e39531003_sc5650_tps_rev_1_1.pdf . I t...
by Camacha
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Noise and build quality of Intel PSU
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

I think you might be right. I asked the seller about this and although he hasn't run this particular PSU, he has some experience with a simular one. He tells me it's a standaard ATX power supply, with a 24-pin power lead, 4-pin CPU power, 6 SATA, 4 Molex and 1 FDD lead. That all sounds pretty standa...