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by eddieck
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: RotoSub: fans with built-in active noise control
Replies: 8
Views: 2443

RotoSub: fans with built-in active noise control

http://www.rotosub.com/s_technology.php

Saw this on OCN. It doesn't appear to be out or readily available, so it could be vaporware, but who knows. Would be nice if they sent samples (if the product/technology is real) to SPCR.
by eddieck
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: P6X58D-E vs. Sabertooth X58 ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1938

Sabertooth has x16/x16/x4 compared to the P6X58D-E which has x16/x8/x8 or x16/x16/1 (you can change it in the BIOS).

Other than that the Sabertooth looks like a better board. Go for it if you don't plan on 3-way SLI/CF (which, as a silencer, you probably don't) or x8 RAID controllers.
by eddieck
Fri May 14, 2010 7:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I work with audio, so I need a silent PC now
Replies: 18
Views: 2891

Also consider selling that Q6600 and getting a newer 45nm C2Q if you can afford it. I would think if you sold the 6600 your out of pocket costs would be around $100. The 45nm chips run cooler.
by eddieck
Tue May 11, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 26459

dev wrote:Too bad if you ask me since pushing the voltage up a notch or two only takes a few extra minutes.
SPCR used to overvolt to 1.4V but if you read their latest revision to the heatsink methodology article, they couldn't get consistent results by doing so.
by eddieck
Sat May 01, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New cooler, ATI 4770 idling at 80 C
Replies: 5
Views: 1265

captain_obvious wrote:I wonder if even this site's reviews can be trusted.
The two items I've bought because of SPCR's reviews (Nexus 120mm and NH-D14) have performed exactly as the reviews stated. I trust SPCR 100%.
by eddieck
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's 2010 CPU Heatsink Test Platform
Replies: 123
Views: 43586

Mike, when you retested the D14 after getting the replacement board, did you use one or two of the reference Nexus fans? I'm assuming one (in the middle, right?). Also, do you plan on reviewing the Venomous X? I'd start a thread in the donate section but I don't really care about the Venomous. I was...
by eddieck
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: San Ace 9S1212L401 - 48.1CFM at 17dBA
Replies: 6
Views: 3272

Yeah. In the OP the period at the end of the sentence got applied. Sorry. :)

Anyways, anyone else (other than the first link) have experience with these? 17dBA for a 1500 RPM fan would be pretty phenomenal if accurate.
by eddieck
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:00 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: San Ace 9S1212L401 - 48.1CFM at 17dBA
Replies: 6
Views: 3272

San Ace 9S1212L401 - 48.1CFM at 17dBA

Anyone tried these fans? They're $22 at http://www.newark.com/sanyo-denki/9s1212l401/axial-fan/dp/96M1769. Sanyo's specs tend to be accurate, moreso than say Thermaltake (LOL). Therefore if these are remotely accurate (and I have no reason to believe they're not considering Sanyo's track record) the...
by eddieck
Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:43 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Sound signature of a WC loop
Replies: 11
Views: 5415

Most coolers are slightly more than dual-slot including the Twin Turbo. I think the only one that isn't is the Setsugen and I doubt it'll be able to cool a 5870 which I intend on upgrading to.
by eddieck
Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:31 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Sound signature of a WC loop
Replies: 11
Views: 5415

Thanks (and sorry I wasn't able to respond sooner!). Basically I can't find a good GPU cooler and so I'm looking into modding the top of my P182 and making a loop just for that. Good to know WC won't be a problem.
by eddieck
Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Animals and silent fans (Nexus, Slip Stream, etc.)
Replies: 3
Views: 3972

Animals and silent fans (Nexus, Slip Stream, etc.)

So here's a unique question. These fans are all favored at SPCR because they are silent to us human beings. But what about pets - dogs in particular? Can the lower frequency noises that we can't hear be bothersome to them?
by eddieck
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo upgrade soon?
Replies: 71
Views: 23152

SPCR says the TriCools were OEM'd by Dynatron. Considering YLs sell for around $5 from *retailers* I think it's feasible to say a company as large as Antec that can move as many of the fans, could easily get a deal for $2-$3 per fan. I can't imagine Dynatron is manufacturing them cheaper than that.
by eddieck
Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Sound signature of a WC loop
Replies: 11
Views: 5415

Sound signature of a WC loop

With air cooling you've just got the sound of the fans. Nexus and some others aren't bad. They're quiet and they don't sound annoying. I've never used or built a WC system but it seems like it would have an annoying sound signature just of the water flowing in the tubes - something like a fish pump ...
by eddieck
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Recommend speed setting for case fan? what is your speed.hlp
Replies: 18
Views: 13819

JamieG wrote:Also, while I personally haven't used Noctua fans, I think the consensus here is that Scythe and Nexus fans are better.
Just based on sound signature I wasn't absolutely sure if my Noctua fans were fans or jets. The Nexus fans are much smoother sounding and push more air.
by eddieck
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water Cooling Heresy
Replies: 34
Views: 229674

Great thread, ces. I had some similar questions when I was looking at cooling options. I decided I could go with a D14 (which I did) with two CPU fans and one rear exhaust fan or a water cooling system with three fans and a pump. The winner was obvious. These days it's water vs. heatpipes as a condu...
by eddieck
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3859

These will also work if you want a cable rather than a PCI slot solution. I use them and they seem to work. 5V, 7V, and 12V.
by eddieck
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which fans for a P182 case and noctua D14
Replies: 20
Views: 4483

I was in the wrong too. :) Though I think I would tend to trust Scythe, maker of sleeve, ball and fluid bearing fans and well respected around here, against a maker of ball bearing only fans (or retailer if you're talking about Dorothy). NMB and Dorothy obviously have an inherent bias for ball beari...
by eddieck
Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Announces Slip Stream 140 mm Case Fan Series
Replies: 2
Views: 1695

These look like the Kaze Maru 140mm (with 125mm screw holes) that are already sold.
by eddieck
Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A new all purpose quiet computer, any suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 2515

Re: too little memory?

Is 2GB too little for a new computer these days? I'm planning on 4GB for my own but that may be overkill for other users. I think so. I think 6G is the absolute minimum. Not really. I'd say 2 GiB is the worst-case minimum for a new computer these days, with 3 GiB being a decent mid-end config, and ...
by eddieck
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: smartphones are silent
Replies: 9
Views: 5763

I have a friend who recently got an HTC Hero, which is the same company as the Nexus 1, I think? His comments were very similar to yours is many ways; like the battery life. The sound quality of the phone and the speakerphone seem disappointing. I have a Palm Treo 700P, and I do not use any data st...
by eddieck
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which PWM, CPU or Specialty Fan do you Want SPCR to Review?
Replies: 50
Views: 24958

GT!
by eddieck
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anyone using Arctic F-series or Scythe Kama PWM fans?
Replies: 20
Views: 11334

Jay_S wrote:
eddieck wrote:I'm really hoping SPCR reviews the Arctic fans in their new fan roundups
Did you see ces's poll? The AC PWM fans are an option.
I'd vote for the GTs. I'm not interested in PWM or temperature/load-based fan controllers. I want consistent noise no matter what the load is.
by eddieck
Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anyone using Arctic F-series or Scythe Kama PWM fans?
Replies: 20
Views: 11334

I'm really hoping SPCR reviews the Arctic fans in their new fan roundups. The F12 looks similar to the Slip Streams - 9-bladed, small center hub - but is both cheaper and should have a better FDB bearing. Though based on the design I doubt it's good for pressure.
by eddieck
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Dead Scythe :(
Replies: 7
Views: 1395

My Nexus fans do the same. I just lubricate them with sewing machine oil and they work fine... for a few days (on a hot heatsink).
by eddieck
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Reduce voltage on a Hardcano 9 - How?
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

If you don't want to deal with a full-blown fan controller Nexus makes some relatively cheap cables that can downvolt to 7V and 5V.
by eddieck
Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My first try at [quieting] down my rig.
Replies: 20
Views: 6830

FYI, Nexus are rebranded Yate Loons (at least the 120mm Nexus) with a resistor to slow them to 1000 RPM. Where did you get the YLs from? Some shops sell Yates that are assembled by a middleman - they're still Yates but they're not as high quality and their noise character leaves something to be desi...
by eddieck
Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Another SPCR 120mm roundup?
Replies: 7
Views: 2692

Excellent! Any news on which fans will be tested? I've posted my recommendations in the other thread (Arctic F12/F12 Pro, Noctua NF-S12B, Akasa Apache, Gentle Typhoon) but wasn't sure if you intended to review them and had samples of them or if I should order a couple of them for Mike.
by eddieck
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: The NEC EA231WMi-BK
Replies: 10
Views: 3389

IPS panel. True 8-bit color reproduction, not the 6-bit with dithering/FRC you find on TN. Much better horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
by eddieck
Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: The NEC EA231WMi-BK
Replies: 10
Views: 3389

I use this monitor and love it. No noise at all, not even if I stick my ears close to it.
by eddieck
Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Another SPCR 120mm roundup?
Replies: 7
Views: 2692

Well, as far as the Thermaltake one goes - there's a saying around here "if they could make a flash drive noisy they would."