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by oldabelincoln
Sun May 26, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 31996

Re: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

oldabelincoln : good catch. The model SPCR reviewed appears to come only with the PH-TC14PE cooler (80+ USD), even outside of the U.S. :( I'm not completely certain, but post #2 on http://www.overclock.net/t/1382743/lab501-phanteks-ph-tc14-vs-noctua-nh-d14-review seems to indicate that the SPCR rev...
by oldabelincoln
Sat May 25, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 31996

Phanteks PH-F140TS for sale differ from the reviewed mo

I happily went off to buy som Phanteks PH-F140TS fans, based on the review. But everywhere I looked, the fan struts shown on retail sites and on the Phanteks site show STRAIGHT struts joined at the outer tip to make an open 3-pointed star! Phanteks site: http://www.phanteks.com/assets/PH-F140TS/PH-F...
by oldabelincoln
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 92949

Re: A slightly different take...

4) THE S2 HAS NO ADDITIONAL ROOM ON THE RIGHT SIDE FOR CABLE MANAGEMENT. True, with so many detachable cable PSUs to choose from, this can't be a huge issue unless you populate all the slots and need to run all the cables. Right, it's not a huge issue, but it has nothing to do with how many cables ...
by oldabelincoln
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 92949

A slightly different take...

While I don't like the Solo II, I was a bit surprised at the issues that were NOT raised in discussion so far. I've done 4 Solo/ P-150 builds, each for a different user, which makes for a fairly varied perspective. To save typing, I'll call the original "S1" and the Solo II, "S2". 1) WHERE DOES YOUR...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Conflict Between Tall RAM and CPU Heatseak
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Conflict Between Tall RAM and CPU Heatseak- try the HR-0

I certainly agree with other comments about tall memory sticks. They are pretty pointless, but if you must use them, the Thermalright HR02 is probably your best bet. It is offset towards the back of the case so that the fan should clear the memory. I've not used one, by have a build with the HR01+, ...
by oldabelincoln
Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo airflow
Replies: 31
Views: 7710

I notice you say you used a 430W PSU (my current one is a 3 year old Seasonic S12 430W) - would this handle my proposed new set up: i5 or i7 (at stock, no overclocking) 4Gb or 6Gb RAM 3xHDDs 1xODD 8800GT Palit The PSU calculator says so, but Id always rather be safe than sorry when it comes to PSUs...
by oldabelincoln
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo airflow
Replies: 31
Views: 7710

My main concern about the Prolimatech was about the possibility of the fins hitting the Solo's crossbar in the north - south direction, a serious issue on 775 boards in a Solo, and the main reason I used an HR-01 in the 775 system in my sig, rather than a TRUE. I had had no trouble with the Scythe 1...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo airflow
Replies: 31
Views: 7710

The Solo is just fine for the new P55 boards. Ventilation is more than adequate - the P55s chipset runs cool - and you can expect very good temperatures on the board with almost any reasonable fan setup. The CPU socket location is very good, and you can use large CPU heatsinks without hitting the So...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Prolimatech's excellent customer support
Replies: 2
Views: 8281

Prolimatech's excellent customer support

The short form: Prolimatech stands behind their product with excerllent customer service in spite of having no local presence in my country. The details: I'm building a system for my brother-in-law, based on a I7 860 on a socket 1156 P55 mobo. I'm more than happy with the Thermalright HR-01+ CPU hea...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Does SPCR seem way too obsessive compulsive about noise?
Replies: 77
Views: 46755

Just a story to emphasize the point - already made many times - that noise is always relative and is always personal. At the time this took place, I was in my mid 30's and could not hear above 13 kHz. In the mid 70s I had to evaluate various alphanumeric CRT terminals - we were looking for something...
by oldabelincoln
Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooling an LGA1156 in a Solo with Thermalright
Replies: 1
Views: 1634

Cooling an LGA1156 in a Solo with Thermalright

I've read here and elsewhere that a Thermalright TRUE doesn't quite fit with an LGA 775 board in a Solo case, because of the case's crossbar under the PSU. Accordingly, I used an HR01+ in building a system with a Q9300 on a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P in a Solo case (the system in the sig); It works fine, an...
by oldabelincoln
Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A star is born... and another yet to be unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 8625

Shamgar,

Thanks for the nice words.
by oldabelincoln
Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: looking recomendation for a case for new PC
Replies: 8
Views: 2296

If you have to get an Antec PSU due to availability, try to get something from the NeoPower range, or (while it is clearly far too large a power supply for your proposed system) the Antec Signature 650, which is very quiet at low power usage. Have a look at the Recommended Section of the main site ...
by oldabelincoln
Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A star is born... and another yet to be unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 8625

Judging by the looks is terrible thing to do. That applies peoples and objects. If you oversight things just way they look you loose a lot. There's beauty in the ugliness too... or then there's no such thing as ugly things. Everything might be beautiful in their own way. Do not judge book by its co...
by oldabelincoln
Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: looking recomendation for a case for new PC
Replies: 8
Views: 2296

The system in my sig is my second with a Solo-type case; the first was a P150 for my wife. I have another Solo waiting for a home theater build (yes, it's too big for most people, but it's lost next to large speakers), and another for a system I'm to build for my brother-in-law. I can think of 5 or ...
by oldabelincoln
Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A star is born... and another yet to be unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 8625

But I think case should not be trashed simply by the looks. Why not? If a case is sufficiently noisy we feel righteous for trashing it, as we wouldn't buy it because of the noise. So if a case is sufficiently ugly, and we wouldn't buy it beacuse we don't like its looks, it seems reasonable to me to...
by oldabelincoln
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Pioneer DVD Burners: MIA?
Replies: 9
Views: 3982

I've had that very page bookmarked for months. The product is marked as "Deactivated." Whoops! I missed that important point. Try Central Computer, a small chain of stores in San Francisco and here in Silicon Valley, specializing in ASUS products. I'm local, and I buy there over the counter, and th...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Pioneer DVD Burners: MIA?
Replies: 9
Views: 3982

Try Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129038 They got out of the retail plasma TV set market after producing what most reviewers call the best TV yet. I've had / have 3 or 4 generations of their DVD burners. They all produce great burns until one day they start produci...
by oldabelincoln
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modulat, straight-through quiet PSU?
Replies: 5
Views: 1814

What about the recommended Antec Signature 650? ( review ) I guess it's only 79% efficient at your load, but it would be super quiet, it's straight through, and still available on newegg and Antec's web site :) Maybe there's a better option for you... it just seems like there is more buzz around hi...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modulat, straight-through quiet PSU?
Replies: 5
Views: 1814

Modulat, straight-through quiet PSU?

I've been very happy with the Antec NeoHE and NeoPower PSUs. My builds have yet to run more than 110W at the AC power meter, so I'm fine with the 430 or 500, which were easier to find than the 380. They are quiet enough for my purposes. In addition to the system in the sig, I've just finished anothe...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How is your P150 / Solo rig? What fans do you use?
Replies: 16
Views: 3763

The system in the sig is my wife's, which I built for her in 2006. It was inspired by MikeC's "Thailand" build. The 2x92mm front fans simply can't be heard in this system because it sits on a carpeted floor. The system is more than adequately quiet for her use, and she says she can't hear a thing. I...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Adjustable margins on the main page to match text size
Replies: 5
Views: 4368

Mike, After your result, I felt I should review my usage. I found that Internet Explorer (which I use only when I must) did NOt give the same result, which pointed at Firefox usage. A bit of experimentation showed that the cuprit was an old version of a Firefox plugin, one that is not related to tex...
by oldabelincoln
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Adjustable margins on the main page to match text size
Replies: 5
Views: 4368

Adjustable margins on the main page to match text size

My vision is not great, and I usually increase the text size on most web pages, including SPCR. Unfortunately, the layout is such that when I do increase the text size on the home page, the light gray right hand column doesn't expand as much as the text does, and now the blue text runs over into a d...
by oldabelincoln
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: dust filter materials
Replies: 10
Views: 3423

I've just been looking for such material at McMaster-Carr, and comparing with two different filters designed for computer use, and with window screening. My current build-in-progress is in a Solo, and the front filter has 24 holes per inch. These appear to be round holes punched into a sheet in line...
by oldabelincoln
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recomend 22" monitor
Replies: 32
Views: 10032

New 22" eIPS from Dell (new LG panel), there should be 23" 1920*1080 models with these panel types soon though... http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=04&sku=320-7825 I could find nothing on the Dell page that indicated that it was eIPS. I understand ...
by oldabelincoln
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Tech Report: 1TB Barracudas failing in droves, users claim
Replies: 12
Views: 3704

Seagate finally provides a fix - maybe

Tech Report: "Seagate offers fix, free data recovery for bricked Barracudas" http://techreport.com/discussions.x/16246 Best discussion thread is http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=128092&st=680 As of this post, Seagate customer service is saying that they don't have the firmware availabl...
by oldabelincoln
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Tech Report: 1TB Barracudas failing in droves, users claim
Replies: 12
Views: 3704

I have the 500gb model and i just replaced it with my old drive as it is failling. 9 months old and over 100 reallocated sectors, so i don't trust it with my data anymore. it's also one of the noisiest drives i have ever owned. I have no doubt that there are similar issues out there, but, in fairne...
by oldabelincoln
Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Tech Report: 1TB Barracudas failing in droves, users claim
Replies: 12
Views: 3704

Tech Report: 1TB Barracudas failing in droves, users claim

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/16232 It's not just the 1TB drives, it appears to apply to all models of 7200.11 drives. Apparently the Seagate forum modertors have been deleting posts and making life uncomfortable for people who post about the problem. The discussion has accordingly moved from...
by oldabelincoln
Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silicone strips that come with your heatsink?
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

Don't trust radiation thermometers when measuring unpainted surfaces! Unpainted, untreated metallic surfaces are extremely poor radiators. Sure, heatsinks are likely treated to radiate some but just a word of advice. I've seen quite silly reviews who say stuff like Prescott not warming up above roo...
by oldabelincoln
Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silicone strips that come with your heatsink?
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

rubber bands get funky when exposed to high heat. True, but on my current build (not in the sig) the front of an HR01+ (with a fan on it) on top of a Q9300 never even hits 5 C above ambient according to an infra-red thermometer. Even so, rubber bands don't age well at room temperature. I suggest a ...