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by David Mitchell
Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which hard drives will stay cool enough?
Replies: 10
Views: 2815

To steer this back to my own purposes, do any of y'all have temperature measurements from before and after switching from a normal hard drive to a GreenPower or 2.5" drive? System readings (from the motherboard rather than the drive) might be especially interesting.
by David Mitchell
Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which hard drives will stay cool enough?
Replies: 10
Views: 2815

Have you considered a very very slow running fan blowing over the drive(s). An 80mm fan running at <500rpm will keep a drive quite close to the ambient temp, and so long as the fan is good quality it will be utterly silent, you can even suspend the fan using gardent string and foam if there isnt a ...
by David Mitchell
Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which hard drives will stay cool enough?
Replies: 10
Views: 2815

Which hard drives will stay cool enough?

We live in southern Virginia (USA), and most of our house isn't air-conditioned, so it gets very warm in the summer. Our computers are fairly quiet, but this seems to be rough on the hard drives. We have old Seagate Barracuda IV drives; the SMART reports are starting to look rough, and I'm worried b...
by David Mitchell
Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A horse of a different color? (Rosewill cases on newegg.com)
Replies: 11
Views: 3187

Whoa. Anyone else recall the Compucase LX-6A19?

Yes, the front intake doesn't look so good, and I don't like doors, but I'm still tempted.
by David Mitchell
Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 92mm quiet lowspeed fan..$1
Replies: 2
Views: 2465

Re: 92mm quiet lowspeed fan..$1

Bluefront wrote:Well it should be quiet, sleeve bearing, .14A, three-pin, a Foxcon PV902512L. Can't beat the price. Anybody have one?
Yeah. As yeha points out, I have five. I wish they were quiet. Want them?
by David Mitchell
Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:54 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 92mm (FOR $4.50 + shipping)
Replies: 25
Views: 6509

Edward Ng wrote:Okay, well...the results are in.

And the fans aren't that great. :(
Hmm. The verdict seems rather similar to that on the 92mm fans I tried..

Thanks for taking the time to test them!
by David Mitchell
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 92mm (FOR $4.50 + shipping)
Replies: 25
Views: 6509

Edward Ng wrote:Sorry; they're still sitting around untested...

Weekend's here, so I'll try.
Oh, I understand. I need to report back on some 80x80x15mm fans in another thread myself.
by David Mitchell
Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:26 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 92mm (FOR $4.50 + shipping)
Replies: 25
Views: 6509

Edward Ng wrote:I have the four samples, but as I said, I don't have an actual Nexus 92mm to compare against.

I'll play around with these fans tonight.
Did these turn out to be any good? I tried another 92mm fan with dismal results, so I'm still looking.
by David Mitchell
Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:30 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: a stretch - possibily the 92 mm nexus.
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

I picked up five of those fans, along with a couple of other things, after seeing this thread. Unfortunately, they have a pretty unpleasant buzz at 12V that nearly turns into a tick at 5V. Without that they would be quite nice. If anything changes after I leave one running over-night, I'll let y'all...
by David Mitchell
Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Evercool EC8015m12CA.....Slim 80mm fan.
Replies: 1
Views: 1291

Re: Evercool EC8015m12CA.....Slim 80mm fan.

Here's a 15mm thick 80mm fan by Evercool. Unlike the other slim models I've seen, this one has rpm monitoring. Maybe somebody here has heard one.....these slim fans come in handy in many applications. Link I have not one but three of these due to show up tomorrow. Somewhere around here I read about...
by David Mitchell
Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Asus TA-210 Black Case
Replies: 3
Views: 1576

If only ASUS cases were available in North America, separate from barebone systems, you might have some responses. I quite like the look myself: I nearly bought an ASUS Vintage S the other day merely to get the case!
by David Mitchell
Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

Like jmatucd, I have been so busy that I neglected to report on the success of my TekGems order. I still haven't even unpacked all the fans! However, I can say that the service was quite good. I was surprised to see that Mr. Sun Kim registered here — any chance you'll be carrying other components fo...
by David Mitchell
Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Vintage S
Replies: 6
Views: 3331

David Mitchell wrote:I don't like the look of the Aria much.
It looks better than I recalled, actually, but whether it's quiet depends on who you ask, and, I'm certain, what goes in it. Either way, it seems easier to make a larger case work well if you don't really want or need the small size.
by David Mitchell
Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:51 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Vintage S
Replies: 6
Views: 3331

'uATX' is really micro-ATX (the u looks a bit like the micro symbol). mATX is another short form for micro-ATX. So they are the same thing. Ah, thanks for making that connection. Buy this system, pulling out the MB, and replacing it with another sounds unnecessarily expensive. As it happens — I did...
by David Mitchell
Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:11 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Vintage S
Replies: 6
Views: 3331

Re: Asus Vintage S

Assuming it has standard m-ATX standoff locations, couldn't you just pull out the included SiS board and replace it with the m-ATX board of your choice? *EDIT* - Upon further research, apparently you can use whatever m-ATX board you want. Taken from this Asus page : Vintage series adopts the standa...
by David Mitchell
Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: nexus fan replacement raises gpu temps 20C... advice?
Replies: 11
Views: 3281

Forgot to mention-- the top heatsink is barely warm to the touch, while the heatpipes are SCALDING hot and the bottom heatsink is quite warm. Do heatpipes lose efficiency over time or something? I'm not experienced with heatpipes, but I recall that some of them don't work unless they are properly o...
by David Mitchell
Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:41 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Vintage S
Replies: 6
Views: 3331

Re: Asus Vintage S

Anyone experience with the Asus Vintage S, and the noise the powerunit makes? Read somewhere it was dead silent, but I hardly beleef it.... so anyone? Link: http://www.asus.com/products/desktop/vintage/overview.htm I quite like that case. If only it were for AMD processors.. Newegg has it , by the ...
by David Mitchell
Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:22 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Silent XA SFF "silent 4-in-1 thermal jet"
Replies: 8
Views: 3789

BTW, looks like what is sold in the US as the Chenming "Game' barebones. Yes - well spotted. Looks like there is also a S462 version available too (nForce 2, though). Would be great with an XP-M, if it supports it. Northbridge looks passive. I am now getting a little tempted but can't seem to find ...
by David Mitchell
Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How quiet is the stock fan in a BBA Radeon 9600XT?
Replies: 6
Views: 1950

mshan wrote:How have you guys mounted those fans?

Zalman fan bracket 123 or something else?
I'd like to know, too.
by David Mitchell
Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone tried this Inwin case?
Replies: 6
Views: 2499

Re: front fan

Looking at the pics on newegg , it doesn't look like there is a front fan mount. I agree with you, but that's the IW-Z720T.I300FU2AD , which has a 92mm rear fan and lacks a hard drive cage. The IW-C720T.I300FU2AD has the 120mm rear fan and a hard drive cage. I haven't spotted other differences — wa...
by David Mitchell
Mon Jan 31, 2005 6:47 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

I finally decided to order from TekGems as well. I'm gambling on the 8025M being good; I ordered 11 of those and 22 of the D12SL-12 for $121.21.
by David Mitchell
Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone tried this Inwin case?
Replies: 6
Views: 2499

Interesting case — the front looks a bit messy to me, but it's not too bad. I prefer the white version. If I get one I'll let you all know.
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

Re: TekGems has 'em

Edward Ng wrote:
David Mitchell wrote:...I can't recall whether the black 80mm fan with aluminum housing has also been panned (I'm tired of flipping back and forth through the pages)...
Not very good at all.
Thanks.

Anyone want to speculate on the translucent 80mm with blue LEDs?
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

when i was talking about the page from geeks.com being taken out, i mean i had a bookmark to the page with the yateloons on them, and it disappeared. i had been checking it everyday for a couple days, and then it disappeared when i checked this afternoon. oh well. Oops, you're right. I checked it t...
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

on the /. front, i don't know if there ever was such a thing. i mean, everyone's interested in the new supply, but maybe they're just camping geeks.com or something. i know that i was - they seem to have taken the page for the 120mm offline. Apparently, anything out of stock at geeks.com is removed...
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

i suggest buying the orange 120mm yate loons. we know that they actually work when coming from isellsurplus and geeks.com, so it'd be good if we know that their supply is the same. i'd suggest buying a lot of 10, in order to see what the difference between each fan is - not to mention the fact that...
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

i just visited resellerratings.com, and apparently only 7 people have given tekgems a review in their account lifetime on the site, and none of them have been in the last six months. Anyone willing to take the risk? It looks a lot better than iSellSurplus, at least. I'll take the risk if someone ca...
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

Suitable for PSU fan swap?

Before I forget again: would it be worthwhile to swap these 120mm fans into Fortron/Sparkle power supplies?
by David Mitchell
Wed Jan 26, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 146335

TekGems has 'em

There's another source for the orange 120mm: TekGems . The price for one to nine fans is $10.99 each, but buy ten or more and the price is $3.90 each! TekGems also has a 120mm with LEDs for the same price — I guess it's the same as the one previously mentioned. Then there are four black fans labeled...
by David Mitchell
Sun Jan 23, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Pentium II 266 without Fan?
Replies: 12
Views: 3902

I've recently looked inside two old Gateway PII-based systems. One has a PII-233 with a noisy (at least now) 40mm fan on the heatsink, but the other has a PII-350 with a large fanless heatsink. If I recall correctly, both systems have a power supply with a bottom 92mm fan (not hard-mounted!) under a...