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by Iron_Dreamer
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Low profile 80mm fans for an Antec Minuet fan swap
Replies: 15
Views: 6588

How high-power a system are you considering running in your Minuet? I ask, because if the power draw is pretty low, you could get away with a quiet standard-sized 80mm exhaust fan in place of the stock Tri-Cool, and just take the lid off the PSU. That is exactly what I have done in one system of min...
by Iron_Dreamer
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 114111

Let me start by saying that I hate advertising. Be it fools shouting on the TV, politicians whining on the radio, ugly billboards trashing the roadsides, blinking and bobbing internet boobies, or fraudulent fliers festering on city walls. Almost nothing truly good ever comes one's way via advertisin...
by Iron_Dreamer
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 49942

Some effort is required to run Windows 7 on a drive of this size, but it is at least possible. I really don't think it requires effort to run Win7 on a 30GB drive. I have one system running Win7 off a 16GB CF card. Installed, with page file and hibernation files turned off, Win7 x64 is only about 8...
by Iron_Dreamer
Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar A760G-M2+ - 30W barrier broken
Replies: 119
Views: 104555

Thanks to everyone for all the great info in this thread. I just got a new server up and running using this motherboard. AMD Sempron 140 2GB Kingston DDR2-800 ECC non-registered Antec NSK6580 Antec Earthwatts 430W OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD 3x WD15EADS With the hard drives not powered up, the system is idl...
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354240

- Run hdparm from a command line (as administrator) like this: hdparm -B 254 hda Trouble is, this doesn't seem to work on the WD Green series: drdaz@el-mahico:~$ sudo hdparm -B254 /dev/sdc /dev/sdc: setting Advanced Power Management level to 0xfe (254) HDIO_DRIVE_CMD failed: Input/output error Whic...
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hybrid Drive (SSD + HDD)
Replies: 8
Views: 2266

Yuck. What's the point of that? You instantly lose one of the biggest benefits of an SSD, specifically the benefit most important to this site, namely silence! SSD's have allowed me to keep all my big, slow, noisy (relatively speaking) hard drives away in a closet where they belong. And there they s...
by Iron_Dreamer
Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is 2.5" Scorpio Blue quieter than 3.5" Caviar Gree
Replies: 4
Views: 1735

I just set up Vista on a Scorpio Blue 500GB today, wow, what a quiet drive! Definitely quieter than a WD10EADS.
by Iron_Dreamer
Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Where to buy SQD2.5?
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

I was looking around a bit also. I do believe it has been discontinued (as with the 3.5" version.)
by Iron_Dreamer
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone passively cooled PSUs
Replies: 11
Views: 2792

If the system's power draw is only 60W, why not use a PicoPSU? Up to 120W, totally silent/passive, and a LOT cheaper.
by Iron_Dreamer
Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 1TB WD10EACS head park noise
Replies: 18
Views: 7043

I've never noticed such a noise. The loudest part of my system is a Samsung HD501LJ by a nose over the WD, so I doubt there is anything masking this supposed head-park noise. Now I remember an old 180GXP that had a serious head-park noise!
by Iron_Dreamer
Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: help needed to turn AAM off for the single platter WD 320GB
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

This is what you need, winaam: http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/forum/ind ... post&id=80

Works right in windows. I used it on one of those very same WD 320's yesterday.
by Iron_Dreamer
Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair 550vx Fan noise - Rattling
Replies: 12
Views: 5580

I wouldn't say my fan made a loud rattle, it was more like soft chattering sound. The problem was that it was not smooth sounding, and even though the volume of the chatter was not overly loud, it was annoying because it stood out from all the rest of my system. FWIW I had the same problem with a Se...
by Iron_Dreamer
Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 88549

The only way that the P183 looks better to me, is the more open intake vents. Everything else, from the holes in the front, to the vented 5.25" bays, to the new front panel arrangement and power button, and the racing-stripe-esque top vent are all downgrades in my book. The only things I'd want to s...
by Iron_Dreamer
Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair 550vx Fan noise - Rattling
Replies: 12
Views: 5580

I just said screw it, and replaced the fan with an S-Flex, and 'tis all quiet now. I've only had one PSU fail on me (ironically a $200 PC P&C with a 5-year warranty), and considering that I only paid $40 for the 550vx, and shipping it in for an RMA would probably cost $10 at least, the potential los...
by Iron_Dreamer
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS released
Replies: 89
Views: 65433

Anyone who has used both this drive and the Samsung HD501LJ care to chime in about how the noise levels compare? I'd like to drop my system noise even further (basically limited by HDD's at this point), but dropping $120 on a pair of quiet drive enclosures just doesn't seem very cost-effective to me.
by Iron_Dreamer
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Slipstream800 really *IS* the sweet spot!
Replies: 52
Views: 14235

Couple of possibilities.....your ambient temps are higher than when the S-Flex was in there. Or more likely.... your Slip-Stream cannot handle the airflow resistance in that particular location as well as the S-Flex. Well, it turns out the performance discrepancy I noticed was due to user error! I ...
by Iron_Dreamer
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best silent 9600GT!
Replies: 103
Views: 45615

The ECS 9600GT w/Accelero S2 is doing very well for me. In a 21C room the card idles at 45C and stabilizes at 70C after a half-hour of ATItool artifact scanning. This is in the upper half of a P182 with no intake fans, and a single exhaust fan, S-Flex @ 600RPM. There is no coil whine or other electr...
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Slipstream800 really *IS* the sweet spot!
Replies: 52
Views: 14235

Hmm, well I replaced the S-flex I had around 500rpm in the lower half of my P182 with the 500rpm slipstream. HDD temps are up about 3C. Go figure.
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Slipstream800 really *IS* the sweet spot!
Replies: 52
Views: 14235

After getting my hands on a pair of slipstreams today, I've come to wonder why these fans get quite the amount of praise that they do around here. Both have some intermittent bearing noise, whereas all of the S-Flex fans I've used (all three speed grades, numerous of each) have had no bearing noise ...
by Iron_Dreamer
Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Return rates of power supplies
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Hmmm, the only "brand-name" PSU I've had fail was a $200 PC Power & Cooling. Of course that hardly compares to the crateful of broken Bestec supplies I've changed out of various HP, Dell, and eMachines boxes over the years.
by Iron_Dreamer
Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Cosair vx450 and vx550...any efficiency differences?
Replies: 2
Views: 3360

The 450 is built by Seasonic whereas the 550 is built by Channelwell. If you look at the respective reviews at jonnyguru.com you can see that there is significant difference in the internal components. In my personal experience, the 450 is quite a bit quieter under low to medium loads than the 550, ...
by Iron_Dreamer
Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: IP35 + TRUE + Solo - Will it fit?
Replies: 7
Views: 2943

I didn't remove the support bar, I did have to have someone else pull out on it (there is some give to the piece), while I guided the mobo into place. I didn't have to do anything to the rivets, just a simple tug on the bar at the right place and time got the job done.
by Iron_Dreamer
Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: IP35 + TRUE + Solo - Will it fit?
Replies: 7
Views: 2943

I set up an IP35pro w/TRUE in a a Solo, and it was a very tight fit, we had to pull out on the horizontal bar underneath the PSU in order to clear the heatsink while positioning the motherboard in the case. It definitely fits, but it is quite snug between the HS and PSU area, and getting the fan cli...
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: IP35 Pro fan control
Replies: 2
Views: 2060

I had no trouble getting it to control two S-Flex fans (3-pin) on two different fan headers. In fact I'd say it has the best BIOS-based fan control of any motherboard I've used. I did not even mess around with the uGuru utility or speedfan, since the motherboard itself did such a good job of control...
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair 550W clicking... 2 in a row.
Replies: 16
Views: 5039

Buy.com has the VX550 for $60ish after MIR, I was really tempted to sell my HX520 and get the VX instead (would make money after the sell, don't really need the modular cables). I was counting on the VX being near identical in the noise department (since they use the same Adda fan), but now that I'...
by Iron_Dreamer
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 440615

I have a system fired up right now with a Neo HE 550, acquired through a fry's sale for about $40. Before connecting the PS to the system, I started it up all by its lonesome, and since it seemed to work fine, putting out normal voltages, I went ahead and hooked it up. Thus far, it has run very very...
by Iron_Dreamer
Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: P182 $45 shipped
Replies: 4
Views: 2073

Well I have one on the delivery truck now, along with a NeoHE 550W. Not bad for $98 shipped AR (including CA taxes)! Anyone else manage to make out on this deal?
by Iron_Dreamer
Sat May 12, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core2Duo motherboards with Speedfan controllable fan headers
Replies: 14
Views: 6915

Gigabyte 965P-DS3 - Speedfan can control the CPU and chassis fans separately, must set PWM to "software controlled" in advanced settings, and disable fan control in the BIOS. Asus P5B Deluxe - Speedfan can control the two chassis fans, tied to one speed setting, Q-fan must be disabled in BIOS. CPU f...
by Iron_Dreamer
Wed May 09, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E6420 or E6600
Replies: 12
Views: 4869

It uses an Ultra 120 (not the extreme version). Load temps only get to about 50C with an S-Flex at 600RPM, or 60C fanless. Since the fan doesn't add any appreciable amount of noise to the system, I kept it on for peace of mind's sake. I was getting 58C load (Orthos, small FFT, after 1+hour) at 3.2GH...
by Iron_Dreamer
Wed May 09, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core 2 mobo recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 3086

the DS3 is a hunk of junk, IMO. Odd. Mine has none of the problems you've encountered but then I'm not trying to o/c anywhere near as far as you. I'd say that you must have been overheating the n/b and s/b to get such high o/c and it's the heat pipes on the P5B Deluxe that is keeping things stable....