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by Prozzaks
Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Enermax Marathon Enlobal Fan
Replies: 3
Views: 2705

Enermax Marathon Enlobal Fan

Has anybody tried the Enermax Marathon Enlobal Fan ? Enermax claims 16 - 37db. We all know to take that with a grain of salt. This fan sports some unusual features such as removable fan blades to allow easy cleaning. Phoronix posted an interresting review . From the review : Putting it together, we ...
by Prozzaks
Tue May 23, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's new AM2 platform launched
Replies: 35
Views: 30956

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Energy Efficient Small Form Factor

If what they say is true (That the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Energy Efficient Small Form Factor has a TDP of 35W!) in the Anandtech article , I just can't wait to see those new CPU in the SRPC labs! Paying a 61$USD premium to get a CPU with equal performance but a TDP that is more than half of the regu...
by Prozzaks
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How to lower voltage without wasting power?
Replies: 10
Views: 3647

Thank you for your answers.

I had already considered the 7V trick but, I felt that 6W was a little too much. I rather do things "by the book" ( With a soldering iron and cool hacks ;) )! I searched on Digikey and I found variable rsistances @ 5W . I'm probably going to use thoses. Given the fact that I only have 3 different ai...
by Prozzaks
Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How to lower voltage without wasting power?
Replies: 10
Views: 3647

How to lower voltage without wasting power?

Here is the deal : For my new custum designed and built from scrach case, I bought 5 Panaflo FBA12G12L . Unfortunately, I found out that they sometime fails to spin up with only 5V, and at 12V they make way too much noise( mostly switching low frequency switching noise, some whooshing and almost no ...
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Fans page
Replies: 146
Views: 144939

Hopefully that'll help.
=> Dead on my firend! Thank you very much!
by Prozzaks
Wed Sep 07, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Fans page
Replies: 146
Views: 144939

Exact fan connector/header model

I'm building myself a case from scratch and I want to use standard fan headers so that I can use any regular fan. Would anybody happen to know the exact Molex model number for the Fan headers? I found this one, but I'm not sure if it's the right one : 3.96mm (.156") Pitch Wire-to-Board Header, Verti...
by Prozzaks
Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120G SATA notebook drive
Replies: 24
Views: 21753

Power vs. performance in laptops

Still, the higher power consumption is something to consider if the drive is intended for use in a notebook computer where battery power is often more precious than performance. I have to disagree. Less power use is not always more precious than performance for laptops. For example lets says that c...
by Prozzaks
Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone's Flagship: Temjin TJ06 PC case
Replies: 197
Views: 129389

Off the shelf... Not the best

After looking around and getting as much information as possible regarding quiet PCs, it's obvious that there is no PC case readily available that is really quiet. The case makers try to sell their products with other criterion than noise. When they do give sound pressure measures or claim that thei...
by Prozzaks
Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone's Flagship: Temjin TJ06 PC case
Replies: 197
Views: 129389

The deisgn is good looking. The wind tunnel is the best I have seen so far. Access to the HDs must be very easy. However, they lack the mechanical decoupling that the Antec Sonata features. I'm wondering if this could be the best off the shelf quiet computer case... Does it have better cooling than ...
by Prozzaks
Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Top SPCR Quiet 120mm Axial Fans Compared + 120mmAC Fans.
Replies: 197
Views: 401683

Quiet Metal Fan

Whouhou! I just remembered were I bought it : Addison

They have their fan catalog online in PDF format.
by Prozzaks
Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:52 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Top SPCR Quiet 120mm Axial Fans Compared + 120mmAC Fans.
Replies: 197
Views: 401683

I'm remembering now that a few years back ( before I was a silent PC PhR34K ) I had bought a 150mm 12VDC metal fan. It was rated form 8V to 14V. It ran pretty quiet @ 12V and moved A LOT of air. The blades where perfectly balenced. On the rotor, you could see that they milled away small hole to make...
by Prozzaks
Wed Oct 27, 2004 7:54 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Dubious Marketing
Replies: 78
Views: 115220

Changing the hardware choices

How you spend your money is really the most effective vote you have. I do agree that the choices we do as consumers is some form of power. However, the vast majority of consumers ( of computers ) don't understand the technical aspects of the product they are buying and are, therefore, unable to mak...
by Prozzaks
Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Top SPCR Quiet 120mm Axial Fans Compared + 120mmAC Fans.
Replies: 197
Views: 401683

Are there Axial 12V DC fans bigger than 120mm?

I'm designing a new computer enclose and I want it to be as quiet as possible. I'm starting to think about unsing a bigger fan with a suitable quiet DC motor with a belt to drive the fan.
by Prozzaks
Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:01 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Top SPCR Quiet 120mm Axial Fans Compared + 120mmAC Fans.
Replies: 197
Views: 401683

I recently bought 3 FBA12G12L1A and 3 FBA08A12L1A. I bought them on www.digikey.com. The price for the one 120mm is about 24$ and 11$ for one 80mm. I believe what I have received to be OEM fans. I was under the impression that they were quiet fans. Upon testing the following became quite obvious : 1...
by Prozzaks
Mon Sep 27, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Fan adapters? 120m<->80m, 80m<->60m, etc. any go
Replies: 7
Views: 2804

Another thing you can use to build custom duct and reducers is insulating foam. You can buy it at any hardware store. It's usually blue or pink. Use a jigsaw to make the initial hole. Make sur to do it smaller than the size you need it. Then, use sand paper to get rid of all the ridges. It works pre...
by Prozzaks
Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Passive A64 Heatsink?? The Alpha U18C
Replies: 3
Views: 1598

Passive Heat Sink. Suitable for 2U System. 2U systems are rackmout server cases about 4" high where noise is not a consideration. That kind of enclosure usualy feature at least 4 fans spinning at insane speeds. They provoide a sufficient air flow for a passive A64 cooling solution, but I don't thin...
by Prozzaks
Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:38 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Good "suck out" socket A heatsinks
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Thanks a lot Dobby!

I'm drooling right now! With a Sharkoon HPS1 and my Antec Sonata, I could build a duct directly to the 120mm fan at the back of the case!
:) That means no CPU fan! :)

Now I just have to find where I can buy a HPS1 in Canada...
by Prozzaks
Wed Sep 15, 2004 5:56 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Your PC uses how many Kilowatts per month?
Replies: 12
Views: 4506

What is PFC

With a little googling, I found the following article that explains what is Power Factor and how to correct it. http://www.ecmweb.com/mag/electric_primer_power_factor/ So basically, the power I meseared is called Apparent Power. Apparent power is the total energy consumed by a load or delivered by t...
by Prozzaks
Wed Sep 15, 2004 5:01 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Your PC uses how many Kilowatts per month?
Replies: 12
Views: 4506

Thank you for all your answers. I'm googling to find more about, VA, PF, PFC and active PFC.

As time allows I will do more tests considering the PF that MikeC gave me.
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:24 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Good "suck out" socket A heatsinks
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

I thought about building a duct on the side but this is a computer that is going to be opened and closed pretty often, so I don't want anything that might hider access to the coponents. I also thought about using a "push through" configuration with a duct to the exaust but there isn't enough room ar...
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 14, 2004 9:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Your PC uses how many Kilowatts per month?
Replies: 12
Views: 4506

AC power

I do not know if my power suply has active power factor correction. But isn't the formula valid if I use the effective AC values? During my tests, I waited until the readings stabilized on my multimeters. I don't know to much about AC current, but I remember somone told me that if I used effective r...
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:40 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Viewsonic VP201 buzzing
Replies: 9
Views: 3171

My friend's PF975F does a terrible hight frequency noise when it's in power save mode. My own monitor, a ViewSonic G773 is geeting noisier as it's getting older ( I bought it around agaust 1999 )
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:32 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Antec 3700BQE Sonata front fan mod??
Replies: 12
Views: 3747

How many drives do you have? I curently use my Antec Sonata with a single WD800JB and the tempreture of the drive stays around 40C. BTW : The only fans in the system are : The PSU fan, the supplied rear exaust 120mm fan, and the fan on the AMD heatsink that came with my Barton 2500+. The loudest one...
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:20 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Good "suck out" socket A heatsinks
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Good "suck out" socket A heatsinks

I was wondering if anybody knew of good heatsinks that can be safely used with a Athlon 1400MHz in a "suck out" configuration? If so, I could use the build a duck directly to the 80mm rear fan wich is pretty quiet. When I bought that computer, there was a Vantec VA4-C7040. I had never heard anything...
by Prozzaks
Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:08 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Your PC uses how many Kilowatts per month?
Replies: 12
Views: 4506

Mesured PC Power

I build myself a jig that allows me to safely measure the Power used by any appliance. I basically use 2 multimeter : One plugged in parallel to measure voltage the other one plug in series to measure the current. I got the following results for my PC: Antec Sonata ( Included 380 W Power supply ) AS...
by Prozzaks
Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:21 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Dubious Marketing
Replies: 78
Views: 115220

Slient cases = False advertising

I think that there isn't a single "classic" computer case that should be labeled as quiet ou silent. The fact is that any conventionnal computer casing must have open areas for ventilation unless you want to get puddle of moltent silicon. Therefore, the noise the computer make depends on the compone...
by Prozzaks
Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Sonata Wiring pics?
Replies: 15
Views: 7567

Sonata Case

I should get a Sonata case this week for my new computer so I will also have to deal with it. I'll give you my views when I get my case.

BTW : I'm not sure if this is the right section to post this. I think this section is reserved for pics and description of your box quietting mods.
by Prozzaks
Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:50 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: CoolGav's MDF MATX case
Replies: 4
Views: 4122

EMI Problems

There are two reasons to have EMI shielding : 1. To isolate your device from exterior interference. 2. To prevent interference generated by your device to reach other devices. I ran a Pentium II 400MHz on a lego board for about 6 months without any problems. It might not be the case with more modern...
by Prozzaks
Mon Mar 29, 2004 8:43 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Logo for SPCR?
Replies: 90
Views: 31160

Nice try PhilgB

Good work on your logo efforts. I like the first one better. The problem with the SRPC logo is to symbolize noise. Even harder is to symbolie the lack of noise. I tryed to make a logo but the bloody f***ing M$ Win :evil: crashed taking away 3 hours of work on the logo. Are you sing SVG to draw your ...
by Prozzaks
Fri Mar 26, 2004 8:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Mobility of silent PCs
Replies: 6
Views: 2026

My new box

In answer to polaris comments, here is what's going into my new box : - Antec Sonata : Not small, but I think it's a good starting point to build a silent PC. I intend to add accoustic damping merterial to all the free surfaces. I'm pobably going to try a couple of HD mouting techniques. - AMD Athlo...