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by Edirol
Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mugen 5
Replies: 8
Views: 4224

Re: Scythe Mugen 5

by Edirol
Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 25118

So does this make the Intel Atom 330 (dual core 1.6Ghz) the lowest power consumption x86 processor that could play 1080p H264 movies in software (without GPU acceleration)?

Someone mentioned that the single core 1.6Ghz atoms stutter while playing even 720p videos.
by Edirol
Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: 13" Macbook Pro 2.53Gz Too Loud
Replies: 4
Views: 4187

Media Player Classic Homecinema. I reinstalled it after installing directX runtimes and it started to use the gfx card acceleration and was quiet on playback. I had other issues with the macbook in bootcamp so I opt'd to return it.
cloneman wrote:what software are you using to play the video?
by Edirol
Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: 13" Macbook Pro 2.53Gz Too Loud
Replies: 4
Views: 4187

Hi RedAE102, Thanks for the detailed reply. After I had posted that message, I found out that I can install OS X without bootcamp and that did bump up my performance numbers a bit. I was able to playback 1080p without the fans running high using MPC. Though even without the bootcamp layer, my SSD pe...
by Edirol
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New version of Zotac 9300 ITX
Replies: 23
Views: 24887

I wonder how much hotter the GPU will be when it's OC'd (even though it has a newer heatsink). EDIT: Essentially the same as the G-E. "The only differences between the GF9300-G-E and the GF9300-I-E are that the GF9300-I-E features an overclocked GPU and a redesigned northbridge heatsink." http://www...
by Edirol
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: 13" Macbook Pro 2.53Gz Too Loud
Replies: 4
Views: 4187

13" Macbook Pro 2.53Gz Too Loud

Hi, I bought a Macbook Pro on Black Friday thinking it'd be a good system for a basic home machine. The most demanding task would be to play 1080p movies. I've installed Windows 7 on it and set the power settings on power saver. I then tweaked the power settings, so that it will ramp down the cpu as...
by Edirol
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Modern mATX Recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 3309

Modern mATX Recommendations

Hey, I'm looking to build a new system since my Athlon 3800+ is showing it's age. My goal is to have a small footprint desktop, yet still have the power to play blu-rays/HD content and I'm value conscious. I'm thinking of getting a quad core Athlon II X4. With that in mind, I think the only componen...
by Edirol
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Caviar Green 2TB & Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB
Replies: 42
Views: 14061

Ah OK thanks. I guess I missed that part since I was only looking at the DB #s :) So which is quieter? The 1TB/750GB/500GB "first gen" Green Power drives, or this new 2TB Green power drive? I noticed the SPCR doesn't have the first gen models available in the lab anymore. It was mentioned in the rev...
by Edirol
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Caviar Green 2TB & Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB
Replies: 42
Views: 14061

So which is quieter? The 1TB/750GB/500GB "first gen" Green Power drives, or this new 2TB Green power drive? I noticed the SPCR doesn't have the first gen models available in the lab anymore.
by Edirol
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43872

I'm curious how quiet the new mac minis are, esp compared to SPR built PCs. Right now the loudest thing in my PC when it's idle is the WD Green Power HD. 99% of the time my PC isn't loaded so speedfan doesn't ramp up the fan speeds.
by Edirol
Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech Power Consumption test - 780G v GF8200 v G35
Replies: 20
Views: 8267

At the end of the article, Anandtech seems to imply that the 780G has a better performance/watt ratio. Still waiting for the last part of their review between the 3 chipsets before I make my purchase.
by Edirol
Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: RS780 board availability
Replies: 72
Views: 23050

GeForce 8200 preview: http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=6&id=2494 Looks like this baby also gets very hot. So far it does look like the 780G chipset boards are the best HTPC boards around. I wonder if 790GX microatx boards will be any better (as they are also supposed to support full...
by Edirol
Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Personalized Web Music Stream: Pandora (and Last.FM)
Replies: 26
Views: 16640

Pandora is not accessible in Canada. I believe it only works for our Amerifriends.
by Edirol
Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD5000KS vs WD5000AAKS
Replies: 67
Views: 89505

WD5000AAKS idle is annoying louder than a Samsung P120 250GB. There's some kinda high frequency whine. However, the WD's seek is MUCH quieter than the P120, even with AA off. With AA on MAX, it's very very quiet. I went back to the P120 since I need quiet idles and don't mind loud seeks. HDtune test...
by Edirol
Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive AGP Dual DVI/HDMI HDCP Video Card?
Replies: 4
Views: 2683

Passive AGP Dual DVI/HDMI HDCP Video Card?

Hey, I've been looking for a card to match these specs and I started off with this Anandtech review: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2874&p=22 Looks like everything I want is only available with PCIe cards in the review (such as the Gigabyte 7600 GS), but I'm just wondering if anyone k...
by Edirol
Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Defective Samsung 250 GB SATA. tell me your experiences
Replies: 38
Views: 13789

I have 2 (sequential serial #s) and they are still working fine in a RAID0 config. Had it since Aug/Sep I think.
by Edirol
Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C motor
Replies: 19
Views: 6977

I'm mostly concerned with idle noise so I turn off AAM. Also the SP2504C (P120/250GB/SATA/8MB) came with AAM disabled by default. I had to enable it with Hitachi Featuretool 1.98 (nice that it comes in bootable ISO format). Strangely, the Samsung HUTIL 1.25 tool did not recognize the SATA drives how...
by Edirol
Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C motor
Replies: 19
Views: 6977

I got the 2 HDs from CompuLink and they both had NIDEC motors. One other note about CompuLink. They didn't provide me with an in-store warranty. So if I run into any probs, I just got the manufacturer's 3 warranty. Generally, OK, but now I'm gonna have to fork out money to mail the drive(s) to Samsu...
by Edirol
Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C motor
Replies: 19
Views: 6977

Just to let everyone know. I was at ComputerLink and they don't stock most of the stuff they have on their website.

Stock Available = "We can order it".
by Edirol
Tue May 17, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Normal CPU Temps: Winchester & MSI Neo2 Platinum
Replies: 3
Views: 1423

Right now I have a Thermalright XP-90 with a 92mm Panaflo L1A. I'm using the stock northbridge fan. Both fans are set to bare minimum speeds (just enough so that the fans turn). Cool & Quiet is enabled in the BIOS, but I haven't installed the AMD Driver in Windows. CPU-Z reports the core is running ...
by Edirol
Mon May 16, 2005 11:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Normal CPU Temps: Winchester & MSI Neo2 Platinum
Replies: 3
Views: 1423

Normal CPU Temps: Winchester & MSI Neo2 Platinum

Hi there, I recently built a new system with a Winchester 3200+ and a MSI Neo2 Platinum mobo. I was wondering what temperatures should I expect to see while idle & full load using the temperatures reported by speedfan/bios? On the AMD page it says the maximum case temp for this chip is 65C. What's a...
by Edirol
Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is Artic Silencer-style ducting effective?
Replies: 8
Views: 3673

So which solution is best? Zalman or AC in terms of heat/noise ratio?
by Edirol
Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NV Silencer 5 and 6600GT 128 PCI-E cards
Replies: 10
Views: 3479

Which 6600GT silencer actually has a better noise/heat ratio?

The Zalman (active cooling), or the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer?

Thanks,
- Will
by Edirol
Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Quiet Gaming System (New and Old Parts)
Replies: 12
Views: 3798

ChemGeek : I never thought about how the heat from the passively cooled VGA card would be trapped inside the case. I think that would actually cause heat problems for me since my house doesn't have AC. I will look into the Arctic Cooling - NV Silencer 6 (Rev. 2). Are there other VGA coolers which v...
by Edirol
Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Quiet Gaming System (New and Old Parts)
Replies: 12
Views: 3798

Building a Quiet Gaming System (New and Old Parts)

I'm looking to build a new quiet (<30db @ 1m) gaming system. I have a few parts lying around which are recommended by SPCR so I'm gonna build my system around them: This is what I have already: Zalman 7000/A AlCu Evercase ECE4252 80mm L1A Panaflos Seagate 7200.7 PATA 120GB I also have a Samsung, but...
by Edirol
Mon Feb 21, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24211

I forgot to mention last time that the standard fan on the xbox (1.4)...is actually decently quiet if you can stop it from vibrating with the case. Like if you power up the xbox with the top off you can hear the annoying noise. But if you hold the fan down with your hand so it doesn't rattle the met...
by Edirol
Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24211

Even at 66% it's still a lot quieter than the default fan of 1.4 and 1.6s. It could be quieter though. I could redo the arctic silver mod though...cuz I didn't use arctic silver and only used the compound that came with the zalman heatsinks. I'm not sure if that is that much worse than arctic silver.
by Edirol
Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:59 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24211

The exact model of 70mm fan you get in various batches of xboxes varies. I got a Canadian Xbox that came bundled with Crimson Skies & Project Gotham Racing 2. The fan was REALLY loud. The loudest part of the system, even compared to a spinning DVD. Compared to a first gen Xbox (1.0), the one with 2 ...
by Edirol
Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Worst Nightmare: Need more disk performance
Replies: 23
Views: 7139

Get more ram. And use a ramdisk. There are free utils out there that let u create big ramdisks if you look hard enough. I don't have a link on me ATM.
by Edirol
Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Humming Clicking when Idle
Replies: 33
Views: 16324

I have a 120GB that doesnt' do this.

My 160 and 200 still clicks when idle.

I've had the 120 the longest, but I don't think I recall it ever clicking.