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by peacefulpc
Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:46 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Underclocking a P4 2.4C
Replies: 5
Views: 1829

underclocking new p4?

also, take a look at this recent article: http://www20.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20040916/index.html they say that you can overclock a p4 with a new 915/925 asus board. of course they don't discuss underclocking/undervolting, but more control is a good thing, and could be promising. of course, th...
by peacefulpc
Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:42 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: AMD Personal Internet Communicator (PIC)
Replies: 4
Views: 2178

AMD Personal Internet Communicator (PIC)

supposedly with a 1W CPU (geode), tiny platform, only $184, and available later this month.

this could be very useful!

some pics/specs..
http://www.amdboard.com/pic.html
by peacefulpc
Sun Aug 15, 2004 4:29 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Extremely undervoltable Socket A board?
Replies: 9
Views: 2779

abit nf7 v. nf7-s2

the nf7 was pretty good, with a minimum of 1.1 volts (my mobile athlon wasn't very stable below 1.25v though), but the nf7-s2 is useless. barring a bios revision, i think the lowest it goes is 1.5v, ug.
by peacefulpc
Fri Aug 13, 2004 7:24 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Bad, SilentMaxx, Bad!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 32753

silentmaxx

i have one of their 350's still in service and working great, but one has been on the RMA block going on 3 months, ugh. they did send an email about 6 weeks ago that a new, improved revision would be sent to me soon, but my last two messages have gone unanswered :( too bad, their stuff had great pot...
by peacefulpc
Fri Jul 23, 2004 6:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet Case (and PSU) for Mini-ITX
Replies: 3
Views: 1608

casetronic

i really like the casetronic cases - this one allows a 3.5" hard drive, a slim cd, and has an external power brick, no power supply noise at all! with no expansion cards, you should be able to get away without a fanned power supply altogether!

http://casetronic.com/Product/PCcase/C137/c137.html
by peacefulpc
Fri Jul 23, 2004 6:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet Case (and PSU) for Mini-ITX
Replies: 3
Views: 1608

processor?

what processor are you using in your system? that's essential to know before making suggestions.
by peacefulpc
Sun Jul 11, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Flash media as a drive
Replies: 26
Views: 6848

Re: Here's a good link...

Hello Edward: The think I'm interested in id the 1" microdrive "flash drives" -- 2.2GB for $200-ish, and I think they are faster than the flash RAM units, too. those are spinning drives though, i think 4200 rpm. i had one, my friend dropped it, and it broke. :( i've seen seek times from 5-20 ms, re...
by peacefulpc
Sun Jul 11, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Flash media as a drive
Replies: 26
Views: 6848

cf cards

i've installed windows on a couple kinds of cf cards - the sandisk ultra II was the only one that was really tolerable (speedwise), though the traditional variety does work. i didn't benchmark it, but the ultra II 'feels' much like a more expensive ide flash drive. you can also put your swap on a se...
by peacefulpc
Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:36 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Hotter = Slower???
Replies: 11
Views: 5309

Re: Hotter = Slower???

My friend seems to think that when things run hot (computer components) they run slower... Now I know this is not true, but can anyone throw some information at me so he will finally believe me that waht he's saying isn't true? Thanks someone correct me if i'm wrong, buy my physics classes way back...
by peacefulpc
Mon Jul 05, 2004 9:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Need a quiet "mini" keyboard
Replies: 8
Views: 2777

ortek mini

i bought this one for my bench:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 020&depa=0
and it's one of the best kb's i've ever had. more quiet than most, good response, long and not very expensive.
by peacefulpc
Mon Jul 05, 2004 12:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: C't magazine: Best low power platforms
Replies: 12
Views: 4509

Re: 800 MB

FWIW - my system came by way of http://www.peacefulpc.com/ - I bought one of his test systems off of eBay. The totally silent Scythe, Flash IDE and VIA M10000 with 98SE really is a great combo. I've had at least a dozen envious folks in my office thinking I paid up big for my 0 dB 'wonder' system :...
by peacefulpc
Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm doomed! No silent PC for me (at least for the summer)
Replies: 17
Views: 10744

outside venting

here's a more helpful possibility (though i think techtv did once do a fridge based pc) get a flexible dryer vent - some are six feet long! connect to the back of your case, put a powerful a/c fan on the other end, preferrably outside of your apt. this solves a couple issues: it'll be quieter, as th...
by peacefulpc
Thu Jun 24, 2004 8:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm doomed! No silent PC for me (at least for the summer)
Replies: 17
Views: 10744

refrigerator

move the beer and moldy stuff out of the fridge, put your computer inside! drill a hole for your cables (fill with silicon) and you have a quiet and cool-running system! ;)
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: are you using UPS ?
Replies: 36
Views: 10595

dead silent

Given that pretty much everybody in this thread has said that their UPS is silent or virtually silent (i.e. no noise beyond 50cm or so), what's the point of SPCR doing a comparison? IMHO, such a comparison wouldn't be very useful, at least, not if what's being compared is the sound output of variou...
by peacefulpc
Tue Jun 22, 2004 8:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: are you using UPS ?
Replies: 36
Views: 10595

apc clarification

to clarify, at least 6 years ago when i did all the checking: the apc backups series did some correction, but basically the signal from the wall was delivered straight through to the other side, with some modification during sags. the backups pro series (and smartups) ran all power through the batte...
by peacefulpc
Tue Jun 22, 2004 5:41 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: are you using UPS ?
Replies: 36
Views: 10595

power quality

we used to lose thousands of dollars of equipment every year (hd and ps, mostly) - all from sags/brownouts. on one noteable day, we lost half a dozen power supplies, 5 hard drives, and 2 motherboards. we first went with the less expensive type that does non-active filtering, and loss across our 800 ...
by peacefulpc
Mon Jun 21, 2004 8:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $3K Budget and Need Silence
Replies: 33
Views: 21866

zalman fanless case

i second that recommendation.
yes, it's huge.
yes, it's expensive.
but you can get it and still come in under 3k, and not have issues about fan voltages, temperature problems, etc.

good luck!!
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 16, 2004 9:32 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: NF2 board with lowest VCore
Replies: 13
Views: 3616

Re: nf7

that is true! i have the barton core, 1.35v. i've read that some folks are running it at 1.1, maybe at a higer multiplier/fsb than i am? i'm pretty happy with the performance and heat at 1.2/5x/100, so i haven't delved much further. I can imagine you'd be pretty happy. I found my mobile at 3x166 (5...
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 16, 2004 8:51 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: NF2 board with lowest VCore
Replies: 13
Views: 3616

Re: nf7

the abit nf7 goes down to 1.1, but with my 2200+ mobile, it's unstable under 1.2 or so. it is very stable at 1.2, 5x multiplier and 100 mhz fsb. you could probably tweak it down stably to 400 if you experimented a bit... good luck! AMD appears to now have two Mobile 2200's now. A Thoroughbred versi...
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 16, 2004 8:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: NF2 board with lowest VCore
Replies: 13
Views: 3616

nf7

the abit nf7 goes down to 1.1, but with my 2200+ mobile, it's unstable under 1.2 or so. it is very stable at 1.2, 5x multiplier and 100 mhz fsb. you could probably tweak it down stably to 400 if you experimented a bit...

good luck!
by peacefulpc
Mon Jun 14, 2004 7:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What's Best Ram? My system I'm gonna build.
Replies: 80
Views: 43998

crucial is crucial

fastest timings? no

incredible reliabity and comaptibility? yup.

and made just up the road in idaho - one of the only facilities left in this country, still here cuz they do a great job!
jef
by peacefulpc
Mon Jun 14, 2004 7:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case choice help?
Replies: 27
Views: 9175

6070

i love my 6070's - very roomy and easy to work on. built-in fan speed control switch for 2 front fans, nice rubber sealed bezel door. a bit too deep maybe, and you'll want to chop out the rear fan grill, but overall a snazzy case.
by peacefulpc
Fri Jun 11, 2004 8:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Deep Undervolt/clock PC w/ a 4.7W CPU!
Replies: 33
Views: 40608

fanless

pod03 could you post your AutoFSB settings for us to take a look at. I would ideally like to build a fanless computer. Do you need a fan to cool the processor at 4.7w? Can you run an AthlonXP fanless when it hits 5X multiplyer, 133mhz fsb and 1.1V vcore? I think thats around 10w power dissipation d...
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 09, 2004 10:14 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ugh.... Very Fustrated Newbie {Progress! 100 % completed!!!}
Replies: 28
Views: 8548

toaster oven

omg...where to start!! :) you have some extremely hot items in there, and not a great case to deal with that heat. i think the case is the first place to start - something with better cpu ventilation, like a fan adjacent to the processor. i don't suppose there's a chance you could afford the zalman ...
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 09, 2004 7:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless Power Supplies
Replies: 3
Views: 1410

fanless ps experience

i have 2 different types running in various computers - the silentmaxx 350 and a coolmax 400, both fanless. the silentmaxx unit is a beast, very burley with a huge external heat sink. unfortunately, i've had a couple of these that either hummed, or were doa. i currently have one back at the company,...
by peacefulpc
Wed Jun 09, 2004 7:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 12v to 7v cable - Like this Where can I get one?
Replies: 11
Views: 3368

build your own cables...

http://sidewindercomputers.com/spco.html

you can buy several of the parts here to take 12-5 or 12-7 here with no special tools.
by peacefulpc
Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 176041

fanless varieties

like many folks, i've not had great luck with the silentmaxx fanelss 350 ps, but i do have 2 running perfectly, and one currently rma'd. they told me that they have done a redesign, and in a few weeks i'll get a new and improved model. i'm excited for that, because it performs distinctly better than...
by peacefulpc
Mon May 31, 2004 11:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 193705

lian li 6070

i have a couple of these cases - they are quite a bit quieter than a regular case, and have great quality and detail. by only complaints: horribly air-restricting fan grate on the back. i cut it out and put a wire grill, and it made quite a difference with a low-airflow fan. and it's huge! deeper th...
by peacefulpc
Mon May 31, 2004 11:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet low-end notebook?
Replies: 22
Views: 17546

mini-itx

you can put together a completely silent system based on the via boards mentioned above. and i mean completely silent - no moving parts=no noise. while this is a bit of a plug for my systems (www.peacefulpc.com), it's not hard to find all the parts i use and slap it together yourself for basically t...