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by tempeteduson
Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives
Replies: 28
Views: 10813

Mike,

May I ask why you need an external shunt resistor to measure voltage and apply Ohm's law? You can easily splice in an ammeter directly.
by tempeteduson
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives
Replies: 28
Views: 10813

Mike, I agree with Monkeh16. Power consumption of twice what the USB 2.0 specification allows is not right. Heck, even USB 3.0 provides a maximum of only 4.5 W. You do caution in the article that this figure might not be accurate, but you state in your post above as if it is. I feel that this should...
by tempeteduson
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives
Replies: 28
Views: 10813

Jordan wrote:For an external backup solution I searched long and hard for a 2.5" enclosure that actually had a power switch!
Another solution you might consider is a USB hub with independent power switches for its ports, like this, this, or perhaps this (if you can find one).
by tempeteduson
Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PC Hi-Fi: Scythe's Kama Bay Amp
Replies: 29
Views: 15498

I'd love to snag a T-Amp sample (and keep it), but I'm not getting my hopes up. Trimark, the company that made the chip inside went belly up about a year ago. I think you meant Tripath . I remember reading a diyAudio.com forum thread some time ago about their going out of business, but I suspect th...
by tempeteduson
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sparkle Power's 250W 80 Plus SPI250EP
Replies: 35
Views: 21746

I agree that this would be an excellent replacement PSU for the NSK series (namely, the NSK2480 and NSK3480), especially with a fan swap to a Nexus 80mm. It's quite a fitting, inexpensive upgrade to these low-cost cases for those who cannot be satisfied with the stock noise floor.
by tempeteduson
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 73163

Excellent article. I'd just like to make you aware of a certain mATX mobo with SLI. Granted, it's an old Socket 939 nForce4 design (no longer available?), but it exists. :lol:
by tempeteduson
Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:20 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 288347

Great system! (But I'm not in Canada.)

One question: Can we buy that spiffy SPCR logo and slap it on our builds? Pretty please? :D

As a unique symbol of our dedication to quiet computing, it just looks right... 8)
by tempeteduson
Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anand needs a copy editor!
Replies: 19
Views: 4717

Yes, Anandtech is in need of a copy editor, but I think they're in more need of <gasp> good writers. Except for Anand himself (and perhaps a couple others), the reviewers there write way too many words. Get to the point already, and fluffy adjectives (and adverbs) make a good article not. They say t...
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 30, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X1950 Pro or XT?
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

Thanks, angelkiller. I forgot to mention that my monitor is a 24" @ 1920x1200, which is way too big for my current Radeon 9500 non-Pro to handle. I was hoping the X1950 Pro would be sufficient for some older games running at full resolution as well as newer ones at reduced res, but the XT is indeed ...
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X1950 Pro or XT?
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

Matija, I think I'll go with Arctic Cooling's Accelero S1 now that it's available. That was my original intention.
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: ASUS Eee PC, $200 solid-state laptop
Replies: 8
Views: 3087

I'm interested in this laptop as well. My current Dell Inspiron is overkill for college duties, and it'd be nice to have something smaller and lighter (and cheaper, in case of theft).
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X1950 Pro or XT?
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

X1950 Pro or XT?

Hello, I'm buying parts for a midrange build that will replace my current system (in sig). I've already bought a 3600+ Brisbane and 2GB RAM and have decided on some form of 690G mobo to keep chipset power consumption low. I want to keep it all-AMD to simplify driver installation, and since the HD 26...
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Asus DRW-1814BLT SATA DVD RW drive... really quiet!
Replies: 2
Views: 1921

Does it behave oddly in any way? I ask because I've heard certain SATA opticals are flaky compared to their IDE counterparts. Oh, and does it spin up whenever you open My Computer? My Samsung drive does this and annoys the heck out of me... :evil:

Thanks.
by tempeteduson
Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music and File Server
Replies: 8
Views: 4164

If the storage drive is in the Linux machine it will still be Linux reading and writing to the disk, even if you upload the files to it from a remote machine using samba or similar. NTFS writing support is supposed to be stable using ntfs-3g, however I still see no real reason to use that instead o...
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music and File Server
Replies: 8
Views: 4164

A little update on this oft-delayed project. I have the VIA board and Kingston RAM (both from eBay) and have tested them with an old case/PSU and optical drive. At first, I neglected to install an HDD because I was just testing with some Live CD distros. They all refused to load from CD after the in...
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Computex 2007: Cases
Replies: 17
Views: 17217

I like that the pictures of the Thermaltake cases include the "please no photographs" signs. That's a nice touch. :wink: According to Cyril at The Tech Report: "They had those signs, but when I asked their marketing dude he said taking pictures was okay." I wonder why the signs were there in the fi...
by tempeteduson
Tue May 15, 2007 12:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music and File Server
Replies: 8
Views: 4164

Thanks for the heads-up. I think I'll try the NTFS driver and see how it holds up.
by tempeteduson
Mon May 14, 2007 1:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music and File Server
Replies: 8
Views: 4164

Music and File Server

Hello, I'm planning to build a 24/7 system that will run Slim Devices ' SlimServer software, which will power a yet-to-be-acquired Squeezebox audio-streaming device ( SPCR review ), as well as act as an NAS for my Windows network. It will most likely be connected to my router using Ethernet for reli...
by tempeteduson
Sun Apr 15, 2007 2:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP Pavilion a1630n + a1640n: AMD/Intel desktop PCs
Replies: 30
Views: 21730

It uses selected sequences of advanced 3D computer games to accurately gauge the speed of play with those very games.... There's no way you'd want to play any of the games featured in 3DMark with either of these systems in stock configuration.... The advanced games in 3DMark are definitely out of r...
by tempeteduson
Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair HX620 or Seasonic S12-650 Energy Plus?
Replies: 15
Views: 5413

Um, Corsair HX520?
by tempeteduson
Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silence At Last: The Taterworks Reference PC
Replies: 29
Views: 20085

I knew I saw that setup from somewhere. :lol: Great job.
by tempeteduson
Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Galaxy: A KiloWatt power supply
Replies: 47
Views: 32455

As a matter of constructive criticism, I'm in the too-much-sarcasm camp. For that reason, I found Arthur's writing style different than that of the rest of the SPCR staff. Of course, that's just my personal opinion.

Thanks to Arthur (and Mike C) for the review.
by tempeteduson
Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Blackbirds at 3am
Replies: 42
Views: 14330

You reminded me of a certain poem I had to read for my poetry class. No clue what it means. :P
by tempeteduson
Sat Feb 24, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 127085

OCWorkbench.com has better pictures of the board worth checking out.
by tempeteduson
Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ready to assemble it tonight - any tips for me?
Replies: 2
Views: 1622

I'd install CPU/HSF after installing and firmly securing motherboard into the case - this way you won't worry about hurting motherboard. Then again, the Thermalright HS is quite a beefy unit and could be hard to mount in the confines of the case, especially the cramped mATX NSK3300. I'd advise the ...
by tempeteduson
Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus M2A-VM provides BIOS-level undervolting
Replies: 4
Views: 3209

This is great news! Good catch, too. So... any way this thread could be merged with this one? Not just because I started that one. :wink:
by tempeteduson
Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: abit NF-M2 nView
Replies: 282
Views: 190946

Guess what? Another review over at hardCOREware. This one's pretty good; I liked it.
by tempeteduson
Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your least favorite noise[?]
Replies: 35
Views: 13609

1. Car audio subs that go boom-boom, which is especially prevalent near my house. 2. The kids next door, especially after school and on weekends. But that's my time alone! 3. The neighbor's hideously insecure dog. Keep it down, you animal, no one gives a damn! What a crappy neighborhood. :evil: Than...
by tempeteduson
Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chieftec DX-01B-D-U
Replies: 3
Views: 2225

Well, that's all I can think of. :)
by tempeteduson
Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chieftec DX-01B-D-U
Replies: 3
Views: 2225

My only question is: Why are you so interested in this case now? It's based on one of the most widely rebranded cases in PC case history, and it's been around for a while. I think others can tell you that while the chassis is well-built and sturdy with good airflow, too much noise escapes from the d...