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by Solid Snake
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: McCain broke or gave in - at least twice
Replies: 51
Views: 10142

Then exactly how does John McCain argue against torture, calling it ineffective? Sure, he's gone through it and he doesn't like it because it was used on him, but he's in no position to argue its effectiveness. He spilled the beans, didn't he?
by Solid Snake
Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much will a 300w power supply run?
Replies: 284
Views: 607116

Antec Basiq 350w converted to fanless operation, active devices relocated Athlon BE-2400 (45w), replaced Athlon 4200+ (65w), both run fine MSI motherboard XFX GeForce 7600GS fanless (runs 2 monitors) GeForce 4MX440 fanless (runs 1 monitor) Seagate Momentus 2.5" 120GB x2 in RAID1 SoundBlaster Live Si...
by Solid Snake
Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RAID and SSD's
Replies: 22
Views: 6231

I'm not totally sure what is limiting a SSD, but here I'm guessing it's the actual reading/writing to the memory chips. The big difference between the two is that the SSD is not limited in the way the HDD is: theoretically it can read and write data on mulitple places at the same time. Interleaving...
by Solid Snake
Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the quietest place on earth...
Replies: 19
Views: 4599

Look at it this way...

If you lose your vision, you have no use for PCs, but you can still hear them.

If you lose your hearing, you can still use your PC and it's guaranteed to be silent. :)
by Solid Snake
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yet another audiophile thread
Replies: 51
Views: 12478

How would someone who spent $1K on a power cord, feel after they realize it connects to hundreds of feet of plain old home depot mains wiring in their wall? They SHOULD feel like a jackass. Temperature extremes DO have an effect on sound though. During the coldest winter days of the year, there was ...
by Solid Snake
Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice on low power consumtion gb switch
Replies: 5
Views: 2054

I think this is exactly what you're looking for: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127082 I bought one a few days ago, works like a charm. It's fast, runs pretty cool and max power consumption seems to be 10w. Also, it's one of the few switches that support jumbo frames. I was...
by Solid Snake
Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Developer PC, need some sugestions
Replies: 7
Views: 1810

Get an rsync backup routine going first, then worry about RAID, or just do both at once. I have a server downstairs that has RAID1, and my workstation has two momentus drives in a RAID1. The biggest reason for RAID1 is system drives. Backing up files and documents is easy and they can be easily reco...
by Solid Snake
Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: advice needed for building a power efficient linux server
Replies: 7
Views: 2304

I never understood why some of you guys want to build silent servers. They're SERVERS for pete's sake! A sane set of priorities for a server (especially one a business depends on) would be the following: 1. Data reliability (lost data==huge problems) 2. Component reliability (busted parts == downtim...
by Solid Snake
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Stick with XP (or try Linux)
Replies: 16
Views: 3415

Vista is indeed a pig. The requirements it lists are JUST to run the OS, not to do anything useful with it. The OS needs to get out of the way and let you do what you want to do, and that's what Linux does. Windows users will never know what a fast computer really feels like (unless they run the pre...
by Solid Snake
Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fairly quiet workstation (P182 ++) - Updated 21.09.08
Replies: 76
Views: 68907

Nice box. You can further improve temps and reduce noise and turbulence by cutting out that grill on your rear fan, porting it to the heatsink and removing the fan mounted to the heatsink.
by Solid Snake
Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Sweet Little Computer, upgraded with 8800GT
Replies: 31
Views: 17288

djkest I think that risk for shock is a bit exaggerated: - I was measuring around with a mulitimeter and couldn't find a tiny volt anywhere. - If I don't remember wrong, the main capacitor was marked 500 uF, and that can't store much current. - There is a light-emitting diode, always shining on my ...
by Solid Snake
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Limit to how many fans through one header?
Replies: 1
Views: 1411

At 0.13A, I don't see any problem with running two of these right off the motherboard. However, these fans have built in PWM amps. They watch the mobo connector to see how fast to spin and instead pull their current directly from the PSU, allowing you to piggy back as many as you want off the mobo (...
by Solid Snake
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Speedfan makes fans click...the proof.
Replies: 20
Views: 5670

Very unlikely to be effective. The clicking is very slow (about 4 times a second), and the PWM fundamental frequency is very high (often 20-100 KHz). A capacitor could indeed smooth out the main PWM pulses, but would have almost no effect on the periodic full-voltage long pulses used to make the RP...
by Solid Snake
Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Single fan, filtered, triple-head 4200+X2
Replies: 5
Views: 4433

There's a minimum voltage that keeps the fan turning over very slowly, and that will keep the CPU temperature at around 28C over room temperature. Right now, it's 22C in my room and the CPU is idling at 50C. If the fan voltage drops any lower, it will stop. The voltage begins to gently ramp up aroun...
by Solid Snake
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Single fan, filtered, triple-head 4200+X2
Replies: 5
Views: 4433

That there is the Ultra Wizard, I have one too that I bought for FREE after mail in rebate. Smile I removed the HD cages too and have my HD suspended in mine. Yep, that's how I got mine too, $40-$40 :) Wow! What about posting schematics of your speed controlling circuit? All the parts were bought f...
by Solid Snake
Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Single fan, filtered, triple-head 4200+X2
Replies: 5
Views: 4433

Single fan, filtered, triple-head 4200+X2

Here are the hardware specs: AMD Athlon64 4200+ X2 Ducted Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 2GB RAM Two Seagate Momentus 120GB 2.5" drives in RAID1 DVD Burner Single 120mm fan ~700rpm, positive pressure, filtered NV 7600GS 512MB, fanless, DVIx2 + S-Video NV GF4MX 64MB fanless, VGA + S-Video Antec Basiq...
by Solid Snake
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: A $17 hobby tachometer as fan RPM meter
Replies: 2
Views: 7733

I've had good success with connecting the fan's white wire directly to an automotive tach's signal wire. At low rpm's, the tach signal may need a boost though.
by Solid Snake
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent(?) Ion fan
Replies: 5
Views: 3407

Considering that ozone is about 100x as poisonous as carbon monoxide and can cause nausea and vomiting even in small quantities, I think I'll pass. :twisted:
by Solid Snake
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Whining Components
Replies: 128
Views: 243370

StarTech 450w PSU Suddenly started emitting a loud high frequency whine after six months of use. I had previously converted the PSU to fanless operation by extending the components off the board and mounting them to a large heatsink. All of those components are still alive and well, however, a major...
by Solid Snake
Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD is the noisiest...replace it with a flash drive?
Replies: 20
Views: 6745

Flash drives have limited WRITE cycles and unlimited READ cycles. If you're using Linux, that means going with ext2 and possibly no swap. If you've got a server nearby you can stick in your basement, 4GB locally is no problem. Because of the risk of killing the flash after a while, I'd suggest going...
by Solid Snake
Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Increase in rpm not in proportion with decrease of temp
Replies: 6
Views: 2204

Do you really think it will be proportional? Think about it, if you run your fan at 100%, do you expect the CPU to hit absolute zero? Diminishing returns applies here.
by Solid Snake
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2x2.5" raid better than 1x3.5" for noise & per
Replies: 16
Views: 5128

I'm assuming you mean RAID0 which I'd advise against for any size drive. Reason: Either drive dies, you lose all your stuff. I'm running a RAID1 pair of Seagate Momentus 5400RPM/160GB and it is quieter than any Seagate, Maxtor or WD 3.5" I've ever had. The 2.5" give you more flexibility in mounting,...
by Solid Snake
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Samsung drive failure rates?
Replies: 51
Views: 23028

Man, this reminds me of the IBM Deskstars I had in '01. I still have the replacement replacement drives in the shrink wrapping. Anyone wanna buy one? :twisted:
by Solid Snake
Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme push/pull noise level
Replies: 8
Views: 4605

Mounting a fan with a donut-shaped air flow pattern onto a square heatsink is stupid. Doing it twice is really stupid. If you want to get maximum cooling from minimum air velocity, you need to use ducting. Either set up a positive pressure case with a ducted exhaust or put the fan at the exhaust and...
by Solid Snake
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to get foam air filter? Installing side fan(and hole)
Replies: 7
Views: 2439

Hmm... it claims to have an unbeatable CFM/dB ratio. Has anyone tried undervolting this thing?
by Solid Snake
Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New quiet PC Setup: Need Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 4105

I'm not sure how quiet that setup will be. It seems geared towards gaming more than towards quiet operation, which is fine as long as your expectations are realistic. Also, your links don't seem to work right. I can't see the described components. I can't imagine why that setup would cost you $1900....
by Solid Snake
Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: are you satisfied with the noise level of your system?
Replies: 58
Views: 28153

I'm thrilled with my setup. I've got a dual core 4200+, a dualhead GF7600GS and dual 120GB momentus hard drives in a RAID1. The system is positive pressure filtered by a single thermally controlled (non-PWM) 120mm fan @~600 rpm idle which sits in a recessed airbox. CPU cooling is done purely by posi...
by Solid Snake
Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Flickering w/ LCD running off 12v rail - help!
Replies: 20
Views: 12091

I know this thread is a few years old, but I saw so many crazy suggestions that I had to respond. So for reference's sake, here it goes: 1. There is nowhere near enough current on the negative lines to support a monitor. 2. There's a 90%+ chance that power ground and signal ground are tied together,...
by Solid Snake
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: A warning for those considering a Viewsonic VX2235wm 22"
Replies: 13
Views: 5084

Crack that sucker open, I want to see some voided warrantees. :twisted:
by Solid Snake
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless VGA Cards list -- a start!
Replies: 156
Views: 314964

Another 7600GS card is http://www.xfxforce.com/web/product/listConfigurationDetails.jspa?productConfigurationId=648244 this one also has dual DVI and TV-out and even dual link DVI. Looks similar to the Asus 256MB in the Anandtech roundup just with better connection. +1 The XFX7600GS is a lovely car...