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by Entropy
Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ review)
Replies: 20
Views: 6781

Re: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler

Entropy -- So we should stick reviewing low power fanless devices that don't need our expertise for people to know they're quiet? :lol: Several counterpoints -- 1. everything changes. even silent computing and spcr. even a quiet computer was a challenge >8 yrs ago. today, quiet is not hard to achie...
by Entropy
Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ review)
Replies: 20
Views: 6781

What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ review)

I'm going to be a wet blanket and fundamentally question these kinds of reviews. This is, after all, "silentpcreview", rather than "NotAsLoudExtremeGamers". There are are more than 300 million Windows systems sold every year, no more than a couple of percent of which are gaming oriented. Those few p...
by Entropy
Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:30 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apples new iMacs - even more quiet
Replies: 11
Views: 7515

[quote="Gohan"]Just out of interest has anybody measured the idle power consumption of either the 21.5 or 27â€
by Entropy
Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apples new iMacs - even more quiet
Replies: 11
Views: 7515

I broke down and bought the Corei7 2.8GHz, ATI 4850, 1TB version. That is, the highest performing and highest powerdraw version. It is significantly quieter than its 24" predecessor which I own and had standing right beside the 27" model for 2-3 weeks. I'm amazed, I didn't think it was possible. I d...
by Entropy
Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5750 cards
Replies: 39
Views: 16926

[quote="Chadsster"][quote="trueg"] I originally planned to get the Powercolor SCS3 HD 5750 once it was available in my area (which it is now), but after checking the size, I was able to determine that it will not fit in my fairly large HTPC case (Thermaltake Mozart). [/quote] How did you find the di...
by Entropy
Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Awesome, much better, review of 5770
Replies: 18
Views: 3805

Re: Awesome, much better, review of 5770

[quote="~El~Jefe~"]
# 30â€
by Entropy
Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80745

You sure do spend a lot of time assuming . Assuming everyone who buys it are hardcore gamers who spend 22h gaming everyday, assuming no one who buys a high-end card cares about noise at idle (which is what most people here care about, if you don't then you are in the wrong forum!), assuming only ha...
by Entropy
Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80745

To you ;) No, to the majority . People want their cards to be quiet when idle, the time people spend gaming (even if you're a hardcore gamer) is a lot less than the time they spend doing other things. Not to mention those who leave their computers on during the night. So yes, idle noise is importan...
by Entropy
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apples new iMacs - even more quiet
Replies: 11
Views: 7515

iFixit has a teardown of the 27 inch iMac. Six temperature sensors, three fans, surprisingly beefy heatsinking - this puppy should be quiet even at load for the low end config. The higher end configuration is another question - I can't really see how on earth they will be capable of dissipating all...
by Entropy
Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apples new iMacs - even more quiet
Replies: 11
Views: 7515

Apples new iMacs - even more quiet

Apple just released new iMacs and mac minis. They claim the new iMacs are even quieter than they used to be - which is remarkable since they used to be very quiet indeed. They go into the thermal design somewhat on their site, however they do not mention (nor could they, given the large variations i...
by Entropy
Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 80745

So is it going to be possible at all to build a "silent"/very quiet PC with a 5870? I want to make a new PC and desperately need it to also have 3x24" monitors so I can run EyeFinity (which means I'll need the power of the 5870). I had hoped so, but trandy1001s testimony left me doubtful. Anyway, I...
by Entropy
Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Some info on ATI 57xx series cards...
Replies: 53
Views: 16325

So, 1008Gflops for the 5750 vs. 960Gflops for the 4770 doesn't bode well for my hopes of 4770 performance from the Radeon HD 5670. Also, with the 5750 drawing 86W at load makes me wonder if ATI is going to spec a power connector for the 5670 even if it comes in under 75W at load. The 4770 has a max...
by Entropy
Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Full HD LCD (1080p)
Replies: 35
Views: 6821

I've never heard someone actually experiencing problems because of screen lag or even noticing it, I've played a lot on a 19" TN, and now I play a lot on the Dell. Now you've heard one. I hate bad control, and it is very very noticeable. Control is everything - imagine playing real life table tenni...
by Entropy
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor releases custom cooled 4770
Replies: 20
Views: 3765

A reason why it is hard to find on shelves is that people actually buy them. They are the current performance/power champions, in short supply, and at a reasonable cost. Small wonder they don't accumulate on dealers shelves. I've had my sample since they were announced and could be ordered and I'm v...
by Entropy
Wed May 27, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a quiet, affordable 24-26 inch monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1911

Re: Looking for a quiet, affordable 24-26 inch monitor

Hello fellow silencing absessed ones :) Im looking to upgrade my pc this summer with a HD4870/90 or a GTX275 and gettin a large monitor for the sake of utilizing the extra power fully (my 19inch crt just aint worth such a strong card). By changing from the CRT, you will have to accept lower frame r...
by Entropy
Wed May 27, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4770 worth waiting for?
Replies: 50
Views: 11932

amazing that you say um no yet 100% of websites show that a 4850 cranks over the 4770 in every way. The review with the fullest selection of games and settings is the one from TechPowerUp, and their performance summary page is here . Depending on resolution and settings (see full review) the total ...
by Entropy
Tue May 26, 2009 7:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4770 worth waiting for?
Replies: 50
Views: 11932

I wouldn't cheap it out. the 4850 at higher resolutions and aa/af beats a 4770 solidly too. Uhm. No. I sidegraded from a HD4870 to a HD4770. I should know. Incidentally, I'm happy with that exchange at the same money . According to reviews, at stock clocks, a HD4850 is very slightly faster, at sign...
by Entropy
Tue May 19, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107086

The Radeon Bios Editor RBE 1.21 supports control of the HD4770 fan speeds.
Link
by Entropy
Mon May 11, 2009 6:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107086

Did anything happen to the display when you lowered the frequency? There's no possibility to lower the RAM voltage? Nothing other than the screen refresh. However, see below. I use the RBE 1.20 bios editor, and it does not allow adjustment of the memory voltage. Encouraged by your question, I thoug...
by Entropy
Sat May 09, 2009 3:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107086

In Catalyst Control Center, the memory clock is at a constant 800MHz, while the "GPU Clock" is automatically reducing to 250MHz. I tried moving the Memory Clock slider as low as it will let me (to 400MHz) and power consumption is reduced by 8 watts. So now I'm seeing 6 watts above the 3870 at idle....
by Entropy
Thu May 07, 2009 6:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107086

OK. I have had the card for just under a week now. I side-graded from a HD4870, and also use a 7900GTX on the same system. Due to some problems with PCI-E x16, I have fiddled around a lot with the card, although mostly trying to achieve stable operation at full PCI-E speed - it kept going to x1 oper...
by Entropy
Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

So...
Anyone bought one of these yet, and can comment on the acoustics?
by Entropy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

Prices are prohibitive though, particularly outside the USA due to the strong dollar (which is a rather weak argument, since most of the components and the assembly is outside the US). Wonderful systems from a noise standpoint, but my prediction is that their desktop sales will drop. Sharply. Very S...
by Entropy
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: 2008 SPCR facility/equipment upgrades: hemi-anechoic chamber
Replies: 151
Views: 243299

So let me add my appreciation to the pile. :) Unnecessary noise pollution is one of the mindless evils of our society, and I'm deeply appreciative of the help this site brings people who try to combat it in the workspace and at home. Never doubt that its influence extends beyond the immediate reader...
by Entropy
Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:15 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: New Mac Pro taken apart
Replies: 9
Views: 5953

Re: New Mac Pro taken apart

I have no extra insight yet, but the word from those who have taken delivery is that the system is silent. Not quiet, silent. Now, I assume that this statement doesn't hold for the people here, since harddrives are always somewhat audible, but the Apple cheesegraters have always been extremely intel...
by Entropy
Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:47 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini - cheapest, smallest, and most quiet SFF?
Replies: 22
Views: 13309

If I bought one, I'd get the lower speed version to replace a very old g3 beige tower system. Got a monitor, got a keyboard, got a mouse, can buy a usb hub for $20, can buy a thin putty knife for $5 and add a 512MB or 1GB stick to round out the system. (Seen the video on memory replacement and it's...
by Entropy
Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:30 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Apple iMac G5
Replies: 8
Views: 3705

Another unsolicited update - I ran the iMac all day yesterday with the energy saving features (sleep, display sleep, and hard disk sleep) turned off and a 3D screen saver running. Unfortunately, when I returned home from work it was hard to miss the noise. It was borderline loud, and beyond unaccep...
by Entropy
Tue Mar 01, 2005 1:24 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini - cheapest, smallest, and most quiet SFF?
Replies: 22
Views: 13309

Apple's OSX is extremely memory hungry. With 256m it won't feel snappy at all. 512mb is an option with the mini, as is 1gb. The last option is so hidous expensive that 512mb is as much memory any sane person would put in it. 512mb is ok-ish for OSX, but it won't fly. And the little fan is indeed fa...
by Entropy
Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini - cheapest, smallest, and most quiet SFF?
Replies: 22
Views: 13309

That would be an interesting mod! Anyone know the peak consumption of these G4 processors? As for running XP on the Mini, as G4 is not a native x86 processor it doesn't seem that it would work. As measured by a power meter the mini draws less than 20 Watts, that is including PSU losses, unless you ...