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by pangit
Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Benefits of LCD over CRT
Replies: 57
Views: 29050

The stuff that is already built doesn't magically disappear with no environmental impact and the pace of new stuff being built is unlikely to slow. It's all down to basic rules of supply and demand. Clearly the manufacturer cannot know in advance if you are going to buy a particular product, but on...
by pangit
Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Smart Load Triggered Power Strips
Replies: 21
Views: 13434

Here in Australia it isn't easy to get those stand-by power strips commercially, but there are a couple of kits available from Jaycar (our equivalent to Radio Shack) which are either available as kits or pre-built, such as this one , which plugs in to a USB socket. I have used it for about 6 months ...
by pangit
Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR does CES 2007
Replies: 22
Views: 18398

What's that small grey box inside the Antec P190 and Fusion? Is it a dummy load device so the PSU and fans can be run without a mobo?
by pangit
Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News: Choose an Energy Efficient Computer
Replies: 17
Views: 18423

Excellent article, Mike. It has just the sort of advice that non-techies can understand and act on. I only hope that lots of people do, as the figures on global power consumption due to PC/electronics use are frightening!
by pangit
Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best intake air filter media?
Replies: 2
Views: 1567

Yep, I've nicked Bluefront's idea to use a pleated car cabin air filter. It's made out of some kind of woven fibre material. It's somewhat restrictive, but the large size together with the pleats increases the surface area enough to make resistance negligable.

See link in my sig for photos.
by pangit
Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: best fan controller
Replies: 16
Views: 5223

JVM wrote:How is monitoring rpm speed accomplished with the Sunbeam Rheobus?
It's not. There is none. It's just an analogue controller with manual voltage controllers.

You would have to run the RPM wire to a separate header plugged into the mobo if you want to do this.
by pangit
Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:31 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24211

Hi Irish, and welcome to the forums. You don't need a 3 or 4 pin fan - I've used a 2 pin on in mine (a quiet 80mm Panaflo) and it works perfectly. Just make sure you plug it in correctly if the fan connector is slightly different. And bear in mind you'll have to do some cutting of the fan and case t...
by pangit
Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Sunbeam rubber fan mounts work, no tools required. Honest!
Replies: 7
Views: 2368

I have used the Sunbeam ones and like a lot of people here I managed to break a few in the process. They aren't the easiest to install so I drilled out the holes in my fans a bit, and they seem to be pretty effective once in place. I haven't seen the EAR ones as they aren't easily available in Oz. A...
by pangit
Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: best fan controller
Replies: 16
Views: 5223

Just to clarify, the Sunbeam one is an analogue voltage controller (hence it's popularity). The one Felger refers to is a different one that uses PWM. Another thumbs up here from a Sunbeam Rheobus owner for the past 3 years. In fact I've been experimenting with Speedfan to control my fans automatica...
by pangit
Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: My Ati 9700 pro AIW cooling mod
Replies: 7
Views: 9939

I did a similar thing with my old 9000Pro AIW, using an old stock socket A heatsink. Not as neat as yours (no access to a milling machine so I used my trusty Dremel) but does the job nicely. http://www.mypage.tsn.cc/pcsilencing/images/115_1565_small.JPG http://www.mypage.tsn.cc/pcsilencing/images/11...
by pangit
Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the lowest temperature you have got with air cooling
Replies: 22
Views: 5834

I agree with dukla, and I think most serious silencers here would. This is really not the right place to ask about lowest temps, as that is not what most of us here are aiming for. IMHO if your temps are much below 45C then you've got too much cooling, ergo your system is probably too noisy! Persona...
by pangit
Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Loud Xbox 360
Replies: 88
Views: 84413

I will be interested in Mike's appraisal of it, and how easily it can be silenced. e.g. what quiet fans would fit inside it? I have no idea what size the stock ones are, but the Xbox1's was non-standard (around 70mm) but I managed to squeeze a Panaflo in there. But if the DVD is spinning all the tim...
by pangit
Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:43 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: XBox360 Dissected
Replies: 29
Views: 11005

.. and can't wait for the first mod-chips to arrive. It's a pity though there's no x86 processor architecture anymore.. But maybe Mac-coders could do homebrew software relatively easily? I'm not a coder, so I really dont know. From what I hear Microsoft have made it a lot more difficult to hack, wi...
by pangit
Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Passive Heatsink for 25W socket A
Replies: 4
Views: 2583

I'm running an Aerocool HT-101 passively in my XP2400+, but with the 120mm PSU fan right next to it. I don't think you will have a problem exhausting only 25W of heat through the PSU, especially if your goal is for a 1 fan PC. So I wouldn't worry about orientation too much, as long as you can point ...
by pangit
Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: XBox360 Dissected
Replies: 29
Views: 11005

Does anyone know what size the fans are? Like many people I found the stock fan on my Xbox 1 too loud and buzzy, so I managed to squeeze an 80mm Panaflo in there and it is now great for movies. But as the 360 is smaller I'm guessing there wouldn't be any way of getting 80mm fans in there (unless the...
by pangit
Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:40 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24211

True, and I would probably have done the same myself by now but I keep all my movies and music on my main PC and stream them with XBMC. So I haven't needed to upgrade the stock 10Gb drive.

How quiet is the Spinpoint compared to the stock Seagate?
by pangit
Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: almost silent Athlon XP system
Replies: 9
Views: 6040

I reckon you've still got far too many fans in your system. Get rid of that slot blower fan if you haven't already done so. putting the HDD near the front of the case where there is some airflow (even without an intake fan) will be more than sufficient to cool it. And take the fan off the Radeon! Yo...
by pangit
Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24211

I haven't, but I think it would be easy to do and worthwhile, if you have one. You could soft mount a 2.5" drive in the tray, maybe by wedging it in place with foam blocks or something, and it would be dead quiet. You might even be able to suspend it with elastic, although I haven't looked at this.
by pangit
Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: best fan controller
Replies: 16
Views: 5223

If you just want basic manual control and not PWM temp based control, just go for a couple of fanmates. Or the Sunbeam Rheobus which is an excellent cheap analogue controller.
by pangit
Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 7200.7 -> 7200.9
Replies: 9
Views: 3939

Well in that case would it be beneficial for me to get a Samsung Spinpoint HDD? -Kevin If you're happy with the performance then you can't go too far wrong with the Spinpoint, especially if you can source one with a Nidec motor. I have one with a JVC motor (which doesn't whine) and it is marginally...
by pangit
Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are modern enclosures dangerous for hard drives ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2275

Well I've lost a drive (at least partly) due to overheating, so I tend to be over zealous with my own drives. For me (and I'm sure for most of us) hard drive failure is much more of a disaster than any other component, due to the loss of data. Even if you have a backup, it takes forever to restore y...
by pangit
Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are modern enclosures dangerous for hard drives ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2275

Yes, you lose the heatsink effect of traditional metal mountings, but most modern cases have better airflow than they used to, so it's not normally a problem. If your HDDs are in some kind of airflow, even from a 5V Panaflo or an open intake, that should be enough. If in doubt, monitor temps for a w...
by pangit
Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 7200.7 -> 7200.9
Replies: 9
Views: 3939

Get with the times, dude, and check out the WDs in the recommended section.

WDs are pretty good these days, and SA is correct about Seagate's drives being louder than they used to be.
by pangit
Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Optimus Keyboard + "Transformers"
Replies: 32
Views: 11206

darthan wrote:..........OLEDs, especially blue ones, last only a few thousand hours before pretty much dying. Now, it is always possible this company has solved the problem, .............
How about a screen saver for the keyboard? :shock: Now there's something I never thought I was going to need!!! :?
by pangit
Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Fans in Australia?
Replies: 55
Views: 15502

Awesome news! They really seem to be listening to their customers, they're always bringing out great new stuff. I hope their prices aren't too expensive, but they're normally pretty reasonable.
by pangit
Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Socket A Heatsink: Need a quiet one DESPERATELY!!
Replies: 24
Views: 8506

You could also try an Aerocool HT-101 tower type heatsink, which is great if your CPU socket is near a exhaust fan. That will help keep the CPU cool, especially if you duct it.

I use one in my socket A (AthlonXP 2400+) and it works well passively, with only the PSU fan nearby pulling air across it.
by pangit
Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's PSU Test Platform V.3
Replies: 20
Views: 15724

My hat's off to your continued dedication in effort and time to get the best results possible, Mike. Surely there are no other review sites that can touch SPCR in this area now.

My mind boggles as to what continues to drive you, and for what personal reward to yourself?
by pangit
Sun Sep 11, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Mag Lev fans any good?
Replies: 8
Views: 2909

^^^^^^^^^^^ :lol: :lol: Nice one ronrem! Must be where I've been going wrong all this time with the chicks! As has been alluded to already, most fan noise is turbulence, not bearing noise, it's only when you really slow them down to <1000rpm that quiet bearings have much benefit. So yes, in theory m...
by pangit
Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:08 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: "Play Only" HTPC ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 3695

Glad to hear it. It sounds tailor made for your requirements. Have a good trawl through the XBMC website, or PM me if you have any questions.
by pangit
Sun Sep 04, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: "Play Only" HTPC ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 3695

An Xbox with open source Xbox Media Centre installed fits your brief perfectly. Dirt cheap, pretty easy to set up (once you've installed a modchip) and quite simply the best Media Centre software out there (which is being developed continuously). Plays divx, xvid, img, mp3 files flawlessly (in fact ...