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by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fortron Zen fanless 300W ATX PSU
Replies: 71
Views: 53118

The $110 figure is from the only North American vendor I could have that listed it as an orderable item: NCIX . It's a special order item, and will probably remain at that price until (and if) it becomes readily available on this continent. Personally, I think $110 is pretty good when you consider ...
by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive/Quasi Passive Cooling for X800 XT Platinum edition
Replies: 10
Views: 2754

Shadowknight wrote:What?
Get one of those fan-cooled "passive" GPU coolers. Avoid the real passive coolers or your temps will be over 100C and your card will have a short life.
by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fortron Zen fanless 300W ATX PSU
Replies: 71
Views: 53118

"Aug 14, 2004 by Devon Cooke and Mike Chin"

It should be 2005 =)

$110 sounds a bit high for this kind of design. Any idea on the real street price once it hits the retail channel?

Also, will there be a SFF version of this PSU?
by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic fan replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

well internal combustion engine or not, the Seasonic Super Tornado fan gets noisier and noiser as the years go by, so I'm assuming that all horizontal sleeve-bearing 120mm fans have that same problem. Ball-bearing seems louder than sleeve-bearing, so that isn't an option either. I think the best opt...
by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive/Quasi Passive Cooling for X800 XT Platinum edition
Replies: 10
Views: 2754

all of them work with the zalman fan.
by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do I REALLY need?
Replies: 37
Views: 11747

My Phantom 350 can supply 500W. I've tested it with special equipment. Its 12V rail can supply 34 amps.
by cotdt
Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom 500 with the Antec P180
Replies: 12
Views: 2734

If you have a good case like the P180, I don't see why you shouldn't go for a Phantom 350 instead. A 350 would be much better. The PSU doesn't even get that warm in a good case. The only problem I see is the PSU dumping heat into the CPU if they are close, and in the case of the P180, they are dista...
by cotdt
Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cooling X2 on a Neo2
Replies: 6
Views: 1838

What about... two 120mm Nexuses?
by cotdt
Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do I REALLY need?
Replies: 37
Views: 11747

Yeah, the prescott's are the least reliable of CPU's due to overheating issues with many coolers.
by cotdt
Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: AcBel Intelligent Fan swap with D12SL-12
Replies: 7
Views: 1777

How fast do they spin? The Nexus is 17 dbA @ 1 meter, so 18 dBA isn't too far-fetched.
by cotdt
Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Peltier plus Heatpipe? Peltier cooled Duct?
Replies: 9
Views: 3169

Try the peltier at low voltages, say 7 volts. At low voltages they are pretty efficient. At 14V their efficiency is only 5-8% which give them a bad rep. So at half voltage it would draw half the watts,right? Could something as easy as a Fan Mate handle the stepdown? Would it be okay to just take it...
by cotdt
Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: TT Tai-Chi case.... w/air or water cooling.
Replies: 9
Views: 2117

I like their built-in toolbox to hold screwdrivers inside your computer. For that reason alone, I recommend this case! How about someone get the aircooled version of the case, and use the sidefins as the heatsink. Attach either heatpipes or a thermosyphon to the side of the case. Similar to the Zalm...
by cotdt
Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: TT Tai-Chi case.... w/air or water cooling.
Replies: 9
Views: 2117

Their claim of 17 dBA is hard to beleive. Even if they used two Nexus, it would be 19 dBA. Also, the watercooling version has more fans than is needed, not good for silence. And do those fins actually do anything? Also, it doesn't have a moisture condenser, so you are forced to refill that tiny tank...
by cotdt
Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:13 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Anyone Folding With One Of These
Replies: 17
Views: 7436

dualcore is slightly faster than two separate CPUs, because some components are shared.
by cotdt
Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Available motherboards that support Pentium-M
Replies: 21
Views: 11182

CT-479 is your best option. it's cheaper and has top performance.
by cotdt
Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Barracuda IV / V buyer's questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3042

all hard drives are loud. you'll still need to find a way to make them quiet.
by cotdt
Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do I REALLY need?
Replies: 37
Views: 11747

I'm with ~El~Jefe~ on this one. Yes, Phantom 350 will easily take that rig. I had a similar rig to that that one, with a 4GHz Prescott, 6800GT and 6 hard drives, and the Seasonic Super Tornado 300 took it just fine, with very stable voltages I might add. I doubt that computer even eats up 220W. Peop...
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Peltier plus Heatpipe? Peltier cooled Duct?
Replies: 9
Views: 3169

Try the peltier at low voltages, say 7 volts. At low voltages they are pretty efficient. At 14V their efficiency is only 5-8% which give them a bad rep.
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hmmm...7800GT
Replies: 8
Views: 2666

You can passively cool these things I'm 99% sure. They eat up 50W less power than nvidia 6800Ultra and Radeon 850XT.
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best hard drives??
Replies: 6
Views: 2216

Re: Best hard drives??

HI, Just a few simple questions (I hope)... a) What is the fastest SATA II hard disk of 250+ GB? b) What is the quietest SATA II hard disk of 250+ GB? c) What is the best combination of the two? You do know, don't you, that "SATA II" won't give you any perceptible real-world advantage over "SATA I"...
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: FX-57 temperatures
Replies: 5
Views: 1753

depends on your motherboard. if it's an abit motherboard then you've got nothing to worry about since those overreport temps.
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NEW Asus Extreme 7800GTX TOP [with AC Silencer]
Replies: 15
Views: 4857

The 7800GT uses 50W less power than the 7800GTX. I think you can passively cool the 7800GT w/o worries.
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte X800 XL Silentpipe!
Replies: 93
Views: 43112

If you have to add a fan to a passive GPU cooler, doesn't that defeat the purpose? Personally, I've used 3 different brands of fanless coolers for my nVidia 6800, and all of them push my temps past 100C before crashing. Only way to get those fanless to work is to get a lot of ventilation in the case...
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Enabling AAM on Seagate 7200.7 SATA
Replies: 5
Views: 2806

Thanks for the link, but it says: "Much the way the system BIOS benefits from being in a changeable ROM chip that can be modified relatively easily, the hard disk's firmware does as well. In fact, in many drives the firmware can be updated under software control, very much the same way that a flash ...
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Enabling AAM on Seagate 7200.7 SATA
Replies: 5
Views: 2806

anyone? com'on guys and gals
by cotdt
Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best hard drives??
Replies: 6
Views: 2216

I agree that you don't have any really good options. They are all loud. Heck, if you're sensitive to noise as I am, even the quietest 2.5" notebooks drives are pretty loud, and those are way more silent than the SPCR recommended 3.5" drives. The Spinpoints are hardly quieter than the newer Raptors. ...
by cotdt
Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) 74GB Raptor
Replies: 8
Views: 2422

Though I've never owned a Raptor, according to reports from SPCR its seeks are much louder than my WD Scorpio notebook drive and my Seagate Barracuda IV, which are both pretty damn loud even suspended. I don't know, but I'm really beginning to think its people's sensitivities that are often to blame...
by cotdt
Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: First time water cooling and silencing, need suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 5436

DDC's tend to not start up sometimes. Get a CSP-MAG instead which is both quieter and stronger, not to mention cheaper and being something that actually works. Mod your Modstream PSU with a quieter fan as well. They were meant to be modded. As far as radiators go, you can either use 120.1 or 120.2, ...
by cotdt
Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What case should I grab?
Replies: 9
Views: 2395

They are all good! Let me also add to that list the Banana Republic Case 600 Turbo
by cotdt
Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:00 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project Passiv-Agressiv, Passive radiators, custom stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 4754

that is the most beautiful computer i've ever seen! and i hang out at the modder's sites, so that says a lot!

but you forgot to remove the Lain Li sticker