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by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 7800GT owners - pls help
Replies: 21
Views: 7008

Ha! i'm happy with my cool-running 6800GT. i chuckle whenever i hear people buy the new expensive cards when i think about the crappy upcoming games. is it me or are games becoming lamer?
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Instability Issues, Losing My Mind
Replies: 22
Views: 4864

seems to be a software problem and reformatting and reinstalling all your software should fix the problem.
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Presenting CPU coolers differently in reviews?
Replies: 10
Views: 2224

C/W versus dBA sounds good! but i think the same reference fans should be used on all heatsinks. the better fans have almost zero bearing noise so i don't see a problem with the fan selection. this might even make results more accurate as a computer can do a plot to fit the data that may be closer t...
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Presenting CPU coolers differently in reviews?
Replies: 10
Views: 2224

i think it would be a great idea! of course it would have to be a well-selected fan and the same fan would be used for everything.
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:36 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Building the Mother of All Silent PC cases
Replies: 19
Views: 10779

VERY NICE!!! yes I think it can beat the Zalman case and be smaller than the Zalman too. Of course it will be heavy but we are strong! what is that thing under the case for? I don't understand what that pyramid-like thing on top is? hmmm... would i help to also have heatsink ridges on the inside to ...
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coollaboratory liquid metal, a new thermal compound
Replies: 37
Views: 17351

My liquid metal TIM actually arrived about a week ago. The directions that came with it were in German, and I didn't realize there were English instructions online, so I just winged it. So far temps are no better than with AS5, but as I mentioned, I didn't follow their installation instructions, so...
by cotdt
Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7571

fast 64GB memory drives for less than $400 would be really sweet!
by cotdt
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Building the Mother of All Silent PC cases
Replies: 19
Views: 10779

I think the best way to passive cooling and cases will ultimately be a variant of the Zalman TN-500/TN-300. There doesn't need to be direct ventilation if you can somehow get the heat to exhaust through the aluminum metal. Of course selecting low-heat components would always be a must. All-passive c...
by cotdt
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: One-fan Turion64 (v2.0)
Replies: 18
Views: 7030

that's a really nice PSU!
by cotdt
Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:34 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS9500 review
Replies: 74
Views: 25883

Just a thought about modding this, but why not yank the stock 92mm fan, block the central hole with a plug of some sort and mount a 120mm fan in front of the heatsink? I'd imagine that this would dramatically improve airflow across the fins and/or decrease noise level since it would allow for use o...
by cotdt
Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Hard drive cooling
Replies: 6
Views: 2265

Just cool the sides of the HD drive, where most of the heat goes. Otherwise you will just be cooling the temp sensor and mistakenly think that you lowered temps when all you really did is cool the sensor. Don't worry about the top and bottom of the HD drive. Watercooling HDD is really cool because i...
by cotdt
Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:58 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 0 db MSI 6600GT (PCI express)
Replies: 15
Views: 4215

0 dB is too loud, and clearly audible to human ears. You are looking for negative infinity dB or at the very least low dBA.
by cotdt
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet! Pentium M - Media Center Edition - Help me build it!
Replies: 7
Views: 2186

you need a monitor and good speakers or good headphones
by cotdt
Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: MYSTERY (solved) passive watercooler
Replies: 9
Views: 3590

Another zalman reserator ripoff?
by cotdt
Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Dothan and Turion Compared and Explained
Replies: 45
Views: 19708

Going back to the actual review. Without venturing into the desktop area that includes overclocking/undervolting/cooling/measuring how desktop memory and such affect performance but looking at the review purely from the mobile point I'd say this review isn't bad. On average Turion performs on par w...
by cotdt
Mon Sep 12, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: AtomChip SG220-2
Replies: 10
Views: 3922

i want to buy it
by cotdt
Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 3D1 cooling
Replies: 10
Views: 2288

watercool it. 50C cooler temps than stock has very clear benefits in longevity and overclocking.
by cotdt
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Most Reliable Fanless PSU?
Replies: 48
Views: 16214

Guys, I'm new here and am in the process of building a custom PC case that uses water and natural convention cooling. It is my second attempt to build a quiet PC case but this one is a more ambitious project. THe first case was eventually a good success using a Zalman quiet power supply. I would li...
by cotdt
Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: acaurora's BLACK P180 ;P (Narrowband warning!)
Replies: 19
Views: 25764

That's a nice computer but... is it really neccesary to get an expensive P180 when you are watercooling anyway? You don't even need those case fans if you're watercooling.
by cotdt
Sun Sep 11, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My future power supply
Replies: 1
Views: 744

that looks delicious!
by cotdt
Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need quiet 5400 RPM drive UNDER 30GB
Replies: 10
Views: 3102

How about a 3600RPM 6GB CF-card drive? Those things are absolutely silent, far more silent than any 5400RPM notebook drive.
by cotdt
Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A fanless PSU for the P180
Replies: 27
Views: 7957

MikeC does have a good point in that even a slow-spinning fan can reduce temps drastically while being virtually inaudible. There have been many fanless PSUs that did fail, but the newer model of the Phantom seems to be fine. However, myself and a friend of mine have been running the Phantom 350 (ne...
by cotdt
Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A fanless PSU for the P180
Replies: 27
Views: 7957

phantom 350 is the best PSU i have ever owned! i will use it for the next 60 years until i die!
by cotdt
Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Questions about CSP-MAG noise
Replies: 14
Views: 4988

Sounds strange. I got lucky and got a quiet MAG, but I muffled it anyway to make it virtually silent. But I hear some people are not so lucky, and you are one of them. Definately get it replaced. I would also recommend 20% antifreeze/coolant and 80% water, because it makes it thicker and quieter.
by cotdt
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:40 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does a hight wattage PSU mean less noise?
Replies: 7
Views: 1611

well the answer is no. and no PSU is quieter than my fanless PSU.
by cotdt
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone ST30NF / Etasis EFN-300 - conservative ratings?
Replies: 6
Views: 3985

This applies for all the fanless PSU's I've come across. My Antec Phantom 350 can easily supply 500W as well. All fanless PSUs seem to be very conservatively rated. Of course they need to be very high quality in the first place to be fanless, and not to mention the price.
by cotdt
Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New Contrarotary Fan
Replies: 5
Views: 2100

New Contrarotary Fan

A new fan is out. It is a contrarotary fan that directs a straight, focused blast of air rather than spread outward like standard fans. Think they might be useful?

http://www.ainex.jp/list/fan/cft-85.htm

I dunno about the noise level but that stuff could always be improved.
by cotdt
Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:27 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coollaboratory liquid metal, a new thermal compound
Replies: 37
Views: 17351

It may not have mercury but that no aluminum warning makes you wonder. When you expose aluminum to air its surface immediately oxidises and forms a hard shell that protects it. If you put mercury on it that strips off the oxidised coating and exposes new aluminum to oxidation which is in turn strip...
by cotdt
Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coollaboratory liquid metal, a new thermal compound
Replies: 37
Views: 17351

I wonder if they chip to USA...

Of course those after performance or passive cooling will be using copper or copper-hybrid coolers.

I think the material might be Gallium-Indium-Tin Eutectic.
by cotdt
Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coollaboratory liquid metal, a new thermal compound
Replies: 37
Views: 17351

Those metallic syringes look awesome! It gives me an urge to inject it into the next stranger that walks by...