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by cAPSLOCK
Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: VGA card problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

or how about STATIC DEATH!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 29, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-90 with a Celeron D running hot
Replies: 8
Views: 2443

Does it pass the 24h Prime95 test? Might be your case airflow -- if it runs cooler with the cover off it most definately is.
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD A64 TDP Poll
Replies: 71
Views: 70255

3200+, 939, Venice, Rev DH8-E3, 55°C, 38.2W
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 7600GT with direct exhaust cooler
Replies: 5
Views: 2461

The best would be to go passive if you can, especially for such a relatively low power card (no extra power connector, right?). It seems that it has the same hole pattern as the 6800/7800/7900 series cards, but the RAM layout is different (so no NV Silencer 5). Apparantly you can use 6600GT coolers ...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!
Replies: 9
Views: 3418

Motherboard makers should make all motherboards passive, it's obviously not impossible (or even very hard), and it means more silence and more reliability. Uh, you think running electrical components at higher operating temps improves reliability? Au contraire. What he means is most cheap high-spee...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: The Absolute Ultimate Air-Cooling Technique.
Replies: 30
Views: 10637

Still no dust filter though! :wink: I agree that ducted positive pressure works really well, have a look at my pc (in the sig), that's basically what I have done, except the intake is at the front, which is less good from a noise perspective. I can also turn my intake fan down really low (subjectivl...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: making some pc upgrades, need some advice
Replies: 1
Views: 1325

Well, with the amount of fans you have in your case, it might make sense to go for some more low airflow/low noise fans like the Nexus. I think the sonic tower should be more than enough for a 3000+, I think you could even get rid of the fan "inside" it (perhaps to some ducting to the back of the ca...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!
Replies: 9
Views: 3418

Well yes, it has been discussed in the past, but I've noticed many different requests for passive or "silent" motherboards recently, there's even a thread near the top of the forum right now. I think a couple of reasons could be that on many motherboards the northbridge is under the end of the grap...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing a 7900gt GPU...?
Replies: 3
Views: 1395

You can use one of the zalman coolers, or else the Arctic Cooling NV Sîlencer 5, provided you cut a couple of centimeters off the plastic duct (See here scroll down a bit). Replacing your gfx fan normally voids your warranty (except for eVGA cards IIRC), but you actually don't risk much, if you can...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice on upgrades! 56K avoid!
Replies: 10
Views: 1900

[I'm supposing you mean upgrade to silence your computer]

You'd have to find out what parts make the most noise (by stopping/unplugging fans), my guess would be the video card...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboard chipset power draw & onboard video?
Replies: 13
Views: 3298

I don't think there are any reviews that compare motherboards VRM efficiency and overall power consumption, a small sample here: http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/03/02/ati_crossfire_xpress_3200_chipset_takes_off/page24.html It says that the A8R-MVP is good for a modern motherboard, but VIA chipsets ...
by cAPSLOCK
Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 6-Way Cooler roundup (FS-V7/VF700/VF900/NV5/AcceleroX1/VF1+)
Replies: 22
Views: 6859

A good roundup of the major gfx coolers out there, definately a useful reference. 8)
I would of liked subjective noise impressions of the different fans though.
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Difference between Mobile Sempron and 'regular' Sempron
Replies: 10
Views: 3954

In the Turion64 on the desktop arcticle on SPCR, it's written: Here's an open secret: The Turion 64 is based on the same AMD64 architecture that powers AMD's desktop and server processors. In terms of performance, the Turion 64 should perform identically to an Athlon 64 of the same specifications. S...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Take an LCD on the plane?
Replies: 9
Views: 4859

I'd worry about warranty being honored if you had problems once you brought it back. that's almost guaranteed - if there are problems with the screen you will have major problems/arguments getting support or returning it. If you take the risk and it all works out then great, otherwise get ready for...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Take an LCD on the plane?
Replies: 9
Views: 4859

stupid wrote:If I had to bring an LCD on a plane, I would bring it as a carry on and not bother checking it in. Who knows how it will be handled? Who know if it'll be stolen?
Yes but I think that the box is too big to be hand luggage...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Take an LCD on the plane?
Replies: 9
Views: 4859

jaganath wrote:I think your main problem will not be getting it back in one piece, but getting it through Customs (Douane); they will almost certainly charge you VAT (or whatever the equivalent tax is in Switzerland) on your purchase.
Yep, but VAT is 7.6%, so that makes $430, still a lot cheaper!
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New office machine
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

First of all, Welcome to SPCR Second, in general SFF systems are hard to get silent because of the small volume of air, the small amount of space to put huge fansinks, and the usual position of these machines. Looking through the SFF Systems Section of SPCR, the first thing that comes up is the 17" ...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Take an LCD on the plane?
Replies: 9
Views: 4859

Take an LCD on the plane?

I'm currently eyeing the Viewsonic VX2025wm 20" wide-screen format LCD screen. I can easily get it for the equivalent of $588, but at newegg you can get it for $400... :shock: Who thinks it's a good idea to take it back to europe in it's original box, inside my suitcase, dampened with clothing? Obvi...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232231

Once again a great creative airflow path... The downside though, is that all sides of this case have some sort of intake/exhaust, which might be ok for those of you in the US with a huge living room and a huge A/V rack with lots of space, but for those that are tight on space this could be a problem...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:06 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: El Cheapo PC
Replies: 6
Views: 9412

I think you're using too many fans. :lol: That comment provoked some sort of machist obsession with me :twisted:, not to mention that I'm always looking out to silence my pc more... So I removed all three 8cm fans, and replaced them with one Yate-Loon D12SL-12. The only place I could put this fan w...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Aria Case Sensitive to touching...
Replies: 10
Views: 3628

Ground wire sounds like the solution, the mobo makers probably expect the case to be grounded and use the mobo standoffs as grounds aswell... I've heard of problems in certain mini-itx mods that used a non metallic case, people had to ground one of the standoffs. You might have a similar problem, al...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the safe material to build CPU duct/shroud ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2786

You can also use styrene, as recently mentioned in the Quiet and OC Pentium D arcticle, and originally mentioned here . You can cut it by making a line with a hobby knife and cracking it, you can then bevel the edges :wink: with the hobby knife, and you can put bends in it by heating it up with a ha...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GV-N66256DP Fanless Graphics Card
Replies: 21
Views: 18447

In page two of the arcticle you say that the small heatsink is for the GPU, and the large heatsinks are for the board... I think that the big ones are for the GPU (and perhaps memory) while the small one is for the HSI chip or whatever you call it (PCIe->AGP conversion).
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quietly Cooling the eVGA GeForce 7900 GT?
Replies: 25
Views: 9819

For those of you who are interested in an active, heat-exhausting cooler (i.e. A-C Silencer series), look here: http://htpcnews.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=20869&st=15 (scroll down a bit). Basically the hole (and memory) layout on the 7900 series is the same as for the 7800, but are moved up a bi...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Do fans/PSU's have a warm-up time?
Replies: 1
Views: 790

Do fans/PSU's have a warm-up time?

I recently dug up my Lego RCX, and installed BrickOS on it, which allows me to make much more powerful programs for it (in C). I was fooling around when I remembered that I had told somebody that was looking for a way to measure a fan's rpm that they could use a RCX for this, so I decided to try it ...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Radical new case/airflow design w/first photo.
Replies: 9
Views: 2443

I have experimented before with airflow behind the MB....that area does get warm. It'll measure 45C+ in places. You can easily lower your CPU temp 3C with a small airflow back there. How about using an aluminium case, and getting some of those zalman standoffs that come with their TNN, that could p...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Mid-fan case concept
Replies: 22
Views: 4519

It's case airflow concept time! The mid fan idea is good, but I think the muffler on the intake is useless, the first place to put a muffler is on the output. I would vote for a filter in that stage instead. Also, unless you're using a laptop cpu, or a very low power desktop one, you might have a he...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Radical new case/airflow design w/first photo.
Replies: 9
Views: 2443

Pretty innovative idea, although I suppose that it will have a lot of backpressure on the PSU, won't that make the fan ramp up to fight the pressure? Also dust could enter the PSU when it's off (since it's facing upwards), and sound is sent more directly to the user aswell. My real question is, is h...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: STR or S3 sleep mode...
Replies: 3
Views: 3809

S3 sleep mode does exactly this, it works seemingly perfectly with a computer I built recently: ASRock 939DualSATA2 (AMD64), Antec Smartpower 2.0 PSU and Windows 2000 SP4. All that needed to be done is to choose S3 only in the bios, and set the jumper to +5VSB for the USB stuff. When sleeping every ...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Mar 08, 2006 3:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is your computer turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Replies: 54
Views: 25151

Like I said earlier I keep it on, mostly to stay in contact in irc. IRC is an evil addiction, a bit like watching TV :lol: It's my money to spend and my choise. Yes, but it's everybodies environment. It draws the same amount of power as a light bolb, Then you should get economical light bulbs :wink...