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by vincentfox
Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: compactflash booting? or better ssd's need advice
Replies: 10
Views: 6425

I'll be quite interested in these when they have a 1.8" form-factor version to fit into the Thinkpad X41 laptop. The write-limit thing is overblown. However the throughput on flash has never really been anywhere near fast enough until very recently. So it's only now that I would consider the idea fo...
by vincentfox
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Low End Silent Sub-Notebook?
Replies: 17
Views: 11435

I forgot to mention the Dell X1, which is also fanless. I do not particularly like Dell, but it's certainly another option to check into. I believe these models are supplanted by the D420 series now so you can probably find some deals on them.
by vincentfox
Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Efficient power bricks ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1374

We had this discussion a few times before. One such thread that touched on the issue: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=36330&highlight= There are apallingly few choices in bricks, and usually not that efficient. Time you add the losses it's frequently inferior to a high-quality c...
by vincentfox
Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Low End Silent Sub-Notebook?
Replies: 17
Views: 11435

I'm quite intrigued by the ThinkPad S30 and S31 now, these were apparently subnotebooks produced only for Asian markets.

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=27979

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:S30

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:S31
by vincentfox
Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Low End Silent Sub-Notebook?
Replies: 17
Views: 11435

Some Thinkpad models are fanless. I already pointed out the 240X. You haven't mentioned if you are only wanting new laptops? My X22 is dead silent until I hit high-CPU usage and then a fan cranks up.

IBM/Lenovo also seem to have a better situation with regard to Linux drivers than most.
by vincentfox
Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Age --> More loud?
Replies: 1
Views: 1249

Quite often. It has a motor, typically there are bearings and grease that degrade with age.
by vincentfox
Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:12 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Low End Silent Sub-Notebook?
Replies: 17
Views: 11435

Another one worth drooling over is the Fujitsu Lifebook Q2010 at 2.2 pounds. A lot of toys I can't afford though. I end up buying yesterday's technology off EBay, plop in a fast new hard-drive, and make do. Aren't there some products with Via processors? Those would be low-heat and thus should be qu...
by vincentfox
Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Low End Silent Sub-Notebook?
Replies: 17
Views: 11435

Looks like Apple will be coming out with a sub-notebook:

http://appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2500
by vincentfox
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Low End Silent Sub-Notebook?
Replies: 17
Views: 11435

It's a bit large to be a subnotebook, but I've owned a number of the smaller Thinkpads and at approximately 3 pounds they are fairly light. I picked up a 240X off Ebay (no CPU fan) and was pretty happy with that, after refitting with a Samsung HD. I currently own an X22 which is very nice, I like al...
by vincentfox
Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming/HTPC/Workstation
Replies: 1
Views: 1122

I have a fairly similar system, see my signature. At the moment it's doing double-duty for gaming and HTPC. For gaming it's powerful enough for me, depends on your games and your expectations for settings, etc. I run Half-Life 2 at 1680x1050 with most settings a high, and Battlefield 2 at 1280x1204 ...
by vincentfox
Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: moving sawp file to USB thumb drive
Replies: 13
Views: 4098

There's already been a test done of "ReadyBoost" which found it markedly slower than simply adding enough RAM to your system. http://www.tgdaily.com/2007/02/08/analysis_vista_ready_boost/ There's no magic here. If you don't have enough RAM, yes you can do some funky tricks to make things work, but t...
by vincentfox
Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English Language
Replies: 66
Views: 25690

Not a regular Futurama viewer, but seen enough episodes to not "axe" you to explain it. I think Futurama made a nice point there. I won't debate the many hypocritical positions regarding Mexican illegals in the US. That would be an entirely new off-topic thread. Sticking to the topic, the original s...
by vincentfox
Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English Language
Replies: 66
Views: 25690

Either stand by your ideas or don't post them! I liken it to "kitchen Italian". Look at history. Plenty of Italians, or pick your group, emigrated. After 2 or 3 generations the mother-tongue becomes something they are proud of, but maybe they don't use everyday. If you went back to the mother countr...
by vincentfox
Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English Language
Replies: 66
Views: 25690

Regarding spellings, is it laziness to spell things the way they sound? You should look at some spellings from the 1600 and 1700's. The current spelling system is the result of several partially successful attempts to move to a phonetic spelling system. In some aspects leet-speak and for example the...
by vincentfox
Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Rev.B Poor Performance
Replies: 52
Views: 13737

Well you would THINK that TAT would be most reliable, but that's not turning out to to be the case. Nearly everyone is reporting that it's values are off by 10C at least. Since the version that is in use, was compiled long before the E4300 hit the streets that makes sense. It probably doesn't have t...
by vincentfox
Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English Language
Replies: 66
Views: 25690

English does not borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over the head, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar. People often complain about the state of the language, but probably don't know much about it's history so far. English has alwa...
by vincentfox
Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Rev.B Poor Performance
Replies: 52
Views: 13737

I'll repeat what I said in several other threads: I ran 3 programs and got 3 different results on my now-idle E4300 system: Intel TAT v2.05.2006.0427: 44C RightMark CPU Clock Utility v2.2: 18C CoreTemp Beta 0.94: 27C Crazy! Rebooting and checking the BIOS PC Health monitor as fast as I could, the "S...
by vincentfox
Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Rev.B Poor Performance
Replies: 52
Views: 13737

Scythe uses their goofy push-pin system that release when you rotate. I don't see a way to do a simple substitution or fix for this. I emailed support@scythe-usa.com to see what they have to say about it.
by vincentfox
Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo LEDs
Replies: 13
Views: 5211

I've read several people saying just use a black Sharpie pen to dim the LED.
by vincentfox
Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Rev.B Poor Performance
Replies: 52
Views: 13737

Hmmm, I am running my E4300 at 3.1 GHz currently. I started up Orthos and checked the temps after a while and Intel Thermal Analysis Tool says 78C which does seem kind high. Touching the heatsink it doesn't seem that hot so you must be right about the poor heat-transfer due to seating. Although, may...
by vincentfox
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Best quality PSU in different price ranges?
Replies: 12
Views: 3959

I like my Corsair HX520, picked up cheap on Buy.Com sale with that Google Checkout discount.

Did you already read the Recommended list at SPCR, and the reviews?
by vincentfox
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 2.1 speaker recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 7316

Oh, and also, make sure when you're setting up the woofer to face the bass port towards a wall (directly touching it). This creates the 'thumps' and 'shakes'. Also, unless you have hard flooring (ie. NOT carpet), get yourself a decent set of speaker feet. Ummm, n00b question here, by "port" do you ...
by vincentfox
Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E4300, low power CPU for desktop
Replies: 78
Views: 35007

OC to 3.29 GHz

I set my FSB to 366 x 9 giving 3.29 GHz, and the RAM multiple to 2.0 (RAM at 732). Ran it a couple of days like this, not a problem except a little more heat and power consumption. Tonight I ran HL2: Lost Coast video stress test a dozen times, handled that easily. Then I played BF2 for 3 hours. I'm ...
by vincentfox
Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What does MS Vista really offer?
Replies: 149
Views: 77166

The copy of Vista we are being offered at the University I work at is the "upgrade" version. And unlike XP, they take that seriously, meaning you must install XP on a system before installing Vista. WTF!??? Every time I need to wipe a system am I going to enjoy doubling man-hours? No! Yeah, now the...
by vincentfox
Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: noise cancellation headphones
Replies: 22
Views: 11142

I see the audiophiles have responded already. I have the Sony MDR-V6 headphones. Personally I find this noise-cancelling stuff to be overpriced and not worth it. My V6 units work very nicely, good enough sound for me, and quite reasonably priced at $70 from Amazon. They are not Bose or Sennheiser an...
by vincentfox
Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E4300, low power CPU for desktop
Replies: 78
Views: 35007

You've not heard of AnandTech? A google search earlier took me here: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2795&p=12 There are probably other better articles if you search. Of course everything is relative to factors like money, heat output, noise, etc. not just speed. Your jobs might ...
by vincentfox
Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What does MS Vista really offer?
Replies: 149
Views: 77166

The copy of Vista we are being offered at the University I work at is the "upgrade" version. And unlike XP, they take that seriously, meaning you must install XP on a system before installing Vista. WTF!??? Every time I need to wipe a system am I going to enjoy doubling man-hours? No! The tough part...
by vincentfox
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Tower heatsinks that fit gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 with modifying
Replies: 4
Views: 1706

Ninja Rev. B requires modification. However it's quite simple, remove a millimeter or two of metal along one edge of the LGA-775 bracket. Quick and easy with a Dremel tool, takes a bit longer with a metal-file like I used. Still, no big deal in my opinion. This is such an easy fix that it is no reas...
by vincentfox
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Help with motherboard with Scythe Ninja Rev.B
Replies: 8
Views: 2502

You are worrying too much. Yes there are a few boards like the DS3 with capacitor interference issues with the LGA775 mounting bracket. This is easily fixed with a metal-file or a Dremel tool. All I had to do was shave off a few millimeters of material along one edge of the bracket. Scythe I think a...
by vincentfox
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: core 2 duo temp
Replies: 10
Views: 4112

Search for Intel TAT, Thermal Analysis Tool. It's the one that is guaranteed to get it right. RMClock for instance shows way wrong (low) numbers.