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by kentc
Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: semi-passive psu idea
Replies: 9
Views: 2180

thank you for your thoughts. ok, to clarify: i am ofcourse aware of the consequences of running the psu without it's casing and i will ofcourse isolate the components from earth. but there just won't be enough room for the casing inside the computer case and i do not want to run an external powerbri...
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: semi-passive psu idea
Replies: 9
Views: 2180

semi-passive psu idea

hey all, i need your thoughts on this crazy idea i got from reading about you guys makeing your own passive psus. at first i thought of just takeing the psu out of it shell and just let it be cooled by the general airflow in the case, fueled by the 120mm exhaust fan. but then i thought of makeing it...
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: passive xp-120 vs xp-90/c?
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

for my application 90mm versus 63mm is just too much. the si-120 would actually stick out of the case; something i've actually considered incorporating in my design. but the fact that i might need an intake fan on the hs in case the cooling of the mobo just isn't enough with just the one exhaust-fan...
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HM040HI noise problem
Replies: 8
Views: 2677

Hi Kent, I installed linux (Ubuntu) and tried the hdparm -255 -B /dev/sda I get an error: HDIO_DRIVE_CMD fialed: Input/Output error i hope you mean you typed: root@ubuntu:~$ hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda be a bit careful with hdparm, it's a very powerfull tool and the wrong commands could screw up your di...
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI K8NGM2-FID or what?
Replies: 8
Views: 2355

see i didn't even know you hooked up hdtv via the dvi, i have no clue about htpc-stuff - not even having a tv in the house actually:) i thought you hooked up hdtv via s-video or rgb?
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: foam for controlling airflow?
Replies: 4
Views: 1254

My theoretical 2 cents: foam has more friction at its surface than smooth cardboard, plastic etc. For low-airflow situations and/or narrow ducts this might become an issue, where the foam restricts air flowing through more than a smooth surface would. Therefore I tend to use a combination: a smooth...
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: foam for controlling airflow?
Replies: 4
Views: 1254

foam for controlling airflow?

ok, still about the case i'm planning: i'm thinking of using damping foam for controlling the airflow inside the case. figured it'll have double uses then. plastic/paper/metallic devices would just steer the airflow, not help out. question is though, is it really a good idea or will the foam hamper ...
by kentc
Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:00 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 on msi k8ngm2-fid ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

so i figured i'd just ask thermalright, got an answer in just a couple of hours. that's what i call great customer service. unfortunately the answer cas that the xp-120 does NOT fit the msi k8ngm2-fid motherboard. so i guess i'll just have to go for the xp-90c instead, even though it's some 12mm tal...
by kentc
Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI K8NGM2-FID or what?
Replies: 8
Views: 2355

I've just played with the DFI RS482 for 2 days. It has CPU voltage adjustment from 0.8 to 1.8v (got toast?). The chipsets are cool to touch even when running at 300fsb/1.52v. The Smart Fan is aggressive set to run the fan @ 1,400rpm at idle. Great potential as a quiet HPTC. Yes, the price is about ...
by kentc
Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does "Evacuate the heat" role for the PSU work?
Replies: 78
Views: 90651

thread been silent (no pun...) for a while but i couldn't help but think about this thread when i read a seasonic product catalog:

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by kentc
Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 on msi k8ngm2-fid ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

Haven't tried it myself, but I did very easily fit a Zalman 7700 on my K8NGM2-FID. It doesn't even overhang the edge of the board. Plenty of room all around. i'm mostly worried about the dimm-slots, the xp-120 has the heatpipes coming out at a really flat angle so they stick out alot rather close t...
by kentc
Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: passive xp-120 vs xp-90/c?
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

passive xp-120 vs xp-90/c?

hej igen, so i'm building a custom case and i wanna cool the cpu passively. because of size of the case i cannot go for a tower cooler. in the spcr recommended list it is presumed that the xp-90c would cool as well as an xp-120; what are your takes on this passively? how much less effective would th...
by kentc
Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 on msi k8ngm2-fid ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

xp-120 on msi k8ngm2-fid ?

hej,
has anyone tried this combination, is it compatible?
thanks, kent..
by kentc
Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: venice e3 vs e6?
Replies: 4
Views: 1623

venice e3 vs e6?

so i've been googling like crazy to find out the difference between the e3 and e6 revisions on venice cores. all i could find was some page in portugiese (sp?) which i managed to babelfish to: e6 is compatible with more memory, specifically 533mhz is this it? are there any differences in heat output...
by kentc
Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quick PS question
Replies: 2
Views: 962

the all seem like viable alternatives, surely you'll do some modding on them anyhow, replace fans and so on? about the wattage i think you would get away with a 350w unit even after your upgrades, probably even a 300w although that might get you in trouble if you are for example gaming hard, accessi...
by kentc
Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What I've got, what I'm going to do, and what I need to know
Replies: 1
Views: 945

Re: What I've got, what I'm going to do, and what I need to

What I'm going to do: 1. Remove all the fan grills and replace them with wire ones. I also want to open up the 92mm exhaust and make it 120mm. 2. Replace the 120x38mm Panaflo with something that makes a little less noise. I'm not concerned about the heat. I also want to build a duct to the exhaust....
by kentc
Sun Mar 05, 2006 3:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake vs. Scythe vs. Aerocool
Replies: 9
Views: 2178

i presume you've read the reviews on the ninja and the thermalright hr-01 here on the site? with those kinds of reviews from such a trustworthy source i wouldn't consider the aerocool and the thermaltake. :wink: i'm a big fan of ducting, so i'd say a duct from the tower to the exhaust fan would be a...
by kentc
Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HM040HI noise problem
Replies: 8
Views: 2677

booting linux and "hdparm -y /dev/hdXY" should be the cleanest way?shut down syslogd aswell so it wont constantly try to spin up and make writes.
i must tell you though that on the troublesome armada i spoke of, linux/hdparm does produce the same result as xp :(

kent.
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD Plan-Comments/Help Please
Replies: 5
Views: 2050

Re: HDD Plan-Comments/Help Please

I've had some suggest the 150gb Raptor but its speed increase over 74 not enough to justify the $281 and I would probably need a 2nd drive for data and video so even more $. i like the single drive approach from a noise perspective... i've seen WD4000KD and hitachi 7K500 come in very close to the o...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Undervolting?
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=22943 good faq on fan controlling. (as stated in faq) i doubt your fans will actually start at lower voltages though? perhaps some better quality fans? have you cut your grilles? cutting reduces noise and improves efficiency! it would serve your syst...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do i need active cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 3500

Re: Do i need active cooling?

What I want to know is if I really need the fan. The v1000 has a perforated floor, meaning, the hard disks could cool by convection with air from the surrounding environment. I would move them closer to the psu, which always seems to be exhausting cool air, and move the psu divider thing in front o...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HM040HI noise problem
Replies: 8
Views: 2677

(douh, i just saw this thread after i responded to your older post) i have the same problem with and old hitachi 12gb in my old armada m700. i read on the compaq forum that it was a local problem affecting that particular model laptop and hdd chip logics. coming in and out of standby irregularly, ma...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Confused about 2.5 s-ata 5400. What is silent?
Replies: 4
Views: 1904

both the 5400.2 and the M40S are probably good choices, even though they are both 5400rpm they are the two most recommended by SPCR The M40S has gotten rave reviews by SPCR forum members here and here although this guy has put it in a drive enclosure in a desktop. i have a noisy laptop drive myself ...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New quiet media system
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

with a good 120mm exhaust fan right near by you should have no problems running the ninja passive with that cpu. try to undervolt/underclock if possible.. also some kind of ducting would probably serve you well. thermalrights tower heatsink hr-01 has a suitable duct for an accessory, check it out at...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: n00b building a "radical" case
Replies: 0
Views: 714

n00b building a "radical" case

hello spcr fans, after lurking the somtimes muddy waters of the spcr forum for a while now it's time for my first serious project. i say serious because right now our workstation is an old gateway p3-450 that i run completely silent, just a 92mm nexus ducted cpu/psu/exhaust fan. even at 12v inside t...
by kentc
Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Passive cooling for Pentium D 9xx?
Replies: 9
Views: 3103

i'd get the ninja, or a thermalright xp-120/si-120 and in any case run a slowspinning 120mm fan. as you can see in the tests above they are some very very effective coolers even with rather low cfm. an alternative would maybe be to get the ninja or the thermalright hr-01 (i believe it's called?) and...
by kentc
Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI K8NGM2-FID or what?
Replies: 8
Views: 2355

thanks, that was an interesting thread. seems more of an oc'ers crowd though - they don't ever care about undervolting :)

kent.
by kentc
Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI K8NGM2-FID or what?
Replies: 8
Views: 2355

MSI K8NGM2-FID or what?

hello, so we're looking to buy a new system to replace our two p3/450's. yeah, it's a big step for us :) haven't spent a krona on computers for many years! (except disks, gotta have space...) anyhow i'm going to make my own case from very thick gauge steel or alu and ofcourse i'll try to make it qui...