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by victorhortalives
Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte H55N-USB3: The De Facto LGA1156 Mini-ITX Board?
Replies: 21
Views: 9176

Re: Gigabyte H55N-USB3: The De Facto LGA1156 Mini-ITX Board?

For me, the only problem with the Zotac board is... that it's a Zotac board. I can't support a company that churns out new hardware iterations at the drop of a hat (wow, sounds like Apple :)), or leaves a faulty BIOS on their website that bricks boards even in DOS mode. I have the A-E version of th...
by victorhortalives
Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 beat up to all hell... Now what?
Replies: 7
Views: 2022

Re: P182 beat up to all hell... Now what?

Unfortunately I'm selling my P182 case as it's just too heavy for me to move easily anymore ! As a replacement I've chosen a Lian Li PC-A05NB (light but tall) as well as getting rid of the old heavy components : Corsair PSU GrowUp Japan drive box Samsung 1TB drive So I'll be going from an ATX with 4...
by victorhortalives
Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec isk-100: mini-itx, 90w, 2x2.5", 248x212x108mm
Replies: 18
Views: 5545

Re: antec isk-100: mini-itx, 90w, 2x2.5", 248x212x108mm

The downside of these v small cases is that they inevitably end up closer to the user due to the need to access the controls/dvd unit. e.g. on the desk next to/behind the VDU. So any noise at all is apparent. I've managed to get a very quiet ITX system in a LianLi Q07 case that sits on top of anothe...
by victorhortalives
Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What next beyond Zotac ION B ?
Replies: 2
Views: 796

What next beyond Zotac ION B ?

I've managed to shrink my everyday PC down to a Small Black Box (SBB) with one moving part (slow speed fan) that sits on top (!) of my other powerful PC (in a P182) - that is usually off. However to do that I had to use a Zotac ION, which was all very good at the time (last year), but now is irritat...
by victorhortalives
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why no love here for fanless Atom Ion motherboards?
Replies: 6
Views: 1489

ilovejedd :

What PSU are you using with the DH57JG/Core i3-530 and what wattage use are you getting ?
Does this system work with only one fan ?

Cheers
by victorhortalives
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why no love here for fanless Atom Ion motherboards?
Replies: 6
Views: 1489

I have Zotac ION-B in everyday use as a internet/office PC with no problems - mind you I only have a boot SSD in it. I have overclocked the mobo to 2Ghz (easy) and have one low speed 92mm fan cooling the system. Details are : Zotac ION-B 4GB 800Mhz RAM 32GB Samsung SSD Samsung DVD unit SH-S183L Pico...
by victorhortalives
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU on bottom or top?
Replies: 55
Views: 7662

Mike Chin - Care to comment ?
by victorhortalives
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU on bottom or top?
Replies: 55
Views: 7662

Quite right. This is exactly the problem with this case - made worse if there is a CD unit to be housed AND the PSU doesn't have modular cabling ! Some folks on the forum have drilled extra holes etc to make room, but that tends to defeat the purpose of having two chambers. Fortunately the Silversto...
by victorhortalives
Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU on bottom or top?
Replies: 55
Views: 7662

All else being equal (like air flow around the PSU) then the bottom of the case would have slightly cooler air. The top is more likely to have the heat from the PSU go out of the case, and not into the rest of the case. What is your opinion, does it matter if the PSU is fanless or not, to put it in...
by victorhortalives
Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quiet, 2 drive NAS?
Replies: 11
Views: 10442

You also might want to check out the Western Digital Mybook World Edition 1TB. I see on the Sonos music system forums that several users have bought this NAS as a source of streamed music. It's referenced as having no fan, but that doesn't mean it's silent ! See : http://forums.sonos.com/showthread....
by victorhortalives
Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:21 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quiet, 2 drive NAS?
Replies: 11
Views: 10442

I have tried to quieten various NASs from the ReadyNAS range and there are problems as well as opportunities. I had a PSU fail on an NV caused by replacing the noisy Adda fan with a quieter Noctua - so I reversed the changes I had made to the other 2 units ! The units ran some 8C hotter with the Noc...
by victorhortalives
Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Modern Phrases That Confuse Me
Replies: 92
Views: 22685

Who's got a big Ask then ?

Here's one that always annoys me - as heard on TV many times :

"That's a big ask".

Someone commenting on a large rear view ?
Nope, it's instead of saying " That's a lot to ask of someone " or "That's difficult "

When did "ask" become a noun ?
by victorhortalives
Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Poll 2: How much disk space do you use on your PC?
Replies: 14
Views: 3422

I have 3 active PCs : 1. 32GB SSD system drive + 100MB in a mapped drive on NAS#1 2. 64GB SSD system drive + 1TB data drive (video editing etc) 3. 16GB SSD system drive + 600MB in a mapped drive on NAS#1 NAS#1 has 2TB of RAIDed storage (inc streamed Music share) NAS#2 has 4TB of RAIDed storage (for ...
by victorhortalives
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: How realistic is a NAS for main storage?
Replies: 12
Views: 8516

I've been using a NAS for main storage for a few years. Now I have 2 in regular use (Netgear Duo and Netgear NV+) and another NV+ as a once-a-week backup. The Duo has all the active files (400GB or so) and the NV+ has all the DVD files (3TB or so). All the cables are Cat6 with GS108T smart switches ...
by victorhortalives
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Super-low-power desktop?
Replies: 11
Views: 2785

I built a system for just these requirements and kept the old one for "high power tasks" - file conversions etc. The new system runs at under 40W when awake, (haven't checked it in a while so don't know exact figures - I'll update this when I have retested) Zotac ION B overclocked to 2Ghz 2x 2GB 80...
by victorhortalives
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Super-low-power desktop?
Replies: 11
Views: 2785

I built a system for just these requirements and kept the old one for "high power tasks" - file conversions etc. The new system runs at under 40W when awake, (haven't checked it in a while so don't know exact figures - I'll update this when I have retested) Zotac ION B overclocked to 2Ghz 2x 2GB 800...
by victorhortalives
Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK-4000 II vs NSK-3480
Replies: 4
Views: 4311

thanks for your reply... I've been using a 3480 for a few years. Here's my experience : 1. PSU. Most PSUs will give out more noise than you think with this case as the top chamber allows either (a) fan noise to exit from the top back side if you use the Antec PSU - too noisy IMO or (b) using a norm...
by victorhortalives
Sat May 29, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need help choosing S-FLEX fans for my P182
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

As best I can remember, Scythe FDB fans are quieter than Antec P182 fans at any setting of either.
by victorhortalives
Fri May 28, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need help choosing S-FLEX fans for my P182
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

I recommend that you get the 1200rpm versions and run them at a lower rpm. There is more control with the higher rpm versions (in fact the 2000rpm versions is more controllable but noisier). Running the 1200rpm version at 600rpm is easier (guaranteed to start etc) then running the 800rpm version at ...
by victorhortalives
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: LIAN-LI PC-Q07 with NO FAN !
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

Well, I put a fan in after all. I strung a Noctua 92mm NF-B9 using knicker elastic between two mounts on the DVD frame, one of the front mounts for the USB connectors and one of the back mounts for the PSU panel. Minimum rpm (350 or so) from a Zalman Fanmate. Inaudible from 60cm seated position. Als...
by victorhortalives
Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: LIAN-LI PC-Q07 with NO FAN !
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

Well it all went together very well, provided you remember to install the mobo upside down so that the panel can be put on without the I/O shield falling out. Not a lot of finger room to insert the power switch/reset etc leads. Excellent place to mount the 2.5in SSD, but not that great for any 3.5in...
by victorhortalives
Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: questions about the nsk3480
Replies: 11
Views: 1903

Victor - why are you changing and to what lianli? Just a measurement of the tallest cpu cooler I can fit in. I think most are around the 160-158mm mark. Cheers Paul See my other forum posting : http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=58606 Currently I have 3 PCs : A powerful one in a P...
by victorhortalives
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: questions about the nsk3480
Replies: 11
Views: 1903

The PSU is a SilverStone ST30NF. 300w or so in power. If you can wait a few days, I'll be opening up the case to transfer stuff into a LianLi case. I can measure the distance from the edge of the mobo to the bottom of the top compartment as well as the distance from the mobo surface to the case door...
by victorhortalives
Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: questions about the nsk3480
Replies: 11
Views: 1903

This is a very good case for a using a passive PSU. The top grill to the case allows hot air to escape. Putting a fan based PSU in this case means that the fan has to vent upwards - AND - that's where the fan noise goes also. I had a Corsair PSU in this case (a very quiet PSU) but I replaced it with...
by victorhortalives
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: LIAN-LI PC-Q07 with NO FAN !
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

LIAN-LI PC-Q07 with NO FAN !

I finally get the chance to try out one of these cute cubes (as the price now is real cheap). Last time I tried a small cube case - the Antec 1380, I got rid of it as the fan resonated on my wooden bookcase. As I have a real low power system I thought I would see if the open vents of the Lian Li cas...
by victorhortalives
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 64971

Well done SPCR. My own experience of the SilentQuest (PC game anyone ?) is that usage is now split among more than 1 PC and more than 1 location. There's the every day PC - only one moving part - a slow fan - with a SSD system drive and everything else in a NAS 2 floors away. And there's the heavy l...
by victorhortalives
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:48 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: So how much has changed in the last five years?
Replies: 18
Views: 4655

...probably because of getting burned so bad with the CD manufactures claims that my music collection would last 100 years only to find out that after 20 years my CD's are rotting and unplayable while some of my 50+ y/o vinyl still works just fine. I have the very same experience between CD's and L...
by victorhortalives
Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 49510

To all who haven't read Andands OWC review and 890GX review heed this warning: Backup your data from the SSD to a traditional hard drive or tape drive on a regular basis. Anand managed to brick his Crucial C300 ssd just doing normal motherboard testing. No overclocking, no known physical damage or ...
by victorhortalives
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How many case fans [have you] got and what speed?
Replies: 19
Views: 3589

Only one moving part in my vv quiet PC : 1x Scythe 1200rpm FDB fan running at 600rpm with a Zalman controller. PSU : Pico 120 HDD : 64GB SSD - 6TB of other storage in 2x NAS units on Gb LAN CPU : Zotac ION B passive o/c to 2Ghz GPU : ION Case : Antec 3480 In my noisy PC (only running when needed) : ...
by victorhortalives
Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How do I clone data from a HDD to a smaller HDD ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2334

Have you looked at the XCOPY command? If you're using XP it's relatively simple, but not so much with later Windows. There are a number of additional flags you need to set to copy all system and hidden files. No I haven't looked at the XCOPY command because I don't know it. I'm using XP. Please let...