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by tehcrazybob
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case Grounding...
Replies: 4
Views: 1464

Certainly try what Psiu suggested, but are you sure it's not just vibration? If you have even a single hard-mounted hard drive, there could be an incredible amount of vibration running through your case. If you're confident it's not vibration, try running a voltmeter between the case and some ground...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VelociRaptor or SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 30895

Nope. When my SSD failed - it disappeared. Of the 16GB only 15MB remained available and that contained Zippo. Must be a controller failure. On the Mtron site, there is now a known failure mode where only this 15MB is available. So beware. Is there a comparable Magnetic Drive failure mode anymore ? ...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VelociRaptor or SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 30895

Nope. I want years of real world testing before I trust SSD. Remember how long CD's were supposed to last originally? Surely, even with long-lived magnetic media, you have a backup strategy in place? As I said earlier, I would happily use an SSD in my computer, both for the performance and noise. O...
by tehcrazybob
Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VelociRaptor or SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 30895

I've been pleased with my Velociraptor, mostly because the performance is incredible. However, I suspect I'll switch to an SSD fairly quickly once I can get a reasonably-priced >64 GB drive without the stuttering/random write issue currently plaguing the cheap examples of the technology. Partly it's...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Good affordable SSDs?
Replies: 110
Views: 29572

For performance-minded people, the only flash drives currently worth buying are either very expensive SLC drives, or the also-very-expensive units made by Intel or Mtron (for which MLC is just fine). If you're just looking for silence, pretty much anything will do, but don't be surprised if the comp...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: WindowsXP Pro like MCE?
Replies: 6
Views: 1594

Picking a specific software package will depend on what tasks you're looking to perform. Vista Home Premium has a rather good media center, and MythTV is also highly-regarded. However, if you don't have a TV tuner card and simply want to play back music and movies, there's nothing better than XBMC ....
by tehcrazybob
Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone using noneraid WD GP drives for 24/7 operation?
Replies: 9
Views: 2463

Apologies for the confusion; when I wrote my reply I wasn't thinking GreenPower, I was thinking Velociraptor. However, I stand by my comment about RAID editions vs non-RAID editions: At best it's parts-binning, and at worst it's marketing. There aren't substantial differences.
by tehcrazybob
Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone using noneraid WD GP drives for 24/7 operation?
Replies: 9
Views: 2463

I've got a non-raid version which has been running 24/7 since May, with an accumulated total of probably around 48 hours spun down. It's still going strong. FuturePastNow - isn't it a bit wasteful to put such a fast drive into an enclosure which will never allow it to access or transfer faster than ...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Is it just my obsessive nature or is this commmon?
Replies: 6
Views: 5492

Yeah, that's a pretty common problem around here. I occasionally have to go listen to friends' and family's computers, to remind myself of what I used to consider quiet. Strangely, the very small amount of noise from my computer irritates me more than louder systems not designed with silence in mind...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is there a? (moon on a stick post)
Replies: 6
Views: 1904

Re: Is there a? (moon on a stick post)

Am I just too fussy? :D Yes. If the person you're building for has intentionally selected a non-modular PSU, why are you so adamant that you get a modular PSU? I'm not familiar with the supply they've selected, but if it's not modular then that doesn't seem to be a huge issue. Look for an Enermax P...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Newer E8400 draws less power?
Replies: 11
Views: 3948

I don't believe that different versions of E8400 use substantially different amounts of power, but there's not much difference between E8400 and E7300. After all, they run the same voltage and very similar clock speeds. The benchmarks I've seen suggest the E8400 uses approximately 33 watts; I don't ...
by tehcrazybob
Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD TV and "semi-transparent shadowing"
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

As far as I know, the only cables available for a Wii are component (three cables, red, blue, and green) and composite (single yellow cable). I'd expect this issue with a composite cable. If that's what you're using, trust me, it's worth buying the better cable set; the difference in video quality i...
by tehcrazybob
Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:56 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Is it really that loud?
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

It depends on where you're coming from. If you've never gotten very heavily into silent computers, it's actually surprisingly quiet. You have to understand just how badly most computer hardware would score in an SPCR review. However, the 9700 is just exactly as bad as the review says, if you're comp...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Running a HTPC on a P4
Replies: 11
Views: 2241

Even with your current video card, that computer will have no trouble playing standard-definition movies, including DVDs. On the other hand, there's no video card in the world capable of allowing it to play HD content.
by tehcrazybob
Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 4670 fanless - which Accelero model?
Replies: 8
Views: 5510

Although either cooler will fit, even the smaller S2 is overkill for that card and should have no trouble keeping things cool in a reasonably ventilated system. The price difference is small, so if you have extremely limited airflow (less than a single typical 120mm fan at ~800 RPM) you can certainl...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Feldene gel
Replies: 1
Views: 799

Because computer fans are brushless instead of the simpler brushed type, I'm fairly sure they won't act as a generator without an additional control circuit or at least a bridge rectifier. There is, however, an exceptionally large capacitor in the power supply, which could easily power the fan for s...
by tehcrazybob
Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Could this work with a PW-200-V?
Replies: 20
Views: 3466

Based on some of the SPCR mATX motherboard reviews, I'd say you're looking at around 80 watts at full load for everything except the video card. Bearing in mind the SPCR review of the 4850 doesn't have Furmark numbers while the 4830 does, I'd guess that the 4850 draws about 110 watts at absolute ful...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: NVidia 9600GSO on the way out. Who's next for great PPW?
Replies: 27
Views: 12670

That's a development that came after the card's release. This means great fun trying to find the small-process card; the only difference is the detailed designation on the GPU, which won't be available to you until you've already paid for it. You want a G94-300-B1 card, as opposed to a G94-300-A1 ca...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: NVidia 9600GSO on the way out. Who's next for great PPW?
Replies: 27
Views: 12670

Yep. 9600GT is better performance per watt than a 9600GSO, although it's running at a higher wattage. You could easily underclock it to GSO levels if you were really concerned, but at that point you might also want to look at an HD4670. It's slower, but it's pretty much the king of all performance-p...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Ventilation OR Damping
Replies: 7
Views: 1548

Clean airflow paths (including proper cable management) are what really works for silent computers. Damping materials are more aesthetic than effective, but they can be very aesthetic indeed
by tehcrazybob
Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:38 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Efficiency of 80 PLUS power supplies compared to PicoPSU?
Replies: 8
Views: 7175

The E5200/E7200 are only about 20W at full load at stock voltages. They can be undervolted quite a bit too. I don't think a HD 4670 is out, but a Geforce 9500GT is quite a bit lower power at load. Don't forget everything else in the computer, though. SPCR has been testing a lot of mATX motherboards...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Describe your ideal mATX mini tower
Replies: 52
Views: 13971

That Soldam Windy is compelling. It's not really built with silence in mind; there are no special features and no real attempt at silence. However, it's probably the prettiest case I've seen, and I'd love to try my hand at silencing it.

Here's hoping we get some distributors soon.
by tehcrazybob
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Efficiency of 80 PLUS power supplies compared to PicoPSU?
Replies: 8
Views: 7175

The 82plus program themselves maintain a list of the efficiency characteristics of every supply they've tested. They don't generally record lower than 20% efficiency, unfortunately, but they do provide a graph of efficiency vs output, so you could extend the curve to a lower level to see an approxim...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Describe your ideal mATX mini tower
Replies: 52
Views: 13971

I'm a member of the smaller-is-better crowd. No need for a built-in optical drive (don't use it that often, so use an eSATA or USB external drive). 3 x 2.5" drive spots (1 SSD for boot/applications and 2 HDD in RAID 1 for my stuff), and you can use the power supply area for some of that 'cause I'll...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Could this work with a PW-200-V?
Replies: 20
Views: 3466

I think your wiring diagram will work, though it would make a lot more sense if you included only power supply wiring, and left out the SATA and PCIe connections. Since those are obvious, leaving them out of the diagram will make things easier to plan.
by tehcrazybob
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Could this work with a PW-200-V?
Replies: 20
Views: 3466

I don't think that there is any way to go straight from the PW-200-V to a P4 ATX connection. Correct me if I am wrong. Also if there is anyway that I could make the connections simpler... If you order a bare P4 lead and a PW-200 simultaneously from Mini-Box.com, they'll automatically solder them fo...
by tehcrazybob
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ThermalTake SpinQ: Unique Blower-fan Heatsink
Replies: 25
Views: 10641

Engineers at TT are called Corperate Spy's to the rest of the world. They dont design any of their own stuff. Just copy other peoples' work. Well, go on. Post a link to the company who originally came up with this cooler. It's entirely possible that many TT products resemble things made by other co...
by tehcrazybob
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Automotive PSU...in a home computer
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Yes, there's no reason you couldn't use that in a standard computer. You'd just have to find a switchmode power adapter providing between 6 and 30 volts, with a decent amperage (more than 250 divided by the voltage of your chosen supply). The Dell DA-2 power brick most people seem to favor with the ...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Describe your ideal mATX mini tower
Replies: 52
Views: 13971

•5½" bays from top to bottom, with provisions to suspend a hard drive in any of them. •If you insist on tool-free assembly, give me thumbscrews instead of horrible plastic latches...but I'd prefer normal screws and easy access to them. •Soft silicone case feet. •Free-flowing 120mm intake an...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Could this work with a PW-200-V?
Replies: 20
Views: 3466

If I do end up deciding to use this case, I will be removing the Power supply and using a fan in its place. I assume that this means that I will be able to use better coolers (possible a Thermalright HR-01 Plus even?)... I would be fine using a 4670, but if the only reason that I should use it is b...