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by RoGuE
Wed May 19, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 34467

[...] It's when you compare FPM vs cooling in different fans that it stops being as predictable. ie, 285 FPM in Noctua gives worse cooling than 180FPM in Nexus. This suggests something is different about the way the two fans move the air [...] I can think of several reasons for these discrepancies ...
by RoGuE
Tue May 18, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 26918

the question is, on a low-impedance cooler, will you get those same results? You present a good point here danimal, but just to play devil's advocate... First of all, taking your example, we're talking about a 2C difference. Second of all, we're talking about 12 dB...not to be crass, but that's f*c...
by RoGuE
Mon May 17, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 26918

cpu cooler testing isn't a controlled experiment, because every cpu cooler presents a different impedance to the fan. maybe so, but let's hope that if a heat sink has more impedance, it also has tighter fin spacing, and therefore more surface area. That said, if you use the same fan every time (the...
by RoGuE
Sun May 16, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 26918

My biggest gripe with your methodology atm is that is so specific it might be unique. By that I fear the results you are getting are covering a very narrow and almost unpopulated niche: people with high end cpus that buy a heatsink for that cpu use on that cpu at stock settings with a silent fan. I...
by RoGuE
Wed May 12, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Windowed P180 Mini [Q6600 + R5770 + 2.6TB storage]
Replies: 36
Views: 24669

This is officially a case for micro ATX. Tough you can fit a ATX board in it by some modding ;) By matx cases u mean like lanboxes or so? Well, most of those cases wont fit big tower coolers, and huge gpu coolers (like accelero's, musashis setsugens etc etc). I didnt want that much restrictions so ...
by RoGuE
Tue May 11, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Windowed P180 Mini [Q6600 + R5770 + 2.6TB storage]
Replies: 36
Views: 24669

K i gotta ask.. If your bringing this thing to lans, even only a few times a year..why didn't you go with a mATX form factor? Availability? Price? Beats me because you dont have a large array of HDD's to really use the size of a mid tower. Otherwise, build looks nice. I would seriously consider not ...
by RoGuE
Tue May 11, 2010 5:36 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My "Quiet" Rig in a CoolerMaster Cosmos RC-1000
Replies: 6
Views: 3345

Hi,

What cools the HDD's? if anything

Is that case loud? It just seems like theres a lot of metal in there that could be rattling around a little bit with that HDD configuration.

It's obvious you spent a lot of time on cable management, that's always nice to see!
by RoGuE
Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: custom wood HTPC case, HDD's getting too hot
Replies: 9
Views: 4722

Re: custom wood HTPC case, HDD's getting too hot

the HDD's are getting very hot to the touch This is super vague...can you get a temp reading from Speedfan? this will help us know if you're subjective measurement is legitimate or not. Trust me, you wont fry them in the process of checking..modern HDD's can operate safely (perhaps slightly too war...
by RoGuE
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet DAW
Replies: 24
Views: 2204

Honestly, I would recommend against the raptor. It's just not necessary, and quite frankly, it's a dying breed. If you want a little extra room, i would stripe with a second 60gb OCZ vertex (Raid0). That will buy you 120gb on extremely fast drives for your OS, applications, and commonly loaded data....
by RoGuE
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 67238

can't wait for computer silencing in 2010!!!!
by RoGuE
Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case
Replies: 69
Views: 51463

maitaijim wrote:The side and bottom intakes are filtered.
Thank you. That makes this case far more attractive to me, and will consider it in my HTPC build in a few months.
by RoGuE
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case
Replies: 69
Views: 51463

Just wondering, are the side intakes filtered?

I skimmed the article briefly, but didn't see any filters in the pictures or in captions.

This is a nice case, but I'm kind of anal about filtering the intake air...
by RoGuE
Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Zotac IONITX-F-E Mini-HTPC: Small, Ultra-Quiet, and Green!
Replies: 32
Views: 44589

THis is an epic HTPC thread. Nice job, and thanks for taking the time to share it with us in such detail. Glancing over it very briefly, i noticed ur HDD temps are really high when playing bluray. I read somewhere that over 50C is harmful to the life of your hard drive. I could be wrong.. Also, I wo...
by RoGuE
Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: multi-boot - recommended order ??
Replies: 8
Views: 2208

whoa whoa whoa back up You know you can't "Upgrade" from XP to 7 right? You may have an "upgrade" copy, but here's what that means. It means, you are a current windows user, which you are. I dont know exactly how it works, but somehow you have to have a windows license already to activate the Win7 l...
by RoGuE
Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: More HTPC case review please?
Replies: 0
Views: 1815

More HTPC case review please?

Hey SPCR staff, First, I just wanna thank you for all your work making great reviews for us silence junkies. I'm going to be building an HTPC in June and was wondering if you could maybe review one or two ITX or mATX htpc cases that you like right now. I feel like case reviews are some of the most u...
by RoGuE
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on making the PC i just ordered quiet (*not silent*)
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

since i won't be using those disks 99% of the time the noise won't disturb me even if you're not accessing then, they still make noise. Just spinning alone, (no seek noise) can be very much audible on some drives. When I installed my second drive, the two started producing "hummmm......hummmmmm" so...
by RoGuE
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent PC articles, publications and so forth for grad work
Replies: 11
Views: 6441

Here's a great book on electronics cooling. It's an old one, but still very relevant. It has a lot of information on efficient cooling, and if you can cool your computer efficiently, it can be done very quietly (if not silently). "Cooling Techniques for Electronic Equipment", Dave S. Steinberg, ISBN...
by RoGuE
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent PC articles, publications and so forth for grad work
Replies: 11
Views: 6441

A lot of what makes a computer silent has to do with efficient heat dissipation. It would serve you well to understand how the heat is transferred from chips and dispersed efficiently. Any number of good heat/mass transfer books can provide you with an abundance of information on that which you may ...
by RoGuE
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on making the PC i just ordered quiet (*not silent*)
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Sell those 2 small drives and buy one large storage drive from the SPCR recommended list. by smaller drives he means the hard drives, not the SSD. The SSD is fine for your OS, but you ideally want a nice quiet, slow spinning 1TB drive for data storage. This is preferable over the 2 smaller drives (...
by RoGuE
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on making the PC i just ordered quiet (*not silent*)
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

dont even think about going fanless on that CPU. Its more or less, ridiculous. You can achieve inaudible performance by altering the heatsink and fan assembly. It's much better to run a fan slow and inaudible than not at all (moving air cools far better than stagnant air). My first advise to you is ...
by RoGuE
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Wireless mouse-in Keyboards from Enermax and Moneual
Replies: 24
Views: 17451

thanks so much for reviewing HTPC keyboards. I anticipate being in the market for one in several months, and welcome all HTPC related reviews. Without considering money, i think i value the scroll wheel and better key layout over better connectivity and light weight. But, less money spent on the key...
by RoGuE
Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sensible upgrade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1889

SSD technology is still in the early stages, and yes, it is changing very quickly. I personally am waiting about 6 months untill i change over to an SSD boot drive simply for monetary reasons. However, if you have the cash, it's been my experiance that the best bang for buck when it comes to SSD's i...
by RoGuE
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Phendrana: Ghetto media server in an old HP case
Replies: 5
Views: 3183

lol this is hood, but I like it. But who needs a media server to be attractive..it can be tucked away in a closet easily..

Cool
by RoGuE
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sensible upgrade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1889

I would recommend against it..any upgrade to a new platform would be such a slight difference in performance you probably wouldn't notice it. Parappaman is right, your best bet to give yourself a little boost is a little overclocking. Get an aftermarket heatsink for your processor..and have a little...
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:40 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Dumb noob CPU fan speed control question
Replies: 12
Views: 3403

If I were in the market for a PWM fan for my CPU, I would pick up one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185049&cm_re=pwm_fan-_-35-185-049-_-Product Its got a max rpm of 1200, and aparently can spin as low as 350RPM for ultra-silent operation. You can set that up in y...
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please crit my Gaming HTPC
Replies: 12
Views: 2787

i know alot of people with motherboards that only accept PCI-E x16 1, which prevents them from taking advantage of virtually all modern graphics cards ? NVidia GTX 2xx and the like are x16 2.0 cards, ATI 5xxx are x16 2.1 cards (its throughput speed is the same as 2.0). A motherboard supporting x16 ...
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amish poised to produce breakthrough processor
Replies: 12
Views: 2374

LMFAO..

i actually got a good laugh from that xan. Thanks lol!
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amish poised to produce breakthrough processor
Replies: 12
Views: 2374

Re: Amish poised to produce breakthrough processor

Michael Sandstrom wrote:...Amish technology geniuses...
Aren't the words Amish and Technology oximorons?
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Dumb noob CPU fan speed control question
Replies: 12
Views: 3403

Wait...why not just buy a nice PWM fan for the CPU? Why fuss around trying to get a 3pin fan to work on the PWM header? With a 4pin, PWM fan, it will just be plug and play...this is how it is designed to work. I'm sure some mobo's will let you change how the header operates, but why complicate thing...
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amish poised to produce breakthrough processor
Replies: 12
Views: 2374

This is almost as rediculous as the idea of pizza hut selling pasta. The first thing that popped into my head was: howwww? BTW: i laugh my ass off everytime I see that commercial...it shows like 10 amish people in this big room putting together heat surges all dressed up in their cute little costume...