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by Talz
Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 320412

It was either cropped out or it's a pic of a slightly different pre-production version of the case. And Antec does doors on practically all of their cases. I'm not crazy about doors but have decided I don't mind them over the drive bays, I'm not so crazy about covering the power/reset buttons though.
by Talz
Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help me silence my Raptor please..which enclosure?
Replies: 12
Views: 3546

Only way you are going to silence raptor seeks is using external SATA in a closet or behind a wall. I'm happy with a silent idle and a quieter seek obtained through acoustipack and having my pc at floor level, but even if I added an enclosure I don't believe the seeks would be silent. The smart driv...
by Talz
Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 320412

Apple's water cooling is just heatpipes, not what is normally discussed regarding water in pc circles. I do think that 9 fans is inefficient though, unless it has a much bigger heat problem than any pc system.
by Talz
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 320412

I'm thinking we will begin to see BTX motherboards this summer, more Intel than AMD though. And I agree BTX is going to have a slow adoption, it's going to be expensive to begin with, and there's really very little improvement over ATX in a lot of people's opinions. They could have simply revised AT...
by Talz
Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 320412

Very interesting. Need more info! Just from what is shown now I'm almost sure I will replace my current case with this one (acoustipacked lian-li). I do wonder if I will be replacing the fans with some from nexus though, and if I'll be adding acoustipack, and if the rear and top exhaust fans work we...
by Talz
Thu Dec 16, 2004 7:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Chenbro Gaming Bomb II Review
Replies: 5
Views: 1844

It's got potential, but pricey for sure. And there doesn't seem to be a model without the case window.
by Talz
Sat Dec 11, 2004 8:20 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet PS2? Thin or old?
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

I've had both, the new one is much quieter.
by Talz
Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest case that will fit any micro ATX motherboard
Replies: 17
Views: 7074

Well you might look at the Hush cases. They do have standard MATX, but last I checked you had to get a complete system, and it would not be easy to switch boards. Still, I'd check it out if you haven't already.
by Talz
Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ATX case:PSU on bottom, 120mm in front & back. Exists?
Replies: 27
Views: 6702

I've been growing more interested in the idea of placing the cpu below the rest of the system. More for the easy of a seperate PSU channel than anything else though. Not to help the PSU's efficiency so much as to simply keep it cooler and quieter under heavy loads. Now you can mod a low flow fan int...
by Talz
Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: My impossible dream?
Replies: 0
Views: 809

My impossible dream?

Well I've decided I am not perfectly satisfied with my case, so I've spent some time looking for a replacement. For reference I have a Lian-Li PC-69 with acoustipack deluxe. Now I'm not afraid to spend some money to get what I want, but I haven't seen anything that would satisfy me yet. So here is w...
by Talz
Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone's Flagship: Temjin TJ06 PC case
Replies: 197
Views: 129630

Looks like a good case for tower type heatsinks, as long as they aren't too tall!
by Talz
Sun Dec 05, 2004 10:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which Zalman PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 4247

The only reason would be if you want to be able to use the same power supply with significantly more power hungry hardware than you have right now.
by Talz
Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: aopen pentium m motherboard
Replies: 180
Views: 124191

I'm really looking forward to hearing more about these boards. I'm considering an A64 or Pentium M upgrade next month. Particularly would like to see how far these boards can push a 1.6 Dothan if anyone get's a chance to find out! I have just ordered the Aopen board and a Dothan 725 (1.6), going to...
by Talz
Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:20 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Are fanless PSUs a waste of money?
Replies: 13
Views: 4706

Not everyone wants to open up their power supply and mod it. But it's not that hard to find a quiet lower power air cooled power supply if you try. It's definately an extreme product though, most suited to systems with water cooling that have at least a moderate amount of airflow already. Zalman's u...
by Talz
Sat Nov 20, 2004 1:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?
Replies: 477
Views: 645931

FYI on the diNovo, Logitech has released a fast rf version bundled with a wireless notebook mouse. It's retailing for $150, so you can combine it with an MX1000 mouse for a very nice, if costly set. It's just a shame Logitech can't do a decent job on the software that would put their great hardware ...
by Talz
Sat Nov 20, 2004 1:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: aopen pentium m motherboard
Replies: 180
Views: 124191

I'm really looking forward to hearing more about these boards. I'm considering an A64 or Pentium M upgrade next month. Particularly would like to see how far these boards can push a 1.6 Dothan if anyone get's a chance to find out!
by Talz
Sat Nov 20, 2004 1:13 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Chinese Celeron M desktop system
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

Intel is heavily invested in the P4 for the desktop through at least next year.
by Talz
Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best 120mm fan from NewEgg
Replies: 5
Views: 1890

The way Newegg does shipping you get no advantage for bigger orders, everything is a flat fixed rate.
by Talz
Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:35 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: NewEgg reviews....believable?
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

Yes newegg filters bad reviews out. Once in awhile one is missed but I'm not sure what the criteria is. I've written some short reviews that were not favorable but were very far from product bashing (mainly important info regarding compatibility etc) and they were never shown to my knowledge. Newegg...
by Talz
Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright SI-97A for both K7 & K8!
Replies: 100
Views: 34517

Actually it does not overhang at all, but you may end up removing either the power supply or motherboard to get that clip on. It is really seemed surprisingly secure once installed for anyone wondering, I would definately consider it safe for a lan party box, and probably even for shipping. That su...
by Talz
Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright SI-97A for both K7 & K8!
Replies: 100
Views: 34517

Actually it does not overhang at all, but you may end up removing either the power supply or motherboard to get that clip on. It is really seemed surprisingly secure once installed for anyone wondering, I would definately consider it safe for a lan party box, and probably even for shipping.
by Talz
Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA DVD recorders.
Replies: 8
Views: 2116

Really not much of a disadvantage to optical drives with rounded IDE cables imo. Personally I expect at least a year until SATA optical drives are common place.
by Talz
Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quiet and cheap power supply for my roommate?
Replies: 11
Views: 3160

I recently put that fortron in my net connection gateway/server, undervolted the cpu fan and now the only part left that I'm even the slightist bit unhappy with is the old Barracuda hdd. I do have it under a light load so I'm not sure how well the sound leve scales with load, but at this point I rea...
by Talz
Tue Nov 09, 2004 9:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright SI-97A for both K7 & K8!
Replies: 100
Views: 34517

I ordered one and it included a shim. The only comparison I can make is that when used with a coolermaster 80mm rifle bearing/led fan it beats a vantec aeroflowl with the tmd fan by 1-2 degrees. This is with both at 12 volts. For reference I find the coolermaster fan on a simliar performance level t...
by Talz
Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: µATX P-M Motherboard : DFI 855GME-MGF
Replies: 38
Views: 14294

The Sunon on Swiftechs MC 159 is pretty good at 5v imo unless you are running with your case open.. The problem is I can't find it for sale without the heatsink, only verson availible is noticably louder.
by Talz
Fri Nov 05, 2004 12:28 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: anyone use power supply vibration dampeners? (antec, vantec)
Replies: 6
Views: 2304

The gaskets can and will dampen vibrations, really this is normally not a problem for a well built case (steel or aluminum) if you have quiet parts to begin with. But really you are better off doing something like acoustipack first imo, it costs a bit more but is much more silencing for your buck on...
by Talz
Thu Nov 04, 2004 12:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Pentium M 'Dothan' MATX board for north america this month
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

Pentium M 'Dothan' MATX board for north america this month

Pretty interesting imo, and it's from DFI so it should be decent at least, and could be very good if it's as flexible as their LanParty series.

http://www.dfi.com.tw/Press/press_heade ... sp&SITE=NA
by Talz
Wed Nov 03, 2004 11:47 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 131721

Water cooling allows my system very near silence under load, and that was not possible on air, even using the best performing heatsinks etc reviewed here. I am overclocking a P4 and NV6800, and I'm doing so mainly to make my games look as nice as possible without unacceptable slowdowns. But water co...
by Talz
Wed Nov 03, 2004 11:10 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Warning! EluminX lighted keyboards...
Replies: 19
Views: 5303

Thought I already replied to this. But I have a Zippy EL keyboard, it was quiet for a few months then the buzz started. And from what I've read you can expect that from any EL keyboard eventually, which is very disapointing because I really liked the lighted keys.
by Talz
Wed Nov 03, 2004 11:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Do you overclock / undervolt? Please add to stats!
Replies: 34
Views: 15034

I overclock, 2.4c @ 3.3 GHz, it makes a difference in programs I run and it doesn't make my reserator any noisier.