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by Gxcad
Wed Aug 11, 2004 12:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: cooler master vortex dream 16dBA!!!
Replies: 25
Views: 4063

The zalman is proven, and db ratings are extremely unreliable. Do not base your buying decisions on the db rating. Get the zalman, tried and true, not to mention the alcu probably weighs less.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:41 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Build the best CPU exhaust duct.
Replies: 17
Views: 6007

hey blue, curious is the fan at the back of the case or the top of the alpha? Can it be placed at the top of the alpha to increase the distance of the fan noise from the back of the case (and maybe even foam up the inside of the duct to reduce reflections to minimize noise escaping?) Interesting mod...
by Gxcad
Wed Jul 07, 2004 2:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Would you recommend Samsung or Seagate?
Replies: 37
Views: 10934

Seagates are definately reliable, I can vouch for them as well. As for samsungs, they are just as quiet and faster. I'd imagine if you kept them cool they would be very reliable as well. I have experience with several seagates and currently run 2 x 1614N's. The speed boost may be my imagination but ...
by Gxcad
Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:57 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: 10°C cooler by swapping for a Mobile Barton
Replies: 8
Views: 2402

I'm stuck with the abit KD7 KT400 based mobo since I've yet to find a mobo with a newer chipset that can match the flexibility of the KD7. In particular I like the option to drop vcore down to 1.1. The KD7 is an excellent mobo! Why couldn't they just drop a KT600 into the same design!? :cry:

-Ken
by Gxcad
Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: AMD vs. BTX
Replies: 27
Views: 8939

ChucuSCAD wrote:
Rusty075 wrote:... (if its not broken....)
get a bigger hammer.


chucuSCAD
Nice pun ;)

-Ken
by Gxcad
Tue Jun 15, 2004 2:58 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: I would appreciate it if you would keep our boards clean.
Replies: 60
Views: 25687

I honestly don't see how you are dissapointed by those remarks...but thats just IMHO. FYI I don't fold for SPCR (currently).

-Ken
by Gxcad
Sun Jun 13, 2004 2:20 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: DO YOU HAVE A WINDOWED CASE?
Replies: 10
Views: 2511

I had actually guessed before voting that at a place like SPCR most wouldn't have and wouldn't want windows. I must say I am relieved to discover I guessed correctly (so far). For me having a window case is like having a red flashy car, to show off. I don't have anything against them, they just arn'...
by Gxcad
Mon May 31, 2004 2:06 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: zalman cnsp7000a loud?
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

It is a little bit loud at 5v but not too bad, much better at 4v which is what I run it at. The loudest SHOULD be the psu, like you said assuming you undervolted all of your fans.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Sat May 22, 2004 3:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-73SL
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Lian Li PC-73SL

Thought its a VERY interesting looking quiet case candidate from Lian Li. Here is one review I found, has this case had much discussion here yet? Searching only found me very short threads. Its about $220 and uses 80mm fans...I know some of you prefer 120mm but I actually prefer 80mm so thats not a ...
by Gxcad
Mon May 17, 2004 2:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: "Best" heatsink for use with NO MB Mounting holes.
Replies: 12
Views: 2667

Ralf, AFAIK the 7000A still needs mounting holes for amd.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Tue May 04, 2004 12:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where should I put the strongest fan?
Replies: 2
Views: 890

More exhaust for better temps, more intake for less dust. I think thats the general rule :wink:

-Ken
by Gxcad
Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Totally Confused. Seagate or Samsung???
Replies: 10
Views: 2557

:lol: I am convinced that some of the folks posting here live in rooms lined with egg-crate acoustic material and run for their ear plugs when a cat farts 3 city blocks away. :lol: ( just funning, guys! ) Maybe nose plugs, but no we are not THAT extreme! :wink: excessive use of egg crate and other ...
by Gxcad
Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Designing the "perfect" case
Replies: 31
Views: 11249

Re: Designing the "perfect" case

* Included reducer hardware to use other size fans (i.e. 80 mm and 92 mm) * 1.0 mm steel construction (note this is highly subjective---I'm obsessed with quality, so I prefer bomb shelter-like construction to lightweight and/or portability) * Many different front bezel options (to suit tastes/aesth...
by Gxcad
Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New Nexus 120mm fan...1000RPM @ 12v undervolt potential?
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

New Nexus 120mm fan...1000RPM @ 12v undervolt potential?

Saw a new Nexus 120mm fan at Silicon Acoustics, its the lowest noise 120mm fan I've seen at 12v, spinning at only 1000rpm and rated for 22 or so dbA. It probably won't spin up at 5v, but I'm still curious what the undervolt potential of this fan is; basically I'm just after the fan with the lowest p...
by Gxcad
Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:48 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: sunbeam rheobus revisited
Replies: 3
Views: 1370

;) I got one myself too, one of the sunbeams greatest strengths is also its greatest weakness - the voltage controls from 0-12v, not 5-12v. This means you can control your fan all the way from full to off, instead of full to slow. The disadvantage is that if you use quiet fans (which I assume is the...
by Gxcad
Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Making the SLK3700AMB completely SILENT
Replies: 16
Views: 4728

Acompeau, I seek the same thing you do, and from my experience it is impossible with 120mm fans. The most air cooling you should have at all is a 80mm panaflo @ 4v deep within the case, MAX. To be honest with you I think even that is too loud if you seek dead silence. IMO, your best bet is to go com...
by Gxcad
Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: The silent future is 2.5" wide.
Replies: 33
Views: 42604

Pardon my ignorance, can notebook drives be Dtemped?

Very interesting...harddrives were always my bottleneck for low noise.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:27 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 3.8cm fan suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 936

I think every response you're going to get is going to suggest a minimum 80mm size fan, anything smaller is generally agreed to be "too whiney at high rpm and push so little air to be useful at low rpm". I agree with the overhead ghetto bracket idea.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Fri Feb 27, 2004 6:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet Down LITEON Drive
Replies: 5
Views: 1882

Although I don't know, I'm sure you can experiment to see what is a good minimum speed for the video not to freeze and skip.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Fri Feb 27, 2004 6:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AX-7 good enough for barton 3000+?
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

The Zalman 7000A AlCu could probably do it with the fan at 5v, just IMO not tested.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:33 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Problem mounting Zalman CNP7000A + MSI NEO2-FIS2R
Replies: 3
Views: 1386

free scorning! *scorn scorn* :twisted:

-Ken
by Gxcad
Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:40 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New(?) "Quiet" PSU-My fan is bigger than your fan!
Replies: 13
Views: 3011

So are we, just heading in a different direction. But, yeah, most people on the OCForums think 30dBA is inaudible. After seeing this guys rig, I also would be wary of his claim of "inaudible at the lowest setting" He mentioned 2000rpm for a 14cm fan, that is easily far from inaudible. IIRC, the pan...
by Gxcad
Thu Feb 19, 2004 3:17 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: All aluminium Zalman 7000?!
Replies: 11
Views: 2794

For real? Is there anything on the web about this? Just google for CNPS7000 reviews. There's one on this site too. The difference is like 1/2 C to 1 C in the AlCu's favor, which is very strange. Most reviewers just brush it off as within the tolerance of error, and conclude that there is no signifi...
by Gxcad
Mon Feb 16, 2004 10:55 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nice new barton 2500+!
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

1.22v for 1800mhz! Wow thats a great 1700+, mine would need a good 1.45 to do 1.8ghz, I think.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:17 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nice new barton 2500+!
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

underclocking (if unlocked) can make these boot even at 1.1vcore I'm sure :) . Too bad so many are locked now.

-Ken
by Gxcad
Fri Feb 13, 2004 7:13 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman 7000A-alcu or thermalright slk-947U?
Replies: 11
Views: 3612

If low noise is your number one priority, an SLK with Panaflo is better than the 7000A. The 7000A's fan at 5V is pretty quiet but still not as good as a fan you choose yourself. But if you want really good cooling performance and value for money, get the 7000A (especially since it comes with a Fanm...
by Gxcad
Thu Feb 12, 2004 2:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Super Silencer 460W
Replies: 18
Views: 6029

Cosmo, I can tell you that my system uses very little power normally (under 60W total measured by kill a watt power meter) but I also tested with the power up to ~85W with no change. I have had the power draw up to over 100W at one point, and although I didn't pay attention to the psu ramping (it wa...
by Gxcad
Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Help - Mod my Enermax or buy new?
Replies: 9
Views: 1965

My recommendation stands. Remove the bottom fan, tape over the hole, and replace the stock exhaust fan. If you plug the L1A into the fan header inside the PSU, then the PSU will speed up the fan, when needed, but let it run slow and quiet, when the PSU is not too hot. This is probably what it is do...
by Gxcad
Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Super Silencer 400w
Replies: 12
Views: 2880

The fan is spinning. It's hard to feel anything next to it though because I have a 120 sitting just below it. The system itself is rather quiet. I currently have a Zalman 7000a ALCU with a 120 JMC in front, a 120 Panaflo in the back and a 92 Panaflo on the side. All the case fans are at 7v. This is...
by Gxcad
Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bending the air vents on the PSU makes the PSU fan louder?
Replies: 29
Views: 9734

Mike, we (we = I) need an official review of a fresh front air duct idea! then again, maybe not...with 2 (1 dvd 1 cdrw) drives, a sunbeam rheo, and a suspended harddrive, I have no space left! Arrrrgh! RE: the tunnel effect, I mount my sandwitched hdd in my lowest front 5 1/4 bay, and when that bay ...