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by pony-tail
Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 244409

I am hoping that they will bring out a passive version of this card , I do not need to play games at all on that machine ( I have an Sli machine for games ) it is just for a late night ultra quiet web surfer and the odd download now and then . I have been looking for another Sapphire 3850 ultimate ,...
by pony-tail
Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stock fan HD3850 users - how quiet is yours?
Replies: 6
Views: 2717

I have the Sapphire Passive cooled version (Ultimate Edition ) - Video cards just do not come any quieter than that ! Because of it's heatsink design it can have compatibility issues with some Motherboard /case/cpu cooler combinations . My combo is - Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H / Antec 3480 /Zalman 870...
by pony-tail
Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: do decoupled drives die from the wobble ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3718

Although I do not bother with suspending drives anymore , I have had a Western Digital 36gb Raptor suspended in an old P4 for 4 or more years without an issue The machine is no longer in use but I loaned it to my daughter while we repaired hers and after six months sitting , before which it ran for ...
by pony-tail
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suspension in Antec NSK3480
Replies: 8
Views: 2864

I have 2 of these cases and have found them to be very sensitive to hard drive vibration - otherwise pretty quiet out of the box - I have Seagate 80gig SATA drives in both of mine , both mounted in the original silicon mountings on the floor of the case . I am using this particular model of hard dri...
by pony-tail
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: More Case reviews?
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

I also have a Mini P180 (which is really more like a P182 than a P180), and the Solo compares fairly well to these in terms of low noise potential, although I would give the advantage to the P180/182 series because of the better insulated panels (sandwich design) and the PSU at the bottom (this kee...
by pony-tail
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap, quiet Micro-ATX
Replies: 6
Views: 3274

The mini P180 is a very well built case - but not that well thought out - From personal experience I have found that If you plan on using a video card with one (even as small as a 7950gt) you lose the second lot of drive bays , it is the same size as a Sonata , the top 200mm fan blocks all but the s...
by pony-tail
Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU HSF Ducts
Replies: 16
Views: 4360

Check this one - http://www.dansdata.com/badong.htm
and their home page - http://www.badong.co.kr/
by pony-tail
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Mini P180 newbie build
Replies: 3
Views: 2493

I have just built up one of these ! Cooling will not be an issue . I am using a 125watt Phenom an 8800gt 5 hard drives , 2 of which are in removeables in the lower CD bays (4 x Samsung 1tb and a 160gb boot drive ) and a DVD tied together with an Asus M3N-VM mobo and an Antec Neo-HE 500 Psu . Colling...
by pony-tail
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS 8700 NT - fan noise
Replies: 5
Views: 2115

I am in the Process of solving the problem now . I have ( yesterday) bought a new case , a "mini" P180 and I am either going to put a HR-01+ or a "T.R.U.E." on it with a PWM Arctic cooling 120mm fan ( about 2 out of 5 are very good but 2/5 are pretty bad ) I have been using these for a while ( just ...
by pony-tail
Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New build - small case recommendations !?
Replies: 14
Views: 5597

I have a suggestion . Have a look at an InWin V508 - they are cheap and well built , the power supply in them is made by fortron but is a bit average ( quiet when it starts up but noisy when it gets warm ) . They are easy to mod to be pretty quiet but not silent and are as small as a micro ATX tower...
by pony-tail
Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS 8700 NT - fan noise
Replies: 5
Views: 2115

Just like every other Zalman cooler out there
I was disappointed because I have Zalman coolers on old P4 machines that have very quiet fans - but these are several years old .
by pony-tail
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 76489

I have had a chance to have a close look at one of these now . I absolutely hate the 200mm fan , the chevron shaped holes do not concern me . I found the case to be about the same size as a Sonata - very large for micro ATX . but it looks as though , with some modification that it could make a decen...
by pony-tail
Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS 8700 NT - fan noise
Replies: 5
Views: 2115

Zalman CNPS 8700 NT - fan noise

I have just put a Zalman 8700NT on one of my machines only to find that it has the same obnoxious growl as a Panaflo gets on PWM . The cooler is on an Asus M3N-VM motherboard and hooked up to the 4 pin PWM header on the motherboard . Although the temps. are excellent (around 55c on load with an AM2 ...
by pony-tail
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 Plus on AM2
Replies: 8
Views: 3797

I had to lap both the heat spreader and the cooler 42c idle now with the fan running at 500rpm . When checked with a straight edge both were far from flat !
by pony-tail
Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:55 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How hot is HOT?
Replies: 6
Views: 2157

The fan on your ninja should be pulling enough air over the ram to cool it - so I do not think that is the issue - it may just be that your particular ram runs a bit warm ! You have more airflow in your case than I have in any of mine - and you 8800gts would be putting little extra heat into the cas...
by pony-tail
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How hot is HOT?
Replies: 6
Views: 2157

If the ram is not getting any airflow over it , it will get very hot . Without seeing your layout it is hard to say , but it can be an issue .
by pony-tail
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 Plus on AM2
Replies: 8
Views: 3797

The TRUE is machined flat the HR-01 plus is machined concave ( to suit core2 CPUs ) The AMD is flat so when I put the cooler on there is an air pocket right in the middle of the die . I have jus put a TR XP-90C on as a temporary solution and my idle temp is now 34c but the fan on it a Panaflo 92m is...
by pony-tail
Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 Plus on AM2
Replies: 8
Views: 3797

I have already tried spacing the mounting bar with a flat washer ( I am in Au no pennies here our dollar is so weak we start at 5c ) did not work .
I even tried puttimg the heatsink paste on extra thick - but that made it run hotter .
by pony-tail
Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 Plus on AM2
Replies: 8
Views: 3797

Thermalright HR-01 Plus on AM2

I purchased a TR HR-01plus for my less than SPCR friendly AM2 6400+ and I am getting really bad ( worse than the stock cooler ) temps . On removal of the cooler I found that an area at the centre of the heat spreader ( about 2cm diameter is not making contact with the base of the cooler due to the c...
by pony-tail
Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe announces "Ninja 2"
Replies: 43
Views: 19889

A bit late but I just noticed that the slots for want of a better word are gone from the cooling fins - I am wondering why ?
by pony-tail
Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe announces "Ninja 2"
Replies: 43
Views: 19889

My machines are AM2 based - I was going to get a Ninja but because of the better mounting system (and the SPCR review ) I have bought the Thermalright HR-01 Plus and a PWM fan (Arctic Cooling 120mm) - Could have both been Scythe , IF they had used a decent mounting system and soldered their heatpipe...
by pony-tail
Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ultra-120 compatibility with 945-based mb's ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1356

If it will fit you would most likely be better off with Thermalright's HR-01 Plus - it has wider fin spacing and cools better with a low speed fan - See the SPCR review it explains it fairly well .
by pony-tail
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for matx case with good cooling for a gaming rig.
Replies: 12
Views: 4889

The SG03 is a nice looking case and very compact but the PSU sits directly on top of the CPU limiting the choice of CPU coolers and it is a positive pressure case wit the fan at the front with an open grill that lets the fan noise out and if it sits beside your monitor it can be a little bit "in you...
by pony-tail
Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How safe is it to run 120mm fans on Mobo. headers
Replies: 7
Views: 3211

I asked about this because a few years ago ( when I got my 3750AMB case) I put a panaflo 12L on the mobo header and blew the header as soon as I powered up - The board was an Asus P4B266SE 400FSB P4 board with a 2.0 northwood . I checked the Manual for the M2N32-SLI that I am using now , it does not...
by pony-tail
Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Arctic F12 "Computer Fan"
Replies: 6
Views: 2514

One will most likely need one of those when Scythe upgrade their Orochi cooler to the next level of insanity !
by pony-tail
Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Please share your favorite fan/s- Yate loon... Scythe?
Replies: 29
Views: 9492

I still have Panaflo fans that date back to socket 7 days and are still in use , I have had some become noisy due to the lubricant leaking out - over the years the rubber oil seal on the back of the bearing perishes and goes hard then leaks , the fan gets noisy and is stuffed . Some of these are 8 y...
by pony-tail
Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How safe is it to run 120mm fans on Mobo. headers
Replies: 7
Views: 3211

How safe is it to run 120mm fans on Mobo. headers

I have been wondering if it was safe to run 120mm fans off the fan headers of the motherboard , in my case either Asus A8N-sli premium or Asus M2N32-SLI deluxe . In previous generations ( P3 P4 and socket 462 ) this would blow the fan header or even kill the mobo . I was wondering because If this ca...
by pony-tail
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-C12P: A Top-Down Cooler Rises to the Top
Replies: 55
Views: 30265

I have not posted on this forum for a while ! I have 2 M2N32-SLI based machines one with a 5000+BE and one with a 6400+ both using TR ultra 90 coolers (which cool the cpu adequately ) I was looking at this cooler as a replacement for the U90s as they do not cool the northbridge and vrms and my north...
by pony-tail
Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core 2 Quad - bring on the heat.
Replies: 9
Views: 4098

With the aftermarket coolers around at present cooling a 100watt cpu is not that difficult even in a quiet machine and with the brute power these things should have would not be a bad trade off if you have a use for it . Out of my league from a financial standpoint - but it would halve my compile ti...
by pony-tail
Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Pentium 3, Slot-1 type, fanless?
Replies: 12
Views: 5202

I have had a dual PIII 800 coppermine (slot 1) fanless - It had aluminium heatsinks about 3'' high and the width of the cpu cartridge and 1'' thick - worked well for years .