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by Dirge
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: hard disk life if lying in dormant state...
Replies: 30
Views: 13180

I am interested to see what other manufacturers have to say. I have emailed Western Digital and Samsung with the same question. I will post their responses if and when I get them.
by Dirge
Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: hard disk life if lying in dormant state...
Replies: 30
Views: 13180

This is what I heard back from Seagate and its a little scary. I am totally surprised by this answer. Hello Mr. XXXXXX, If the drive just sits dormant, it should not be expected to function. It could be as little as a 2 or 3 month period of time that it will no longer function correctly. Regards, Ru...
by Dirge
Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: hard disk life if lying in dormant state...
Replies: 30
Views: 13180

I am worried about stiction and what will happen to bearing lubricants over a long period of time. I might email Seagate and see what they have to say on the matter. If I hear a reply I will post back.
by Dirge
Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mac Mini [Quiet?]
Replies: 5
Views: 3001

I wonder how hot it gets having so much packed into such a small form factor. What temperature range does it operate at?

I have a fairly warm bedroom especially in the summer, I would hate to have the fan ramp up during normal use.
by Dirge
Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: how is Mac Mini?
Replies: 9
Views: 6668

sherbet012 did you end up going with the Mac Mini?
by Dirge
Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 320gig Seagate Is Noisy As Hell
Replies: 8
Views: 3779

I have the Seagate Barracuda ST3250820AS HDD 250GB and It has quite an annoying high pitched whine. I perceive it as an ear splitting whine, and my advice is to steer clear.

In saying that, Seagate has served me well with very reliable drives. I'm disappointed I will have to switch manufacturer.
by Dirge
Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: SilverStone ST30NF / Etasis EFN-300 Fanless PSU Users Poll
Replies: 47
Views: 79774

I am going to purchase the ST30NF next week as the fans in my current PSU are killing me. I had concerns about the reliability of a passive PSU but SilverStone's 3 year warranty, and some of the comments in this forum by SST Guy have put my mind at ease. Actually I have to thank SST Guy for posting ...
by Dirge
Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: New RISC OS Machine Coming Soon
Replies: 0
Views: 1415

New RISC OS Machine Coming Soon

I spotted this on OSNews.com The Inq pays attention to Advantage Six' upcoming A9 Home machine. "AdvantageSix's new machine is a tiny blue fanless aluminium box about the size of a couple of floppy drives - 168x103x53mm. The A9 Home is a sealed unit - it comes with 128MB RAM and a notebook-size 40GB...
by Dirge
Sun Oct 23, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.9
Replies: 25
Views: 9562

I am looking for information on the 160GB Seagate 7200.9 and hoping SPCR will review the dive. At least one person in the forum has had a bad experience with the single platter 160GB model. Stating it is very loud with a audible wine. http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=26010&highlight=...
by Dirge
Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: CrystalCPUID: User Configurable Cool 'n' Quiet
Replies: 106
Views: 84235

And while we live in a Windows-centered world, it's good to know that similar utilities are also available for the Linux community. Your note suggests a number of utilities are available for the GNU/Linux community. Would you care to elaborate, an update to the article would be nice. So far in this...
by Dirge
Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Convection cooled Macs
Replies: 1
Views: 1640

Convection cooled Macs

Hi, I want to create a list of silent Macs, preferably those using convection rather than fans for cooling. The first Macs - the 128K and the 512K had no hard drives and were convection cooled like the Cubes and early iMacs. The following models can be considered for silent computing. Classic Macs M...
by Dirge
Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nvidia 6600GT AGP. Zalman compatible?
Replies: 24
Views: 7905

The AGP version of the 6600 GT also has a heatsink over the bridge chip. I have no idea if this would interfere with mounting a Zalman cooler.
by Dirge
Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:48 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why you need silent system?
Replies: 53
Views: 28957

I cant believe I ever put up with screamers like the fop32 I used to OC my duron back in 2001. I want a quiet pc that I can work on and not hear the wine of fans. I often leave my machine on at night and need it to be dead quiet as I am a light sleeper. Well so far I have not achieved a silent pc bu...
by Dirge
Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:51 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: AMD Personal Internet Communicator (PIC)
Replies: 4
Views: 2178

The Geode GX 500 is supposed to be the equivalent of a 500mhz processor. Sounds good especially if it is a fanless system. Probably just what I am looking for. I hope this product is not restricted to just the developing world.
by Dirge
Sat Oct 23, 2004 2:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Looking for fanless micro ATX power supply
Replies: 6
Views: 4127

Im not sure about a reasonable price :) these things tend to be expensive.

You could try these links:

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/

http://linitx.com/

http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Default.aspx
by Dirge
Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:47 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Kostik please update CPU Power
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Kostik please update CPU Power

CPU Power is probably the best tool on the net for calculating cpu heat dissipation. Unfortunately its starting to show its age and is in need of an update. I would like to see this neat little program made current again with the addition of newer processors such as the Athlon64, Prescott and Pentiu...
by Dirge
Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:11 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: G4 power consumption?
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

G4 power consumption?

I have become interested in Apples G4 Cube as it is passively cooled. I wonder how much power the device draws and how many watts of heat the processor must dissipate through convection. I know a very complete list of Processor Electrical Specifications exists for x86 cpu's but what about ppc? http:...
by Dirge
Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone ST30NF Fanless PSU review
Replies: 89
Views: 72636

I just realised this PSU is on sale in New Zealand. Its particularly difficult to find fanless PSU's over here.

Will be keeping an eye on this thread, hopefully not all models suffer the same problem as Mike's review sample.
by Dirge
Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6025

X-bit labs have updated their site with the Nvidia benchmarks

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/ ... power.html
by Dirge
Sat Aug 14, 2004 4:04 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

Sounds like the I.C.E. Tech Heat-Pipe is perfect for passively cooling P4's.

If Intel ever releases a desktop version of the Pentium-M I would love to see it under one of these coolers.
by Dirge
Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:34 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

A faster option is the Athlon XP-M that can be underclocked and undervolted to be passively cooled. I have an old unlocked Athlon XP 2500+ (not mobile) that I runn passively at XP 1500 speed, and this seems to be the top speed that someone manages to run passively. Thanks for your reply silvervarg ...
by Dirge
Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

Wow Copper what an incredible setup, I am very impressed :o Can one buy a similar heatpipe cpu cooler through retail? Currently I am running an AthlonXP 1800+ which I am sure can be underclocked/undervolted to dissipate between 10-20w of heat. Could someone recommend a good heatsink that could dissi...
by Dirge
Thu Aug 05, 2004 11:37 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

the_smell you make a good point. I have also considered undervolting a more powerful cpu to achieve lowered power dissipation. My problem is I don't know how much heat a good heatsink can dissipate withought the need for a fan. I suspect it might be in the range of 10-20w but would like to hear from...
by Dirge
Thu Aug 05, 2004 11:22 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

MikeC you say the Via C3 can tolerate high temperatures, do you have any idea what the max temp is. I would like to know what temperature range it can operate at safely. I was intrigued to see reviews on this site where the temps exceeded 70c at load. Can it go much higher than that for extended per...
by Dirge
Thu Aug 05, 2004 10:46 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

How difficult is it to attach a new heatsink to a mini-itx board?? For instance do they don't seem to have a socket.

I would be a little hesitant to rely on thermal epoxy alone.
by Dirge
Thu Aug 05, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

sthayashi are you talking about the mini-itx boards via makes? Can the heatsink be replaced as i think they have fans on them.

I know the Eden M6000 is fanless but from what i read it is also very hot and requires a case fan.

My aim is to run with no cpu or case fans.
by Dirge
Thu Aug 05, 2004 5:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?
Replies: 27
Views: 8798

Passive CPU cooling... what to chose?

Could anyone give me an idea of the maximum power dissipation that can be safely removed by a quality heatsink. My aim it to build a silent pc that requires no cpu or case fans. I would consider integrating a fanless psu if it did not generate too much heat. Speed is not a huge issue as long as I ca...
by Dirge
Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:44 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce2 Pro power dissapation?
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Thanks for the reply, its an old card now so not that easy to find details.
by Dirge
Thu Jul 29, 2004 1:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce2 Pro power dissapation?
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Geforce2 Pro power dissapation?

Does anybody know the power consumption and heat dissapation of an old school Geforce2 Pro? I mainly want to know for interests sake, but want to compare the figures to a more modern 9600XT.
by Dirge
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X-bit labs takes a look at Vidcard Power Consumption
Replies: 18
Views: 6025

Yes I cant wait to see the followup with results for Nvidia