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by meglamaniac
Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 18559

I agree with your power draw sums, however: Wouldn't that extra current draw simply be manifested as heat? I mean, if a processor draws 50 watts, it's gonna generate 50 watts of heat . This isn't true. Heat is usually generated by two processes in microchips. Firstly, there is good old fasioned fric...
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD Screens - WAY overpriced
Replies: 54
Views: 18116

Having said that, at 60" it would need to be given that's about the size of a private cinema screen. I agree though, 60" in high-def would be amazing to see. Interesting point about the analog. Theoretically, if OLED works along similar lines to conventional LED technology, you should also be able t...
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD Screens - WAY overpriced
Replies: 54
Views: 18116

As someone pointed out, another advantage of OLED (and indeed SED) I didn't mention is that it's a light emitter itself. This means it has the same viewing angle properties as a CRT - virtually 180 degrees in both planes. It all comes down to which will provide the best quality colour reproduction a...
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 17, 2005 4:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD Screens - WAY overpriced
Replies: 54
Views: 18116

Can't say I've heard of that one...
The info I found on google looks interesting though.
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD Screens - WAY overpriced
Replies: 54
Views: 18116

Dear lord, I hope not! :) Actually, I forgot to mention earlier that there is already an alternative in development: OLED, or Organic LED. I'm not overly sure on the specifics, but as far as I can remember it uses some sort of polymer as the active cell rather than the crystaline peizzo-electronic s...
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 17, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which Zalman VGA HSF to get?
Replies: 3
Views: 1752

Go for the ZM80D-HP.
It's a 9600 so I would be amazed if you need the optional fan. Zalman have only ever claimed it's needed for the much hotter 9700/9800 pro/XT series.
by meglamaniac
Sun Jan 16, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD Screens - WAY overpriced
Replies: 54
Views: 18116

Anyone know why Plasma screens are so expensive? Because it's a much more complex technology than LCD, from a chemistry and electronics point of view. However, it scales better than LCD, which is why your 32" widescreen TV's are Plasma screens. The complexity is the reason for your 32" widescreen T...
by meglamaniac
Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LCD Screens - WAY overpriced
Replies: 54
Views: 18116

It's getting a lot better. You can get a decent 17" panel with analog and digital inputs for £250 ($470) these days. When you consider to get a 17" viewable image on a CRT you need a 19" tube, which can cost up to £220ish for a decent one, the price difference is not that bad. Yes the 19" CRT will g...
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 18559

I remain unconvinced, the majority of reviews and benchmarks I can find show the cards tied. As to the warrenty issue, if you enable the locked pipes you also void your warrenty - as do you if you overclock. Warrenties only cover the unmodified cards, and that covers any hardware, firmware and softw...
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: That PCI rack...
Replies: 9
Views: 2418

That PCI rack...

...mentioned here, from Sunbeam.
Has anyone managed to locate it for sale in the US or UK?
I can't find the damn thing anywhere and it'd be great to hook fans up with over the expansion card area.
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:31 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple drops tiny, cheap Mac bomb
Replies: 117
Views: 38886

Heh, that would be funny.. if the US gvt trademarked American (tm)
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 18559

This is why it's not worth getting a 6800 - it's barely any faster. Most of the results are ties, and those that are wins are not by a lot. If you scroll back a few pages through there you'll see the 6600GT coming out in front over several tests as well. On average: A 6600GT in the UK is £150 A Zal...
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Star's Crucis
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Your choices so far seem to be right down the line. The only thing I'd hold off on is the Acoustipak - you may find you don't need it. I would also avoid tampering with the PSU until you've tried it - I am one of the privilaged few in the UK to own the 400w version of that same model (had to import ...
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple drops tiny, cheap Mac bomb
Replies: 117
Views: 38886

Nice, but still quite expensive for what you get. I don't buy into the fact that style must always be expensive - Apple are starting to learn that with the iPod. It's a full £30 (€42, $56, C$68) more expensive than several rival products, some of which arguably look better and have better battery li...
by meglamaniac
Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 317372

It does indeed look very nice and have some good features, but I'm willing to bet it won't come cheap.
I can see the price of this one being up there with Lian-Li cases.
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: nForce4 chipset fan on the new Asus A8N - too loud?
Replies: 18
Views: 6752

Simplest way to get one is to buy a fan controller which includes them. There are plenty about ranging from manual dial control ones with an LCD display that you put in a drive bay, to fully automatic ones like the mCubed T-balancer which has been discussed extensively in the Fans and Control forum....
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: nForce4 chipset fan on the new Asus A8N - too loud?
Replies: 18
Views: 6752

1. I'm not sure on the difference. I guess the hassle of co-ordinating two graphics cards makes for a hotter chipset. 2. Details are sketchy. Initial reports suggest that the SLI has 4 standard SATA ports and 4 "boosted" SATA ports supporting 3Gb/s, whereas the Premium has 4 standard and 4 SATA2 (wh...
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: nForce4 chipset fan on the new Asus A8N - too loud?
Replies: 18
Views: 6752

Another option is to do what I'm doing - wait for the Asus A8N-E Premium, which is slightly more expensive but has passive chipset cooling (amongst other extras).
You won't find it on the Asus website yet, but there's plenty about it on the net. The due date is sometime in feb.
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC Builder -- any problems with these components?
Replies: 6
Views: 1701

If you can stretch to it, the nVidia GeForce 6600GT or the ATI Radeon X700 Pro are better cards for modern games (and also run a bit cooler than the one you mention).
If you can afford the difference either card would be well worth it.
by meglamaniac
Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ok, now it's my turn to ask for opinions!
Replies: 28
Views: 7274

Hmm, I don't see why it shouldn't work... but then I'm not very experienced with heatpipes and so on...
by meglamaniac
Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ok, now it's my turn to ask for opinions!
Replies: 28
Views: 7274

Yeah I just posted again here because someone else bumped the thread - I'm pretty much decided but waiting for that board to come out before purchasing. To answer the last question (why not the SLI board): SLI is only of any real use to real hardcore games who would, for example, want to run two GeF...
by meglamaniac
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ok, now it's my turn to ask for opinions!
Replies: 28
Views: 7274

No no, SPCR isn't a retailer so there's no problem - unless you're a vendor in which case you should keep advertising to the Deals, Vendors & Classifieds board :) I've just done some reading on the 3520 and it appears that sometime in march NEC will be releasing firmware allowing it to write to the ...
by meglamaniac
Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:19 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Any way to stop sub-woofer hum? What speakers do not hum?
Replies: 15
Views: 4558

You know, if you wanted to build your own cheater plug, you could probably just buy an extension cord and lop off the ground pin... Nice try, but no cigar I'm afraid! UK power sockets are gated - the earth pin is slightly longer and goes in first, releasing the locks on the other two holes. This is...
by meglamaniac
Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ok, now it's my turn to ask for opinions!
Replies: 28
Views: 7274

Jon: Yep I imported the SST A3, it only worked out about £10 more than buying an A2 unit from a UK supplier so not bad. Yeah the nForce4 recommends ATX 2.0 which the SST400 A3 complies with - I checked in advance :) I can't get 120mm case fans for the Lian-Li as it only has 80mm mounts. However, wit...
by meglamaniac
Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:39 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NV Silencer 5 and 6600GT 128 PCI-E cards
Replies: 10
Views: 3446

You might also consider a cooler from Zalman.
Both their passive cooler (ZM80D-HP) and their active cooler (VF700) fit the PCI-e 6600GT.
When I get my 6600GT I will be slapping the ZM80D-HP on it.

http://www.zalmanusa.com/
by meglamaniac
Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Reasonably priced 3200 AMD-64 MB + CPU?
Replies: 8
Views: 2161

PCI-express (PCI-e) is a replacement for AGP and legacy PCI. The best example I can think of is to put it in terms of networking. In this comparison, bear in mind that AGP is essentially a "bolt on" to legacy PCI, a bit of a bodge-job fix, and as such is covered by the legacy PCI part. Imagine legac...
by meglamaniac
Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 18559

Looks like it's over to me to do the Welcome to SPCR! thing then :) Let's see now. First of all a big thanks for posting your results - a fair few people (myself included) had wondered whether the Zalman would be useable on the AGP version of the 6600GT and now we have some info! In the end I am goi...
by meglamaniac
Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Autosensing PSUs - Do They Work?
Replies: 10
Views: 2636

I think he means "why bother monitoring electrical load when monitoring thermal load will do", and he has a point. Why bother speeding the fan up on high power load if the PSU is coping ok and isn't getting hotter? It does seem a bit like a marketing gimmick to me. Thermal fan regulation is fair eno...
by meglamaniac
Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Any way to stop sub-woofer hum? What speakers do not hum?
Replies: 15
Views: 4558

Does it hum if you unplug it from the computer, leaving it powered on but with no audio connection? As for removing the ground, to my knowledge there is nothing on sale in the UK like cheater plugs. We have had earthed power since fairly early in the last centuary, and it is illegal to install unear...
by meglamaniac
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:36 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Do you have an Asus motherboard and an Athlon64?
Replies: 3
Views: 1275

This is probably only true with the thermally controlled default HSF or any other thermally controlled HSF. Yeah, that sounds about right. On page 8 of AMD's official documentation (PDF) it states: 4. Required for noise reduction: Heatsink/fan capable of speed control All AMD Athlon 64 Processor-In...