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by scara
Sun Apr 17, 2005 2:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Do any fan controllers with front audio in/out ports exist?
Replies: 3
Views: 1283

The Aerocool Cool Panel might be suitable. It is basically a multi-function panel that also controls fans and monitors temperatures. It has Line-in, Line-out and a Mic port plus 2x S-ATA2 ports, usb, firewire and reads 8 types of memory card. I know afew people here have it so search these forums if...
by scara
Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: system build/critique?
Replies: 10
Views: 2841

$120 Samsung SP1604N IDE ATA133 7200rpm 2MB/8MB cache (Jidec hopefully) Not sure what you mean here, the SP1604N has 2MB cache. You will get a good performance increase for the cost by getting an SP16 1 4N which has 8MB cache. Do you really need a mobo with on-board graphics if you're adding a 6600...
by scara
Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Drives
Replies: 17
Views: 4747

Where have you tried? I doubt any large retailer would check for you but a small business probably will. Give Kustom PCs a shot, they're abit expensive at £72 but I really do think its worth paying the extra if they are Nidecs. You could see if any of these can help but don't hold your breath: Quiet...
by scara
Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Drives
Replies: 17
Views: 4747

What are the temps of the Nidec SP1614N Samsung drives? I was told they run quite hot. Is this your experience? I wouldn't class them as particularly hot-running. Without direct airflow mine used to run at around 40C, thats with a case temp of ~35C (actual air temp not motherboard sensor). At the m...
by scara
Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Drives
Replies: 17
Views: 4747

I think you've got that wrong Derek , the N does not refer to the motor used. SP1614N denotes SpinPoint, 160GB, 8MB cache P-ATA drive. The sata version is named 1614C but can also use a Nidec motor. greshoff I bought two Nidec SP1614N from Micro Direct . Ask them to check for you if the motor is sta...
by scara
Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:52 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: thermal sensors - "where to tape them"?
Replies: 29
Views: 6954

You could try pushing the PSU sensor into the space where the cables come out. If theres no room there just put it through one of the intake holes.

That should give you a good reading of internal PSU temperature without opening it up.
by scara
Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is my current 350W Nexus PSU enough?
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

The Nexus will handle that easily, no worries there.

You'd better get some very good quality RAM to overclock it from 166 to 210 :shock:
by scara
Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A
Replies: 20
Views: 6194

halfpower wrote:Does anyone know where I can find information about the power draw of these drives? I've looked all over the NEC sites and can't find anything.
Power consumption for NEC 2510,3500 and 3520 is 24.5 VA (5v 1.3A, 12v 1.5A).
Taken from 3520 User Manual.
by scara
Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another Sonata Pic Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 14497

You should rest your case on squash balls (cut in half), that would reduce vibrations better but still elevate your case off the carpet. Try tucking some of the drive cables into that space above the HDD's. Wedging more cables behind the LIS panel should allow you to tidy the RAM area a bit easier. ...
by scara
Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Heavy Weights Stressing Motherboard
Replies: 1
Views: 815

I've only heard of such damage occuring during shipping. Your computer will be more delicate, how much more depends on how overweight the heatsink is. It shouldn't get damaged just moving it aroud your home (to open up the case or whatever) but I would recommend not transporting it around in its ins...
by scara
Wed Feb 02, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 review
Replies: 120
Views: 94463

Thank you for another excellent and very detailed review. I think the case would be better if the motherboard was moved up to the top of the case, perhaps with the two exhausts vertically aligned. This would put the CPU more directly into the fans airflow and result in less wasted space in the case....
by scara
Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap(ish) acousitpack deluxe in the UK!
Replies: 1
Views: 816

Just for reference:

Also available at PC World Component Centre for ~£2 more inc delivery. Works out cheaper if you're buying other parts.
by scara
Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where can I buy Nexus or Panaflo Fans in the UK?
Replies: 14
Views: 3738

Dorothy Bradbury's service is great and she knows her product details well.
I ordered from her a few months ago and she told me that all her fans are 'new-process' ones made in China. I've got four and they're a good bit noisier than the Nexus's (all 80mm).
by scara
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A
Replies: 20
Views: 6194

Re: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A

.....but its a lot faster at rewriting and also supports the +RW standard which the 3500 doesn't. 3500A: CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD 1 RW) The 3500 does support +RW. That 1 should be ± i.e +/-. I've read many user reviews that say the 3520 is very quiet but seen nothing comparing the ...
by scara
Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on Hush-PC, separate graphics or audio?
Replies: 12
Views: 3657

For your uses, if you get a good TV card the on-board graphics wont matter.
Don't know where you are (US, Europe...) but you should probably think about a digital HDTV tuner. Cards with hardware mpeg-2 encoding aren't usually cheap so its not something you want to upgrade in 2/3 years time.
by scara
Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:18 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Christmas Present: ZM80-D
Replies: 6
Views: 1776

I think it would be worth reinstalling it. With anything, when parts don't fit as they should, you know something's wrong. You could chance it and carry on and maybe have no problems whatsoever, but is it worth the risk? Try re-seating a few times before you clean it up just to get the hang of it an...
by scara
Tue Dec 28, 2004 4:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Gigabyte Ga-7VA choices
Replies: 12
Views: 3326

mimwdv - Welcome to SPCR!!!

The AC Copper Silent will be fine on your setup. Expect similar temps to Jovo ~45^C
by scara
Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Christmas Present: ZM80-D
Replies: 6
Views: 1776

Does removing the back couple PCI Slot bay covers help with exhaust? or will this not do anything but let noise leak. Zalman recommends removing the slot cover beneath the card/the slot the the heatsink takes up. If you rig the panaflo so that its pointing slightly toward the back of the case rathe...
by scara
Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:46 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Help me finish off my quiet project!
Replies: 26
Views: 6606

Im not really sure how the various pressure levels would 'work' in that set-up to be honest. My general understanding is that the air (amount and pressure) going down onto your HS will be limited by the panaflo, thus giving no benefit. You could always experiment with just the bracket/120mm and both...
by scara
Thu Dec 23, 2004 4:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus 9600XT - Help
Replies: 7
Views: 2379

Have you tried simply unplugging the fan? I unplugged mine as SmartDoctor proved unreliable and the card only reset after playing strenuous games for a couple of hours (it worked fine on older games). I currently have a panaflo hanging at the end of the card, blowing toward the back of the case, and...
by scara
Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Help me finish off my quiet project!
Replies: 26
Views: 6606

I am thinking of maybe getting the Zalman bracket and put a 92 or 120 fan on TOP of everything, and keeping the Panaflo on top of SLK-800... would that help? I was also thinking if I do this, then I can probably change the Panaflo to suck the air out instead of pushng it down... do u guys think tha...
by scara
Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Help me choose a fan controller
Replies: 35
Views: 14741

The Vantec ones are all PWM i think.

Another vote for the Akasa AK-FC-03. Can't fault it.
by scara
Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:36 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Help me finish off my quiet project!
Replies: 26
Views: 6606

You shouldn't have any problem using the bracket and larger fan. The increase in distance between the HS and fan will be negated by the increase in airflow from the fan (assuming you use a bigger fan).
by scara
Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:15 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Help me finish off my quiet project!
Replies: 26
Views: 6606

So, it basically means that you prefer Nexus over Panaflo, right? I have a Japan-made Panaflo and it's really quiet... just haven't compared it side-by-side against any other silent fan... Yeah, for me Nexus > Panaflo. But I haven't heard the Japanese ones which would seemingly be a lot closer to t...
by scara
Sun Dec 05, 2004 4:22 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Help me finish off my quiet project!
Replies: 26
Views: 6606

hi alexb, Im currently using two nexus 80mm for exhaust and two "new process" china made panaflos for intake. The panaflos are quite noticeably louder than the nexus fans, but they do move more air. When controlled to equal noise levels they move the same amount of air (as far as I can tell with cru...
by scara
Sat Dec 04, 2004 3:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Help me finish off my quiet project!
Replies: 26
Views: 6606

1. A Rev. 3 Silencer would comfortably cool a 9600XT on 'low' setting. I think the ATI-2 (Rev.4) fits the 9600 but apparently they're louder than rev3 so save your money and get a rev3. Have you looked at the Sapphire Ultimate 9600XT? I think they're pretty cheap now compared to other 9600xt. It ma...
by scara
Mon Nov 15, 2004 2:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Gigabyte Ga-7VA choices
Replies: 12
Views: 3326

I have the same motherboard so I know what you're going through! I initially had one of those "rocket coolers" (3D Cooler Pro) - STAY WELL CLEAR. The reviews of them were all good before they were fully released but a lot of people have replaced them. They're only quiet when at min. rpm, at which sp...
by scara
Sat Nov 06, 2004 9:18 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: IMPORTANT: Poll for those with SAMSUNG Hard Drives
Replies: 169
Views: 165693

Noticeable whine (with case closed, about 1 meter away): Absolutely none Noticeable whine (with ear next to harddrive): Very clear, quite high pitch Model Number: SP1614N Supplier: Micro Direct (UK) Month of purchase: 2004.7 Motor: NIDEC FDB stamped Revision: Rev. A Date of Manufacturing: 2004.6 Any...
by scara
Fri Nov 05, 2004 4:04 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: anyone use power supply vibration dampeners? (antec, vantec)
Replies: 6
Views: 2456

I use these as a kit was supplied with my case. I dont think they really make a difference since PSU's don't generally vibrate much in my experience. For the PSU to vibrate enough for these dampeners to work, it'd need two or three poor quality (thus vibrating fans) at high rpm, which means its goin...
by scara
Mon Nov 01, 2004 3:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SP1614C VS 1614N... or greater and better?
Replies: 10
Views: 4100

Those Samsung drives use either a JVC or NIDEC motor. The NIDEC is the quieter by far so that is what you should look for, ask the people you order from to check which they stock. From what I've read here, the JVC motors are similar to the Seagate 7200.7 in terms of noise so bear that in mind when l...