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by Kaleid
Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5750 cards
Replies: 39
Views: 17214

Well, it works well so I cannot complain. There probably is no VGA cooler which is as good as AC S1.
by Kaleid
Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5750 cards
Replies: 39
Views: 17214

Arctic Cooling S1 rev B is possible on a 5750 with a bit of modding. XTX 5750 512MB: http://img690.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=acs1anotherangle.jpg Warning! This is what some people call ghetto-modding :) Currently using a Slipstream running at 800rpm to cool it down. Hasn't so far exceeded 40C in full-...
by Kaleid
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Coil whine in S12-II 380 Bronze
Replies: 16
Views: 4964

I had a Seasonic 500w PSU a few years back which had some buzzing problems. It was almost 100% solved by a Silverstone PSU-cover:
http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/ ... pp02&area=
by Kaleid
Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which quiet, inexpensive SATA drive?
Replies: 42
Views: 11983

toronado455: "The main complaint I have with hard drive noise in general is ultra high-pitched whine at idle. Seek noise generally doesn't bother me." Good, because seek noise is the only thing in F2 Ecogreen that sucks. It's practically inaudible (even variants with several platters hand high capa...
by Kaleid
Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 28716

Windows plus a couple of games on a SSD just to save a few seconds here and there?

Again, it's not worth the money. I'd rather buy another 1tB harddrive for future needs.
by Kaleid
Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 28716

... Yep. Enough for a few extra mp3s, oggs, etc. By that time, Windows will require a 500GB partition just on its own, so you'll be pushing it further back and waiting for a 2TB SSD for the same price. Seriously, why do people need so much space for their system partition? I'm sure there are plenty...
by Kaleid
Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 28716

I don't think you'll need a full year. The Kingston 40GB SSD based on the Intel controller is at the $100 mark and I expect it to be outshone by something way better in the next 4 - 6 months. It's still far too much money for so little space. It would fit Windows 7 plus some programs and not so muc...
by Kaleid
Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:18 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 28716

I will wait at least one year for SSD to have a better price:performance ratio, they're simply too expensive and offer too little space.

For now, one 5400rpm and one 5900rpm both 1tb placed in softmounted quietdrives is pretty much non-problematic at least from the silence perspective.
by Kaleid
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2
Replies: 17
Views: 8062

I fully agree, which is why I sold the 1.5tB drive :)
by Kaleid
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2
Replies: 17
Views: 8062

It's worth noting that the 1.5 TB Barracuda LP still uses 4 platters and has the same noise profile as the 2TB Barracuda LP. http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/desktop/Barracuda%20LP/100564361c.pdf The 1 TB Barracuda LP is a much better compromise on power and noise as it uses ...
by Kaleid
Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 82423

re:last picture.
Just bend the fins of the cooler.

Good to see that it works.
by Kaleid
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Some info on ATI 57xx series cards...
Replies: 53
Views: 16804

Very good idle power consumption.

Image

18/108w for 5770
by Kaleid
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: benefit of a second drive?
Replies: 18
Views: 4063

Benefits of a second drive.. Use it as a download disk, or to stream music from...this frees up the primare harddrive for surfing or something else, making it more responsive. Also, if you code for example wave to mp3 its good to have a source and destination which are not on the same harddrive. Spe...
by Kaleid
Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 5 best computer games according to you...
Replies: 42
Views: 9097

The Thief series
Deus Ex
System Shock 2
Stalker
Super Mario Kart (16bit)

honorable mentions:
Bubble Bobble, original Starfox, Goldeneye 007, Bioshock... (actually tons more..)
by Kaleid
Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any LGA 1156 HSF's?
Replies: 18
Views: 5859

by Kaleid
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is it me or does the Quiet Drive suck?
Replies: 18
Views: 8427

I use dtemp to monitor hdd temps. Its very small and requires no installation:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5fx2zn (100kB, uploaded by me)
by Kaleid
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 82423

Review overload

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5870-review-test/ http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-hd5870.html http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643 http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-5870,review-31685.html http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/17618 http://www.pcper.co...
by Kaleid
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Blue, are dying?
Replies: 14
Views: 3620

No problem with mine. Had it for quite some time... and temp has very rarely been above 40C
by Kaleid
Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 30142

Got myself a F2 1tB drive. Missed the fact that they also existed in 1.5tb size.. oh well. But from what I can tell just by listening. The F2 is quieter than WD 640 GP and certainly a lot quieter than the WD 640 Blue (which I'm going to sell) The F2 is the first drive I don't feel the need to quiete...
by Kaleid
Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 123372

So far I haven't heard a quiet 7200rpm drive. But place it in a soft mounted quiet drive and the whole thing changes.
by Kaleid
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung hdds "do not cover any drive holes"
Replies: 2
Views: 1958

Samsung hdds "do not cover any drive holes"

Was thinking about placing the a Samsung hdd inside a Scythe himuri which would cover the smallest hole. Is there any risk of doing so? The two other holes will not be covered but obviously the hdd will have restricted air access... Should I replace the hdd with another brand? Edit: Hmm, doesn't see...
by Kaleid
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cool my Gigabyte HD4870 1gb without having to cut anything
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

First I would try to remove the Zalman fan and place a 120mm (or even 140) fan on top of it instead. Just use zip ties... the airflow covers a larger surface area and should cool better and do the job more quietly. 800rpm might be enough, but higher RPM fan might be needed. If the card does not have...
by Kaleid
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Core i7 42 C at idle with thermalright ultra 120
Replies: 14
Views: 3008

Bear in mind that programs like prime95 put a heavy stress on the system which is unlikely to be matched even closely by real usage.

My CPU hits about 70C with prime95. But I have never seen it go over 62C when encoding or gaming.
by Kaleid
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 123372

I did have an issue with the first Spinpoint F1 1Tb drive I got - somehow when I went to install it it would only format to 32mb, the size of its cache :shock:. I returned it for a second drive of the same model which is working fine. Restore factory Hard Drive Capacity When HDD Shows up as 32MB ht...
by Kaleid
Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet, cool and fast 7200RPM Drive
Replies: 13
Views: 5244

I would probably go for two WD 640GB Blue drives placed in soft mounted Scythe Quiet drives if possible. Or Scythe Himuru's.
by Kaleid
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen or WD Green drives
Replies: 6
Views: 2159

How about Seagate's 5900.12 LP?
by Kaleid
Sat May 16, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is a truly silent magnetic hard disk possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 5825

A 5400rpm harddrive in say a Scythe Quiet Drive placed on foam so that vibrations are eaten up is probably as close as one can get to total silence from mechanical harddrives. In my system the difference with or without SQD was HUGE. The third harddrive is actually in a Scythe Himuro, which is effic...
by Kaleid
Mon May 11, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 108842

Encouraged by your question, I thought I would edit the BIOS to set a low, known to work, memory frequency, and raise the memory speed to another known to work quantity only when doing 3D. Which setting did you change? I guess it wasn't 00, the white one? http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/...