Subject: Re: netbsd on a mini-box?
To: Wolfgang S. Rupprecht <wolfgang+gnus20030529T125615@wsrcc.com>
From: Luke Mewburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/30/2003 11:29:06
On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 01:24:09PM -0700, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
| After going through the exercise of making my Athlon machine
| ultra-quiet I can impart a few tidbits.
| 1) get a really quiet disk. The Seagate Barracuda IV 80gigs are
| quieter than any of the already quiet laptop disks I have in the
| other machines.
I concur; I actually purchased some Barracuda V drives recently, and
they're even quieter.
| 2) get quiet case fans. The Panaflo FBA08A12L1A are a touch noisier
| than the disk, but not much and the noise is mostly air-noise and
| not the annoying motor-squeal that many other fans have. The
| airflow in my computer case is quiet respectable.
| 3) get a high-flow case. The bigger the entrance and exit holes the
| slower the fans can turn and still get the same amount of air
| exchange. I really like my Antec 1040. (The OEM name for that
| case is Cheiftec Dragon.)
The Antec TruePower power supplies are very good too.
| 4) the cpu fan needs to be replaced with something quiet. I put a
| normal 80mm case fan on a 80mm to 60mm adaptor and used that
| instead of the AMD OEM fan on the Athlon. This allowed me to
| substitute a slower turning fan for the high-speed whiner that AMD
| gives you with the boxed Athlons. Warning: Newer Athons put out up
| to 80 watts. Mine was being an older model (1.1Ghz) only puts out
| 40 watts. You may need to get a much larger heatsink before you
| can put a slower/quieter fan on it.
For this I can recommend the Zalman "flower" coolers:
*Very* quiet, and keep the CPU very cool too. (I had a XP1600+ CPU,
and I recently installed a XP2500+ "barton", and they both run cool
with the Zalman).