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NORCO B-Q2T5 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Quality four-to-one drive bay adapter 06/23/2013

This review is from: NORCO B-Q2T5 5.25" to 4 x 2.5" Drive Bay Adapter Bracket

Pros: Quality metal construction. Easily fits four 2.5 inch drives (laptop, or SSD) into a single 5.25 inch drive bay. Makes RAID easy and compact. Outer metal bracket provides some ventilation (might be a plus OR minus, see Cons).

Cons: For those who have a PC case with front fans (right behind the grill, ie Antec 902) that blow cool air into the case (to exhaust out he back of the case), this 4:1 bay adapter wont fit behind the fans without some significant modification.

2.5" drives are not only smaller than 5.25" drives, they are considerably less lengthy, so they can be mounted further back into the case. This adapter centers the drives, so that even if you remove the front grill, they wont sit back far enough to be behind your PC case's grill+fan. ...Unless you mod it -- see Other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: 1. remove the drive bay adapter's grill.
2. mount a 2.5" drive, then mark where the front of the drive ends with a sharpie or felt tip marker, then unmount the drive.
3. Use tin snips or other tool to cut the excess metal along the marked line.
4. Now we need to align+mark+drill holes in the adapter so that it we can securely screw it into the case: Slide drive bay adapter into case, mount your front grill and fan, align your pay adapter with a slight gap so that it doesn't rub the fan, then use a marker to mark where the case's holes are. Remove the assembly, drill holes where you marked them, mount your drives, and reassemble.

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SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Two very large sheets. Forgiving adhesive allows for re-seating. Easily sticks to metal, plastic. Can hide wires under this foam to make case innards look more tidy. Black color with no words/names/logos on it. One package of this is enough to cover a mid tower case. Modestly reduces high pitch noise (see Other).

Cons: Thickness of sound dampening foam determines effectiveness -- 7mm would be better than 4mm. Once adhesive dries, it is difficult to remove. Easiest to apply to a bare case-- before adding components. Foam acts as a slight insulation, so make sure you have good airflow in your case. If you go to a rock concert and stand in front of the speakers while holding each pad in front of your ears, you are still going to go deaf -- this product will NOT make a noisy pc quiet on its own. See Other.

Other Thoughts: Philosophy of Quiet PCs/How To:
The first step in a quiet pc is always the fans. Even expensive cases come with noisy fans. Super high volume fans are very noisy. And counter-intuitively, super high airflow does NOT make your PC run any cooler than moderate and unobstructed airflow. You might want to read that previous sentence again. Noctua NF-S12B are the best of the best when it comes to silent airflow, 56.9m3/h at 6.9dBA is unbeatable.

Sound bounces off hard surfaces. Open-cell foam captures sound waves, which is the basic principal behind acoustic dampening coverings. Also, sound bounces off corners, so rounded corners are better than 90 degree angles.

Apply this foam to all the flat surfaces of your case, cutting the foam so that it goes 1cm or so under your motherboard. Make sure you also get the inside panel of the case that faces the CPU Cooler (cut around the window if you have one and want to maintain the pretty view). Sound bounces, so don't forget to cover objects such as the back of your DVD.

After the case is lined, you can round off the corners: At the corners, mark off ~2cm above and below the corners, next you are going to want to place something in the corner like pencil or rolled up piece of foam (you want a curve, not a 90degree angle), then cut and apply a second layer of acoustic foam to round out corners.

If you bought quiet fans, your noisiest component is going to be your graphics card (or if water cooled, the pump). Most (air) CPU-Coolers are a standard size and can be fairly easily replaced, expensive CPU-Coolers usually have PWM fans with the speed controlled by the system board and low noise adapters included. So double check whatever your fans are pointing at and make sure you have some foam covering everywhere you can.

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Datacolor Spyder4 Pro
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs 11/26/2012

This review is from: Datacolor Spyder4 Pro

Pros: Monitor color calibration (accuracy-enhancement) tools are terrific tools geared toward professional graphics-industry users. They fine-tune colors to 'true life.' These units compare colors to accepted 'true' values, then produce a custom icc color profile for your monitor to use.

Cons: Typically LESS accurate than downloading a (free) icc color profile for your monitor. There should be a market to *borrow* one of these, because once you have adjusted the color on your monitor(s), they are expensive paperweights. Also, you get what you pay for here; the more expensive units produce better results. Price is prohibitive.

Other Thoughts: do not try to attach hardware color correction units to a monitor that is standing upright; there is always a gap between the unit and the monitor screen. instead, temporarily lay your monitor down -so that it is facing upward- and then put the hardware calibration unit on top and run it.

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Date Joined: 02/09/04

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  • Last Review: 06/23/13
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