[mythtv-users] Silent Power SUpplies

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 20:04:04 UTC 2007

On 1/16/07, Jon Boehm <boehm100 at comcast.net> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Nick Tan
> Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 2:10 AM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Silent Power SUpplies
> >> Any tips on quite full sized and epia dc supplies that are high quality
> >> and
> >> quiet as a mouse?
> >
> > I've got a Zalman - excellent.
> I concur - I have a Zalman and am very very happy with it.
> So far (less that a month), I'm very happy with my Enhance ENP-5150GH.  This
> appears to be the OEM version of the Silverstone Element ST50EF-PLUS 500W.
> http://jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=23
> http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-E5150GH  Great price for virtually a
> Silverstone power supply.
> As far as noise goes... I notice the stock P4 CPU cooler and my Seagate
> drives WAY MORE than the noise from the supply.  I'm thinking of getting a
> Zalman CNPS-9500 and maybe a drive rubber washer setup.  I'm hoping that the
> washers would prevent the drive vibration from transferring to the case
> sheet metal.

I have a zalmann CNPS7700 which is virtually silent (and cools my
3200+ overclocked 25% without a change in volume!). My Antec power
supply is virtually silent as well. It's my damn case fans that are
noisy!! I really need to spend money on some quieter ones. I also
notice the 6 drives in my case don't make all that much noise between
being on or being in "standby", I'm lucky though, the SilverstoneTek
case I have doesn't let them rattle anything.

I'd say find the source of *your* specific noise and account for it.
If your building a new system then I'd recommend weighing the
difference in cost for a fanless setup vs. a low-noise fan setup to
see which is best for you, do you need it completely silent, or is a
little noise ok?

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