[Ardour-Users] Motherboard hints and tips?

Brett Clark brett.clark at zirous.com
Thu Jan 31 08:44:47 PST 2008

>> system sounding like a vacuum cleaner, ... Don't blame it on
>> the processor.
Ive built several of my own computers and i have to say that the 
processor itself makes no noise.  In my experience, most (all???) of the
noise is from the moving components like the power supply cooling
fan, system cooling fans, and even the chipset and CPU cooling fans.
If you use 3 of the $2.50 system cooling fans, then its going to sound like
a 727 during takeoff.  I recommend spending the extra money on the variable
speed fans.  They may cost $20 - $30 dollars, but they will be much quieter.
Same with the CPU cooling fan.  The one that comes boxed with the CPU 
is probably the cheapest one that they could come up with.  


From: ardour-users-bounces at lists.ardour.org on behalf of Kevin Cosgrove
Sent: Thu 1/31/2008 10:12 AM
To: Paul Winkler
Cc: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
Subject: Re: [Ardour-Users] Motherboard hints and tips?

On 31 January 2008 at 9:25, Paul Winkler <pw_lists at slinkp.com> wrote:

> +1, I had a bad MSI too, years ago. I will also never touch a PCChips
> board again. Cheap stuff is cheap for a reason. After that I had a
> Soyo that seemed good until it spontaneously let out the blue smoke on
> a hot summer day.  Since then I've been happy with Tyan boards,
> although they're a bit pricey.  My current one is almost 2 years old
> with no problems; its predecessor worked like a champ for 3 years
> until the day I took it out to upgrade. And I've never had any of
> these mysterious problems with bad latency or CPU usage.

My Tyan Tomcat K8E S2865G2NR works very well.  Oh, and in spite of
the OP comment about their Athlon system sounding like a vacuum
cleaner, this system is very quiet.  There are florescent lights in
the room, and they are louder than the computer.  Don't blame it on
the processor.  There are a lot of things that need to go right to
make a computer quiet.  See other threads for discussions on that.



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