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The performance of the system is perfectly good for all applications, including playback of HD 1080p video. The C2D E7300 is a good processor choice for the machine, as is the GF 9400GT video card, which offers HDMI output and capable enough with 3D to allow casual gaming. The Seagate laptop drive is a touch slower than typical 3.5" 7200 RPM drives, but it will hardly be noticed by any user, while the low noise level affording by its inclusion will certainly be appreciated.
The Asus T3-P5945GCX features a clam-shell style case which allows the use of a full ATX12V power supply and a custom form factor socket 775 motherboard with Intel 945GC chipset. A key aspect of Anitec's customization is the replacement of the stock power supply with an Enermax Modu82+ 425W modular cable power supply. The Modu82+ series is one of the most energy efficient on the market, and offers the best acoustics of any fan-cooled PSU. (See SPCR's review of the Modu82+ 625W.) Despite its role as the primary heat extractor for the system, because the thermal envelope has been kept way down, the thermally controlled PSU fan spins at extremely low speed at virtually any load.
Removal of the U-shaped cover shows highly packed interior and Acoustipak panel damping. Note the size of the PSU: This is a very compact system.
Front bezel opened to show slidng rod mechanism for the sliding panel, and generous vents on the sizes of the bezel.
Clamshell opened to show the interior. Note unrestricted air intake vents on the front panel of the chassis, and 2.5" Seagate 320 GB SATA laptop drive nestled within Acoustipack damping.
The Scythe Shuriken Low-Profile CPU Cooler with a quiet slim fan controlled by the motherboard.
Anitec's page for SPCR SilenT3
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