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HDPLEX Announces Gen 2 H5 Fanless Case

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HDPLEX, a long-lived maker of passively cooled cases for computers, is now offering the stylish 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case, big enough to handle ATX, mATX and mITX cases with multiple power options including ATX, SFX, Flex, a tiny 160W NanoATX (with external AC/DC adapter) and even linear PSUs for audiophiles who prefer them over switching supplies.

Link to product page: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5. Discuss this news in the SPCR forum.

Define R5 tested at Orfield Labs, World’s Quietest Place!

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In an obvious PR move, Fractal Design tested the acoustics of their Define R5 case in the anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories, widely described as the quietest place on earth. A comprehensive report is posted at their website: http://www.fractal-design.com/home/justsilence. The gist of their report can be reduced to this: A system that measures 28.7 dBA @ 0.5m in free air measures 7.5 dBA lower when installed in a Define R5 case. That seems like a good result, and we rate the R5 highly, but without any comparables, it's not exactly a definitive result. We don't know how much attenuation other cases would provide in the same test.
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Fanless Logic Supply NUC

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Logic Supply says the ML100 "represents the evolution of NUC, combining the compact versatility of Intel’s innovative form factor and latest generation Broadwell processing with a custom engineered, fanless and ventless enclosure." It looks the part with bigger heatsinks than most fanless NUCs we've seen.

gpuShack offers quiet R7950 Twin Frozr card for just $139

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Our partner gpuShack recently acquired a large stock of the R7950 Twin Frozr graphics cards, which measures 13.7db quieter and 10C cooler than the reference HD 7950 model. While the GPU is already two years old, it is still faster than the R9 270X.

The GPU normally sells for $149. However, gpuShack is running an inventory clearance promotion at $5 off, and an additional $5 off with discount code SILENTPC, bringing it down to $139. 

The R7950 Twin Frozr GPU is a great choice for a quiet budget build. You can pick it up at gpuShack while supplies last.

Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved

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The latest newsletter from PR agency Marken Communications is well-considered and timely in the wake of the recent hacks that forced Sony to its knees.

"I disagree with some in the Cloud Industry who say calling the storage devices you carry with you and your home storage a personal Cloud is wrong. But they don't want to call it outsourced storage. It's semantics. Key is it's sitting somewhere else out of your control. There are too many people out there who want to put another conquest notch on their hacking skills by tapping into big companies. There are things you can do every day to protect your stuff from evil doers even if you use their Cloud. Be a little paranoid...

103 120mm Fans Reviewed

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Hardware.info makes history of sorts by posting a roundup review of a whopping 103 fans. The authors deserve kudos for the sheer volume of their task, though SPCR laments the relatively low usability of their results.

AIDA64 v5.00 is released

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The latest Finalwire AIDA64 is now available. This is a comprehensive hardware detection software that provides detailed information about installed software and offers diagnostic functions and support for overclocking. As it monitors sensors in real time, AIDA64 can gather accurate voltage, temperature and fan speed readings, while its diagnostic functions help detect and prevent hardware issues. It is a utility SPCR turns to often in our hardware analysis. Version 5.0 introduces wireless remote monitoring of sensor values on smartphones and tablets.

Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation

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The title of this piece is worthy of SPCR, but it comes from a fellow Canadian site, Hardware Canucks. "Coil whine. It’s long been the bane of graphics cards and judging from the reaction on many forums the current darlings of NVIDIA’s lineup, the GTX 970 and GTX 980, may suffer from the same nagging issue as previous Radeon and GeForce products. Multiple posts and retailer feedback sections show a number of coil noise complaints but how widespread is it?"

Using a Standard 4-Pin PWM Fan in the HP Microserver Gen8

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A relatively simple way to swap the noisy, odd 6-pin fan in the HP Microserver Gen8 with any much quieter 4-pin PWM fan. Thanks to Mihai Tianu for the great tip.

Seasonic Power Supplies Ready for Intel Haswell Processors

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Seasonic announced that its power supplies are ready for Intel Haswell processors. A key requirement for Haswell-Shark Bay is the power supply's ability to maintain a minimum current load of 0.05 Amps on the 12V rail for the CPU.

Seasonic's press release:

"Sea Sonic Electronics congratulates Intel on the launch of the Haswell Processors. We are inspired by the continuing efforts made by Intel to push the boundaries of performance and at the same time, be environmentally conscious through reduction of energy consumption.

"These are the exact same attributes which have driven Sea Sonic for the past 35+ years. As we strive for industry leading performance, we continue to research the long term effects of each of our design. By continuously improving our efficiency we try to achieve maximum energy savings and by using high quality components we aim to prolong product lifetime; all to achieve long term sustainability.

Seasonic 520W Platinum Fanless: Sample No. 3

Last week, some six weeks after the review was originally posted, I received a third sample of the Seasonic 520W Platinum. This one is apparently representative of the current production models. I tested the new sample 3 times, with many hours of steady modest load (<100W) and also standby between high load testing, over a period of 5 days. All this was to ensure that no changes occurred as the unit "broke in".

Overall, the level of whining noise of the third sample is very low and did not change over time or load. It is very unlikely to cause any negative reaction with 99% of potential users. (The 1% who might complain are the ones who would never be happy with any product.) [Hit Read More to read more.]

Exclusive Seasonic Promo Deals at Newegg for SPCR

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Seasonic USA is offering skookum deals on their great products for SPCR audiences though Newegg. These are offered only for a very limited time, so take advantage of them quickly!

Seasonic SS-520FL (N82E16817-151122) Fanless Power Supply Promotion
Discount: $15 | Code: 4SILENTPCREVIEW | Promotion Period: Jan 4 to Jan 6, 2013

Seasonic SS-520FL (N82E16817-151122) Fanless Power Supply and Fractal Design Define R4 Mid Tower Case Combo Promotion (N82E16811352021)
Discount: $20 | 1 week combo promotion: Jan 7 to 13, 2013

Discuss this news in the SPCR forums.

Anandtech on SPCR Certified AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC

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Dustin Sklavos of Anandtech revisited AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC with GTX680 after its SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC and concluded that despite questions about the value of our certification and the use of a case he doesn't like, it is "Worth Considering In This Configuration." Forum discussion link.

Slashgear reviews AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC

Slashgear posted a review of AVA's Gaming PC, a quieter variant of which recently received a SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC. Forum discussion link.

Noctua to use Active Noise Cancellation in new Fan

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Noctua, noted Austrian heatsink & fan company, just announced a partnership with a noise reduction specialist called RotoSub to develop PC fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation. This is not the first time that ANC technology is being used to combat computer noise, but as yet, no ANC products for computers that you can buy have materialized. This project seems more concrete; a specific goal is to improve Noctua's NF-F12 FocusedFlow fan: "Our performance target is to achieve about 80% more airflow and 120% higher static pressure at the same noise level as the original NF-F12... within the next 12 to 18 months." Noctua says a prototype ANC NF-F12 fan will be publicy demonstrated at Computex in Taipei. Look for my report next week. * Discuss this news *

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