>>I noticed that a review of the calm-2 was scheduled for a couple weeks ago..
<br>>>any status on that? <IMG SRC="modules/phpBB_14/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
<br>>>Or has anyone else gotten this system?
<br> Hi Conroy,
<br> I purchased a Calm-2 (with C-Systems power supply included) about 2 months ago. This PC is in the control room of my recording studio, and so far so good, apart from the power supply noise (more on that later).
<br> To give you an idea what the case has to cope with, here's what's inside - ASUS Cusl2-C mobo with PIII 1 gig cpu & 512mb Kingmax Cas2 PC150 ram, 1 x Matrox G400max dualhead AGP video card, 1 x M64 Nvidia 32mb PCI video card, 1 x Creamware Luna II audio card with ADAT/Zlink expansion, 1 x 10/100 Network card, 2 x IBM DTLA 20gig HDD's, 1 x Acer 24x12x40 CDR. (I should also note that the Luna II has 3 x Sharc DSP chips onboard which run quite hot.)
<br> The Calm-2 is relatively easy to put together, although the video card cooling block took a bit of "persuading" to fit. The supplied clips are for 2 different standard graphic card types.......the Matrox doesn't ahere to either of these, but one was close enough to be bent into shape so as to work. (Luckily the second video card has it's own heatsink without a fan). The cooling block for the PIII cpu went on OK, but a 'firm' approach is also needed.
<br> As far as temperature is concerned I only have the BIOS system monitor to go by, and yes, the system does run hot (cpu temp average about 65-70 degrees C). However this does not appear to have any adverse affect on the system reliability/stability. This computer is quite often on for about 12 hours, everyday of the week since purchase, all without a hitch. This is using Win XP and cpu intensive audio apps like Logic Audio Platinum v5 and Wavelab.
<br> At the moment the only downside is the noise from the supplied power supply. It is quieter than any other power supply that I've owned, but it ain't silent. This is especially noticable in a sound proofed control room once the system is up to running temperature and both fans on the power supply are at full pace. I have aleviated this somewhat by building a box to house the PC, but this is still a work in progress (at this time the rear of the box is open, I have to work out a way to completely enclose the PC and keep the airflow circulating)
<br> If I can get hold of a fanless power supply this will be a true silent PC, (anyone that knows of one, please point me in the right direction!). As it stands, it's pretty close to silent, it gets a bit hot, but its works as advertised.