I was doing some research into buying a new (& hopefully silent) PC when I found this wonderful forum.
From what I've seen I'm quite impressed with the Zalman TNN 300 as a fanless and thus (almost) silent workstation and I may be able to get one.
I'm just not sure if it's feasable
to build a system with it nowadays with up to date compents? Particularly with AMD CPUs since the socket has changed to AM2+/3 now which is quite different from 939. When looking at Zalman's website
and their instructions for fitting the CPU coolers to the CPUs (which are obviously very socket specific) I don't see how you could use the AMD64 backplate or CPU cooler with AM2 or later sockets given they have 4 screws around the socket & not 2 like 939.
Although I then found this:
A company offering a pre-built TNN 300 system with a recent motherboard. They are using the ASUS M4A78-EM
which is a board I would also be interested in. The only thing I would do different to their setup is perhaps to use an AMD Phenom II 705e or 905e.
But how are they getting over the socket problem? Any thoughts?
I'd also love to hear in general from TNN-300 owners who have recently built or upgraded their system with new components.