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Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2003-12-07 12:36.
The just-released Antec P160 "Performance One Super mid-tower" aluminum case
is anticipated with a great deal of excitment over its bold appearance and Antec's promotion, which promises "mind-numbing performance
We got the jump on even the overclocking and gaming web sites on this one: Our review of an early production sample of Antec's new case, with detailed noise analysis as usual in our reviews, appears to be the first posted anywhere on the web. Here is our comprehensive Antec P160 case review
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2003-11-16 09:52.
It's raining case reviews at SPCR! Russ tackles a new mid-tower case from Fong Kai called the FK-330. Weighing in at 32 lbs, it qualifies as a heavyweight, being some 50% bigger than similar size offerings from Antec, Chenbro and Evercase. The Fong Kai FK-330 is a modern case that -- as you'll see in Russ's thorough review -- takes a big shot at the title of the most open airflow mid-tower case available.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2003-11-11 19:55.
Mikhail examines a LCD monitor from Solarism said to have a 16ms response rate (compared to 25ms of most) and marketed to gamers. "After months of prolonged use," he says, "I can't see myself going back to CRT, not even my 21" Trinitron." Thems fightn' words for some folks!
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2003-11-11 12:59.
EPIACENTER.com has just posted an interesting news item on a new hard disk by Toshiba. It's a 1.8" sized one which has a total storage capacity of 40GB and only uses 1.4 watts (!!!). That means that you could have 120GB of data with an overall power consumption of less than 5 watts, doesn't that sound great?!?! Check out the complete news item for more information and a picture...
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2003-11-08 20:29.
It was not long ago that we reviewed a Swifty, yet here's another one, a new gen with a twist -- no, a bend! -- this time for the P4: The Swiftech MCX478-V
. Ralf runs a gamut of tests with a variety of fans on the new heatsink, then tosses it in the ring with some recent heavyweight contenders for a thorough comparative roundup.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2003-11-08 20:29.
It was not long ago that we reviewed a Swifty, yet here\'s another one, a new gen with a twist -- no, a bend! -- this time for the P4: The Swiftech MCX478-V
. Ralf runs a gamut of tests with a variety of fans on the new heatsink, then tosses it in the ring with some recent heavyweight contenders for a thorough comparative roundup....
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2003-11-08 00:01.
Helping to achieve slimmer, fanless designs, the VIA EPIA TC mainboard features a built-in 12V DC-DC power converter, eliminating the need for bulky power supplies that need a noisy cooling fan, and providing 60W of power on the 17cm x 17cm board. A horizontal SODIMM slot on the underside of the mainboard and the optional CardBus (PCMCIA) and CompactFlash slots help to achieve the VIA EPIA TC's unique low profile design by providing expandability without using the vertical PCI slot.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2003-11-06 12:37.
Some of you may have been waiting for... Silent PC Review's Fall 2003 Promotional Giveaway!
We have two generous sponsors who have put up two attractive quiet case + PSU packages for this event, which begins today and ends Dec 3.
Check out the prizes and see how to qualify!
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2003-11-06 06:50.
Hush Technologies' sleek and stylish Hush Mini-ITX PC
finally gets reviewed at SPCR. It looks for all the world like a cross between a high end stereo amplifier and a high end CD player. It could easily become a fetish if you're so inclined. Our complete review, complete with sound power testing results.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2003-11-03 11:20.
Two weeks ago, I jumped the gun to post a preview
of the Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer
because I did not have access to an ATI 9500-9800 or nVidia GF3 card, for which the product is designed.
happens to have a Sapphire-ATI 9500
VGA card, now nearly 2 years old, but still a good performer, and more importantly, one that the Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer
would work with. I arranged to have a sample sent to Russ, and now, a scant week later, we've worked together to turn this once-preview into a full review.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2003-10-28 13:24.
Reference|Recommended | The Silent Front
A primer on noise and sound was one of the many items on my list for core articles when SPCR was first launched. There is so much misinformation about sound that I felt it mandatory to provide some kind of baseline, an introduction to this complex subject. It is, in fact, a subject that seems simple only if you never scratch below the surface. Hopefully, this article serves well enough for its purpose: To provide guidelines by which you can interpret noise specifications, commentary by others, and what your own ears tell you.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2003-10-27 00:14.
Just one look and you know it's a Swiftech
. A Swiftech MCX462+, to be precise. Russ tackles a review of this massive cooler from the
original heavyweight CPU heatsink maker.
A little late, as the replacement MCX462-V has already arrived... but that's not Russ's fault, and he's already looking at the new beast. Meanwhile, enjoy his MCX462+ review
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2003-10-27 00:00.
Growing increasingly disenchanted with the noise of the Dell PCs that ended up in his office, Jonathan Horner did a google search
that led him to SPCR, and "a new and exciting arena to explore.
" His newbie success story is likely to strike familiar chords with many readers. A Seasonic Super
PSU and the recently reviewed fanless Heatlane Zen
cooler are used in Mr. Horner's Dell silencing project
, which also features the second OptiPlex GX-240
to appear in SPCR.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2003-10-22 20:53.
AMD's Athlon 64 3200+ appears to be exactly the kind of smart CPU that power users who also want silence have been wishing for. X-bit Labs' recent article about this new 64-bit processor from AMD reveals a great deal of intelligent thinking to maximize computing power and energy efficiency. AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet Technology has several components:
- Lower max heat dissipation than comparable Intel processor
- Switches to the Halt/Stop Grant mode when the HALT command is performed. As a result, the processor temperature gets dramatically lower if it is not loaded 100%.
- Reduces working frequency and Vcore when the processor is not under heavy load in order to lower the heat dissipation even more.
The last feature has never appeared in desktop CPUs before, though it has been used in mobiles for a while -- under the name "PowerNow!
" for AMD and "SpeedStep
" for Intel. X-bit Labs found a huge range of speeds and power dissipation for their sample Athlon 64 3200+ system, from 2GHz and 89W down to 800MHz and 35W. (See table on p.4 of the article for full details.) The X-bit Labs article
is well worth a careful read.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2003-10-19 22:48.
The Heatlane Zen NCU-1000 CPU Cooler
is another unusual CPU cooler from Scythe
. It is massive, looking for all the world like a skyscraper on the motherboard, it uses a heatpipe to spread the heat evenly throughout its substantial expanse, and it is designed to cool P4 processors while running completely fanless
. SPCR takes them at face value and tests the Zen without a fan on a P4-2.53 system.