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New Quiet Cases from Antec

Antec, who bring us the Sonata and the SLK3700, among the most popular cases for SPCR readers, have announced two new quiet-oriented cases. One is the SLK3700BQE ("Basic Quiet"... Edition?), which integrates the side-mounting hard drive rack from the Sonata into a black finish version of the original SLK3700 case. But not, it appears, the open grill exhaust design of the Sonata.

Antec Overture caseThe second is the Overture, described as a Piano Black Quiet Media Case. This looks like a horizontal ATX desktop case with a full complement of normal height PCI slots, outfitted with the same single-fan 380W version of the TruePower PSU used in the Sonata.

Aphonos' Dual HDD Bungee-cord Suspension

Storage
Aphonos' long post about an alternative HDD suspension is now an article in the SPCR Storage section. Using his ingenious technique, you can bring the noise reduction benefits of HDD decoupling to almost any PC case.

Seasonic Super Tornado 300 ATX12V v1.3 PSU

Power
The Seasonic Super Tornado 300 is the subject of a SPCR review. The Tornado is one of the new Super family of high efficiency power supplies by Seasonic to which the previously reviewed Super Silencer 400 also belongs. How does the Tornado fare? Well, we have a new fan-cooled quiet PSU king. Here also is Mikhailtech's review on the SS Tornado 300. He likes it a lot too: "The Super Tornado is one of the best power supplies I have had the pleasure of testing... recommend it without reservations."

Bluefront's Lanboy, Part 3: Acoustically Muffled Case Fan Box

Do-It-Yourself Systems
The Seasonic Super Tornado 300 is the subject of a SPCR review. The Tornado is one of the new Super family of high efficiency power supplies by Seasonic to which the previously reviewed Super Silencer 400 also belongs. How does the Tornado fare? Well, we have a new fan-cooled quiet PSU king. Here also is Mikhailtech\'s review on the SS Tornado 300. He likes it a lot too: "The Super Tornado is one of the best power supplies I have had the pleasure of testing... recommend it without reservations."...

Intelforum's Arctic Silver Ceramique Review

Intelforums has a review and comparison of Artic Silver's Ceramique thermal grease:

"We were very impressed with Arctic Silver's Ceramique overall. It is defiantly an improvement over previous Artic Silver offerings in that it offers slightly improved thermal conduction, and is non-conductive, meaning a lessened risk of shorting your processor (esp. an Athlon processor). As with previous Arctic Silver TIM offerings, it is heads and shoulders over the competition, once again showing us that they are the market leader in this field."

SSI Intel spec PSUs become increasingly expensive

The Inquirer has an article on how choosing power supply is no longer as easy as it once was, specially when you're building a high-end Pentium 4 system. It's a useful, practical and informative article, particularly for those who are upgrading systems and wondering about the suitability of older power supplies for the latest CPUs and motherboards. One thing it does not tackle are video card requirements, which can also be heftly these days.

Quiet PC Primer at Overclockers.com

Overclockers.com has posted an article called "Step-by-Step: Building a Quiet PC From The Ground Up" by Chris McQuistion. It's his second article in a series of 3 on building quiet systems. The first was about an AMD dualie, this one is about a single CPU system. This installment and the original are both good, though much of it has already been covered extensively here at SPCR. What is significant that the article is in Overclockers.com, which has traditionally valued computing speed & power (at min cost) over all other issues. Expanding the audience for quiet computing will help the cause.

A few quibbles:
- Reliance on storagereview.com's HDD's noise data due to their questionable "nearfield" approach
- Quiet PSU choice limited to a single recommendation
- No clear acknowledgement of SilentPCReview as an info reference source.

Fortron FSP350-60PN "Aurora" 120mm fan PSU

Power
The Fortron-Source Aurora 350W ATX12V FSP350-60PN / LED Fan / non-PFC is the first 120mm fan power supply to be reviewed by SPCR. With its cool blue LED fan and nickel-plated exterior, it's one that's meant to be seen but not heard -- well not heard much, anyway.

Bluefront's Lanboy, Part 2: Ducting an Alpha for 90% Passive Cooling

Do-It-Yourself Systems
The second of a 3-part article on "Bluefront's Lanboy" describes the very heart of the computer, a solid aluminum duct made out of a Smart Choice Dryer 90 Degree Close Elbow that allows passive cooling of the CPU about 90% of the time. The first part covered the intake muffler and filter.

Intelforums Kingston HyperX 4000 DDR Review

Intelforums.net has just compiled a thorough review of the Kingston KHX4000K2/1G kit (HyperX 4000): "For those users looking for a very overclockable memory solution, and aren't afraid to do a little tweaking, Kingston's HyperX 4000 memory is a good choice, with our HyperX 4000 reaching 260MHz stable 1:1. For those users unable or unwilling to make the aforementioned adjustments, there may be better memory solutions available. " -- Peter Giencke

D.Vine 5 HTPC Case by Ahanix

Cases|Damping
The D.Vine5 Home Theater PC case reviewed here has been sponsored by ExoticPC as their prize for Silent PC Review's Summer 2003 Promotional Giveaway. It's more than just a pretty face; it really can work as part of a high end audio / video system. The case is supplied with two additional extremely quiet Ahanix-SilenX brand 60mm fans (retail value of US$20 for the pair).

Bluefront's Lanboy: Muffled, Filtered & Ducted.

Do-It-Yourself Systems
Part one of a 3-part article about the theory, construction, and misc. aspects of an Antec Lanboy, complete with an intake muffler/filter, an exhaust muffler box, an aluminum duct to the Alpha heatsink on a P4-2.66. Carl Bohne takes his clean air very seriously; SPCR readers will be interested in the details of the air filtration system devised for this Lanboy.

Undervolting T'Bred-B CPUs with José Ángel

CPUs|Motherboards
This article by José Ángel details just how wonderfully "underclockable" certain AMD Athlon Thoroughbred XP cores are, and what that means for cooling and noise. Combined with the unlocked state of all the Thoroughbred cores we're aware of, these inexpensive CPUs make for an excellent basis for very quiet computers.

Announcing www.pcsilencieux.com

A website developed by SPCR forum member Kostik http://www.pcsilencieux.com, is now open to the public. It features a "Guide to silent computing", where one can learn about silencing PSUs, CPU HSFs, etc, and a few hardware reviews. It has a forum, weblinks, download section... the kind of stuff you find in a Postnuke site.

Kostik, who developed the software utlity http://www.silentpcreview.com