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Zalman CNPS9900DF Dual Fan Flower Heatsink

Cooling
The latest update to the iconic Zalman CNPS9900 series adds more girth and a second fan... in an ultimately futile attempt to get back to the top ranks of CPU coolers.

Prolimatech MK-26 Multi-VGA Cooler

Cooling
The Prolimatech MK-26 is a sprawling nickel-plated GPU heatsink with six heatpipes and enough surface area for two standard 140 mm case fans. It offers excellent performance and cross-compatibility for a premium price.

Recommended Fans

Fans|Controls | Reference|Recommended
The Recommended Fans article is finally updated. It is a concise practical summary about the technologies, techniques and art of using quiet fans in computers, along with a list of the best candidates.

Intel 520 Series 120GB SandForce SSD

Storage
The 520 Series 120GB takes the ubiquitous LSI SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller and pairs it with Intel's vast manufacturing and engineering resources. It's backed by a lengthy 5-year warranty and Intel's reputation for reliability.

Enermax Platimax 600W

Power
A Platinum-efficiency (92%) power supply from Enermax, one of the oldest names in the computer power sector, promises superb performance and ultra low noise, like its earlier brethren, Modu/Pro 87+... at a price.

SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler

Cooling
The SilverStone Heligon HE02 has all the design elements of a superb fanless CPU cooler. It's huge, has wide fin spacing, and its odd asymmetrical design takes advantage of all the space around a typical CPU socket.

Seasonic G360 PSU: High efficiency & performance, low price

Power
The 360W power rating and the modest price tag make it seem like a throwback to Pentium 3 days but the G360 is a modern PSU in every other way, with a direct lineage to Seasonic's vaunted X-series. FLASH: Seasonic USA is giving away G360s to two lucky SPCR forum members!

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 ZONE Edition Fanless GPU

Graphics Cards
Budget graphics cards aren't as exciting as the top tier models but their lower power requirements are perfect for quiet or even silent cooling. ZOTAC has taken advantage of the GeForce GT 640's modest 65W TDP, equipping it with a completely fanless cooling solution.

Crucial M4 64GB: Solid-State on a Budget

Storage
Through a quirk of SSD technology, the Crucial M4 64GB has limited write speeds compared to the larger M4 models. The question is whether it's still a worthwhile upgrade for users with limited storage needs and/or budget restrictions.

Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Panther is one of Prolimatech's "low-end" CPU heatsinks, a US$50 tower cooler with premium build quality, four heatpipes, and a 120 mm red LED fan.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE bears a suspicious resemblance to the renowned Noctua NH-D14, with a similar construction, shape, and even mounting style. If immitation is the greatest form of flattery, Phanteks is head over heels in love.

Anandtech on SPCR Certified AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC

Silent Mike's Blog

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.

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB vs. Samsung 830 Series 128GB

Storage
In a contest of high-end consumer SSDs, the SandForce-based Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB takes on Samsung 830 Series 128GB which uses Samsung's own MCX controller and Toggle NAND chips.

GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers

Cooling
The GX-7 and Tranquillo Rev.2 are GELID's high-end and mid-range CPU coolers, respectively. The Tranquillo has a modest design and fan while the GX-7 is packed with heatpipes and sports a fancy high speed blue LED model.

ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC

Graphics Cards
The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC graphics card has it all: big performance, low power consumption, a very efficient and quieter cooler, and a extravagant price.