Silent PC Review is passionate about ergonomic spaces for people and finding creative, practical solutions to silencing all kinds of IT machines. We provide detailed reviews and ground-breaking knowhow about the acoustics of computers and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.

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

How SPCR Stays Alive

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...and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, Stayin' Alive.*

Intel's ATX12V 1.3 PSU noise spec!

In June, when news about the ATX12V 1.3 Power Supply Design Guide was posted in SPCR's Recommended PSUs, I failed to notice a most important change in section 5 of the Guide on environmental factors: Section 5.7 on page 54 covers Acoustics!

The guideline calls for a maximum sound power level no greater than 4 Bels at 50% load under well defined conditions. This is "for power supplies designed for low noise". Four bels is not exactly whisper quiet, but it is a good starting point, and Intel's inclusion of this definition is very good news for silent PC enthusiasts. The full text of section 5.7 is now available in the Recommended PSUs page.