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AOpen XC Cube EZ65: A Quiet, Powerful SFF

Complete|Mobile Systems
A second quiet SFF barebones review in a week, this time from AOpen: The XC Cube EZ65 delivers low noise performance in a spiffy body that contains an Intel 865-based engine with both AGP and PCI ports. It is not just a quiet pretty face, it's a serious performer. Read our review to consider why we think AOpen has succeeded in creating a PC for Everyman with the XC Cube EX65.

Pentium-M to the Desktop!

The Inquirer reports that

"Intel will this week announce details about a new wave in desktop computing using the Centrino bundle... Pentium M, a successor to the Pentium III-M, is a cool operator, and can do most of what a Pentium 4 can, whether it be labelled a Prescott or not. The INQ understands that the Pentium M is such a successful chip that in 2005 Intel may integrate the low wattage CPU cores into one four way die."

One assumes this means a desktop chip package and some reference boards, perhaps announced at the Intel Developers Forum in SF this week. It is exciting news for low noise computing enthusiasts, who have experimented with expensive P-M versions of Mini-ITX boards. We anticipate a huge migration to the Pentium-M, limited only by quantities of what Intel can deliver.

Shuttle Zen XPC ST62K: Finally, a Quiet SFF PC!

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Zen XPC ST62K is not only Shuttle's smallest SFF barebones PC, it is also their quietest. They moved the PSU out of the box and replaced it with a fanless brick; they also elminated the AGP port and rely exclusively on the integrated video in the ATI 9100 IGP chipset. Is it really quiet? Yes! Is it powerful enough? Yes. We hope it signals a new era of competition among PC component and system makers for the prize of the quietest. Our comprehensive review covers all the details.

X-Bit Labs' roundup of current AMD & Intel processors

An excellent examination of 14 processors, with a succinct summary. Probably a must read for anyone interested in keeping up to date with developments in CPUs. No surprise that the new Intel Prescott is deemed a loser. They like the Athlon 64 - despite its short anticipated socket life. The X-bit Labs Performance Tests of 14 Processors article.

ARM Systems offers "barebones" StealthPC Kits

A press release from ARM Systems this morning announced the immediate availability of "Do-It-Yourself" StealthPC "foundation" kits, based on its successful line of prebuilt Stealth PC systems. Basic DIY StealthPC Kits will consist of core ARM Systems noise-optimized components: AcoustiPack™ treated case, Panaflo fan high efficiency power supply, HDD soft mounting grommets and screws, and/or quiet case fans. Motherboards, CPUs and quiet CPU cooling options may also be offered.

Review: Thermalright ALX-800 AlCu hybrid cooler

The Thermalright ALX-800 is their first aluminum/copper hybird CPU cooler since their highly popular now discontinuedAX-7. It seems to be modeled on their successful SLK-800 copper cooler. Does the ALX-800 meet the high standard Thermalright have set for themselves?

AcoustiPack Precut Case Damping Kit

Acousti Products is now offering precut damping panel kits for specific PC cases. We take another look at an AcoustiPack PC noise damping kit - custom fitted for the AMD3700/Compucase 6A19.

Review: Intel's "High-End" P4 Cooler

How does the copper-based heatsink/fan supplied with Intel's higher speed P4s compare against the aftermarket leaders like Thermalright, Swiftech and Zalman? Find out in our noise / cooling performance review of Intel's "high end" P4 cooler.

ARM Systems StealthPC P4-3.2 Powerhouse

Complete|Mobile Systems
ARM Systems provides us with a powerhouse "StealthPC" review sample loaded to the gills: A P4-3.2 HT CPU, high bandwidth dual-channel memory sticks, SATA RAID-0, a heatpipe-cooled ATI-9800XT VGA card, the top SB Audigy 2ZS sound card, a sleeper mid-tower case with thermally controlled dual 120mm fans and much more. Is it quiet? Our latest prebuilt system review tells all.

News from TranquilPC in the UK

David from TranquilPC sent over an email of news about their company and their continuing development of fanless PCs. It will be of interest to most SPCR readers. Some interesting projects should be coming from TranquilPC this year.

Antec Super Lanboy

Antec's Super Lanboy aluminum case picks up where their Lanboy left off and adds bling in the forrm of a blue LED front 120mm fan and other goodies -- on top of real improvements that qualify it for inclusion in their "Quiet Computing" lineup. Another thorough SPCR review by Ralf, who shows LAN gamers how to wow the gang with a truly well-presented interior.

Review: Generic 3-ch Fan Controller

Every once in a while, you come across a gadget that serves a useful function, is not unattractive, and is priced low enough that you feel it justifies perfectly all the excesses of modern mass consumer society. Well, perhaps that's going a bit too far: This is a simple functional 3-channel fan controller with two USB 2.0 ports at a very nice price.

Review: Thermalright SP94, SP97 & other heavyweights

It began as a Thermalright SP94 review but soon took on a life of its own and spiralled out of control into this sprawling heatsink roundup involving the SP97, SLK900, and Zalman 7000A (both cu and alcu versions) on Intel P4 as well as AMD Socket-A platforms. Who's the coolest of them all? Both P4 and socket-A test platforms get updates, as well.

Nexus NX3500 120mm PSU

Nexus has had some big PSU successes with quiet PC seekers. They have a new 120mm fan 350W model. What have Nexus done this time? Our sponsor EndPCNoise sent us a sample of the Nexus NX3500 "Real Silent PSU" 350W Special Edition so we could find out in a comprehensive review.

Press Release: XICE - Watercooling for everyone

According to the manufacturer, the Xice Watercooling System combines easy installation without any modifications of the case, ultra-quiet PC operation and stylish design. Compared to other solutions which consist of several separate parts, the Xice solution uses one external cooling device. The 'ExternalCool' combines heat exchanger, pump and fluid reservoir in a designer-chassis. The pump gets its power directly from the power-supply of the PC. This ensures that the pump is always working when the PC is turned on. The set is available at for 349 Euros.