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Hush Technologies Silent Mini-ITX PC: WOW!

Hush Technologies' new Silent Mini-ITX PC will be launched in Hanover, Germany at CeBIT 2003 on Wednesday. It looks for all the world like a miniature high end stereo amplifier, or a smaller sleeker version of the Signum Data Future Client.

The first of a family of products designed to solve the issue of noise, the Hush Mini-ITX PC sports a custom built CPU & Northbridge heat-sink linked directly to the side of the finned chassis, bringing passive (totally silent) cooling to any EPIA motherboards. It looks like heat pipes may be used for heat transfer.

Hush PC Systems will be fully configurable with a choice of case colour, motherboard, memory, hard drive and several CD/DVD drive options. OEM customers will be able to further tailor their systems with custom chassis colours and front and rear panel designs. Mini-ITX is the exclusive UK dealer.

New steel offers better soundproofing

Silent PC DIY'ers do this by lining the inside of our cases with acoustic dampening material, but now MSC Laminates has developed a steel that has the dampening built-in. Not likely any retail availability, but it's worth making it a feature request for future cases and hard drives, isn't it?

Review: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 HDD by Dru

Storage
Latest SPCR author Dru reviews the new Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 drive by comparing it against a well known silent drive, namely the Seagate Barracuda IV, now some 18 months "old": A noise and performance contest between generations. Does one sweep both categories?

Zalman's new ZM-MFC1 multi-fan controller

We at SPCR just knew it was coming! Zalman's ZM-MFC1 multi-fan controller muscles into the fray. Six independent fan voltage control channels, 4 with rotary knobs and 2 with simple 12/5V switches. The minimum voltage for the 4 rotary control channels appears to be below 3.5V - perhaps a bit too low for nephytes but probably welcomed by diehard silencers (like... Gxcad).

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Reviewed at StorageReview

SR reviews the 60GB, 68GB and 80GB/platter versions of the Maxtor DM+9. According to their review, they all offer competitive performance. But what's this about their different noise levels? 3.5dB and a low-pitched hum separate the loudest from the quietest.

Sonata in 8-case shootout

A review of cases on Extreme Tech, includes the Antec Sonata. They like it. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,904339,00.asp"

Speech Recognition Demands Quiet Computers

The Silent Front
It's an application that I've never considered before, but it is a natural for quiet computing. Speech recognition veteran Mark Pearson shares some insights about quiet computing and speech recognition that he has gleaned over the years. He gives us a few more good reasons to keep pursuing the silent grail.

Review: Thermalright SLK-900U Heatsink

Cooling
Thermalright's new SLK-900U cooler works with both P4-478 and Socket-A motherboards. We eschew the monster 92x38mm 110 CFM Delta fan they offer with the new flagship heatsink and see how it does with our quiet reference fan at 12, 7 and 5V. Does the SLK-900U change our rankings? In a word, yes!

Quiet Case Review at Modlabs.net


GMCorporation, makers of the popular Noblesse case have their two new cases -- the NeoClassic and the T50 -- reviewed by Modlabs.net. What's really interesting is that the NeoClassic features 1) 1600 rpm Adda fans, 2) acoustic deadening material inside, 3) silicon vibration dampeners and 4) and a front panel ATA connector. This case should be of interest to silent pc seekers. Let's hope for wide availability!Click for review at Modlabs.net
Thanks to Modthebox.com for the link.

Small & Stylish new ASUS Pundit

The stylish ASUS Pundit looks like the perfect mini-PC , for both desktop and home theater applications. It also looks like a perfect clone of some Intel SFF prototypes shown at the Fall 2002 IDF (see the "fire & ice" PDF on the linked page) and a competitor to Dell's 10" tall Optiplex SX260 announced late last year.

T-bred/Barton unlocking for easier under/overclocking

Lost Circuits has an article on an easy way to unlock the multipliers of a AMD Athlon Thoroughbred or Barton. While multiplier unlocking is a common trick to overclock a CPU, it can be equally applied to underclocking for lower temperatures and easier silencing.

Click for unlocking article at Lost Circuits
Click for SPCR's Primer on underclocking and undervolting

High Performance Heatsink Reviews

New flagship heatsinks Thermalright SLK-900-U and Zalman CNPS-7000, already hot topics in the the SPCR forums, are beginning to get review coverage. Can they allow even slower, quieter fans than silent pc'ers are currently using?

Thermalright SLK-900-U reviewed at Overclockers.com, Systemcooling.com, hartware.net (german), and Nexushardware.net
Zalman CNPS-7000 reviewed at Casejunkies.com

Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA cooler review at Tweaktown

Tweaktown gives the Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA cooler a good review. They tested it with a similar video card as was tested in SPCR's own ZM80A-HP review.
Click for full review

SilentDrive reviewed at bit-tech

The SilentDrive, a hard drive silencing product known to overheat 7200 rpm drives, is reviewed by the folks at bit-tech. They give the SilentDrive a good review, but MikeC's first-hand experience (see SPCR's Recommended Hard Drives section) shows that this product is surpassed by others. Click this link for the bit-tech SilentDrive review