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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 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, 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'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

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 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

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

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.


A website developed by SPCR forum member Kostik, 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

Zalman's Fanless Case?

Details of a completely new cool & silent case from Zalman have appeared recently on the Japanese site The photos show the model designation TNN500A and the phrase "For Totally No Noise Computer" over a large case that appears to act as as a heatsink for internal components. It looks quite possible that this product is the realization of the 3D computer-generated images shown on this "Future Products" Deltron page. Projected price? A thread at mentions 150,000 yen (~US$1,260) but it is probably a conjecture. No direct word from Zalman as of yet.

Summer 2003 Promotional Giveaway

Silent PC Review, in cooperation with Sponsors Noiseblocker USA, ExoticPC, and Seasonic Electronics USA, is conducting a Summer Promotional Giveaway of fabulous prizes for quiet computing. The total value of prizes exceeds US$1000! Don't miss your chance to win!