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TechTV segment on quiet PCs

From the TechTV show notes for March 27, 2003: "I want to watch movies and listen to music on my computer, but my noisy, overclocked, highly cooled rig drowns out my speakers. There's no reason I can't have a silent PC. Many companies make good, quiet products, from silent CPU coolers to whisper-quiet case fans. On today's show I build a silent computer case with a bunch of these products. " Check out the full article & video.

Verax 300W PSU

Power
Verax, a German company whose main claim to fame is its unique fan, offers the F300PPFC-80KP, yet another modded Fortron PSU in the tradition of Q-Technology, Zalman, PC Power & Cooling and Nexus. Does its special fan make this PSU truly special? Find out in another comprehensive SPCR PSU review -- now with Power Factor measurements.

Quiet CoolerMaster HSF reviews at Dirkvader.de

German silent hardware website dirkvader.de looks at 2 new quiet HSF's from CoolerMaster. What's really interesting is that they take noise measurements and find both comparable in cooling and noise to a Thermalright AX-7.

Reviews:
Cooler Master Aero 7 ASB-V73
Coolermaster Aero Cool Deep Impact DP-101

SPCR has MOVED!

April 4, 2003 - Some 36 hours after the move, DNS name servers seem to have updated and all links on the site appear to be working normally. The problems noted below have been resolved.
A few people have reported issues with the forums, but they have generally been sorted out.

There have been some comments about improvements in access time; it would be useful to hear whether others have noticed any change in responsiveness. Please post your feedback here: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=3914

April 2, 2003 - We moved the site to a new server and web host a few hours ago! A rather arduous and slightly sweat-inducing procedure for many reasons, but things generally appear to work more or less as usual.

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Katana's Mean Machine: Quieter than a Fish Tank

Do-It-Yourself Systems
James, a.k.a. Katana Man, recently assembled a new system with some of the latest and greatest components for silent PC enthusiasts. The foundation was a D8000 mid-tower case from Coolcases, modded even more with E.A.R fan grommets and AcoustiPack panel damping. Other components included a new 120mm fan Fortron PSU, Thermalright SLK-900U, Zalman ZM-MFC1 multi-fan controller and a BIT Micro Solid State Hard Drive. The result is a speedy system whose noise level is so low that his "fish tank and flourecent lights are starting to bug" him.

Review: VIA EPIA M w/ new Nehemiah core

CPUs|Motherboards
SPCR's review of a pre-production 1 GHz VIA EPIA-M10000 Mini-ITX board with the new Nehemiah C3 core. Ten thousand is the next step after M9000, the last released EPIA board reviewed here late last year. It is more than a marginal clock speed upgrade, says VIA. Our sample turns out to run at 933 MHz, so we had a head-to-head between Nehemiah and Ezra-T at the same speed.

Antec SLK3700 mid-tower Case

Cases|Damping
The photos of Ralf Hutter's PIII-S file server drew a great deal of attention when linked in the gallery section of the SPCR Forums, due to the unique folding technique Ralf employed to tidy the interior and maximize airflow. Here is Ralf's review of his favorite case, used for his server, the Antec Solution Series SLK3700.

Come join SilentPCReview's Stanford Folding@Home Effort

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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.