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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

AcoustiPack Noise Damping Kit

Cases|Damping
The review compares the noise from a AcoustiPack-treated Antec Sonata case versus a "bare" Sonata. Goes on and on... but lots of interesting things in there -- other damping materials, what the stuff should do, and high quality MP3s for comparisons. A bonus for the uninitiated: One is of the Panaflo 80L at 12V at 1 ft.

PC World features SPCR... & MikeC

Silent PC Review keeps on truckin': A page in the feature article "20 Things You Didn't Know Your PC Could Do" in PC World Magazine, March 2003. PCW claims to be "the world's largest computer magazine, with a readership of 6.7 million."

Promo Giveaway Winners Selected!

SPCR's January 2003 Promo Giveaway is over. Our goals of increasing traffic to Silent PC Review and promoting the makers & sellers of good quiet PC products have been nicely met. Thank you everyone for making the forums so much livelier in recent weeks! The prize winners came from around the globe -- US & Canada, UK, all over Europe, and Australia. Winners will be contacted in the next 24-48 hours.

Kanie Hedgehog + EPIA M9000 Mod

Bo hacked a massive Kanie Hedgehog copper HS for P3 and mounted it on a VIA EPIA M9000 (933 MHz) but found he still could not run it without a fan. At least not in a low fan speed modded-PSU Chyang Fun E-Note case. His DIY piece at mini-itx is definitely worth a read.

Intel's Quiet PC Tips

The Silent Front
Late but still interesting follow-up on Intel's Quiet PC R&D, covering thermal control issues in new SFF PCs as well as controlling and reducing computer noise. Includes a look at ther new fan design, which may already be in production in their latest high-end P4 heasinks.

Intel's Chips are Down

"PC game wiz Johnathan Wendel knows what's wrong with Intel. It needs to shift focus away from chip performance and set its sights on lower costs." -- This is a very appropos, insightful, big picture analysis of where the PC industry is headed and why: An editorial in the (Canadian) National Post by Wynn Quon, CTO at Legado Assoc. Well worth a read! These trends will affect you and me.

Undervoltable Motherboards

CPUs|Motherboards
A new page called Undervoltable Motherboards has been added to the Recommended Section. The reason is simple: this info is hard to come by, and undervolting is very useful in reducing CPU heat, which can lower cooling requirements. This means lower fan speeds -- and less noise. Check your motherboard; if it is undervoltable, please add it to the list!

The State of Computer Noise: January 2003

The Silent Front
It's amazing to look back and see that it's been three quarters of a year since the launch of Silent PC Review. Time flies when you're having fun - and busy beyond belief! As it is the beginning of a new year, it seems appropriate to review the State of Computing Noise in Jan 2003: An overview, a challenge and a promise.