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SPCR Jan/03 Promo Giveaway Update

Our Jan 2003 Promotional Giveaway gets bigger: Almost 40 prizes for quiet computing now, including top low-noise PSUs, cases & HS. Considering that less than half of our ~600 members currently qualify for the draw, your chances of winning are really good! (Hint: Doublecheck the rules & your member profile to make sure you qualify!) Check the prizes and rules under Announcements in SPCR's Forums.

Power supply water cooling

A step-by-step article showing you how to water-cool a nice little QTec 550W PSU from scratch at Digital-Explosion. Basically, it involves replacing the fans / heatsinks with plates of copper. Each plate has a copper pipe soldered to it which is where the water runs to remove the heat.

Swiftech GPU Peltier reviewed by 3dXtreme

3dXtreme has a review of the Swiftech MCW50-T 80 Watt Thermoelectric GPU Peltier. "This is the Swiftech MCW50-T, the first fully assembled thermoelectric graphics card cooling unit in the world..." With GPUs rivalling CPUs for heat, water cooling and peltiers may become inevitable for anyone who wants a chance at a quiet top end computer.

Review: Zalman ZM-80 VGA Heatpipe Cooler

Cooling
Our first review of 2003 is the Zalman ZM80 VGA Heatpipe Cooler, the subject of much recent discussion in our Forums. It's also our first article by new contributor Brett Wasserman, a PC engineer with over 20 years experience in the industry.

New Year Promo Giveaway!

We're kicking off the New Year with a bang: A Promotional Giveaway in Jan 2003 with lots of fabulous prizes for quiet computing. Our goal is simple: to increase SPCR traffic and to promote makers & sellers of quiet PC products. Check under Announcments in SPCR's Forums.

Review: SilentTEK - AOpen's mobo-embedded fan controller

Fans|Controls
A review to slip in under the wire in 2002. This is quite the quiet feature, everyone: a dual-fan controller with more features than even YOU've dreamed about. It makes quiet fan control a cinch even for neophytes. For now AOpen may be THE mobo for silent PCers! Check out the AOpen SilentBios/Tek - AX4GE Max motherboard review.

OCIA Review of the Swiftech H20-8500 WaterCooling Kit

OverClock Intelligence Agency has posted their review of the SwiftTech H20-8500 Series Liquid Cooling Kit. Requiring only an 80mm case exhaust fan and an empty 5 1/4"e; drive bay, the SwiftTech seems ideal for those with smaller cases. Overall, the OCIA review is positive. The SwiftTech H20-8500 looks like a promising solution for those who are seeking high performance combined with low noise.

Boxing & Watercooling to Silence

Do-It-Yourself Systems
Michael Greene first boxed and watercooled his 1.4G Athlon system, then upgraded to a XP2000+ with three 5-gallon pails of water, ran into mold, and finally found the perfect solution in an all-copper Chrysler radiator for $5 on eBay. Michael's PC watercooling and quieting story.

Antec Sonata Case & PSU

Cases|Damping
Antec, the biggest case & PSU brand in the US, moves towards quiet computing with the new Sonata case and True 380S power supply. Piano black finish, noise-reduced PSU, 120mm case fan, unique case flow, grommets for HDD mounting -- how do they all add up? A 2-for-1 review: Antec Sonata Case / PSU and Antec True 380S PSU

Antec True380S (Sonata) PSU

Power
Antec, the biggest case & PSU brand in the US, moves towards quiet computing with the new Sonata case and True 380S power supply. Piano black finish, noise-reduced PSU, 120mm case fan, unique case flow, grommets for HDD mounting -- how do they all add up? A 2-for-1 review: Antec Sonata Case / PSU and Antec True 380S PSU ...

Review: HighPower HPC-300-102 PSU

Power
This non-descript PSU from High Power (Sirtec) was apparently ranked #2 for low noise in a roundup of 18 competitors by CT Magazine in Germany earlier this year. How does the HPC-300-102 fare on the SPCR test bench?

Antec TrueControl 550 PSU

Power
The as-yet unreleased Antec TrueControl 550 is a perfect PSU for overclockers obsessed with control and a need for very high power. It has every control tool you can think of and the ability to deliver huge amounts of tightly voltage-regulated power. Is it a good choice for the quiet computing enthusiast? Read our comprehensive review.

Review: Heavyweight P4 Heatsink Roundup

Cooling
The Zalman 6500Cu and 6500AlCu, the Thermalright AX478 and the stock Intel P4 HSF are reviewed with a quiet, low airflow Panaflo, using our "compare-heatsinks-not-fans" approach. Again, reduced airflow testing of heatsinks provides some surprises. Our first P4 HS roundup review.

Plasmic COCOON Noise-reduction PC cabinet

Attractive (but big) tower PC cabinets by new startup Plasmic described as "revolutionary PC furniture, designed to bring unmatched noise reduction, physical protection of the PC, and unique aesthetics to the modern office environment." A new stylish and secure variation on the old box-it-to-shut-it-up idea. Shipping weight could be a cost issue, especially from Denmark to anywhere outside of Europe.

ViaArena reviews the EPIA-M

"So far I have been unable to enjoy these audio and video files in the comfort of the living room... I don't want a big noisy PC whirring away in the living room." So Fiona built a complete, compact media PC with EPIA M, G-Alantic case, and ATI Remote Wonder.