Silent PC Review is passionate about ergonomic spaces for people and finding creative, practical solutions to silencing all kinds of IT machines. We provide detailed reviews and ground-breaking knowhow about the acoustics of computers and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.

Nexus NX-4000 PSU

The follow-up to its successful NX-3000 power supply is a higher power 400W model called... the NX-4000! We put the Nexus NX-4000 PSU through the grinder in SPCR's torture chamber and find out if it stays mum (quiet) and strong (stable).

Deltatronic Manufacturing Fanless P43Ghz

Deltatronic Inc. has been offering a totally fanless modified chieftec case that can house the latest p4 processors and radeon gfx cards. Cooling is done via fanless PSU w. external heatsink, heat spreaders on CPU and GPU carrying heat to the case exterior (a modded chieftec with cooling fins on side). Looks very serious!

Zalman ZM-MFC1 Multi Fan Controller

Our second multiple fan controller review is on the Zalman ZM-MFC1, a fairly sophisticated, capable device. How does it compare to the buget-priced Sunbeam Rheobus?

Reykjavík DIY Quiet PC

Do-It-Yourself Systems
Our second multiple fan controller review is on the Zalman ZM-MFC1, a fairly sophisticated, capable device. How does it compare to the buget-priced Sunbeam Rheobus?...

Quiet Computing from VIA

VIA Technologies has just created an entire new section on their website dedicated specifically to "Quiet Computing from VIA." Sub-pages and PDF downloadables on relevant topics make it one of the most comprehensive noise/silence related web resources by any PC company:

  • Why is Noise a Problem?
  • How PC Noise Affects You
  • Noise Matters
  • Noise, Computing and VIA (white paper)
  • An Introduction to Measuring PC Noise
  • SPCR had a hand in this: The last two downloadable PDF articles are by yours sincerely.

    VIA Arena, which is VIA's tech support portal, also has a new article about PC noise related stress. Altogether, these new pages represent a major positioning statement and a deeper commitment to the Quiet PC for VIA, one that may augur increased development on the quiet front, not only from VIA but also from their partners, and from competitors who don't want to miss out on new markets.

    Review: Simple Fan Controllers by Zalman

    Simple fan speed controllers are basic building blocks for PC silencers. Zalman has been the greatest innovator in this unglamorous product category. An examination of three simple, inexpensive and very useful fan controllers from Zalman.

    Review: Sunbeam Rheobus Fan Controller

    Part one of a roundup of multiple fan controllers is on the Sunbeam Rheobus, a very inexpensive yet capable device. Look for part 2 on the Zalman multi-fan controller in the next few days.

    The Silent PC has a new address

    Tomas Risberg wrote to say that his landmark site, The Silent PC, has been moved to a new domain: All silent PC enthusiasts should update their bookmarks. SPCR's has already been updated (in

    Melamine Foam: cheap & effective silencing

    FrostyTech reviews 1/2" melamine foam and gives it a thumbs-up for low cost and good silencing. It doesn't seem nearly as good as AcousticPack, but hey, you'd still have a ton of $$ left over for all your other silencing upgrades.

    Thanks to PaqMaster for the heads-up in the forums.

    Matrox announces new series of graphics cards

    Matrox, makers of the well-known G-series video cards, has finally introduced new additions to its line up -- the Millenium P650 and P750. Of these new Parhelia LX-based cards, the most interesting one for silent PC enthusiasts will be the fanless P650. Will its 3D performance be a match for the Radeons and GeForces? And will it maintain Matrox's reputation for top-notch 2D quality? We'll find out in late-May when it starts shipping.

    Click here for Matrox news release.