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.

SilenX 14 dBA 400W PSU

Power
With a name like SilenX you'd figure has to be quiet, right? Quiet as in like a tomb? How about like the quietest 80mm fan I've ever heard -- that still moves air? Or the most massive heatsinks seen on a fan-cooled 400W PSU with full Active PFC and universal AC input voltage? SPCR Forum members discovered the SilenX PSU, and now we share it with the world in a thorough review.

SPCR & friends featured in MSNBC/Newsweek!

An unexpected surprise in my email this morning: a link to a "Tip Sheet"page at MSNBC / Newsweek's website entitled Gadgets: Silence Is Golden in which PC noise gets breezy coverage. Silentpcreview.com is mentioned right at the top, along with names familiar to silent PC enthusiasts: AcoustiPack , quietpc.com, siliconacoustics.com, endpcnoise.com, Seagate Barracuda hard drives, and Nexus PSUs . A tag at the top states "May 5 issue" which suggests it is in the print magazine.

So have we made it into Newsweek magazine? Appears so!

Modded Zalman CNPS-7000cu tested on Socket-A at overclockers.com

A Zalman CNPS-7000cu hacked to fit a Socket-A motherboard is tested by overclockers.com and gets really sweet results with its quiet stock fan. It you want bragging rights for one of the coolest & quietest HSF mods, this would be a good mod to try.

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.

Fanless Power Supply: Marko's Homebrew

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Power
It was a bit of a tossup whether Marko's great project piece should go in the System section or the PSU section; in the end, we decided to put it in both. He first wrote about it as Quix in the SPCR forums, but now you can get the whole 9 yards in Marko's article about a DIY Fanless PSU PC.

SPCR [email protected] breaks 150 rank!

Verax has a new Pentium 4 cooler

Verax has a new cooler for Pentium 4 over 2.8GHz. The new P16Cu is constructed like the P14Cu. It has an aluminum-heatsink with a thin copper layer (applied with gas-dynamic-spraying). Another 3mm thick copper layer is soldered on this first layer. WIth this technique it is possible to combine aluminum and copper on a metallic basis. Like all other Verax products the new P16cu is very quiet. More info at www.PCSilent.com

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.

We are aware of glitches -- in the Forums as well as images not appearing on some of articles. Both will be tended to within the next 24-48 hours. If you notice anything other than these known problems, please help us out by dropping me a line at mikec @ silentpcreview.com.

The address 64.95... you see on your web browser is temporary and will be replaced with the usual www.silent... in a few days.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation, everyone.

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.