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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2003-01-09 15:15.
Really spiffy, quiet little devices based mostly on VIA EPIA-M boards:
- The Panda PC from NorhTec, practically silent because it does not require a fan under normal conditions.
- Wall Mounted Panel-PC from Opus Solutions with integrated panel monitor measuring a mere 90mm deep.
- Cappuccino, the world's smallest PC at 6" x 5.75" x 2.25" and weighing less than two pounds, from Intraplex.
Ogle these visual wonders at VIA's press room.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2003-01-08 03:08.
Leo Quan, a graphic designer and visual artist, tells us about his trials and tribulations with a new topic for SPCR: The challenges of cooling a dual-Athlon, dual-hard drive workstation quietly. Leo applies PC silencing concepts freely, modifying them to his needs, and goes the whole 9 yards with a slew of mods. He gets very close to his elusive goal and, in the process, comes up with an effective new silencing technique for noisy hard drives.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2003-01-07 21:45.
VIA announces the C3M266, a highly integrated MicroATX mainboard with advanced digital media and connectivity capabilities for full-featured PCs at price points below US$400. It's designed for a combo with the VIA C3 processor and based around the innovative new VIA Apollo CLE266 North Bridge, also used on the EPIA M Mini-ITX boards. It is like a large EPIA M, for a more conventional but still small PC, and the freedom to choose your own socket 370 CPU - which will soon be limited to VIA C3s. Integrated video, 6-ch audio, firewire, USB2, LAN, MPEG-2 decoder... but no AGP port.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2003-01-07 18:19.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2003-01-05 20:50.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2003-01-03 19:08.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2003-01-02 23:14.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2002-12-29 21:18.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2002-12-28 15:49.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2002-12-17 18:28.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2002-12-17 12:49.
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
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2002-12-17 12:49.
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 ...
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2002-12-13 17:43.
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?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2002-12-08 16:02.
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.