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"Quietest Hard Drives in the World"

That's the claim Samsung is making regarding their recently-released SpinPoint series of hard drives.

With such bold claims, one has to wonder if Samsung can back them up. StorageReview recently reviewed the SpinPoint P40 model, which is a 7200RPM drive. They found that it was quiet, but not as quiet as Seagate's Barracuda IV. Still, we'd like to know how much quieter one of the 5400RPM drives would be.

Quiet and Fast?

The Silent Front

In these days of multi-gigahertz processors, the juxtaposition of the words quiet and fast seems contradictory. If it isn’t loud, how can it be fast? This exposition tells a little of the history of silence -- or noise, rather -- in computing, its current state and of Silent PC Review's role for the future.

Get 12V, 7V or 5V for your Fans

This simple project describes how to rig up a switch that will let you feed 5 VDC to your fan(s) for low noise operation, and 12 VDC when more cooling is needed for hot weather or for a bout of serious overclocking ;). It requires only 2 parts: a switch and a male IDE power connector. A soldering iron is recommended but not necessary if you use a switch with screw terminals. It took me less than 15 minutes to build & cost about $2.

For all you day traders out there has released their own line of "Whisper Quiet Computers". At first glance, these computers appear to be nothing more than a standard whitebox PC combined with an Enermax PSU and a Fujitsu fluid-drive bearing hard drive.

They're geared towards stock traders, so the computers are configured with such niceties as dual monitors and fast Pentium IV processors. However, they appear to be priced at a premium, perhaps more than a simple Enermax PSU and Fujitsu drive warrant.

Apple wants your feedback

Apple is soliciting feedback from PC users about what might make you switch to a Mac.
Apple has been on the leading edge of silent computers, at least among larger computer manufacturers, with products like their G4 Cube and original iMac, both of which are nearly silent.
This is your chance to let them know that silent computing is important to you.

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