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Dell Optiplex GX240: Photo Essay of a Quiet PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
This photo essay and review of a Dell system by contributor Michael Hipp appeared originally in February 2002 on his personal website. We felt it worthwhile to update and reprint here for those who are seeking ready-made quiet computer solutions. Michael's first line tells you why.

Fanless ATX power pack with 300 Watts

I recently got an email from RSG Electronic about their new ATX fanless power supply. Check it out under new products. The email also said that they were working on a version with an "ATX form factor sized case too, but in a long version."

Tomas Risberg kindly asked them to send us a sample for review not long ago; perhaps you should too. It looks good; we'll see how they respond.

Zalman announces fanless VGA cooler for GeForce4 cards

Zalman has announced a new VGA heatsink targeted at GeForce4 cards at Computex Taipei. Featuring an unusual double-sided design, the VGA heatsink should allow for fanless operation of GeForce4 cards like the Ti4400. Details are still scarce and Zalman hasn't announced this on their site yet.

Seasonic SS-300FS Active PFC PSU

This well-established company enters the North American market with a line of quality power supply units that boasts an intelligent fan controller they call S2FC. Our review of Seasonic's 300W ATX model. It's pretty quiet. :)

New ultra-quiet PSU at

A new ultra-quiet power-supply was just released at
It is a Fortron Source 300 watts model modified with a decoupled VERAX-fan. This fan uses a new technology which results in a better air-flow and less turbulences. The fan itself is thermo-controlled which ensures a low-noise-level. The noise-level of the power-supply was measured with 21db(A) which is a really low-level!

AOpen announces vacuum tube motherboard

AOpen has released a new motherboard with "vacuum tube audio output". Yes, you read that right. AOpen released a motherboard with vacuum tubes on it. One can't help but admire AOpen's willingness to experiment, but you have to wonder about the size of the potential market for this. No question vacuum tubes provide superior audio quality, but it remains to be seen how many people need that level of audio output quality in their PCs.

Seagate announces "virtually silent" hard drive.

Seagate has announced a new series of hard drives geared towards non-traditional markets. The U Series X drive is targeted at systems such as Xbox gaming consoles, audio jukeboxes and low-cost PCs. Utilizing only one read/write head, this drive is 25% thinner than traditional half-height drives. According to Seagate, this improves airflow within smaller systems where space is at a premium and components are often packed closely together. Utilizing the same technology found in their Barracuda cousins, Seagate quotes the U Series X drives at 2.6 bels, which is slightly higher than the 2.4 bels quoted for the Barracuda IV.

IBM gets rid of the local hard drive is reporting that IBM has developed a new technology called iBoot. Taking advantage of the new iSCSI standard, iBoot allows computers to boot from remote hard drives, located in remote locations. While IBM is targeting the technology at easing administrative burdens and increasing performance, this technology also should help reduce the noise in desktop PCs.

Another Review of Shuttle SS40G

Via hardware has a review of the new Shuttle SS40G. Seems shuttle have made some good attempts at silencing this version, although the db levels quoted in the review don't look that impressive. Hopefully it'll give us modders a head start though. Check out the review here.

The fact that they posted some noise readings is also encouraging. Thanks for the news, Jon!

Petitioning Retailers is Crucial

So says Jake in his call to silent action in our General Forum, asking folks to email, phone and write letters to retailers urging them to include noise ratings alongside their products... Lots more good ideas to promote silence awareness in the industry. Thanks, Jake!

A $5 DIY Power Meter


Consumer electricity monitors work fine to measure power consumption, but they cost upwards of US$100. It's also more than we need. Our electronics advisor Tommy Yee suggested building one really cheaply. With our shoestring budget, that sounded much better. My super simple power meter took half an hour and $5 of parts. A very useful tool.

Fujitsu announces new, quieter SCSI drives

For the SCSI fans out there, Fujitsu has announced a new line of SCSI hard drives using their "Fluid Dynamic Bearing" (FDB) technology. Currently, these drives are vaporware and are not expected to be available to consumers until at least September.

Fanless (or Not) with TKPower 300 & VIA C3

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Power
Partly a review of the TK Power 300 power supply and partly a DIY quiet computer project, John Coyle's quiet computer project utilizes many components and techniques discussed in Silent PC Review: the above-mentioned PSU, VIA C3 processor, quiet Seagate Barracuda IV hard drive, Zalman fan mounts, Panaflo 80mm fans, variable fan speed contro, drive decoupling by suspension, etc. A worthy first article!

MX-EVA3 CPU Evaporator Cooler

Icrontic has a review of the MX-EVA3 CPU evaporator cooler. Described as sounding "like a refrigerator", this cooler isn't for the silent PC crowd. However, the technology used here to allow overclocking could just as easily be applied to enabling silent-running computers. Of course, with a price tag of $499, this cooler isn't exactly for the mainstream crowd.

Seagate to offer "upgrade kits" for Barracuda IV drives is running a story about Seagate's new upgrade kits for their Barracuda hard drives. Designed at making the upgrade process smoother and easier for folks not as comfortable with a hard drive swap, these kits will be sold at Fry's retail locations and (also owned by Fry's) The kits will include detailed instructions, both as a booklet as well as printed directly on the hard drives.