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WD VelociRaptor 1TB and Scorpio Blue 500GB

Storage
WD's VelociRaptor 1TB might be the fastest hard drive in the world, but it could also be the loudest. The new Scorpio Blue 500GB is a different kind of drive, a single-platter notebook model with ultra-low acoustics.

Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalright

Fans|Controls
Nine fans marketed as quiet are examined with a new SPCR-centric testing methodology that emphasizes acoustics and cooling effectiveness over airflow. Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus and Thermalright fans duke it out.

Noctua to use Active Noise Cancellation in new Fan

Internet News

Noctua, noted Austrian heatsink & fan company, just announced a partnership with a noise reduction specialist called RotoSub to develop PC fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation. This is not the first time that ANC technology is being used to combat computer noise, but as yet, no ANC products for computers that you can buy have materialized. This project seems more concrete; a specific goal is to improve Noctua's NF-F12 FocusedFlow fan: "Our performance target is to achieve about 80% more airflow and 120% higher static pressure at the same noise level as the original NF-F12... within the next 12 to 18 months." Noctua says a prototype ANC NF-F12 fan will be publicy demonstrated at Computex in Taipei. Look for my report next week. * Discuss this news *

Jetway AMD G-T40E Fanless Barebones Nettop

Complete|Mobile Systems
Jetway's new barebones PC powered by AMD's dual core G-T40E APU is really tiny, fanless, and surprisingly affordable. It runs a bit hot and needs more driver development, though.

Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

CPUs|Motherboards
The Asus P8Z77-V Pro is a full-featured Sandy/Ivy Bridge motherboard with five independently controllable fan headers and Asus' new FAN Xpert 2 utility.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Cooler

Cooling
The NH-L12 exhibits the same qualities as Noctua's other CPU heatsink/fans in a much smaller form factor, standing only 66 mm high in single fan configuration. For a lower profile cooler, it delivers top-notch performance at a luxurious price.

Streacom FC5 OD Fanless HTPC Case

Cases|Damping
Streacom FC5 OD is a classic, minimalist, low profile, aluminum case designed to fit neatly with other audio/video equipment and cool the CPU fanlessly without any noise.

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU

CPUs|Motherboards
The update to Sandy Bridge brings 22nm fabrication technology, a souped up integrated graphics chip, and a host of minor improvements to LGA1155. Best of all, Ivy Bridge is backwards compatible with series 6 motherboards and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Where in the world is SPCR?

About Us
Silent PC Review's editorial team members travel and attend various IT events throughout the year to keep abreast of news and developments relevant to our interests and those of our community. The following schedule attempts to answer the question, Where in the world is SPCR?

Audioengine A5+ Speakers and Wireless Audio Adapter

Audio|Video|Misc
The original A5 was a runaway hit for Audioengine, so the new A5+ speakers have big shoes to fill. How are they? Two words: Shockingly good. We show you why and how, along with a close look at Audioengine's no-fuss, near-universal, wireless audio adapters, the most effective cable replacements we've encountered.

Intel DZ77GA-70K Z77 Motherboard: Waiting for Ivy Bridge

CPUs|Motherboards
The DZ77GA-70K is a high-end motherboard from Intel designed to fulfill the potential of the new Ivy Bridge processors. We take a look at its huge array of features and its performance with Sandy Bridge while awaiting the Ivy Bridge news embargo to lift.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Case

Cases|Damping
At first glance, the Corsair Obsidian 550D looks like a closed, airflow-starved, silence-oriented case. In reality, it incorporates a mix of noise reduction and performance features, giving it a hybrid nature similar to the Antec P280.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M91p Ultra-small Desktop PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
The USFF version of Lenovo's ThinkCentre M91p packs a significant punch in a small package. Utilizing an Intel "S" low power processor and a 150W external AC power adapter, it's also incredibly energy efficient.

Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories

Storage
Three storage accessories from Icy Dock distinguish themselves from the cheap generic devices flooding the market.

2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

About Us | The Silent Front
The passage of a decade is always considered a major milestone, and on Sunday April 1, 2012, SPCR entered its second decade.