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ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II

Graphics Cards
The ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II is a high-end graphics card with a large dual fan cooler. Though it has an impressive look, it doesn't have quite what it takes to cool the GPU quietly at full load.

CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W PSU

A Silent Pro M 700W power supply has been doing reliable yeoman duty in SPCR labs for years. We examine a new variant, the CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W out of curiosity and not a little hope for more of the same.

AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs

AMD's new Trinity processor micro-architecture drives new APUs powered by 2nd gen Bulldozer (Piledriver) CPU cores and updated graphics chips for value systems on the new FM2 socket.

Zalman CNPS9900DF Dual Fan Flower Heatsink

The latest update to the iconic Zalman CNPS9900 series adds more girth and a second fan... in an ultimately futile attempt to get back to the top ranks of CPU coolers.

Prolimatech MK-26 Multi-VGA Cooler

The Prolimatech MK-26 is a sprawling nickel-plated GPU heatsink with six heatpipes and enough surface area for two standard 140 mm case fans. It offers excellent performance and cross-compatibility for a premium price.

Recommended Fans

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The Recommended Fans article is finally updated. It is a concise practical summary about the technologies, techniques and art of using quiet fans in computers, along with a list of the best candidates.

Intel 520 Series 120GB SandForce SSD

The 520 Series 120GB takes the ubiquitous LSI SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller and pairs it with Intel's vast manufacturing and engineering resources. It's backed by a lengthy 5-year warranty and Intel's reputation for reliability.

Enermax Platimax 600W

A Platinum-efficiency (92%) power supply from Enermax, one of the oldest names in the computer power sector, promises superb performance and ultra low noise, like its earlier brethren, Modu/Pro 87+... at a price.

SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler

The SilverStone Heligon HE02 has all the design elements of a superb fanless CPU cooler. It's huge, has wide fin spacing, and its odd asymmetrical design takes advantage of all the space around a typical CPU socket.

Seasonic G360 PSU: High efficiency & performance, low price

The 360W power rating and the modest price tag make it seem like a throwback to Pentium 3 days but the G360 is a modern PSU in every other way, with a direct lineage to Seasonic's vaunted X-series. FLASH: Seasonic USA is giving away G360s to two lucky SPCR forum members!

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 ZONE Edition Fanless GPU

Graphics Cards
Budget graphics cards aren't as exciting as the top tier models but their lower power requirements are perfect for quiet or even silent cooling. ZOTAC has taken advantage of the GeForce GT 640's modest 65W TDP, equipping it with a completely fanless cooling solution.

Crucial M4 64GB: Solid-State on a Budget

Through a quirk of SSD technology, the Crucial M4 64GB has limited write speeds compared to the larger M4 models. The question is whether it's still a worthwhile upgrade for users with limited storage needs and/or budget restrictions.

Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

The Panther is one of Prolimatech's "low-end" CPU heatsinks, a US$50 tower cooler with premium build quality, four heatpipes, and a 120 mm red LED fan.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

The Phanteks PH-TC14PE bears a suspicious resemblance to the renowned Noctua NH-D14, with a similar construction, shape, and even mounting style. If immitation is the greatest form of flattery, Phanteks is head over heels in love.

Anandtech on SPCR Certified AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC

Silent Mike's Blog

Dustin Sklavos of Anandtech revisited AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC with GTX680 after its SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC and concluded that despite questions about the value of our certification and the use of a case he doesn't like, it is "Worth Considering In This Configuration." Forum discussion link.