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 Mon, 2012-06-11 15:17.
Cooling | The Silent Front
At Computex 2012 last week, there were two fan developments worthy of serious note for SPCR readers. The first and more revolutionary of the two is an Active Noise Cancellation fan project from Noctua, with partner RotoSub. The second is from a more unlikely source, Corsair, of memory, PSU and case fame.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-06-10 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2012-06-03 21:15.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2012-05-29 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-05-07 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-04-29 16:02.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2012-04-26 09:49.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-04-22 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2012-04-18 16:18.
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?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2012-04-18 09:30.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2012-04-17 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-04-09 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2012-04-04 13:54.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2012-04-03 16:20.
Three storage accessories from Icy Dock distinguish themselves from the cheap generic devices flooding the market.