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 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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2012-04-02 15:24.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2012-03-28 10:49.
This new PC from specialist Logic Systems is based around the recently released Intel DN2800MT "Marshalltown" mini-ITX Atom board, a long-awaited follow-up to the original "Thin ITX" board, the Intel D945GSEJT. Super low energy consumption, 1080P video capability and a tiny 1.2 liter form factor should be compelling for Mini PC enthusiasts.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-03-25 16:20.
The latest version of the SilverStone Fortress FT02 only adds USB 3.0 support and improved 18cm fans, but its innovative cooling design still gives it an edge against today's best quiet, high performance cases. A complete revisit of this big, beautiful case.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-03-18 16:20.
Taking advantage of the AMD's Radeon HD 7750 low 55W TDP, Sapphire has outfitted it with a fanless cooler. The HD 7750 Ultimate offers silent operation for only US$15 more than actively-cooled versions of the same card.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-03-12 04:20.
Only in the third iteration of Sapphire's Edge HD mini PC was AMD hardware incorporated into the design, unusual for a company that features AMD (ATI) GPU video cards exclusively. The HD3 sports an AMD E-450 APU, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, front-mounted USB 3.0, and wireless connectivity all in a svelte package less than an inch thick.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-03-04 19:22.
The Jetway NF9C-2600 mini-ITX motherboard is powered by a revamped Intel Atom processor with a PowerVR-sourced GPU that supports H.264 acceleration. Though the connectivity options are suited for industrial/commercial rather than home use, the board gives us a taste of what the latest iteration of Atom offers.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2012-03-04 12:43.
Seasonic introduces 80 Plus Gold efficiency PSUs in TFX12V form factor with semi-passive, hybrid cooling for mini-towers and compact media PCs. Will system integrators embrace these new 300W and 350W PSUs?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-02-26 16:20.
Power | The Silent Front
Six years ago we conducted an anlysis of power consumption and distribution in several desktop PCs. Today we repeat the analysis with three modern machines to see how things have changed.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2012-02-18 16:20.
The SilverStone Raven RV03 enthusiast tower case retains much of what we liked in the Raven RV02 and Fortress FT02, while adding elements like front fans, drive mounting behind the motherboard, and USB 3.0 and evolving to a somewhat more conventional shape.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-02-13 04:20.
We were pleasantly surprised by the fast, quiet, and efficient nature of the 5940RPM Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000. Up this time around is the 7200RPM version, the 7K3000.