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, 2011-05-25 16:58.
The only 80 Plus Platinum level PSU on the market, with over 92% maximum energy efficiency, is also said to be one of the quietest. We analyze the Kingwin LZP-550 for efficiency, electrical performance and noise.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-05-23 16:20.
Intel Core i3-2100T and Core i5-2400S processors have a rated speed of just 2.5 GHz, but the i5-2400S has some crazy Turbo Boost speeds, and they both have TDPs 30W lower than their standard counterparts.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2011-05-20 10:37.
The new H3.SODD media case for mini-ITX from HDPLEX is a more compact version of the H10 we examined a couple of months ago. This low profile case with massive one-piece aluminum front panel exudes high end chic despite its modest price tag. Our sample also manages to be the very first completely silent commercial computer SPCR has encountered after nine years of continuous operation.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2011-05-18 16:20.
The Asus P8H67-I Deluxe challenges the Zotac H67-ITX in a high-end premium Sandy Bridge mini-ITX motherboard duel. Sporting eSATA, USB 3.0, 802.11n with extended antennae, Bluetooth, and Asus' well-implemented UEFI and second generation AI Suite utilities, it has all the right tools to be a winner.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2011-05-14 04:20.
The Venomous X Silent Edition is a combination of a potent Thermalright heatsink and a pair of extremely low speed fans. Though not completely "silent," it is probably the quietest actively-cooled CPU heatsink available.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2011-05-07 04:20.
The SilverStone Fortress FT03 microATX tower is put through the wringer a second time to see how the case performs with a tower heatsink (Noctua NH-U12P) vs. a top-downer (Noctua NH-C12P).
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-04-25 04:20.
The recent release of the Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670 graphics cards brings the much lauded AMD HD 6000 series to the entry and budget segments. AMD introduced the higher-end cards first to garner interest, with the HD 6850, 6870, 6950, and 6970 all racking up accolades left and right. The new budget cards also offer better performance per dollar, substantial energy savings and improved video decoding capabilities and support for stereoscopic 3D playback.
Submitted by Doug Hanson on Mon, 2011-04-18 07:07.
Techpowerup / Wall Street Journal: Samsung exiting HD business, Seagate front-runner to buy it.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-04-17 04:20.
The Zotac H67-ITX is the most capable mini-ITX board on the market. It offers a full set of features including SATA 6 Gbps, eSATA, USB 3.0, and 802.11n, not to mention full support for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2011-04-13 13:14.
Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
The MicroServer is a unique SFF server in the HP Proliant line that looks more like a small PC or multi-HDD NAS box. Powered not by Atom but a more powerful dual-core, 12W TDP AMD Athlon II, it is the smallest server we've ever seen. We gave our sample the complete SPCR treatment.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2011-04-13 04:20.
The R3 is an update to Fractal Design's popular Define R2 ATX tower case. Faster yet smoother fans give it greater airflow and cooling potential, and the heavy bitumen mats have been tossed in favor of more conventional acoustic dampening foam.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-04-10 04:20.
Prolimatech joins the dual-fan giant heatsink fray is with the unusually-shaped Genesis. An amalgam of a vertical tower cooler and a horizontal down-blower, the Genesis proved potent enough to take the CPU cooling crown.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2011-04-06 04:20.
The SilverStone Fortress FT03 attempts to duplicate the success of the rotated motherboard layout of the Fortress FT02 and Raven series, this time in an unusual square cross-section microATX tower.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2011-04-02 16:20.
The Polaris 120 CPU cooler marks Swiftech re-entry into the mainstream air-cooling arena. The Polaris has the form of a typical tower heatsink with a 120 mm PWM fan and a significant mass of aluminum fins, but what makes it unique are its five 8 mm thick direct touch heatpipes.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-03-28 04:20.
The H2 is NZXT's attempt at a budget tower case with a silent slant. For US$100, it offers noise dampening foam, three quiet fans, a built-in fan controller, a SATA docking station, and a variety of other niceties including a brilliant front fan mounting tray.