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and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2009-10-27 04:20.
The Nirvana is the successor to a fairly proficient CPU cooler, the ZEROtherm Zen. It retains much of the Zen's core design elements but sports a new look with nickel-plating and a frameless fan.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2009-10-25 23:46.
Power solutions continue to evolve in this era of ubiquitous computing. Electrodacus offers the PC enthusiast a picoPSU alternate: A silent, 88% efficient DC-DC converter module with full regulation to 130W output... at a price made for ultra SFF hobbyists. A close look the Winmate DD-24AX under the SPCR power microscope.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2009-10-22 08:36.
Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems | CPUs|Motherboards
The first Atom-embedded mini-ITX board from Intel to feature the mobile 945GSE Express Chipset. You can hear the cheers from minimalist, green, and silent PC enthusiasts. Along with the lower power profile, the physical profile has also been dramatically reduced, allowing fanless operation in the 1.2-liter Morex T1610 case.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-10-19 04:20.
A pair of small form factor cases, from Cooler Master and a lesser known brand called SEED, are the latest to pass through SPCR's test labs. Can either drive an ION-powered system without offending our sensitive hearing?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2009-10-16 14:37.
The X-series power supplies achieved 80 Plus Gold nearly a year ago, and they're finally on the market now. Is Seasonic's best also SPCR's most highly recommended? Yes. Read all the details here.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2009-10-12 09:59.
The Pro Studio i7 is meant for use as a digital audio workstation in a recording studio, and has the distinction of being Energy Star certified. StoneWave, an audio computing specialist, says it is very quiet, so we took it for a spin in our anechoic chamber.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2009-10-10 04:20.
Seagate's Barracuda LP and Pipeline HD .2 series hard drives sport 500GB platters and a rotational speed of 5900rpm, giving them a slight edge in performance over Western Digital Caviar Green and Samsung EcoGreen lines: Is there a cost?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2009-10-08 13:31.
Intel recently launched a worldwide custom desktop challenge. The challenge is to build desktops powered by Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors that envision the possibilities of tomorrow's technology. >> Discuss this news in the SPCR forum.
Submitted by Devon Cooke on Wed, 2009-10-07 16:36.
Monitors are not our usual review subjects at SPCR. Ironically, the fact that they make very little noise (with a few exceptions) takes them off our radar; they're usually quiet and we like that, but we don't have too much more to say. That said, our interest in power efficiency (and some corresponding environmental concerns) has prompted us to take a closer look at a couple LCD monitors that bill themselves as "low power".
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2009-10-06 11:05.
The Silent Front
After rubbing shoulders with 4,000-odd mostly tech-geeks for a few days, after a dose of zen and several cold pints to soothe the swollen brain, a state of contemplation sometimes prevails. I then feel compelled to share these nuggets â€” of gold or lead, the reader is free to judge.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-09-28 04:20.
The Musashi is a long, slim, dual fan GPU cooler from Scythe. We installed it on an ATI HD4870, and put it through a grueling torture test against our old favorite, the Arctic Cooling Accelero S1. POSTCRIPT added Nov 29, 2009. See page 8 for details.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2009-09-25 04:20.
The newly released Athlon II X4 630 and 620 finally bring quad core performance to the $100 level. With respective prices of $120 and $100, the high value X4 630 and X4 630 continue AMD's sniping of Intel.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2009-09-22 09:38.
Silent Mike's Blog
Early morn breakfast at the Marriot Hotel in downtown San Francisco with HP and a hundred-odd journalists, followed by an intro of the company's Skyroom, a hi-def videoconferencing and collaboration tool soon to be available for $149. A short jaunt to the Moscone convention center, up to the big hall on the 3rd floor where 4,000 attendees await the first keynote speaker, Intel CEO Paul Otelinni, surrounded with multiple billboard sized screens and loud rock music. " Moving seamlessly throughout the computing continuum," is the motto of the presentation, which you can view in its entirety at the IDF Press Room within 24 hrs. * Forum discussion.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-09-21 04:20.
In our continuing quest for compact, effective and silent CPU coolers, we ran a gladiatorial roundup with competitors from Silverstone, Nexus and Cooler Master seeking to wrest the top spot from the Scythe Big Shuriken.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2009-09-16 12:34.
Integrated all-in-one PCs are becoming more visible, with morphing nettops, Apple iMacs, and now, Lenovo IdeaCentres. The A600 series is Lenovo's first entry into the home desktop PC market, and it has many of the features that endear iMacs to their users.