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 Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2010-08-07 16:20.
A pair of Scythe heatsinks battle for a place amongst the best CPU coolers. The Ninja 3 seeks to bring prestige back to its family, while the sharp Scythe Yasya attempts to cut up the competition.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-07-25 16:20.
Two low profile CPU heatsinks go under the microscope, the Gelid Slim Silence and Prolimatech Samuel 17. The Slim Silence is a 1U heatsink for use with lower power processors, while the Samuel 17 is high performance cooler taking aim at the Scythe Big Shuriken.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2010-07-17 16:20.
The HIS HD 5550/5570 are a trio of budget graphics cards that have good potential for silent cooling. Though not great for 3D performance, they are energy efficient and they are all equipped with fanless heatsinks.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2010-07-14 10:59.
Portable external storage devices of high capacity hold 2.5" laptop drives in a USB-interface casing. Are they all equal? We examine the 1TB and 640GB FreeAgent Go drives from Seagate and find them to be exceptional in at least one very important way (for most SPCR readers): acoustics.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-07-12 04:20.
AMD's Athlon II X3 processors get placed under the microscope. Starting at $70, them seem to be an excellent value. How well do they hold up in real life against the X2s and the $100 X4 630?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2010-07-03 16:20.
The ThinkCentre M90p is a compact, high performance corporate PC from Lenovo that also has the potential to be quiet thanks to its use of a Core i5 processor and an 87% efficient external power adapter.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-06-27 04:20.
The Athlon II X4 610e and Phenom II X4 910e are quad core processors from AMD with very low thermal design power of 45W and 65W, respectively. Are they as energy efficient as they claim and are the higher price tags justified?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-06-21 04:20.
Though billed as an "everyday desktop" the Lenovo C315 is equipped with a 20" 1600x900 multi-touch display, ATSC tuner, and IR remote control. The system also features an eclectic mix of laptop and desktop hardware including the AMD Athlon II X2 250u, a 25W AM3 processor.
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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-06-13 04:20.
The Phenom II AM3 stock heatpipe cooler currently shipping with AMD's 125W quad/hex core processors is pitted against the older, but larger AM2+ model. Is either heatsink worthwhile for quiet cooling?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-06-06 16:20.
A pair of Intel LGA1366 stock coolers take to the pitch, one a traditional radial down-blowing heatsink, the other surprisingly a tower heatsink complete with 4 heatpipes and a large LED fan. Just how good are these coolers, and do they hold a candle to smaller aftermarket offerings?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-05-31 04:20.
The Gelid Silent Spirit and Scythe Samurai ZZ are a pair of modestly sized top-down CPU coolers with 92 mm fans. While neither will win any performance awards, their size is an asset in cases too small for large heatsinks with 120/140 mm fans.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-23 16:20.
The Scythe Grand Kama Cross is a down-blowing CPU cooler featuring a large 140mm SlipStream fan, 4 copper heatpipes twisted to form a "X" formation, and an relatively small stack of aluminum fins. Does it have what it takes to compete with the big tower heatsinks?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-16 16:20.
The Samsung N220 has many of the usual trappings of a 10.1" netbook including a low resolution screen, a small keyboard, and just 1GB of RAM. However, with Pine Trail at its heart and a hefty 5900mAh battery, it has the potential to be a very cool, quiet, and long-lasting travel companion.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-09 04:20.
The Titan Fenrir and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus are CPU heatsinks with direct touch/contact heatpipes. The Fenrir with its thicker heatpipes and larger body seems to have the advantage, but the slimmer Hyper 212 Plus may be the David to its Goliath.