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and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2009-08-04 04:20.
For a gaming machine, a case needs to have lots of ventilation and plenty of room for expansion, especially for extra long graphics cards. The Antec Nine Hundred Two fits the bill: It's spacious, affordable and, hopefully, quiet.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2009-07-25 04:20.
It's hard to find an adequate, quiet CPU cooler that will fit in a low profile case. With that in mind, we accumulated a few smallish heatsinks and pitted them against one another and against some of Intel's stock coolers: Thermolab Micro Silencer and Nano Silencer, Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 GT, and Scythe Big Shuriken.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-07-20 04:20.
The Antec Sonata's fundamental design has undergone only minor internal and cosmetic adjustments through three different generations. The Sonata Elite is more a departure, but hopefully it still retains what made the original Sonata such a mainstream success.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2009-07-15 04:20.
The Scythe Mugen-2 features design improvements, ships with a 120mm PWM fan, and mounts using a simple bolt-thru installation procedure - a first for Scythe. Multiple fans can also be accommodated. With two fans, quiet cooling performance is simply amazing.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2009-07-12 04:20.
For more price-conscious users, Intel now offers the DG41MJ, a more affordable but less capable alternative to the DG45FC. Value is the name of the game.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2009-07-07 10:54.
The ISK-300 is the first of a new series of mini-ITX cases from Antec. It is small, comes with an external adapter and internal DC/DC converter for power, and affordable. Is it a product that can be placed beside Antec's best?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-07-06 04:20.
Moneual sent us its Mon Caso 301 HTPC system, but unfortunately the components selected were not suitable for a silent PC. The Mon Caso 301 case had a lot going for it, however; with the right parts, it could be the foundation of a quiet HTPC. We decided to take a close look at this sleek sturdy case.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2009-07-03 11:20.
Katana 3 is one of Scythe's most economical models. Among the giants and skyscrapers of the brand's extensive lineup, it stands out by being relatively small, light and inexpensive. But Katana 3 supports every current socket, including 1366 for Intel i7.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2009-07-02 04:20.
The CNPS10X Extreme is Zalman's first conventional tower heatpipe cooler. It weighs a hefty 920 grams, and comes with an integrated fan and fancy fan controller, as well as mounting hardware for all current AMD/Intel sockets, even LGA1156. Is it extreme enough to be competitive with the top models from Thermalright, Scythe and Noctua?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2009-06-28 04:20.
The DFI LANParty JR 790GX-M3H5 is a mATX AM3 motherboard utilizing the AMD 790GX chipset. DFI is known for the high level of BIOS controls to satisfy overclockers, but it's also an asset for silent PC enthusiasts.
Submitted by Devon Cooke on Wed, 2009-06-24 14:26.
The Fortress FT01 is Silverstone's second uni-body case with lots of other notable features. Low-speed 180mm fans, positive air pressure design, foam-dampened panels, and grommet-mounted hard drives all make this an interesting case for the silent power PC builder.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2009-06-21 16:20.
Intel markets the Q9550S quad core processor as an energy efficient variant of the Q9550. Our comparison seeks to answer two basic questions: Is the Q9550S' power savings enough to justify its much higher price, and how does it compare to an undervolted Q9550?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-06-15 04:20.
Zotac is the first to market with a real flesh-and-blood ION motherboard, the IONITX. The version under review, the IONITX-A, is a mini-ITX board with an embedded dual-core Atom processor, Nvidia's ION GPU (based on GeForce 9400M) and a comprehensive feature set. It promises to be an all-in-one solution for small, energy efficient computing with versatile multimedia capability including full 1080p Blu-ray playback.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2009-06-13 21:43.
Single-platter drives are the quietest, according to conventional engineering wisdom, but this truism is not always borne out in reality. The Samsung F2 EcoGreen 500GB desktop drive is a triumph for conventional wisdom.