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Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5

Storage
The Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5 is a noise & vibration dampening enclosure for 2.5" drives. Can it make a 7200rpm notebook drive quiet enough to take on an SSD, at least acoustically and in storage capacity?

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100: World's Thinnest, Smallest Nettop

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100 has unimpressive specs: an Atom 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. What stands out is its tiny size, fanless chassis and extremely quiet operation.

ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler

Cooling
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.

Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power

Power
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.

Atom energy efficiency champ: Intel D945GSEJT w/ Morex T1610 fanless case

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.

m-ITX Cases: SEED MA-280B and Cooler Master Elite 100

Cases|Damping
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?

X-650: Seasonic hits Gold

Power
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.

StoneWave Pro Studio i7 Workstation PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
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.

5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2

Storage
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?

Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest

Internet News

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.

Low Power Monitors from Samsung and Lenovo

Audio|Video|Misc

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".

Post-IDF, Fall 2009

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 — of gold or lead, the reader is free to judge.

Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler [Postcript Added]

Cooling
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.

Athlon II X4 630 & 620: Affordable Quad Cores

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

IDF 2009: First Morn

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.