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 Sun, 2010-09-05 16:20.
At long last, an Intel CULV processor has finally made its way into a nettop device. The Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22 sports a dual-core Celeron SU2300 CPU and ION graphics in a compact, VESA-mountable form factor.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2010-09-02 10:18.
The TruePower series has been bread-and-butter for Antec for many years, but the line has recently received a refresh. Partly modular cabling, high efficiency, lower noise, and high quality parts are all promised in these new Seasonic-made models. How do they fare against the SPCR short list?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-08-30 04:20.
The GELID Icy Vision is an impressive GPU cooler equipped with 5 copper heatpipes, a sizable fin stack, dual 92 mm fans, and compatibility with some of the hottest graphics cards on the market including the Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce GTX 480.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-08-23 04:20.
The Silverstone Sugo SG07 is an impressive cube/breadbox style mini-ITX case with a large 18 cm fan for cooling, a 600W 80 PLUS Bronze ATX power supply, and enough room for an extra long graphics card as well as a moderately-sized CPU cooler.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2010-08-20 12:43.
A roundup torture test of samples from every fanless power supply line in the marketplace instigated by the Seasonic X-400 Fanless, which cruised through 15 hours of full-load operation at nearly 60¬įC temperature in the "case". Which fanless PSUs can actually deliver rated power with virtually no forced airflow?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-08-15 16:20.
The Zotac H55-ITX-C-E is ambitious product offering an unprecedented feature-set for an LGA1156 mini-ITX mainboard, including PCIe 16x, 6 SATA ports and USB 3.0.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2010-08-12 06:54.
The Seasonic X-400 Fanless is based on the successful, 80 Plus Gold X-series platform introduced late last year. Company reps say the new fanless PSU was years in the making; ultimately, they had to await the development of a super-efficient platform. It was worth the wait.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2010-08-10 08:02.
In contrast to Samsung's highly visible marketing efforts in other sectors, its hard drives run virtually stealthed in the marketplace. They've long been prized for low noise by SPCR aficionados, however. We tackle the biggest of their F3 EcoGreen models, in response to popular demand
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?