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 Mike Chin on Wed, 2005-08-03 19:18.
It is the least powerful of three ATX PSUs by Seasonic that have achieved 80 Plus approval. A plain-jane OEM model that's not available in a retail package, the 80 Plus version SS-400HT keeps all of its considerable strengths beneath its battleship gray appearance.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2005-07-31 11:15.
The SmartPower 2.0 line is a move back to traditional 80mm fan PSU design, with a twist: It has two 80mm fans in a straight-through, push-pull configuration. The second fan only spins up when necessary in an effort to keep the noise down. Antec's new "value" line is also compliant with the ATX12V v2.xx PSU Design Guide, and claims higher efficiency than the original SmartPower models.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2005-07-18 09:21.
It's a step up from the 450W model we reviewed a while ago, and it has the same range of features, high efficiency, and compliance with both ATX12V 2.xx as well as EPS12V. This means, for instance, three 12V lines. Is the Cooler Master Real Power RS-550-ACLY quiet enough for SPCR?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2005-07-15 11:16.
The Kamaboko is a more conventional heatsink/fan than most others in Scythe's eclectic lineup. There is the usual (and now expected) play on words in its name, but all kidding aside, this may be Scythe's first venture into a budget-priced CPU cooler territory. Click here for our review of the Scythe Fishcake.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2005-07-14 12:00.
The Samsung P80 has been our top recommendation for a quiet 3.5" drive for quite some time, but it's showing its age. The new P120 series offers higher areal density and capacity, both of which translate to higher performance. Does the P120 retain the acoustic qualities that endeared the last generation of Samsung drives to quiet PC enthusiasts?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2005-07-12 12:33.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2005-07-10 23:30.
Coolmax offers up a line of power supplies with detachable cables that they say is also very quiet. We run them through the SPCR PSU test routines to check acoustics, thermal behavior, power delivery and stability. Those seeking high current on a single 12V line will be pleased.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2005-07-07 16:28.
Hitachi's Deskstar 7K400 is one of the most capacious 3.5" IDE drive, second, only to the line flag ship 7K500. It's a high performance 7200 RPM drive in the Deskstar tradition, with many interesting features, including FDB. We put it through its paces on the SPCR acoustic test bench.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2005-07-03 19:34.
Or Everything you ever wanted to know about the P180... including some things you never even dreamed about. It's the most gi-nor-mongous SPCR review ever. We challenge you to get through it without skipping any of the pages that display some ~14,000 words. Is it worth your time to read? You tell us. NOTE: Postcript about a new updated version added June 15, 2006.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2005-06-27 09:46.
In Part One of this 2-part review, Ralf Hutter installed a low-power, low thermal Pentium-M system in his sample Antec P180 and tweaked it for minimal noise. RH's acoustic analysis relies on what he heard, but you'll find his conclusions well-supported, logical and perfectly understandable. Part Two, a more comprehensive study with high power components by Devon Cooke, will be coming soon.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2005-06-21 18:18.
Trigem's Kloss barebones system features a double-decker chassis and a CPU duct in a box that looks more like a kitchen appliance than any SFF that has come before. Can this unusual design address the space and heat issues that often affect systems of this size, especially given the challenge of the socket 775 (Prescott) platform they've chosen?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2005-06-19 22:53.
AOpen followed up on its initial Pentium M micro-ATX motherboard offering from last year with the i915GMm-HFS, based on the new 915G/ICH6 chipset. Included on this board are advanced features like PCIe x16, DDR2, SATA300, HD Audio and a 533MHz FSB. The integrated graphics includes not only analog VGA out, but DVI and HDTV outputs as well. AOpen was kind enough to send us one of these brand new boards a few weeks ago; now we have a review for you.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2005-06-17 13:09.
Scythe's latest kick at the fanless can is another tall heatpipe heatsink with a loosely spaced fins structure. Unlike the earlier NCU series, which were made only to fit socket 478, the Ninja can be used with all modern desktop CPU platforms. The Ninja, in some ways, is almost conventional by Scythe standards, with no dramatic twists or departures from their previous designs. But it's bigger. A lot bigger. It may not be the biggest HS you can find in the enthusiast PC cooling market today, but it's not far off. How does the Scythe Ninja fare in SPCR's HS torture tests? NOTE: Postscript on Ninja Plus Rev. B (basically the 3rd version) added on Dec 15, 2007
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2005-06-05 19:19.
We continue expanding our database of quiet notebook drives with a review of the Western Digital Scorpio 80G and a new Fujitsu 80G, the first SATA notebook drive.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2005-05-31 01:44.
No, it's not a Mac Mini. It's AOpen's new Pentium-M based Mac Mini lookalike, codenamed Pandora. Unveiled at Computex 2005, this tiny product is yet another AOpen effort to take advantage of the powerful formerly mobile Intel CPU in the desktop space. A fully integrated system incorporating wireless LAN, the Pandora was brought to prototype form in just a month, according to Joseph Hsu, a Technical Manager at AOpen. It uses a single blower fan that turns on only when needed. The aluminum casing was warm but the fan was not running when these photos were taken in the hot tradeshow room. A pearl white enamel painted version was also shown at AOpen's private suite display. Look for a Sept market release date.