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Seasonic SS-400HT power supply, 80 Plus version

Power
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.

Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-450 ATX Power Supply

Power
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.

Cooler Master Real Power 550

Power
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?

Scythe Kamaboko CPU HSF

Cooling
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.

Samsung P120 200 + 250 GB Hard Drive

Storage
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?

Legit Reviews tackles the Antec Sonata II

Coolmax CU-400T & 600T Detachable Cable PSUs

Power
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.

Hitachi 7K400 400GB Hard Drive

Storage
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.

Antec P180 Review, Part 2: The Whole Nine Yards

Cases|Damping
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.

Antec P180 Review, Part 1: A Silent System

Cases|Damping
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.

Kloss KL-I915B SFF barebones PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
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?

AOpen i915GMm-HFS: 2nd Gen Pentium M desktop board

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja heatsink

Cooling
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

WD Scorpio 80G & Fujitsu SATA 80G notebook drives

Storage
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.

Computex '05: Mini AOpen

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.