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Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-02-23 15:45.
Cases|Damping | Cooling
In the e-Otonashi
, unusual heatsink maker Scythe
has turned again to a Heatlane
heatpipe, in a somewhat more ambitious product: A compact case for VIA EPIA-M Mini-ITX boards that offers a fanless CPU cooling system as an integral part of its design. In many ways, the e-Otonashi
is a kind of poor man's do-it-yourself kit version of the recently reviewed Mappit A4F
, a small, prebuilt
fanless, EPIA-M PC. For those who prefer to cook their own rather than dine out... our review of Scythe's e-Otonashi fanless EPIA M case
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2004-02-18 16:35.
The Mappit A4F comes so close to the SPCR Holy Grail of a Zero dBA PC that it might as well have reached it. This fanless M-ITX system is not flawless and it can probably be improved on even for acoustics... but there is hardly any point if you can't hear the improvement. I couldn't hear it whan I first turned it on while it was in my lap. It is the quietest computer I have ever used or seen or heard or even heard about.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2004-02-18 16:35.
The Mappit A4F comes so close to the SPCR Holy Grail of a Zero dBA PC that it might as well have reached it. This fanless M-ITX system is not flawless and it can probably be improved on even for acoustics... but there is hardly any point if you can\'t hear the improvement. I couldn\'t hear it whan I first turned it on while it was in my lap. It is the quietest computer I have ever used or seen or heard or even heard about....
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2004-02-17 09:23.
A second quiet SFF barebones review in a week, this time from AOpen
: The XC Cube EZ65
delivers low noise performance in a spiffy body that contains an Intel 865-based engine with both AGP and PCI ports. It is not just a quiet pretty face, it's a serious performer. Read our review to consider why we think AOpen
has succeeded in creating a PC for Everyman
with the XC Cube EX65.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-02-16 10:16.
The Inquirer reports that
"Intel will this week announce details about a new wave in desktop computing using the Centrino bundle... Pentium M, a successor to the Pentium III-M, is a cool operator, and can do most of what a Pentium 4 can, whether it be labelled a Prescott or not. The INQ understands that the Pentium M is such a successful chip that in 2005 Intel may integrate the low wattage CPU cores into one four way die."
One assumes this means a desktop chip package and some reference boards, perhaps announced at the Intel Developers Forum in SF
this week. It is exciting news for low noise computing enthusiasts, who have experimented with expensive P-M versions of Mini-ITX boards. We anticipate a huge migration to the Pentium-M, limited only by quantities of what Intel can deliver.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-02-09 10:51.
The Zen XPC ST62K
is not only Shuttle
's smallest SFF barebones PC, it is also their quietest. They moved the PSU out of the box and replaced it with a fanless brick; they also elminated the AGP port and rely exclusively on the integrated video in the ATI 9100 IGP
chipset. Is it really quiet? Yes! Is it powerful enough? Yes. We hope it signals a new era of competition among PC component and system makers for the prize of the quietest. Our comprehensive review covers all the details.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2004-02-05 12:06.
An excellent examination of 14 processors, with a succinct summary. Probably a must read for anyone interested in keeping up to date with developments in CPUs. No surprise that the new Intel Prescott is deemed a loser. They like the Athlon 64 - despite its short anticipated socket life. The X-bit Labs Performance Tests of 14 Processors article.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-01-26 16:59.
A press release from ARM Systems this morning announced the immediate availability of "Do-It-Yourself" StealthPC "foundation" kits, based on its successful line of prebuilt Stealth PC systems. Basic DIY StealthPC Kits will consist of core ARM Systems noise-optimized components: AcoustiPack treated case, Panaflo fan high efficiency power supply, HDD soft mounting grommets and screws, and/or quiet case fans. Motherboards, CPUs and quiet CPU cooling options may also be offered.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-01-26 02:00.
The Thermalright ALX-800 is their first aluminum/copper hybird CPU cooler since their highly popular now discontinuedAX-7. It seems to be modeled on their successful SLK-800 copper cooler. Does the ALX-800 meet the high standard Thermalright have set for themselves?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-01-26 01:55.
is now offering precut damping panel kits for specific PC cases. We take another look at an AcoustiPack PC noise damping kit - custom fitted for the AMD3700/Compucase 6A19
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-01-26 01:49.
How does the copper-based heatsink/fan supplied with Intel's higher speed P4s compare against the aftermarket leaders like Thermalright, Swiftech and Zalman? Find out in our noise / cooling performance review of Intel's "high end" P4 cooler.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2004-01-22 01:37.
provides us with a powerhouse "StealthPC" review sample loaded to the gills
: A P4-3.2 HT CPU, high bandwidth dual-channel memory sticks, SATA RAID-0, a heatpipe-cooled ATI-9800XT VGA card, the top SB Audigy 2ZS sound card, a sleeper mid-tower case with thermally controlled dual 120mm fans and much more. Is it quiet? Our latest prebuilt system review tells all.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2004-01-07 10:45.
David from TranquilPC sent over an email of news about their company and their continuing development of fanless PCs. It will be of interest to most SPCR readers. Some interesting projects should be coming from TranquilPC this year.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2004-01-04 11:21.
Antec's Super Lanboy
aluminum case picks up where their Lanboy
left off and adds bling
in the forrm of a blue LED front 120mm fan and other goodies -- on top of real improvements that qualify it for inclusion in their "Quiet Computing
" lineup. Another thorough SPCR review
by Ralf, who shows LAN gamers how to wow the gang with a truly well-presented interior.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2003-12-31 11:07.
Every once in a while, you come across a gadget that serves a useful function, is not unattractive, and is priced low enough that you feel it justifies perfectly all the excesses of modern mass consumer society. Well, perhaps that's going a bit too far: This is a simple functional 3-channel fan controller with two USB 2.0 ports at a very nice price.