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.

OCZ ModStream OCZ-520 12U Power Supply

Power
OCZ Modstream 520It's now official: The retail power supply sector for PCs has gone amok and every brand under the sun must have a line of PSUs. For OCZ, associated till this year almost entirely with RAM memory, the Modstream series is their second PSU line in six months. Its raison d'être? Lotsa bling and detachable cables. It has a great fan controller, but the 120mm blue LED fan is not what we're used to hearing from Yate Loon recently, as you'll read about and hear in our review.

Notebook HDDs: Hitachi 5K80 80G & Samsung MP0402H 40G

Storage
We review two more quiet notebook hard drives, from Hitachi and Samsung. The Hitachi 80GB 5K80 and the Samsung 40G MP0402H are both extremely quiet, low vibration drives and not badly priced. They are affordable quiet alternatives (for desktop PCs) to silent solid state hard drives. We listen, measure and describe their acoustics and performance.

Kiwi Quiet P4 Cooling

Do-It-Yourself Systems
Peter Scott writes from New Zealand about his efforts to quiet a noisy P4 2.66A box. His article is a saga of experimentation and inventiveness, which seem requisite for a successful PC silencing project. Peter also shows us another variant of the HDD anti-vibration decoupling suspension technique we espouse. This article will inspire those for whom the latest "silent" gear is not available.

Cooler Master Real Power RS-450-ACLY Power Supply

Power
Yet another 120mm fan PSU, with a bit of a twist: As befits the brand, this Cooler Master PSU has a "Human Computer Interface" along with a blue LED fan for head-turning appeal. HCI turns out to be their marketingspeak for a power monitor. Our review digs into the essentials: Performance and noise.

Nexus NX-4090 "Real Silent" PSU

Power
Our review of the Nexus NX4090 PSU looks almost like a revisit of the NX3500 we reviewed a year ago. The two 120mm fan PSUs look like peas in a pod. But there are meaningful differences: More power, higher efficiency, and most importantly for SPCR, lower noise in actual operation.

Biostar's unusual iDEQ 300G SFF PC

Biostar's new iDEQ 300G is based on the Intel 915G chipset. Low noise level is claimed for use in the living room. This SFF has a unique mechanical design for a new level of ease for the barebones buyer: Entire hardware installation in just two minutes. "Not a single screw is needed; the chassis can open upward together with the front panel, looks like a shark stretches out its big jaw." This comment is certainly worth a photo. Click on the next link...

Silverstone's Flagship: Temjin TJ06 PC case

Cases|Damping
The TJ06 is a tall mid-tower aluminum-steel hybrid with a host of unique features: Upside down mounting of the motherboard, a "wind tunnel" duct that directs the airflow of two 120mm fans in push-pull mode across the CPU area, separate thermal zones, a hinged front bezel, etc. It is a most unusual thermally and acoustically optimized PC case. We review the Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ06 along with the Silverstone TN01 heatpipe heatsink made expressly for this case.

AOpen XC Cube EX915: 775-socket SFF barebones

Complete|Mobile Systems
The EX915 is a 775 or socket T SFF barebones from AOpen, based on the same mechanical platform as the previously reviewed EZ65, but with a more techno sleek facia and the Intel 915 chipset. Socket 775 processors appear to be all Prescott-core right now. The $6 million question: Can a Prescott-CPU SFF system be quiet?

Thermaltake CL-P0025 Silent Tower CPU heatsink/fan

Cooling
After two and a half years of heatsink reviews, we finally tackle one from the most prolific of aftermarket CPU cooler brands. Thermaltake's Silent Tower is one of the new breed of tall heatpipe-equipped designs with fan airflow that goes across the board rather than down or up. They've incorporated some nice design features and a couple of real muffs. Are the snafus fatal?

Coolermaster Centurion 5 mid-tower case

Cases|Damping
The Centurion 5 is a mid-tower case with the kind of great style that has made Coolermaster one of the top case design brands among PC enthusiasts. Not being silver, it is atypical for Coolermaster; in fact, only the facia has any aluminum, and it's purple, not silver. We look past the unusual classy cosmetics to answer the question,

Chaintech AA6800GT + Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5

Cooling
The NV Silencer 5 faces the challenge of taming a hot Chaintech AA6800GT Apogee gaming video card in our look at a second new video card cooler from Arctic Cooling. Is it up to the cooling challenge? And does it achieve cool quietly? We share our findings in a dual product review.

Intel BTX releases analyzed by Anandtech

Intel finally released some BTX products today (ie, they will actually be on the market some time soon), and Anantech posted an article about the Intel BTX release. They compare an Intel 915G microBTX board in an AOpen B300 microBTX case against ATX and microATX systems using the same CPU. Anandtech finds the microBTX quieter (but they are comparing against very standard ATX solutions) but a bit hotter. An interesting opening round for BTX.

Review: Coolmax Xtreme Files F1-B Drive

Storage
An external USB2.0 HDD with one-button functions for both Windows OS and data, the Coolmax Xtreme Files Drive aims at providing easy-to-use backup and restore for desktop PC users. The review also features SPCR's first MP3 sound files of HDD noise -- Samsung SP80 and WD800JB in idle & seek.

Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 2 VGA cooler

Cooling
Since our review of the original VGA Silencer a year ago, Arctic Cooling wised up to the demand for similarly quiet cooling for all kinds of VGA cards, not just selected ATI cards. Hence the recent release of their second generation of video card coolers, called ATI or NV Silencers, eight models in all to cover almost all the current cards from the two VGA giants. A close look and listen of the ATI Silencer 2 installed on a Sapphire 9600XT.

AOpen i855 desktop Pentium-M board reviewed!

GamePC publishes the first AOpen i855GMEm-LFS M-ATX motherboard and Pentium M review in North America, with a slew of benchmarks as might be expected from a web site of that name. No details on power dissipation, but enough thermal notes to show how coolly the combo runs. It also turns out to be a great gaming rig.