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Hiper Media Center Barebones PC

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The Hiper Media Center has a full featured MATX motherboard by MSI along with a 200W power supply in a small, very low profile case that has room for one hard drive and a notebook slot optical drive. Notable standard equipment include a complete front panel card reader and I/O board hidden under a pop-up cover, built-in Wi-Fi, and a VFD display with 6 external function buttons. It is just about the slimmest PC you'll see anywhere.

HP Pavilion a1640n & a1630n: Intel vs. AMD?

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It's not every day that a full review of a system from a major PC brand appears at SPCR. Now here we are with two desktop PCs from Hewlett Packard. In the third quarter of 2006, HP took the lead from Dell as the biggest maker of computers in the world. Does this mean the big guys are finally paying attention to the special interest tech site called Silent PC Review? No matter; this article will give the quiet computer buyer an idea of what to expect from a big PC brand these days.

Apple's 24" iMac: There's more to High End than Performance

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Last April, Apple got our attention with a Core Duo 17" iMac that was the quietest, most efficient stock system we've seen from a major brand. The iMacs now sport Intel's Core 2 Duo chips. Apple has introduced a new version with a massive 24" screen that will impress even those who don't follow technology closely. A few extra FPS from the latest 8800GTX is one thing, but massive LCD screen is a much more visible status symbol. Yes, the iMac is much about image. But we're sure to like it if it can match the noise performance of its predecessor.

Shuttle's Smallest Yet: XPC X100

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Shuttle has evolved from a motherboard OEM to the inventor of the barebones system to a company that sells fully integrated systems. They're still doing the Small Form Factor thing, though, and the X100 is clearly an attempt to woo the form and function part of the market that Apple has captured. The comparison with Apple is intentional; Shuttle compares the X100 head to head with a Mac Mini on their specifications page.

Puget Delivers a Quiet Core Duo PC

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Puget Custom Computers is a system builder with emphasis on the Custom in their name. If you can think of it, they can build it for you. Last year, they watercooled a Pentium M and a high end gaming video card for us in a well-cooled system that was 100% fanless. This time around, they've built something a little less extreme, but it's still very quiet. How quiet? Keep reading to find out...

ASUS Terminator 2 T2-AE1: Mod-friendly Barebones System

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It's a socket 754 system that's a bit long in the tooth, but no one said old technology couldn't be quiet. The Asus T2-AE1 is a tidy package that looks good and is shockingly inexpensive. Can it be quiet as well?

17" Apple iMac - The Official SPCR Review

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Not long ago, an enthusiastic SPCR reader submitted a User Review of an Apple iMac. Readers enjoyed his review, but clamoured for official SPCR noise testing. Well, we've delivered. Our official SPCR review of a 17" Core Duo-based iMac confirms what Randy Harris knew all along: The iMac is quiet, energy efficient, and excellent value to boot. Oh, and it can also run Windows...

Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review

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SPCR reader Randy Harris' appraisal of his new 20" iMac, powered by an Intel Core Duo processor, comes on the heels of last week's PR extravaganza at the Spring 2006 Intel Developers Forum and the ensuing tech media frenzy. How does this first product of the new Apple / Intel alliance look and sound to a noise-conscious Wintel user?

Fanless Ultra Powerhouse PC by EndPCNoise

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It's a review of a system EndPCNoise sells in a range of configurations, based around the massive Zalman TNN-500AF. Our sample system featured a hot P4 Prescott, mostly to showcase the silent cooling capability of the EPCN / TNN-500AF system. It is quite impressive and not as costly as you might think.

Shuttle SD11G5: Pentium-M SFF PC

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It's late to the table, but Shuttle's long awaited SD11G5 is a landmark SFF. Just the basics are enough to make a winning combination: A Pentium M SFF platform around a proven single fan heatpipe cooling system with a PCIe video card slot and an external fanless power box. Add Shuttle's usual attention to details, styling and packaging, extra features like the ambitious built-in Sound Blaster 7.1 sound card and dual monitor onboard display capability, and it looks just about perfect.

Kloss KL-I915B SFF barebones PC

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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?

Puget Custom Pentium-M Rig: A Silent WC System

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As a demonstration of what Puget Custom Computers can do, this custom system succeeds marvelously. Very few companies that sell whole systems are willing to do the kind of modification that this Puget system required. A self-contained, passively cooled water cooling system is not the kind of thing you can request of just any system builder. With the proper selection of parts, just one of Puget's modifications could make the difference between an audible and an inaudible system.

AOpen EY855-II Pentium M SFF barebones system

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After AOpen introduced the i855GMEm-LFS motherboard, it was only a matter of time before they followed up with a SFF based on the Pentium M. The XC Cube EY855-II has been eagerly awaited by computing enthusiasts hoping for another quiet SFF PC option. If there is a flagship model in AOpen's XC Cube line, the EY855-II is probably it.

Soltek QBIC EQ3901 SFF barebones system

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Soltek's Athlon 64-939 SFF system matches offerings from Shuttle and AOpen for style and features. It uses a standard mATX PSU by Seasonic and a standard HSF mounting system, allowing for relatively simple upgrades. The EQ3901's noise performance leaves much to be desired, however.

Shuttle SB86i BTX SFF system

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Shuttle's first real BTX SFF system in their first steel chassis continues the somewhat larger trend started with their other socket T models. PCIe VGA, a BTX 80mm fan PSU and an actual Intel BTX HSF rather than the right angle heatpipe HS preferred by Shuttle -- all these make for a ground breaking SFF. Acoustics are still challenged.
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