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AOpen XC Cube EX915: 775-socket SFF barebones

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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?

Shuttle XPC ST61G4 SFF barebones PC

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The Shuttle XPC Zen made a big splash at SPCR earlier this year as the quietest SFF system we'd reviewed, with an external fanless PSU and no AGP slot. The Shuttle XPC ST61G4 uses a quiet fan-cooled higher power PSU and offers the AGP slot on the same basic ATI9100 chipset board, making it more suitable for power users. How about quiet-loving power users? Check our ST61G4 review to find out.

VoodooPC Rage F-50 PC / Zalman TNN-500A Case

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When a gaming computer specialist teams with a quiet component leader, you expect the end result to be... the VoodooPC Rage F-50, which wraps a Zalman Fanless TNN-500A case/psu/cooling system around an Athlon A64, ATI9800XT, RAID drives and gobs of fast RAM. Our review of the F-50 System... and the fanless Zalman TNN-500A: It is impossible to write about the former without also discussing the latter.

Review: Hush ATX PC

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Seems like only yesterday that we were oohing and aahing about the Hush Mini-ITX PC but amazingly, that was five months ago. It was around the time that the Hush ATX PC was released: A larger more powerful version of the original, revamped for the much hotter Intel P4 processor. Here is our review of the bigger and faster Hush ATX PC with a P4-2.8.

Mappit A4F: A Truly Silent PC

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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.

AOpen XC Cube EZ65: A Quiet, Powerful SFF

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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.

Shuttle Zen XPC ST62K: Finally, a Quiet SFF PC!

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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.

ARM Systems StealthPC P4-3.2 Powerhouse

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ARM Systems 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.

Review: FrontierPC's Silent XP2500+ system

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Frontier PC in Vancouver, BC offers up their Silent XP2500+ prebuilt system for SPCR's scrutiny. A value system by one of the few Canadian stores that sells a complete quiet PC, this ones uses the boldly styled Chenbro Xpider case. Check out our review of the Frontier PC Silent XP2500+ system.

Review: Hush Mini-ITX PC

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Hush Technologies' sleek and stylish Hush Mini-ITX PC finally gets reviewed at SPCR. It looks for all the world like a cross between a high end stereo amplifier and a high end CD player. It could easily become a fetish if you're so inclined. Our complete review, complete with sound power testing results.

Review: ECS EZ-Buddie SFF PC

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The ECS EZ-Buddie is a unique, stylish SFF PC with an interesting mix of features, including only 80mm fans in its main case, unlike many small systems that use tiny whiny fans. It also offers a 6-in-1 card reader, front panel CPU clock speed control, and an external power box... that is its acoustic Achilles heel.

Review: STEALTH XP2000+ PC by ARM Systems

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SilentPCReview's first system review, an XP2000+ based model from ARM Systems in California. The quiet PC market is still mostly dominated by component makers and marketers; there are only a handful of quiet system integrators. With 3 years of experience selling noise-reduced systems, ARM is a veteran. If you'd rather avoid the hassles of DIY and have a real warranty with onsite service, a custom-configured Stealth PC by ARM Systems (1.7 to 2.8 GHz models, P4 & XP) is definitely worth considering.

Dell Optiplex GX240: Photo Essay of a Quiet PC

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This photo essay and review of a Dell system by contributor Michael Hipp appeared originally in February 2002 on his personal website. We felt it worthwhile to update and reprint here for those who are seeking ready-made quiet computer solutions. Michael's first line tells you why.

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