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Antec P180 Review, Part 1: A Silent System

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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.

Antec P180: A Visual Tour

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No it is still not a review, we are bogged down in the details and the volume of data we're generating in the lab. But here is a detailed tour of this new case that will tell many of you what you want to know. And a couple of interesting revelations about origins of the P180 and its future.

Silverstone LC-11 media PC case

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It is slick and sleek, pretty and small, with an odd twist borne out of functional (cooling) need: The motherboard goes in upside down. Supplied with a small 240W PSU and two 80mm fans, the LC-11 is pretty quiet, too, especially if you take care, but it takes only Micro-ATX boards. Ralf Hutter tries a Pentium M system in this case -- with nice results.

Arctic Cooling Silentium T2

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The masters of clever, cost-efficient heasink-fans pulled out all the stops in their entry into a new market sector with this unusual, innovative case in search of optimal cooling and low noise. The features list includes the first heatsinked and suspended HDD mount ever to be integrated into a case, totally non-standard airflow management, a custom-made dual 80mm-fan Seasonic PSU built into the front bottom corner of the case, and a ducted plastic base that directs air in and out of the case. All this behind a mild, unpretentious exterior. We pulled out all the stops, too, in reviewing the Arctic Cooling Silentium T2, with new audio spectrum analysis graphs to accompany the SPL measurements, audio recordings and detailed subjective descriptions.

Antec SLK3000B mid-tower case

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The SLK 3000B is the latest evolution of Antec's popular 3700 series cases. The SLK 3000B has the same bezel as the 3700 AMB and BQE models, with subtle tweaks and refinements that make it the best of the breed yet. One big change: No power supply is included, with a corresponding drop in price... and the freedom to chose any PSU based on need, whim and budget.

Silverstone's Flagship: Temjin TJ06 PC case

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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.

Coolermaster Centurion 5 mid-tower case

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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,

Silverstone LaScala LC-04 HTPC Case

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Silverstone's recently released La Scala series SST LC-04 is a slick beautifully styled all-aluminum case that fits a full size ATX motherboard yet has small exterior dimensions, especially the all-mportant (for a HTPC case) height . Is the LC-04 suitable for a quiet HTPC? Read Ralf's review.

Yeong Yang "Mars" YY-5603 mid-tower case

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Yeong Yang's new MarsYY-5603 mid-tower case is a Thermally-Advantaged Chassis designed for hot systems. It happens to have many strengths that make it suitable for quiet computing. The intelligent bezel design, the very good airflow potential, the sturdiness of the case, the attention to small details: All these add up to a serious case, one with some very nice user-friendly features that many silent PC enthusiasts will willingly adapt. Click here for SPCR's detailed review of the Yeong Yang Mars YY-5603.

SilverStone SST-LC01 HTPC Case

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SilverStone's SST-LC01 is a high quality, generous size, aluminum HTPC case with good overall design that's actually pretty good for a quiet computing platform. It also happens to be an excellent prospect if you wish to modify a case for extreme silent performance. In essence, a clever adaptation of a small mid-tower into a HTPC case.

A Reader's Report: Lian-Li PC-V2000 Tower Case

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Reader Charles Gilliatt's write-up on the big version of Lian-Li's new PC-V series of cases that turns the AXT tower configuration upside down with the PSU on the bottom. It's visually stunning, and Charles gives us lots of photos to ogle along with a detailed description of his impressions on his first step towards PC silence.

Coolcases-modded Chenbro PC-610 Case

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Coolcases.com is a high performance PC case specialist well-known to many DIY system builders. They offer a wide variety of modifications to cases that are preselected for high quality and performance. Here's a detailed look at Coolcases' modded, upgraded version of the Chenbro PC- 610 case for its suitability as a Silent PC platform.

Think-Tank Case by Coms-Com

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If the name Coms-com.com doesn't ring any bells, don't feel bad. We had never heard of them either. Coms-com.com is certainly a memorable URL, though their website is not so original; it is a close facsimile of the Antec site, a brand they distribute in Korea. Their quirky naming extends to the Think-Tank, a surprisingly decent quiet-minded case for those on a tight budget. See the complete Russ review.

StealthPC Foundation Kit by ARM Systems

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Review of a new prototype exclusive version of ARM Systems' 120mm fan StealthPC enclosure with complete Acoustipack damping preapplied, and a Panaflo-modded Zalman 400B. An Athlon 64 3200+ system is assembled in it & run up against a silent nutter's custom rig. Unfair but interesting.

Antec Aria SFF Case (w/PSU)

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Antec's entry into the toaster-shaped SFF sector is not a barebones system, but a case and power supply. The new ARIA is a generic case meant to accept any small motherboard up to MicroATX size. A 300W PSU with high 12V current capacity and 120mm fan, the option to install three hard drives, and case walls made of low-resonance aluminum-plastic multilayer composites are among the Antec Aria's many assets. Read our review for the full details.
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