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Antec P182 Advanced Super Midtower Case: P180 v.2

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The P182 is the second generation model of one of Antec's most popular high end case ever, the P180. It has been upgraded enough to justify a new model designation. We take a close look at the Special Edition, a mirror steel finish version that has apparently become an object of desire for the computer dandy.

Zalman's HD135 HTPC case: Gasping for air

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Zalman's HD135 follows up on its HD160 Media PC case by making it an inch shorter and sleeker while adding space for three more hard drives. Zalman has made some interesting cases in the past, but their fans have been consistently noisy, which is surprising for a company that made its mark as a quiet component supplier. Can the HD135 impress?

MoDT Mismatch: AOpen i945GTt-VFA & Silverstone LC-12

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From time to time we run across products that appear to be made for each other. That seemed to be the case with AOpen's mini-ITX i945GTt-VFA motherboard and Silverstone's mini-ITX LC-12 case to go with it. Both feature fanless, DC-based power delivery and a tiny form factor that just begs to be put on show. Alas, it was not a match made in IT heaven. How did this match go bad?

mCubed's HFX mini: Fanless HTPC "heatsink case"

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mCubed delivered a complete HTPC system in a HFX mini case to Christoph Derndorfer, our eager European correspondent. His review of this classy, sleek low-profile, high end, fanless "heatsink case" finds there's more to silencing than fanlessness.

QMicra from PC Design Lab: SFF Super-sized

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A high end SFF case from PC Design Lab recently arrived at the SPCR lab. It may be Small Form Factor (barely), but it's got room for four drives, two graphics cards, an ATX power supply and tall heatsinks. It also comes with several silencentric features that set it apart from the competition. The question is, can it live up to its promise, or, more importantly, its price tag?

Antec NSK3300: Quiet Out-of-the-Box

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Antec brings the sophistication of separate cooling zones from their big P180 to a small, inexpensive microATX case. The NSK3300 is bundled with a 300W SFX power supply, and is promoted as "small, quiet and highly efficient". SPCR takes a close look to see if the new case is really all those things.

Lian Li PC-101: Aluminum *Can* be Quiet!

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Lian Li projects a certain image: Classy, sexy, and very expensive. Quiet doesn't come to mind, but Lian Li seems to be trying: The PC-101 is billed as a "Classical Silent" case. What does that mean? We're always skeptical that an aluminum case can be made quiet... but this time, we are pleasantly surprised.

Zalman HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure

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The HD160 is Zalman's first more-or-less conventional PC case, designed for a quiet, high performance HTPC. All-aluminum construction, front panel VFD display with MCE remote control, a prominent front panel volume control knob, and a fat price tag to match it all identifies the HD160's high end aspirations. How high does it reach?

SilverStone Temjin TJ-07

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SilverStone's new all-aluminum flagship case is a huge, ambitious model that features a unique, amazingly heavy uni-body construction and split thermal chambers. The power supply and hard drives are in a separate chamber at the bottom, and all components are fed with fresh air. Obviously, it's a case for extreme cooling performance. How about for low noise?

Antec NSK2400 / Fusion Media PC Case

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The NSK2400 is described by Antec as a desktop case, which suggests a throwback to an earlier era. The cosmetics and styling leave no doubt that this case is designed to blend well into modern audio/video equipment racks. The NSK2400 was designed expressly with both low noise and effective cooling in mind. It is, in many ways, an adaptation of the Antec P180 to the horizonal, slimmer profile of a media PC case. Its cooling performance is such that it may even find a niche as a quiet gaming case. POSTCRIPT, Dec 20, 2006: The high end version, Fusion, is covered in this poscript on the last page.

Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure System

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It's raining TNNs at SPCR!? Our second Zalman TNN review in a week, this one tackles the TNN-300 as a case, cooling system, PSU and remote control for the home system builder. The concept is simple: A smaller, more user-friendly, more affordable version of their Totally No Noise system for broader tech consumer appeal. Mostly, it works. Our massive review tells you how.

Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU

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Antec steps up to the line again with a brand new mid-tower case and power supply in their high-end Performance One line. It's an all-steel case with many unique features that will delight PC silencers. You could call it a post-P180 case. The Antec P150 will definitely make waves. NOTE: Postcript on the black SOLO variant and other updates added June 15, 2006.

MuteMat sound absorption kit

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MuteMat is basically a competitor to the likes of AcoustiProduct: Sheets of damping material that can be applied to the inside panels of a PC case to help make it quieter. The big difference is that it's not foam. Instead, it is an "unwoven micro-fibre that can supposedly absorb more noise than acoustic foam due to its finer underlying structure." We tried MuteMat on a quiet system and wrote up our findings... along with SPL measurements, sound recordings and descriptions of before and after.

AcoustiProducts Vibration Dampers

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A well-known noise-damping company offers a variety of vibration damping devices for mounting fans, and similarly soft feet. We take a listen to what AcoustiProduct's new vibration dampeners can do for PC noise.

Antec P180 Review, Part 2: The Whole Nine Yards

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Or Everything you ever wanted to know about the P180... including some things you never even dreamed about. It's the most gi-nor-mongous SPCR review ever. We challenge you to get through it without skipping any of the pages that display some ~14,000 words. Is it worth your time to read? You tell us. NOTE: Postcript about a new updated version added June 15, 2006.
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