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Fanless PCI Radeon?

VIAHardware has a review of a 64MB Radeon that fits in a PCI slot and on top of that it's fanless! Looks perfect for one of the sans-AGP Shuttle mini-barebones systems.

Check out the review here.

For Dilbert fans: PC Feng Shui

A hilariously appropos Dilbert strip about Feng Shui and noisy computer fans. Thanks to Tim Handley of VIA for pointing it out. :)

FrostyTech review of Zalman CNPS6500-Cu Fan Heatsink has a very positive review of the Zalman CNPS6500-Cu Fan Heatsink. Notable for its audio recordings of the noise the Zalman makes, the review offers a comparison of the Zalman fan against many of its peers.

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Quieting an XP at!?)

A story on quiet air-cooling of an XP1600+ system in just appeared today. Nothing revolutionary to regular SPCR devotees, but interesting, and noteworthy that one of the web's great overclocking communities, normally oblivious to noise, is beginning to rouse to the deafening noise.

Shuttle SS51 officially launched

Shuttle, the leading developer of innovative small form factor (SFF) computing solutions, today launched the latest model in its rapidly expanding XPC product line. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of Small Form Factor design, the Shuttle XPC line are poised to become the standard for next generation PCs.

CPUs Ranked by Noise

A new addition to the Recommended section, just about every CPU released in the last half decade is ranked by COOL factor. Cool in our book equals quiet; it is a noise-ranked list. It should be useful whether you're seeking to quiet an old system or assemble a new quiet one.

KoolnQuiet: New UK e-tailer for quiet stuff

A new UK e-commerce site has just been launched: As the name implies, they only sell components that keep computers cool and quiet. A couple of informational pages present a good summary of problems & solutions. Hopefully, KoolnQuiet will turn out to be a nice resource for those on the other side of the Atlantic.

Temperature Controlled Fan

For the budding electricians among us, here is an interesting article on how to make your own temperature-controlled fan. Containing simple as well as linear models, this project isn't for the mainstream silent pc enthusiast, but is a great idea for those who like to tinker.

Nvidia and Shuttle to produce new SN40 system

Nvidia and Shuttle announced today their partnership to produce Small Form Factor nForce2 barebones, a move which should see improved performance from the tiny PC. We can expect many of the nForce2 features to be integrated into Shuttle's upcoming SN40 including:

Tom's Hardware review of the Shuttle SS40 Mini PC

Tom's Hardware has an article about the Shuttle SS40 PC. The author practically gushes about the SS40 and gives it high praise. There are some great, detailed pictures of the mini-pc's heat pipe heat sink along with a decent explanation of how heat pipe technology works. Those two things alone make the article worth reading. Also mentioned is the fact that Shuttle will be releasing a replacement for the SS40 soon, which will contain an AGP slot, perhaps the biggest gripe heard about the SS40 today.

Zalman fanless VGA-heatsink/heatpipe due in August

Zalman says their new VGA heatsinks with heat-pipe(ZM50-HP, ZM80-HP) will be available early August and prices are not decided yet. Thanks for the tip, Patric.

AMD Shipping Athlon XP SFF!

Xbit labs reports that AMD just started shipping Athlon XP SFF processors featuring low power consumption. These CPUs utilize a bus speed of 100 (200)MHz instead of the common 133(266)MHz, and the supported Vcore ranges between 1.05-1.45V, which allows reaching only 35W heat dissipation level. Should make it easier to build quiet XP-based systems. Thanks to Alex Hu for the news tip!

Mini-ITX Web Site is a site devoted to (surprise!) all thing related to the Mini-ITX platform recently developed by VIA. Our review of the VIA EPIA-5000 Mini-ITX embedded CPU integrated motherboard remains the most read article on SPCR. Many projects and concepts are covered at, including silent and simply cool PCs. Well worth a visit.

Silent Supercomputing

The New York Times is running an article (free registration required) about two very different supercomputers. One supercomputer, called Q, follows the traditional path of packing as many teraflops into one computer as possible, without regard to power or heat requirements. The other computer, called "Green Destiny" takes a different approach. Relying upon low-power, low-heat chips from Transmeta, this computer is made up of a Beowulf cluster of machines and requires just a fraction of the power of the larger Q supercomputer. While the article doesn't fall within the traditional boundaries of silent personal computing, it's still worth a read.


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