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Seagate announces larger Barracuda drives.

Seagate announced a new, larger Barracuda V series of hard drives. Using the same technology that made the Barracuda IV series so popular with quiet PC enthusiasts, these new drives will support 60GB per platter and support Serial ATA in addition to "regular" ATA. In addition, the Serial ATA drives, expected to ship later this month, will offer an 8MB cache, which should make for a nice increase in performance on these 7,200RPM drives.

New Zalman products

Zalman has officially released their new powersupply (dubbed ZM300A-APF) and a "multi-connector" for connecting two 5V and two 12V fans to a single 4-pin plug. Details can be found at Zalman's Korean website or Zalman USA.

They also have pictures of the ZM-50HP VGA cooler using heatpipes.

Zalman CNPS 6000Cu Review

Overclocker Cafe has a review of the all-copper Zalman CNPS 6000Cu CPU heatsink. They recommend it and call it "VERY quiet!". A separate article from Tweakers Australia suggest that the all copper design doesn't add much beyond the aluminium/copper version except weight.

ExtremeTech's article on silencing PCs

ExtremeTech has posted an article that walks through an entire PC silencing project. It's a decent summary, but they certainly made some questionable decisions, such as choosing the Maxtor DiamondMax drive over the Seagate Barracuda IV and the Enermax Whisper PSU over the Zalman or Seasonic. They also had some difficulties silencing the HSF on the P4 2.53GHz chip, which isn't surprising, given the heat output of Intel's top of the line CPU. Nevertheless, it's an interesting article that provides a good summary-level explanation of how to silence a PC.

Thoroughbred AMD XP still runs HOT

The new 0.13 micron core AMD XP was awaited eagerly by many power-hungry but quiet-loving PC enthusiasts. Alas, initial reviews everywhere suggest the wait was for naught. While generating a bit less heat, the reduced size of the die has resulted in less contact area for heat transfer to the heatsink. The result is a very marginal 1-2° C or 7% reduction in temperature, depending on which review you read. Why didn't they adopt a heat spreader?! For links to the first reviews...

Fanless ATX power pack with 300 Watts

I recently got an email from RSG Electronic about their new ATX fanless power supply. Check it out under new products. The email also said that they were working on a version with an "ATX form factor sized case too, but in a long version."

Tomas Risberg kindly asked them to send us a sample for review not long ago; perhaps you should too. It looks good; we'll see how they respond.

Zalman announces fanless VGA cooler for GeForce4 cards

Zalman has announced a new VGA heatsink targeted at GeForce4 cards at Computex Taipei. Featuring an unusual double-sided design, the VGA heatsink should allow for fanless operation of GeForce4 cards like the Ti4400. Details are still scarce and Zalman hasn't announced this on their site yet.

New ultra-quiet PSU at

A new ultra-quiet power-supply was just released at
It is a Fortron Source 300 watts model modified with a decoupled VERAX-fan. This fan uses a new technology which results in a better air-flow and less turbulences. The fan itself is thermo-controlled which ensures a low-noise-level. The noise-level of the power-supply was measured with 21db(A) which is a really low-level!

AOpen announces vacuum tube motherboard

AOpen has released a new motherboard with "vacuum tube audio output". Yes, you read that right. AOpen released a motherboard with vacuum tubes on it. One can't help but admire AOpen's willingness to experiment, but you have to wonder about the size of the potential market for this. No question vacuum tubes provide superior audio quality, but it remains to be seen how many people need that level of audio output quality in their PCs.

Seagate announces "virtually silent" hard drive.

Seagate has announced a new series of hard drives geared towards non-traditional markets. The U Series X drive is targeted at systems such as Xbox gaming consoles, audio jukeboxes and low-cost PCs. Utilizing only one read/write head, this drive is 25% thinner than traditional half-height drives. According to Seagate, this improves airflow within smaller systems where space is at a premium and components are often packed closely together. Utilizing the same technology found in their Barracuda cousins, Seagate quotes the U Series X drives at 2.6 bels, which is slightly higher than the 2.4 bels quoted for the Barracuda IV.

IBM gets rid of the local hard drive is reporting that IBM has developed a new technology called iBoot. Taking advantage of the new iSCSI standard, iBoot allows computers to boot from remote hard drives, located in remote locations. While IBM is targeting the technology at easing administrative burdens and increasing performance, this technology also should help reduce the noise in desktop PCs.

Another Review of Shuttle SS40G

Via hardware has a review of the new Shuttle SS40G. Seems shuttle have made some good attempts at silencing this version, although the db levels quoted in the review don't look that impressive. Hopefully it'll give us modders a head start though. Check out the review here.

The fact that they posted some noise readings is also encouraging. Thanks for the news, Jon!

Petitioning Retailers is Crucial

So says Jake in his

call to silent action

in our General Forum, asking folks to email, phone and write letters to retailers urging them to include noise ratings alongside their products... Lots more good ideas to promote silence awareness in the industry. Thanks, Jake!

Fujitsu announces new, quieter SCSI drives

For the SCSI fans out there, Fujitsu has announced a new line of SCSI hard drives using their "Fluid Dynamic Bearing" (FDB) technology. Currently, these drives are vaporware and are not expected to be available to consumers until at least September.

MX-EVA3 CPU Evaporator Cooler

Icrontic has a review of the MX-EVA3 CPU evaporator cooler. Described as sounding "like a refrigerator", this cooler isn't for the silent PC crowd. However, the technology used here to allow overclocking could just as easily be applied to enabling silent-running computers. Of course, with a price tag of $499, this cooler isn't exactly for the mainstream crowd.


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