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Sharka Corp. offering Quiet, Build-to-order systems

Sharka Corporation is now offering build-to-order computers. While these computers are simply resold ARM Systems Computers, it's nice to see more retailers taking up the silent PC cause. Additionally, there are some other nice things about the Sharka/ARM line of computers. Read more below.

Zalman announces VIA-specific passive heatsink

Zalman recently announced the CNPS6100-AlCu passive heatsink designed for the VIA C3 processor. This solution is entirely passive and does not include any sort of fan, due to the cool-running of the C3 line of processors.

Explanation of ball vs. sleeve-bearing fans

Zalman releases CNPS6500B-series HSF

Zalman recently released the CNPS6500B-series heatsinks. Designed for the P4-series of processors, these mammoth heatsinks weigh in at a whopping 898g. (over 6 times heavier than the earlier CNPS3000-series.

There's even a warning on the 6500 page telling you that this heatsink exceeds Intel's own 450g maximum weight recommendation for heatsinks, and to proceed at your own risk. Yikes.

International Noise Awareness Day

Apparently, it's International Noise Awareness Day. So please, everyone, be aware of noise today. ;)

80GB Barracuda IV for $85, shipped to your door.

If you're willing to jump through some hoops and lick a stamp or two, you can own your very own Seagate Barracuda IV 80GB hard drive for $85. Read on to learn how.

SpeedFan Controls Fan Speed via Motherboard!

SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds and temperatures in computers with known monitoring chips. Its main feature is that it can control the speed of the fans according to the temperatures inside your PC, thus reducing noise and power consumption. SpeedFan can also access S.M.A.R.T. HD data and temperatures (if available). I've downloaded a copy & am trying it out now. Very cool!

DIY Water Cooling has published a DIY Water Cooling System. Replete with diagrams, material lists and lots of pictures, this article is great for the Do-It-Yourself crowd.

Wecome PC Club of Toronto!

Our friend Albert "ATX" told us a large group of PC devotees from this Toronto club may descend upon Silent PC Review in the coming days, after attending his recent presentation about quiet PCs. We applaud Albert's efforts to spread awareness of PC noise and welcome new PCCT visitors beginning to hear the possibilities of silent computing.

Microsoft's 11th Annual WinHEC

At Microsoft's 11th annual WinHEC, one of the session topics was on Quiet PCs. We'll keep an eye out for the conference paper, which should be posted to Microsoft's site later today or tomorrow. It's very encouraging to see a major manufacturer throwing their weight behind the Silent PC movement.

Why aren't today's PCs quiet?

Salon ran an article a while back that talked about the increasing noise in computers, as well as why PC manufacturers might be having a hard time making their computers silent. The article gives a nod to the iMac as one of the most silent computers available from a big-name manufacturer and also talks about European regulations hopefully helping to reduce noise in PCs.

Building a Silent Thin Client

Jason Spisak wrote an HOWTO on building a silent thin client


. The end result is a great thin client that has no moving parts. Perhaps not a great primary computer, but it's perfect for checking email and surfing the web. Works well with the Linux Terminal Server Project.

TechTV Article on Quiet PCs

TechTV has an article entitled, "World's Quietest PC". The article is a recap of a segment that ran on their Screen Savers television program. There are no ground-breaking tips or techniques discussed in this article, but it does provide a good overview of components designed to make your PC run quieter.

Bury the thing!

So you've tried and tried to silence your PC, but despite all your efforts, it still makes more noise than you'd like. What's next, you ask? Why, bury it, of course.


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