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The Invisible Case

This doesn't strictly related to Silent Computing, but I have a weakness for ultra-cool case mods. Not just the same-old boring case windows but unique, innovative case mods.

This guy has built a custom "invisible case" from scratch, using plexiglass and elbow grease. The project took three months to complete and the results are impressive.

The article is fairly long and contains a detailed, step-by-step explanation of how he built the case. There are plenty of images at the end of the article to show you the final result.

New GeForce4 Video Cards Continue Noisy Trend

Tom's Hardware has reviewed three early versions of the recently-released NVIDIA GeForce4 Series of video cards. ASUS, Creative Labs and Leadtek all sent prototype GeForce4 Ti4600 boards to be put under the microscope. As might be expected from NVIDIA's top of the line model, performance was excellent, trouncing the competition (and NVIDIA's older cards) in every category.

Unfortunately, all three cards reviewed have large heatsinks and fans that don't appear to be quiet. With descriptions ranging from "bearable noise levels" to "sound bears resemblance to that of a blow-drier", this doesn't bode well for Silent PC enthusiasts.

For now, I'll stick with my fanless LeadTek GeForce2MX.

Signum Data's Fanless "SID FutureClient"

"Quietest Hard Drives in the World"

That's the claim Samsung is making regarding their recently-released SpinPoint series of hard drives.

With such bold claims, one has to wonder if Samsung can back them up. StorageReview recently reviewed the SpinPoint P40 model, which is a 7200RPM drive. They found that it was quiet, but not as quiet as Seagate's Barracuda IV. Still, we'd like to know how much quieter one of the 5400RPM drives would be.

For all you day traders out there has released their own line of "Whisper Quiet Computers". At first glance, these computers appear to be nothing more than a standard whitebox PC combined with an Enermax PSU and a Fujitsu fluid-drive bearing hard drive.

They're geared towards stock traders, so the computers are configured with such niceties as dual monitors and fast Pentium IV processors. However, they appear to be priced at a premium, perhaps more than a simple Enermax PSU and Fujitsu drive warrant.

Apple wants your feedback

Apple is soliciting feedback from PC users about what might make you switch to a Mac.
Apple has been on the leading edge of silent computers, at least among larger computer manufacturers, with products like their G4 Cube and original iMac, both of which are nearly silent.
This is your chance to let them know that silent computing is important to you.

Zalman releases new northbridge heatsink

Cool Carbon Foam is running a story about Cool Carbon Foam that could revolutionize the way we cool everything from cars to CPUs. Don't toss your existing HSF just yet, however, as this material isn't expected to make it to the retail space for many years.

Promising "Tip-Magenetic Drive" fan from YSTech

Fan maker Y.S.Tech announced yesterday a new Tip-Magnetic Driving Fan that "relocates the motor from the traditional location of central hub to the 4 corners." They claim that the new design provides substantial improvements in cooling power, power consumption and noise.

"Frozen" Case Modding Project

The coolest computer case I have ever seen. Completely custom-built. He designed his case from the ground up using CAD software, and built it from plates of 3mm aluminium and 3 mm acrylic glass. It cost him about 300/400 euro, and took him about 250 hours to build.


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