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Erssa
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Post by Erssa » Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:13 pm

I just stumbled on Akasa Mirage-62 case. I really hope you will review it.

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Post by Jordan » Wed Nov 15, 2006 1:11 am

Erssa wrote:I just stumbled on Akasa Mirage-62 case. I really hope you will review it.
It doesn't look like it has anything unique to offer SPCR. Bog standard layout, cramped HD cage (little room for suspension without removal).

I really do wish that, on cases with doors, more manufacturers would make the power button accessible when the door is closed, like this one.

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GMA 965 review?

Post by HiddenWolf » Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:18 am

I'd love to see a review of a decent G965 board (intel onboard graphics, core 2 duo).
This considering that newer graphics card consume loads of power and are very noisy. It'd be interesting to see just what you can do and play on one of these boards, with maximum efficiency and low power usage and noise.

Ideally that'd be a G965 board that's passively cooled (or nearly) and with a dvd output.

I can dream, right?

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Thermalright SI-128

Post by Moose » Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:04 am

Any chance of reviewing the Thermalright SI-128? Admittedly the fins are somewhat closely spaced but decent non tower native socket LGA775 heatsinks optimised for low airflow seem to be a little thin on the ground at the moment (or I'm looking in the wrong places) and I'm concerned about the motherboard cooling issues encountered with tower style heatsinks.

Cheers

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Post by Devonavar » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:30 pm

Yes, we'll get to it eventually.

First we need to update our heatsink test rigs, since they've both become unreliable. It's a big job, but we'll get to it eventually.

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Post by jaganath » Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:35 am

we need to update our heatsink test rigs, since they've both become unreliable.
Have they? How so? Are they not putting out the proper amount of heat?

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Post by rpsgc » Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:12 am

Updated Aug 8, 2006
An update guys? :)

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Post by Crisi » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:48 pm

If you guys are going to update the heatsink round-up, please make sure to add the Tuniq Tower 120 to the review. That heatsink is so popular, I am wondering how it performs sound wise. It is one of the best -if not THE best- air cooler out on the market right now.

Another suggestion: Lian-Li PC-S80. This case is built with acoustics in mind, it's somewhat like the Antec P180 but Lian-Li quality. I am wondering which case is better sound wise, either the P180 or the PC-S80.

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Post by spookmineer » Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:27 pm

The Gigabyte Aurora 3D 570 case.
I only read a few reviews of it and don't plan to buy one (still content with current case).

It does have 2x 120 mm fans in the back (and 1x 120 mm fan in front - take out the toolkit box behind it). You could seriously undervolt the two rear fans and still get enough airflow.
Left side has a mesh window, could be a downside. There seems to be a clear plastic window included which can be installed to block air entering from the side.
Maybe a little more bling-bling then most here like for a silent case but it has potential?

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Post by NoiseFreeGuy » Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:48 pm

Not sure where to ask this question so I thought this might be a good place.

I'm reading a bunch of great reviews by you folks here on SPCR.

When you guys test out your systems you install WinXP SP2 as standard procedure.

Do you use a fresh WinXP package for each system or the same disks?

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Post by Devonavar » Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:55 pm

We have a number of disks that we reuse over and over. Activation can be a pain if we keep the system up for longer than 30 days, but thankfully that doesn't happen very often.

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Post by EvoX » Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:46 am

spookmineer wrote:The Gigabyte Aurora 3D 570 case.
I only read a few reviews of it and don't plan to buy one (still content with current case).

It does have 2x 120 mm fans in the back (and 1x 120 mm fan in front - take out the toolkit box behind it). You could seriously undervolt the two rear fans and still get enough airflow.
Left side has a mesh window, could be a downside. There seems to be a clear plastic window included which can be installed to block air entering from the side.
Maybe a little more bling-bling then most here like for a silent case but it has potential?
Ah, just wanted to post a request for it too :)
It looks really nice, I think it will be the case for my next rig.

So would it be possible to review it?

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Post by MikeC » Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:19 am

EvoX wrote:Ah, just wanted to post a request for it too :)
It looks really nice, I think it will be the case for my next rig.

So would it be possible to review it?
Most big cases can be modded to work in a quiet PC. You don't need our review to know that.

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Post by Erssa » Sun Feb 11, 2007 5:21 am

rpsgc wrote:
Updated Aug 8, 2006
An update guys? :)

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Post by simonnance » Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:53 pm

Any chance of giving the Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000/2000 120mms the full SPCR workover? I've heard some very good things about these fans, and they are priced very nicely in comparison with the likes of the Noctua and S-Flex (in the UK at least, not sure about the USA).

Madshrimp compared them favorably with the GlobalWin 1202512L and Noctua, but the SPCR testing methodology is far more rigorous IMO!

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Post by kater » Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:58 am

I'm not sure if this is the right place, but I'd like to suggest some PSU's for tests.

Tacens Valeo and Aeris- semi-passive PSU's that are reported by people (around here) to behave v decently in terms of noise, even after the 135 mm fan starts spinning. Said to be capable of working in passive mode up to ca 150W load. Made by Andyson, not yet popular.

Be Quiet! Straight Power - again, reported by local silence geeks to compete with S12 both in idle and under load. Made by FSP (good sign), claimed efficiency is +80%, good fan (120 mm) & controller. When compared to Dark Power, the Straight Power series is said to be audibly quieter. V popular around EU.

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Take3/Take4

Post by caktusaurus » Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:54 am

Hoping the Antec Take3/Take4 review will come soon! :D

And thanks you guys for such a great site, that has been extremely helpful when choosing parts for my new digital audio workstation...

Keep up the good work!

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Post by ckamc » Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:29 pm

Possible review by SPRC on the...

Scythe KATANA 2

?

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Post by Mescalero » Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:57 pm

simonnance wrote:Any chance of giving the Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000/2000 120mms the full SPCR workover? I've heard some very good things about these fans, and they are priced very nicely in comparison with the likes of the Noctua and S-Flex (in the UK at least, not sure about the USA).
I also vote in favor of a sharkoon Silent Eagle test. Maybe as an addendum to the great 120mm fan roundup? Other sites have very favorable reviews, but I never trust them as much as I trust the spcr tests.

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Post by Filias Cupio » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:41 pm

I see Nexus has some exciting looking new stuff. What are the chances of a review of the following?

NX-8040/8050/8060 PSU. 80+, 120mm fan, modular cables, 17.6 dBA in idle, 400/500/600W. Curiously, their noise graph shows the 500W model as quieter than the 400 at all loads. This looks very close to being the perfect ATX PSU.

PSB-1000 PSU - a DC-to-DC PSU like the picoPSU but a bit bigger (but still no SATA :-() and matching FSP150-AAA 150W power brick

Psile 10 SFF case. It is designed with the low noise and the PSB-1000 in mind - it has no space for a 'regular' PSU. It can fit a GPU card. It looks like it has quite a bit of headroom for a large CPU heatsink - it might even fit a Ninja. However, it looks to be seriously short of vents, won't take a 120mm fan, and if you suspend a laptop harddrive in the hard-drive mounting space, it wouldn't be cooled very well at all.

http://www.nexustek.nl/

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Post by Mescalero » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:34 am

Filias Cupio wrote:I see Nexus has some exciting looking new stuff. What are the chances of a review of the following?

NX-8040/8050/8060 PSU. 80+, 120mm fan, modular cables, 17.6 dBA in idle, 400/500/600W. Curiously, their noise graph shows the 500W model as quieter than the 400 at all loads. This looks very close to being the perfect ATX PSU.
In a thread in the "Power Supplies" section, a Nexus employee said that they will send some review samples to spcr.

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Post by typ0 » Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:35 am

I'd really like to see Tacens PSUs reviewed and compared to Seasonic's regarding noise.

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Post by ckamc » Sun May 06, 2007 5:43 pm

Another idea of a case that may be worth reviewing.

Lian Li PC-A08... its a fairly new one to the market and looks like a winner

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Post by alfhenrik » Mon May 14, 2007 1:41 am

Hi,

Will you guys review the new Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 in the near future?

I have been reading about it and I am quite interested in getting this particular heatsink for my Powercolor X1950Pro Extreme as it is currently the "loudest" part in my computer.

Thanks.
alfhenrik

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Post by BrytaPlanka » Sat May 19, 2007 7:42 am

I want you to review the new fanless silverstone ST50NF PSU when its available.
Is it same size as the last one, will it perform as good, can it be used in the HFX mCubed chassi like the last one (STN30F) or will it overheat?

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Post by jojo4u » Tue May 22, 2007 11:34 am

I put the Fortron Zen 400 W on the wish list since it seems the most efficient ATX PSU as far as I can see.
Evidence:
viewtopic.php?p=342251#342251
http://www.matbe.com/articles/lire/342/ ... age135.php

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Post by typ0 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:32 pm

I hope you can review the new Seasonics S12II to see if they beat S12-550+ :)

thanx

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Booster PSU

Post by efcoins2 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:22 am

I see booster PSUs on sale, which power graphis cards, leaving the original PSU to power everything else
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1763.html
I think they are fanless

Any chance of a review showing how much quieter a standard PSU becomes if it has a booster to help it. The standard PSU will operate at reduced power, making it quieter.

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Post by jaganath » Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:09 am

I think they are fanless
that thermaltake 250W you linked to has a fan (link) as does the FSP BoosterX3. because of the size they have to use really small fans, so unless they are really efficient the small fans have to spin very fast (=noise).

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Post by Kreed » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:23 am

I would like to see the follow products reviewed by SPCR:

Heatsinks:
CoolerMaster Hyper TX (AMD and Intel)
CoolerMaster Hyper TX2
Scythe Ninja Mini

Low Profile Heatsinks:
CoolerMaster Vortex 754
CoolerMaster X Dream 4
Hiper HFC 20820-C1 (for the low-profile HTPC builders out there)

Cases for mATX motherboards
In Win Mt. Jade BK623
Antec Mini P182 (I know it's ugly, but others here seem to like it)
Antec NSK1400/Micro Fusion (if Antec ever decides to release them)
Silverstone SG03

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