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AOpen i915Ga-PLF with Power Master

The full-featured i915Ga-PLF is one of several new AOpen socket T motherboards with a unique function they call Power Master. The board supports the Enhanced Speedstep Technology in the newest 600 series Intel processors, but the i915Ga-PLF's Power Master can turn older chips without the new EIST into power misers, too.

CrystalCPUID: User Configurable Cool 'n' Quiet

Contributor Jan Kivar reports on using CrystalCPUID, a user-configurable substitute for Cool 'n' Quiet, with his Athlon A64 system. Version 4.3 of this advanced utility can work not only with Athlon 64s, but also Intel 600 series and the Pentium M processor, as well as the K6 and K7.

Intel 570 CPU + Soltek SL-915GPRO-FGR Motherboard

A most unusual review for Silent PC Review, of what is arguably the hottest desktop CPU ever made (P4-3.8 Prescott) on a motherboard designed expressly for such hot processors. It is a peek at computing at the thermal extreme.

Pentium M for the Desktop: AOpen i855GMEm-LFS & DFI 855GME-MGF

It is a tome about the merits of the Pentium M 2.0 Dothan with 855-chipset desktop boards by AOpen and DFI for silent, powerful computing. We've waited 18 months for these boards and our Pentium M desktop platform review was two months in the testing and writing.

Cool-n-Quiet Athlon 64 Motherboards

AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet for Athlon 64 reduces the working frequency and Vcore for reduce power consumption and heat when the processor is not under heavy load. Combined with an intelligent thermal fan setup, CnQ can be an easy way to make a quiet, very powerful PC. Unfortunately, only some Socket 754 and Socket 939 boards have CnQ support. Information about CnQ boards is spotty, and even AMD does not appear to have a comprehensive list. Here's a start to SPCR's own CnQ motherboards database in the Recommended section, with data compiled by Joachim Kluge.

Athlon 64 for Quiet Power

Athlon 64 for Quiet Power is a detailed discussion of the AMD Athlon 64 Processor as it pertains to silent computing by Bryan Cassell, a new contributor to SPCR. Close attention is paid to AMD's and Intel's divergent definitions of Thermal Design Power, and the likely actual maximum power dissipation of these CPUs.

Commell's P4 Mini-ITX board

It's a review of Commell's P4-based mini-ITX integrated motherboard. Big computing power in a small package, but limited VGA. What's it for? Industrial computing? Any good for us silencers? Find out.

The word counter says "14359 total words in this text" but don't be scared. Software lies sometimes. ;) It'll go much faster than you think.

Undervolting T'Bred-B CPUs with José Ángel

This article by José Ángel details just how wonderfully "underclockable" certain AMD Athlon Thoroughbred XP cores are, and what that means for cooling and noise. Combined with the unlocked state of all the Thoroughbred cores we're aware of, these inexpensive CPUs make for an excellent basis for very quiet computers.

Review: VIA EPIA M w/ new Nehemiah core

SPCR's review of a pre-production 1 GHz VIA EPIA-M10000 Mini-ITX board with the new Nehemiah C3 core. Ten thousand is the next step after M9000, the last released EPIA board reviewed here late last year. It is more than a marginal clock speed upgrade, says VIA. Our sample turns out to run at 933 MHz, so we had a head-to-head between Nehemiah and Ezra-T at the same speed.

Undervoltable Motherboards

A new page called Undervoltable Motherboards has been added to the Recommended Section. The reason is simple: this info is hard to come by, and undervolting is very useful in reducing CPU heat, which can lower cooling requirements. This means lower fan speeds -- and less noise. Check your motherboard; if it is undervoltable, please add it to the list!

Review: 2nd Gen Mini-ITX - VIA EPIA-M9000

The EPIA-M series, driven by the new VIA CLE266 chipset, is designed to tackle a different market segment than the original EPIA series. The video, audio and I/O enhancements in this second generation Mini-ITX board allows VIA to position the EPIA-M series for a home entertainment PC. Does it meet VIA's objectives? Is it quiet? Does it really work as an entertainment PC?

CPU Undervolting & Underclocking: A Primer

Two terms that often come up in Silent PC Review are undervolting and underclocking. These terms refer to setting the CPU core voltage and clock speed under the default settings in order to lower its heat output and make it easier to cool with a quiet, low speed fan. Computing performance does take a hit, but CPU temperature can be lowered dramatically, making it much easier to obtain quiet operation.

Review: VIA's Small & Quiet Eden Platform

Silent PC Review's first "official" review, on the VIA EPIA-5000, one of the all-integrated Mini-IPX motherboards in the recently launched Eden platform by VIA. Small can indeed be quiet!


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