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An Anechoic Chamber for SPCR

It's a hemi-anechoic chamber, to be precise. A silent, echo-free room for measuring computer gear that's been an impossible dream for nearly seven years: We made it happen with the great support of the SPCR community, and it works... to the tune of 11 dBA! Settle down for a long and winding story...

What is a "Silent" Computer?

Admittedly, it's a bit odd that Silent PC Review has taken over four years to publish an article that deals explicitly with what a "silent" computer is. This seemingly innocuous question is far from simple. Trying to answer it gets at the heart of PC acoustics issues, and the challenges for those trying to create or document a "silent" computer.

Fans from Noctua & Corsair at Computex 2012

At Computex 2012 last week, there were two fan developments worthy of serious note for SPCR readers. The first and more revolutionary of the two is an Active Noise Cancellation fan project from Noctua, with partner RotoSub. The second is from a more unlikely source, Corsair, of memory, PSU and case fame.

2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

The passage of a decade is always considered a major milestone, and on Sunday April 1, 2012, SPCR entered its second decade.

Power Distribution in Three PCs (2012)

Six years ago we conducted an anlysis of power consumption and distribution in several desktop PCs. Today we repeat the analysis with three modern machines to see how things have changed.

Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

This article is in response to a recent email from a sophisticated technology user who suffers from tinnitus. The writer refers specifically to electronic noise from second generation Intel SSDs triggering his tinnitus symtoms in such an upsetting way that he was compelled to seek help from Intel directly. The kind of electronic noise Richard describes is not normally audible to most people, but there is little question that it is all around us, emanating from just about every type of electronic gizmo that is part and parcel of modern living.


AMD HD6800 Series + Tech Day in LA

The HD 6800 series cards are officially launched today, as any tech media reader is well aware. The 6870/50 cards are featured in umpteen reviews already — AMD feted a hundred tech journalists in Los Angeles for two nights last week. Our brief report and musings on the new cards and on the event.


Eight Years of SPCR

Silent PC Review is officially eight years old today. Great thanks to all the supporters whose donations helped SPCR come this far, and hopefully go farther into the future. Much thanks, too, for all the corporate supporters over the years. SPCR's anechoic chamber remains the high point of all this support, and it has become the unique centerpoint of our identity among tech web sites. Thank you all!

Post-IDF, Fall 2009

After rubbing shoulders with 4,000-odd mostly tech-geeks for a few days, after a dose of zen and several cold pints to soothe the swollen brain, a state of contemplation sometimes prevails. I then feel compelled to share these nuggets — of gold or lead, the reader is free to judge.


Single Moving Part PC in Silverstone TJ08

Another month, another silent PC. This time, in a handsome presentable case with just one moving part: A 120mm fan spinning at 500rpm. The SMPPC combines an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, a Cool'n'Quiet AMD Athlon 64 2X processor, high efficiency DC/DC power conversion and DIY modding on a heatpipe heatsink in a Silverstone TJ08 for a system that is immeasurable even in an 11 dBA anechoic chamber.

Silent PC with No Moving Parts

A PC without any moving parts has been the Holy Grail of Silent Computing for years. It's a quest that has led some individuals to fabricate their own cases, massive heatsinks turned inside out, with the components bolted inside them. The final moving part to go is the spinning hard disk drive. A new PC for our anechoic chamber uses a Samsung SSD to eliminate all moving parts for truly silent performance.

Seven Years

Seven is a number full of significance. In Christianity, the world was created in seven days. In Hindu mythology, there are seven worlds in the universe, seven seas in the world. In mathematics, it's a lucky prime. Randomly, there were seven wonders in the ancient world, Seven Years in Tibet, seven colors in a rainbow, seven virtues and seven deadly sins, Seven Samurai, seven years of bad luck, Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, and Silent PC Review is officially seven years old today.

IDF Fall 2008: Through the Silent Glass

The 2008 Fall Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco came and went last week. Here is a summary of the highlights, as seen through the SPCR glass. In a nutshell, it was Atom, SSDs and Core i7.


Computex 2008: Antec's Skeleton, P183 & Sonata Elite cases

No one from SPCR is in Taipei for Computex, but that doesn't stop us from bringing you exclusive photos, information and a video of Antec's aptly named Skeleton chassis. We've also got photos and info about the upcoming P183 and Sonata Elite cases.

Computex 2008: Asus Eee Box & PC, and Xonar HDAV1.3 a/v combo card

New products from Asus include the Eee Box, bigger and better versions of the Eee PC laptop, and the Xonar HDAV1.3, a unique new A/V combo card.



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