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Asus Eee Box B202: An Atom-based mini PC

It's tiny, svelte, and yes, very quiet. It uses the popular Intel Atom low power processor and a chipset designed for mobile use. It's part of the continuing miniaturization of computing devices. What's a cute mini PC like the Asus Eee Box good for? Our review delves into the details.

Asus P3-P5G33 Barebone Slim PC

The name doesn't exactly roll smoothly off the tongue, but the P3-P5G33 certainly looks slick enough. What does this stylish, modestly priced slim barebone PC from Asus offer?

Hiper Media Center PC HMC-2K53A-A3

If the headline sound familiar, it's because we reviewed a Hiper Media Center PC with the same name and nearly identical model designation a couple months ago. The new model ends with A3, the old with H2. It features the same sleek, small chassis with a newer AMD A690G chipset motherboard and comes with a Vista remote, both of which are worthwhile improvements. Read on for the rest of our complete second look.

Reflections on the Asus Eee PC

Three weeks after the Eee PC was released for retail sale to a thunderous roar of applause, we consider the hardware, the software and the significance of this new ultramobile notebook from Asus in an article that's equal parts review and editorial.

AMD DTX small form factor system preview

AMD's DTX small form factor specification has progressed since its announcement in January 2007. Here's an interim overview of DTX and its objectives, and a preview of a reference DTX system from AMD.

DTX coverage by other selected sites: The Tech Report, Anandtech, Ars Technica, Hot Hardware, Techware Labs

Hiper Media Center Barebones PC

The Hiper Media Center has a full featured MATX motherboard by MSI along with a 200W power supply in a small, very low profile case that has room for one hard drive and a notebook slot optical drive. Notable standard equipment include a complete front panel card reader and I/O board hidden under a pop-up cover, built-in Wi-Fi, and a VFD display with 6 external function buttons. It is just about the slimmest PC you'll see anywhere.

HP Pavilion a1640n & a1630n: Intel vs. AMD?

It's not every day that a full review of a system from a major PC brand appears at SPCR. Now here we are with two desktop PCs from Hewlett Packard. In the third quarter of 2006, HP took the lead from Dell as the biggest maker of computers in the world. Does this mean the big guys are finally paying attention to the special interest tech site called Silent PC Review? No matter; this article will give the quiet computer buyer an idea of what to expect from a big PC brand these days.

Apple's 24" iMac: There's more to High End than Performance

Last April, Apple got our attention with a Core Duo 17" iMac that was the quietest, most efficient stock system we've seen from a major brand. The iMacs now sport Intel's Core 2 Duo chips. Apple has introduced a new version with a massive 24" screen that will impress even those who don't follow technology closely. A few extra FPS from the latest 8800GTX is one thing, but massive LCD screen is a much more visible status symbol. Yes, the iMac is much about image. But we're sure to like it if it can match the noise performance of its predecessor.

Shuttle's Smallest Yet: XPC X100

Shuttle has evolved from a motherboard OEM to the inventor of the barebones system to a company that sells fully integrated systems. They're still doing the Small Form Factor thing, though, and the X100 is clearly an attempt to woo the form and function part of the market that Apple has captured. The comparison with Apple is intentional; Shuttle compares the X100 head to head with a Mac Mini on their specifications page.

Puget Delivers a Quiet Core Duo PC

Puget Custom Computers is a system builder with emphasis on the Custom in their name. If you can think of it, they can build it for you. Last year, they watercooled a Pentium M and a high end gaming video card for us in a well-cooled system that was 100% fanless. This time around, they've built something a little less extreme, but it's still very quiet. How quiet? Keep reading to find out...

ASUS Terminator 2 T2-AE1: Mod-friendly Barebones System

It's a socket 754 system that's a bit long in the tooth, but no one said old technology couldn't be quiet. The Asus T2-AE1 is a tidy package that looks good and is shockingly inexpensive. Can it be quiet as well?

17" Apple iMac - The Official SPCR Review

Not long ago, an enthusiastic SPCR reader submitted a User Review of an Apple iMac. Readers enjoyed his review, but clamoured for official SPCR noise testing. Well, we've delivered. Our official SPCR review of a 17" Core Duo-based iMac confirms what Randy Harris knew all along: The iMac is quiet, energy efficient, and excellent value to boot. Oh, and it can also run Windows...

Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review

SPCR reader Randy Harris' appraisal of his new 20" iMac, powered by an Intel Core Duo processor, comes on the heels of last week's PR extravaganza at the Spring 2006 Intel Developers Forum and the ensuing tech media frenzy. How does this first product of the new Apple / Intel alliance look and sound to a noise-conscious Wintel user?

Fanless Ultra Powerhouse PC by EndPCNoise

It's a review of a system EndPCNoise sells in a range of configurations, based around the massive Zalman TNN-500AF. Our sample system featured a hot P4 Prescott, mostly to showcase the silent cooling capability of the EPCN / TNN-500AF system. It is quite impressive and not as costly as you might think.

Shuttle SD11G5: Pentium-M SFF PC

It's late to the table, but Shuttle's long awaited SD11G5 is a landmark SFF. Just the basics are enough to make a winning combination: A Pentium M SFF platform around a proven single fan heatpipe cooling system with a PCIe video card slot and an external fanless power box. Add Shuttle's usual attention to details, styling and packaging, extra features like the ambitious built-in Sound Blaster 7.1 sound card and dual monitor onboard display capability, and it looks just about perfect.


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