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Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved

Silent Mike's Blog

The latest newsletter from PR agency Marken Communications is well-considered and timely in the wake of the recent hacks that forced Sony to its knees.

"I disagree with some in the Cloud Industry who say calling the storage devices you carry with you and your home storage a personal Cloud is wrong. But they don't want to call it outsourced storage. It's semantics. Key is it's sitting somewhere else out of your control. There are too many people out there who want to put another conquest notch on their hacking skills by tapping into big companies. There are things you can do every day to protect your stuff from evil doers even if you use their Cloud. Be a little paranoid...

Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

Cooling
The Swiftech H240-X is an interesting high-end open loop liquid CPU cooler that's also pre-assembled/filled and plug-and-play like all-in-one units.

103 120mm Fans Reviewed

Internet News

Hardware.info makes history of sorts by posting a roundup review of a whopping 103 fans. The authors deserve kudos for the sheer volume of their task, though SPCR laments the relatively low usability of their results.

Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler

Cooling | Graphics Cards
Arctic's Acclero Hybrid II-120 combines an AIO liquid cooler with a back side heatsink to produce a formidable yet quiet cooling solution for high-end graphics cards.

AIDA64 v5.00 is released

Internet News

The latest Finalwire AIDA64 is now available. This is a comprehensive hardware detection software that provides detailed information about installed software and offers diagnostic functions and support for overclocking. As it monitors sensors in real time, AIDA64 can gather accurate voltage, temperature and fan speed readings, while its diagnostic functions help detect and prevent hardware issues. It is a utility SPCR turns to often in our hardware analysis. Version 5.0 introduces wireless remote monitoring of sensor values on smartphones and tablets.

Quiet Mini-ITX Gamer Build Guide

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
A quiet system in a smaller form factor is our followup to the Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide posted in the last couple of weeks. It is another high performance rig, one quiet enough to be just about inaudible even atop your desk. Your family will never know that you're gaming on this machine unless your sound effects are on speaker and they can see the action on your monitor.

Cryorig R1 Ultimate & Universal CPU Coolers

Cooling
While Cyrorig is a relative newcomer to the well-establish CPU heatsink market, their flagship R1 Ultimate/Universal has all the trappings of a top-tier cooling solution.

Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
The new Fractal Design Define R5 arrived in our lab while we were finishing our original Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide article. Lacking time to do a full case review, we swapped the R5 in place of the R4 to get a practical assessment of the improvements the new case brings. In the process, we managed to drop the full load noise of our Quiet ATX Gamer to under 17 dBA@1m.

Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB

Storage
Two mechanical drives from Seagate: The Samsung SpinPoint M9T 2TB is the only standard 9.5mm thick 2.5" notebook drive of this capacity; others are thicker. The Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB is a hybrid desktop model with 8GB of NAND Flash augmenting a 7200 RPM motor and 2x1TB platters.

SPCR's Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
The first of our quiet gaming build guides is an ATX tower featuring the highly efficient NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. Join us as we plan, build, and stress test this beast, while trying to keep it quiet enough to satisfy our own high standards. A preview: We managed to keep it under 20 dBA@1m under all test conditions!

Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation

Internet News

The title of this piece is worthy of SPCR, but it comes from a fellow Canadian site, Hardware Canucks. "Coil whine. It’s long been the bane of graphics cards and judging from the reaction on many forums the current darlings of NVIDIA’s lineup, the GTX 970 and GTX 980, may suffer from the same nagging issue as previous Radeon and GeForce products. Multiple posts and retailer feedback sections show a number of coil noise complaints but how widespread is it?"

ASUS Z97-PRO LGA1150 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The ASUS Z97-PRO socket 1150 ATX board features M.2 and SATA Express support, as well as an expansive UEFI BIOS, and a top-notch fan control system.

Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano gives up a little CPU/GPU horsepower to deliver a completely fanless, silent and full-featured mini-PC experience.

NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter

Cooling | Graphics Cards
Despite being tagged in our Cooling and Graphics Cards sections, the G10 is not actually a heatsink, but a metal bracket with a fan that allows any of 27 different models of AIO CPU water coolers to be used with a variety of video cards. This arrangement promises much improved cooling over stock coolers for GPUs that peak at well over 200W, but can it do so quietly?

Logic Supply ML400G-50 Fanless m-ITX PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
The latest in Logic Supply's continuing efforts in the realm of Silent Computing is the ML400 series, which features mini-ITX boards in robust, fanless cases. A close look at the ML400G-50, based around a mobile 4200M chip in the ASRock IMB-180 motherboard.