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Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs

Storage
The Crucial MX100 512GB is the ultimate value SSD with the best capacity:price ratio on the market, while the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is positioned as the latest ultra-fast premium flagship emphasizing performance and reliability.

Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

Storage
The Thecus N7710-G is a no-nonsense 7-bay NAS tower server that focuses on function over form. The user interface is humdrum but the hardware is the true star, including a 2.9 GHz Sandy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 10 GbE card.

Using a Standard 4-Pin PWM Fan in the HP Microserver Gen8

Site News

A relatively simple way to swap the noisy, odd 6-pin fan in the HP Microserver Gen8 with any much quieter 4-pin PWM fan. Thanks to Mihai Tianu for the great tip.

Gigabyte BRIX Pro SFF Powerhouse

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Gigabyte BRIX Pro is essentially a supercharged NUC sporting a high speed quad core Haswell CPU. While it offers similar performance to much larger machines, it's also far from whisper quiet.

Recommended Hard Drives

Reference|Recommended | Storage
Our reference article about HDD noise, along with complete acoustics-ranked listings of all SPCR-reviewed HDDs since late 2008. Latest update 4 October 2014.

Rosewill Legacy U3 Aluminum MicroATX Tower

Cases|Damping
While limited in expansion capabilities with just a single 120mm fan for airflow, the Rosewill Legacy U3 is compact for a microATX tower, and sports a pleasing all-aluminum exterior.

Case Basics & Recommendations

Cases|Damping | Reference|Recommended
Our reference article about cool & quiet computer cases, completely re-written, including updated recommendation lists, on Sept 28, 2014. For those eager to peruse the recommended lists immediately, they are on page five.

NZXT Kraken X61 28cm Liquid Cooler

Cooling
With a massive 28 cm radiator, dual 14 cm fans, lighting effects, and software to control pump and fan speeds, the NZXT Kraken X61 has the makings of a truly premier CPU cooling solution. Our review shows you how to run it super quietly while achieving great cooling.

Recommended Heatsinks

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Recommended Heatsinks lists SPCR-reviewed top cooling devices for CPUs, VGA and other hot computer parts, ordered by cooling performance and low noise. Major update on 16 Sept 2014.

Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Enermax Liqtech 120X utilizes dual fans, a chunky 120 mm radiator design, and a proper metal mounting system to challenge competing all-in-one liquid coolers.

Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

Cooling
This is not a standard SPCR heatsink review. It is a reader's roundup of the most affordable coolers, with an emphasis on perceived noise and performance, supported by acoustic test data from SPCR, collected with our usual high standards. If you're seeking an effective and really inexpensive quiet cooler, Andrew's roundup is a must read.

Silverstone SX600-G: SFX 80+ Gold PSU

Power
The highest power SFX power supply to date, boasting 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating, is Silverstone's latest PSU offering. Is it quiet enough for SPCR?

WD Red 6TB and 1TB (2.5-inch) Hard Drives

Storage
While both are members of the WD Red family, the 6TB model is a massive flagship desktop drive, while the 1TB model is a tiny 2.5-inch drive for the budding slim NAS market.

LEPA LV12 Direct-Touch Heatsink

Cooling
LEPA's first heatsink is a mid-range direct-touch model with plated fins, speed switches directly on the fan itself, and a modern mounting system.

Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive

Storage
With six 1TB platters, 128MB of cache, and a 7200 RPM motor, Seagate boasts that the Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD v4 6TB is the world's fastest hard drive. The validity of their claim and the environmental ramifications lie within.