Silent PC Review is passionate about ergonomic spaces for people and finding creative, practical solutions to silencing all kinds of IT machines. We provide detailed reviews and ground-breaking knowhow about the acoustics of computers and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.

Quiet 4K Gaming PC Build Guide

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
Our latest quiet PC build guide is optimized for 4K gaming and features an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, an Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC graphics card, and a Corsair Carbide 600Q tower case. Can we achieve silent (sub-15 dBA@1m by our definition) operation?

Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 & Z170N-WIFI

The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 and Z170N-WIFI are among the most affordable Z170 mini-ITX motherboards on the market. They're equipped with most of the same features but sport less sophisticated voltage regulation and cooling than pricier models.

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Slim Tower

SilverStone's second crack at a miniature Raven has a more refined look and is even smaller than the first, occupying a mere 12.2 Liters. The new version addresses every misstep taken by the original while retaining similar harware support.

Lian Li PC-Q10 Mini-ITX Case

The Lian Li PC-Q10 is a rare double threat mini-ITX case. Its all-aluminum construction and large side window give it elegant aesthetics while its heavily ventilated chassis allows for excellent performance.

ASUS Straight Edge Podcast: Rajinder Gill, Geoff Gasior and Mike Chin

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Our friends at ASUS invited me for a chat about fan control on motherboards and other PC silencing subjects dear to SPCR. They just posted the podcast at ASUS Straight Edge Podcast, featuring Rajinder Gill and Geoff Gasior of ASUS with yours truly. The queries posted by CA Steve and others in response to Geoff's invitation in the SPCR forums are tackled here as well. Direct link to ASUS Straight Edge 002 - fan controls with Mike Chin. Discuss this news in the SPCR forums.

Another Thorens Reborn: TD160

MikeC's Audio Craft
The Thorens TD160 is a poor man's Linn, and still amazingly popular as the vinyl revival continues. This is the story of a 160 reborn, with many components "borrowed" from the Linn.

Corsair Carbide 600Q Inverse Tower

The Corsair Carbide 600Q is a tall and wide minimalist case, both in terms of appearance and noise. It features an inverted motherboard orientation, an open front airflow design, noise damping sheets, and a fan controller.

Thorens TD125 + SME 3009 II Fully Restored

MikeC's Audio Craft
The Thorens TD125 is a vintage classic still in demand among vinyl record enthusiasts today. This is the story of one restoration of a 40+ year old turntable, with an SME 3009 II tonearm.

Two Amp Projects: 8x100W DIY & H/K 770 Restoration

MikeC's Audio Craft
A show-and-tell about two amplifier projects: A DIY custom assembly of an 8x100W class-D amp and the restoration of a classic 1980 Harman/Kardon HK770 dual-mono power amp with complete replacement of all 44 capacitors.

Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

The Asus Maximus VIII Impact is an absolutely loaded mini-ITX motherboard with high-end power regulation and audio, wireless connectivity, a U.2 port, an external temperature sensor, and an expansion card that boosts the number of controllable fans from two to five.

Streacom F12C All-Aluminum Multimedia Chassis

The F12C is a departure for Streacom, a desktop media case that uses traditional air cooling rather than a fanless heatpipe system. However, it does retains Streacom's usual minimalist aesthetics and thick all-aluminum build quality.

Linkwitz Orion speakers: 7-yr itch?

MikeC's Audio Craft
Before I could embark on any turntable projects, I had to clean out the garage, and get rid of the parts for a speaker project I started seven years before. It turned into a 4-month job and I ended up with a tidy garage full of tools, and a speaker system better than anything I've had before.

MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

MikeC's Audio Craft
Most SPCR regulars know that my fascination with everything aural, both music and sound, predates this web site by... a lifetime! This section is meant to showcase the work in audio restoration, design and construction that's becoming increasingly important to me. This article is an intro, and a quick summary & photos of my fourth re-made turntable, the Blond BB Lenco.

Zotac GeForce GTX 950 Video Card

Graphics Cards
The GTX 950 brings Nvidia's 2nd generation Maxwell architecture to a more accessible price-point. Zotac's implementation is affordable, efficient, and delightfully compact.

WD Black 6TB Performance Hard Drive

The latest hard drive from WD offers both high performance and capacity in a single package. The WD Black 6TB is equipped with a 7200 RPM motor, 128MB of cache, and is backed by a five year warranty.