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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.

Habey MITX-6771 Bay Trail Embedded Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Habey MITX-6771 is a thin mini-ITX board with an embedded quad-core Bay Trail SoC and a fanless heatsink.

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.

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.