Month: June 2002

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Zalman ZM300A-APF PSU

A new PSU from Zalman, now with Active PFC, wire fan grill, bigger heatsinks, higher efficiency and lower noise, all at the same price as the old PSU. We put the ZM300A-APF through its paces on the test bench and it emerges smelling like roses.

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Review: Smart Drive HDD Enclosure

A smarter realization of the old “seal-up-that-hard-drive” idea? Smart Drive is a slick aluminum hard drive enclosure with the superb fit & finish done so well by the Japanese. US retailer Silicon Acoustics kindly provided a review sample. Does it work? Read on & find out!

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Effective Passive Hard Drive Cooling

This addition to our archive of articles on dealing with the noise and heat of hard drives was made possible by the careful experiments of Philip Dayson. More insights on effective cooling of hard drives. Hint: Neither the top nor bottom of the drive is the hottest part!

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Dell Optiplex GX240: Photo Essay of a Quiet PC

This photo essay and review of a Dell system by contributor Michael Hipp appeared originally in February 2002 on his personal website. We felt it worthwhile to update and reprint here for those who are seeking ready-made quiet computer solutions. Michael’s first line tells you why.

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Seasonic SS-300FS Active PFC PSU

This well-established company enters the North American market with a line of quality power supply units that boasts an intelligent fan controller they call S2FC. Our review of Seasonic’s 300W ATX model. It’s pretty quiet. 🙂

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