Month: December 2004

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OCZ ModStream OCZ-520 12U Power Supply

It’s now official: The retail power supply sector for PCs has gone amok and every brand under the sun must have a line of PSUs. For OCZ, associated till this year almost entirely with RAM memory, the Modstream series is their second PSU line in six months. Its raison d’être? Lotsa bling and detachable cables.

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Notebook HDDs: Hitachi 5K80 80G & Samsung MP0402H 40G

We review two more quiet notebook hard drives, from Hitachi and Samsung. The Hitachi 80GB 5K80 and the Samsung 40G MP0402H are both extremely quiet, low vibration drives and not badly priced. They are affordable quiet alternatives (for desktop PCs) to silent solid state hard drives. We listen, measure and describe their acoustics and performance.

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Kiwi Quiet P4 Cooling

Peter Scott writes from New Zealand about his efforts to quiet a noisy P4 2.66A box. His article is a saga of experimentation and inventiveness, which seem requisite for a successful PC silencing project. Peter also shows us another variant of the HDD anti-vibration decoupling suspension technique we espouse. This article will inspire those for

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Cooler Master Real Power RS-450-ACLY Power Supply

Yet another 120mm fan PSU, with a bit of a twist: As befits the brand, this Cooler Master PSU has a “Human Computer Interface” along with a blue LED fan for head-turning appeal. HCI turns out to be their marketingspeak for a power monitor. Our review digs into the essentials: Performance and noise.

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Nexus NX-4090 “Real Silent” PSU

Our review of the Nexus NX4090 PSU looks almost like a revisit of the NX3500 we reviewed a year ago. The two 120mm fan PSUs look like peas in a pod. But there are meaningful differences: More power, higher efficiency, and most importantly for SPCR, lower noise in actual operation.

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Silverstone’s Flagship: Temjin TJ06 PC case

The TJ06 is a tall mid-tower aluminum-steel hybrid with a host of unique features: Upside down mounting of the motherboard, a "wind tunnel" duct that directs the airflow of two 120mm fans in push-pull mode across the CPU area, separate thermal zones, a hinged front bezel, etc. It is a most unusual thermally and acoustically

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AOpen XC Cube EX915: 775-socket SFF barebones

The EX915 is a 775 or socket T SFF barebones from AOpen, based on the same mechanical platform as the previously reviewed EZ65, but with a more techno sleek facia and the Intel 915 chipset. Socket 775 processors appear to be all Prescott-core right now. The $6 million question: Can a Prescott-CPU SFF system be

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