Month: December 2007

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Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 VGA Cooler

Arctic Cooling’s Accelero S1 fanless GPU coolers promises excellent cooling with its huge size and open fin spacing. We put it through its paces in our new VGA testing platform.

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Asus Triton 75 CPU Cooler

Asus makes not only motherboards and laptops, but also… just about every type of consumer IT product. They have a couple dozen heatsinks in their thermal solutions range; the Triton 75 is the first Asus heatsink to survive SPCR’s torture chamber.

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WD Green Power: A New Benchmark in HDD Acoustics & Power

Western Digital has been on our watch list since they sent us their (then) flagship 500 GB drive with seeks that we could hardly hear. This is the WD first drive sample that we’ve seen since, and it’s unusual: Their PR says it’s Green, low power, and very quiet. We confirm that it spins at

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In Canada: Stealth 100 by Anitec Computers

We’re pleased to announced that Anitec Computers of Vancouver now offers SPCR-designed quiet PCs in Canada. Currently a single model is offered: SPCR Stealth 100.

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Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro CPU cooler

Gigabyte’s top CPU cooler model has a different slant, much like their earlier Volar that we already reviewed. Five fat, long heatpipes, a 120mm fan, copper base, and a huge curved array of thin fins: Is it a formula for quiet cooling?

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Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?

Micro-ATX mainboards were once considered minimalist devices for simple office machines, but this notion is rapidly being challenged, no more so than by this new Intel G35 chipset based P5E-VM HDMI from Asus. It includes a huge array of features normally found on premium ATX boards, a BIOS with liberal frequency and voltage adjustments, and

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Samsung SyncMaster XL20 LED-backlight monitor

The XL20 is Samsung’s first LED-backlight LCD monitor, released about a year ago and promoted for graphics artists and imaging professionals keen on high color accuracy. SPCR’s interest in it was mainly to check the power consumption, as this is one of the often-repeated benefits of LED-backlight LCD monitors. My conflicted reaction to the XL20:

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Intel DG33TL G33 Express chipset mATX motherboard

The DG33TL is a micro-ATX model equipped with the fairly recent G33 Express chipset in Intel’s media series of motherboards. It’s on our test bench as we continue to seek out new boards with good integrated graphics and features suitable for home theater PCs.

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