Month: April 2008

Make SPCR Even Better in 2008

A new sound measurement and recording system, and a <15dBA anechoic chamber for the SPCR lab: We aim to implement these improvements and use them in our reviews by the end of June 2008. We need your support: If you find SPCR helpful, please consider donating for our new projects.

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Extreme Gamer 22dBA PC by EndPCNoise

The title says it all. It’s a Silent (22 dBA@1m) Gaming PC certified by SPCR and offered by EndPCNoise.

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Model One by EndPCNoise

Classic mid-tower system with vanishingly low acoustics offered by End PC Noise.

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Two Big Top-downers: Big Typhoon VX & Xigmatek HDT-D1264

Two big CPU coolers that use the traditional top-down airflow design from Thermaltake and Xigmatek go head to head. Are they competitive against the big tower cross-flow heatsinks? How do they fare at whisper-quiet levels?

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Asus EN9600GT Silent Edition Graphics Card

Asus has a large, growing stable of fanlessly cooled graphics cards. Their latest sports a sports car engine design theme on a GF 9600GT GPU platform. We take it out for a test drive.

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Asus P3-P5G33 Barebone Slim PC

The name doesn’t exactly roll smoothly off the tongue, but the P3-P5G33 certainly looks slick enough. What does this stylish, modestly priced slim barebone PC from Asus offer?

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Western Digital’s single-platter 320GB Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS

WD’s new 320GB/platter Caviar SE16 desktop hard drives have been creating some excitement. They are high performance by virtue of their high areal density, the OC websites have reported. With the low number of spinning platters, they should also be very quiet, a quality WD have been focused on for a couple of years now.

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Xigmatek HDT-S1283 & SD964 “heatpipe direct-touch” CPU coolers

Yes, these tower coolers from Xigmatek feature bases in which the heatpipes themselves make direct contact with the top of the CPU. Elimination of a heat transfer interface to improve cooling performance is the aim. In other aspects, the coolers are typical heatpipe tower coolers. Does it work?

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