Month: December 2008

Silverstone Nightjar ST45NF: 450W Fanless Power Supply

A higher power, more efficient version of a model released back in 2004, the ST45NF has the good looks associated with Silverstone PC cases. It’s also one of a very few fanless power supplies in the computer marketplace. The assured, silent performance is commensurate with its top dollar price tag.

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M12D-850W: Seasonic joins the Power Race

It’s a refresh of the modular cable M12 series, a Silver 80 Plus rated model, and Seasonic’s first entry into the superpower race that’s been raging across the retail PSU sector for the past couple of years. Is it good? Yes. Is it quiet? Of course.

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ThermalTake SpinQ: Unique Blower-fan Heatsink

The SpinQ is one of the most unique CPU coolers designs from a brand that seems to pride itself on wild and whacky heatsinks. The integral 80x85mm blower fan should provide even airflow in a 360 degree arc through the cylindrical radial fins. Does it match the competition?

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mCubed HFX Micro S13 system: Atom 330, Silenced

Intel’s embedded Atom 330 mini-ITX board finds a silent home in mCubed’s HFX Micro Business S13, a tiny, stylish system integrating fanless cooling of all its components. Is 12 dBA@1m and dual-core Atom performance worth $700? You decide.

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Thermolab Baram Blows In

Baram is a big tower heatsink with all the requisite design elements to make it to the top: A huge number of large thin fins, 10 heatpipes spread nice and even, and staggered fins to minimize win resistance. Can this newcomer take on the established big boys?

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Dell Studio Hybrid: Small, Stylish… but Quiet?

It is Dell’s smallest, most stylish and greenest desktop PC. It’s also SPCR’s first official review of a Dell. The burning question: Is it quiet? We promise to answer fully.

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Anitec’s SPCR-certified SilenT3 PC

Anitec Computers of Vancouver, BC is now offering a new SPCR-certified PC for silent PC seekers in Canada. This unique, compact, capable computer combines best-of components for the lowest SPL measured of any retail PC examined by SPCR.

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Scythe Ninja 2: Tweaking a Classic

Scythe hit a home run for SPCR with the original Ninja heatsink a couple of years ago. Since then, the competition has stiffened, and despite several updates, the Ninja lost some of its luster. Is the Ninja 2 another homer?

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Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP

nVidia has been the laggard in chipsets for Intel processors, but their GeForce 9300 may help them turn things around. We checked out the 9300-based Asus P5N7A-VM, and we liked what we saw.

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