Month: June 2012

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AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC

The first SPCR Quiet Certified PC from AVADirect Custom Computers features a GTX560 Ti graphics card along with an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k CPU in a system that’s quiet doing ordinary tasks and ramps up only moderately at full GPU/CPU load.

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Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers

Reeven, a relatively unknown PC cooling company, looks to make a name for themselves with a pair of oddly named heatsinks. The Kelveros is a classic tower heatsink with direct touch heatpipes while the Arcziel is a traditional, but rather tall down-blowing model.

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Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

The Lian Li PC-Q18 is a slightly slimmer PC-Q08 tweaked to focus on its usability as a mini-ITX server. The changes include a four drive SATA backplane, an improved hard drive and side panel mounting system.

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SPCR Certified PCs

Since SPCR was launched in April 2002, the market for quiet computer components has expanded many times. But the number of options and sources for quiet computers is still woefully small. SPCR partners with commercial system integrators who offer complete PCs built to our stringent acoustic standards. There are two defining standards: Silent and Quiet.

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Thermalright Archon SB-E 15cm Fan CPU Cooler

Thermalright goes in a slightly direction with the Archon SB-E, an unusually tall and wide 8-heatpipe cooler with an equally unusual 15 cm fan.

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Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 is a high performance CPU cooler in a low profile package, looking to improve upon the performance of its popular predecessor. The Reeven Vanxie is almost comically small by comparison, a tiny low profile offering for use in ultra compact cases.

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Fans from Noctua & Corsair at Computex 2012

At Computex 2012 last week, there were two fan developments worthy of serious note for SPCR readers. The first and more revolutionary of the two is an Active Noise Cancellation fan project from Noctua, with partner RotoSub. The second is from a more unlikely source, Corsair, of memory, PSU and case fame.

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WD VelociRaptor 1TB and Scorpio Blue 500GB

WD’s VelociRaptor 1TB might be the fastest hard drive in the world, but it could also be the loudest. The new Scorpio Blue 500GB is a different kind of drive, a single-platter notebook model with ultra-low acoustics.

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Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalright

Nine fans marketed as quiet are examined with a new SPCR-centric testing methodology that emphasizes acoustics and cooling effectiveness over airflow. Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus and Thermalright fans duke it out.

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