Month: September 2012

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Recommended Fans

The Recommended Fans article is finally updated. It is a concise practical summary about the technologies, techniques and art of using quiet fans in computers, along with a list of the best candidates.

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Intel 520 Series 120GB SandForce SSD

The 520 Series 120GB takes the ubiquitous LSI SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller and pairs it with Intel’s vast manufacturing and engineering resources. It’s backed by a lengthy 5-year warranty and Intel’s reputation for reliability.

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Enermax Platimax 600W

A Platinum-efficiency (92%) power supply from Enermax, one of the oldest names in the computer power sector, promises superb performance and ultra low noise, like its earlier brethren, Modu/Pro 87+… at a price.

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SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler

The SilverStone Heligon HE02 has all the design elements of a superb fanless CPU cooler. It’s huge, has wide fin spacing, and its odd asymmetrical design takes advantage of all the space around a typical CPU socket.

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Seasonic G360 PSU: High efficiency & performance, low price

The 360W power rating and the modest price tag make it seem like a throwback to Pentium 3 days but the G360 is a modern PSU in every other way, with a direct lineage to Seasonic’s vaunted X-series. FLASH: Seasonic USA is giving away G360s to two lucky SPCR forum members!

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ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 ZONE Edition Fanless GPU

Budget graphics cards aren’t as exciting as the top tier models but their lower power requirements are perfect for quiet or even silent cooling. ZOTAC has taken advantage of the GeForce GT 640’s modest 65W TDP, equipping it with a completely fanless cooling solution.

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Crucial M4 64GB: Solid-State on a Budget

Through a quirk of SSD technology, the Crucial M4 64GB has limited write speeds compared to the larger M4 models. The question is whether it’s still a worthwhile upgrade for users with limited storage needs and/or budget restrictions.

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SPCR’s 2012 Graphics Card/Cooler Test System

Our updated 2012 Graphics card/cooler test system utilizes a Sandy Bridge CPU and Gigabyte’s versatile Z77X-UD3H motherboard, a modified Define R3 tower case, a Kingwin 1000W 80 Plus Platinum power supply, and cooling products from Thermalright, Scythe, and Antec.

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Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

The Panther is one of Prolimatech’s “low-end” CPU heatsinks, a US$50 tower cooler with premium build quality, four heatpipes, and a 120 mm red LED fan.

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