Author: Mike Chin

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Quiet Mini-ITX Gamer Build Guide

A quiet system in a smaller form factor is our followup to the Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide posted in the last couple of weeks. It is another high performance rig, one quiet enough to be just about inaudible even atop your desk. Your family will never know that you’re gaming on this machine unless

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Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

The new Fractal Design Define R5 arrived in our lab while we were finishing our original Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide article. Lacking time to do a full case review, we swapped the R5 in place of the R4 to get a practical assessment of the improvements the new case brings. In the process, we

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NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter

Despite being tagged in our Cooling and Graphics Cards sections, the G10 is not actually a heatsink, but a metal bracket with a fan that allows any of 27 different models of AIO CPU water coolers to be used with a variety of video cards. This arrangement promises much improved cooling over stock coolers for

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Logic Supply ML400G-50 Fanless m-ITX PC

The latest in Logic Supply’s continuing efforts in the realm of Silent Computing is the ML400 series, which features mini-ITX boards in robust, fanless cases. A close look at the ML400G-50, based around a mobile 4200M chip in the ASRock IMB-180 motherboard.

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Recommended Hard Drives

Our reference article about HDD noise, along with complete acoustics-ranked listings of all SPCR-reviewed HDDs since late 2008. Latest update 4 October 2014.

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Case Basics & Recommendations

Our reference article about cool & quiet computer cases, updated June 29, 1015. For those eager to peruse the recommended lists immediately, they are on page five.

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Recommended Heatsinks

Recommended Heatsinks lists SPCR-reviewed top cooling devices for CPUs, VGA and other hot computer parts, ordered by cooling performance and low noise. Major update on 16 Sept 2014.

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Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader’s Roundup

This is not a standard SPCR heatsink review. It is a reader’s roundup of the most affordable coolers, with an emphasis on perceived noise and performance, supported by acoustic test data from SPCR, collected with our usual high standards. If you’re seeking an effective and really inexpensive quiet cooler, Andrew’s roundup is a must read.

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Silverstone SX600-G: SFX 80+ Gold PSU

The highest power SFX power supply to date, boasting 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating, is Silverstone’s latest PSU offering. Is it quiet enough for SPCR?

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Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Tesla H is one of a dozen fanless “heatsink” cases offered by Akasa. This one is for the Haswell NUC and can house two 2.5″ drives in a wider, sleeker design. Thermally, it’s a winner, too. Market pricing vis a vis NUC kits and boards is its real challenge.

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