Author: Mike Chin

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Review: VIA’s Small & Quiet Eden Platform

Silent PC Review’s first “official” review, on the VIA EPIA-5000, one of the all-integrated Mini-IPX motherboards in the recently launched Eden platform by VIA. Small can indeed be quiet!

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Run a Power Supply without a Fan?

This is a question often asked but rarely answered. In this exploratory article, we present temperatures of an Enermax PSU’s heatsink with and without fan, under a defined and measured load, in different positions. Following where the questions lead brings us to some surprising answers!

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Hard Drive Sandwich – Revisited

A thorough update of an article first published in mid-2001, HS Sandwich Redux discusses a unique, inexpensive DIY hard drive noise damper that also provides effective cooling. I have added refinements and enhancements developed since the original article was written. Some of this content is also discussed in Sandwiches & Suspensions.

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Get 12V, 7V or 5V for your Fans

This simple project describes how to rig up a switch that will let you feed 5 VDC to your fan(s) for low noise operation, and 12 VDC when more cooling is needed for hot weather or for a bout of serious overclocking ;). It requires only 2 parts: a switch and a male IDE power

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Hard Drive Silencing: Sandwiches & Suspensions

Along with the CPU heatsink-fan and the power supply unit, the hard drive is a major PC noise source. It whirrs and whines just idling, and clatters and grinds when in seek or write mode. There are many ways to reduce hard drive noise. The simplest of these is to use one that is quieter.

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