Silent News, Dec 22/05

Quiet HDD: Seagate 7200.9 drives have been reviewed at The Tech Report. The good news for silent PC aficionados: The 160BG single-platter model boasts the lowest sound output of any drive the Tech Report has ever tested. (Note: SPCR has a review of some single-platter drives in the works, including this one.)

Fan Control: The T-Balancer‘s baby brother, the miniNG, has hit the streets, and ThinkComputers.org’s test bench. With only 2 fan/pump headers, this could be a useful alternative to the T-Balancer, as long as the rather primitive interface doesn’t overshadow the excellent feature set.

Solid-state Storage: During HKEPC’s Techday 2005, Giga-byte launched the second revision of their successful RAM-based storage solution, the i-RAM 2. Whereas the first version used DDR1 and ran off a SATA I connection, the i-RAM 2 sports DDR2 memory, twice the DIMM slots for a total capacity of 16 GB, and uses a SATA II connection.. According to news site VR-Zone , you can even connect it to an external SATA connection (eSATA) or put it in a 5.25” bay for convenience.

Quiet HDD: Seagate 7200.9 drives have been reviewed at The Tech Report. The good news for silent PC aficionados: The 160BG single-platter model boasts the lowest sound output of any drive the Tech Report has ever tested. (Note: SPCR has a review of some single-platter drives in the works, including this one.)

Fan Control: The T-Balancer‘s baby brother, the miniNG, has hit the streets, and ThinkComputers.org’s test bench. With only 2 fan/pump headers, this could be a useful alternative to the T-Balancer, as long as the rather primitive interface doesn’t overshadow the excellent feature set.

Solid-state Storage: During HKEPC’s Techday 2005, Giga-byte launched the second revision of their successful RAM-based storage solution, the i-RAM 2. Whereas the first version used DDR1 and ran off a SATA I connection, the i-RAM 2 sports DDR2 memory, twice the DIMM slots for a total capacity of 16 GB, and uses a SATA II connection.. According to news site VR-Zone , you can even connect it to an external SATA connection (eSATA) or put it in a 5.25” bay for convenience.