CanadaComputers.com - Silence of the fans: the quest for a quiet PC.
Silence Is Golden - The Quest for Quiet Computing - "I'm a big fan of silence, whether while hiking or while computing. And certain Macs are some of the quietest computers -- perhaps the quietest -- and they always have been."
Audio-Jukebox.com - "A computer in a living room environment first and foremost needs to be as quiet as the other entertainment appliances. So you compete with the noise level of video recorders and amplifiers."
PCW, Personal Computer World: Turn Down the Volume: "Stopping PC racket at the source can be difficult because the two primary noisemakers are your PC's fans and hard drive(s)--vital components that must remain on while you work. But you can do a few things to keep them quiet." Other PCW IT noise articles: Give You a Little Peace and Quiet. PC Noise Pollution - "The Annoyance: PCs are way too loud. Their hard disks grind, their fans whine, and their cases clatter. Bothersome? Yes. Insurmountable? No way."
mini-itx.com: Silencing a Chyang Fun E-Note
Creating A Silent
Quiet Computers - "I've been making my computers quieter, both for multimedia purposes (in the living room) and for my own sanity."
Home Theatre PC
- How to make your computer not to sound that very much.
VIA EPIA M series: The Living Room PC
- Dawn of a New Era: "Think about it - who wants a big ugly beige box with
fans noisily whirring away in your living room? For a PC to replace and supersede
a consumer electronics device, it must be small and blend in with a standard home
entertainment set up."
G4Noise.com: "The G4s are exquisitely designed
jewels of computing÷on the outside÷and its dual processors perform complex tasks
with speed. The problem is the quality control seems to be very inconsistent;
many new G4s around the world are simply too noisy, generate audio hum, and
incite headaches in their users."
Mac Power Supply Mod and Noise Analysis: "The new Apple Power Mac dual
processor machines are getting to be notorious for being noisy."
A challenge for the Faster
& Silent PC - Eliminate all fans for silent: "I assembled a personal
computer first time 2001 summer, and was surprised at that fan noise. I was very
pressed with that noise, and could not enjoy PC with comfortable feeling. In the
beginning, I tried down rotation of the fan speed with big heatsink, and attached
acoustic materials in the pc case. But, I knew a limit of that technique, and
decided to make the Fanless PC."
of BC Fan Noise & Airflow Research Project. An initiative by the
SilentPCReview Web site.
build a dead silent PC - a HardcoreWare article: "I know this isn't the first time
you've seen a 'Build a Silent PC' article, but I want to go a step further here.
In the tradition of 'extreme overclocking' articles, I am going to take you
through the steps on building a completely silent PC (or as close as we can get).
I'm not talking about a Pentium 3 with a Voodoo2 video card either..."
a Dead Silent PC: A Slashdot follow-up discussion to the HardcoreWare article
How to build a silent PC:
"One of the biggest complaints from users today is the noise level of PCs, due to
fans, hard drives etc." A commercial page from VIA. Here is more on silent computing from
Quiet PC? Is That really Possible? How
many of you turned your PC on and said here goes the old sewing machine
to make your PCs quieter, a ZDNet UK Tech update article: "Manufacturers are
still making PCs that are too noisy. Here's some tweaks that will bring peace to
meditation | silence
- "Silent 733 MHz AMD Athlon Thunderbird processor running an Athlon-optimized
Linux 2.4.19 system".
Effective Air Cooling on the Athlon XP - Is It Possible?"
My Silent PC project: "Features
include: custom built case in MDF board with dampening foam,
temperature-controlled voltage regulators, bells and whistles control panel."
Controlled Fan Driver
a Silent PC for the Office
noise reduction, power saving and supply, AMD, Intelotism
Hacking: "This is a quick walkthrough of how the SMBus works and how to do
some of your own hardware hacking with it to add extra sensors and other
Digital Explosion: Here one
can read on how to build a thermal
monitoring circuit. One can also download the program GL
Temperature Sensor to read out the temperatures. In the future the program
and circuit will be made capable of controlling active cooling according to need.
On Digital Explosion can one also find out how
to build a water cooled hard disk quietening enclosure. Jon Cage concludes:
"One of the biggest benefits (for me) of water-cooling is that it makes your
system very overclockable without deffening you!"
Noise Insulation Case: "Thus only a noise insulation, which is independent of
the computer itself, seemed to promise durable success."
The Dell OptiPlex
GX240 "is the quietest commercial system I have ever used. This page is a
short photo essay to show some of the features that make it so." Page by Michael
Hipp. The page Dell
proprietary (non-standard) ATX design might be of interest to those thinking
on buying a Dell machine.
"This is a circuit I designed to reduce the noise made by all the fans in my
MacPlus Web Server : "Because it has
no hard disk, and no fan, because it is maybe the only floppy based web server,
it is also the quieter (it makes no noise !) and one of those which consumes the
less electrical power (less than 60W)."
A wood case: A Finish spoken page
on the first experiments that resulted in a commercial product: "The Woodcase".
proofing cabinet blueprints: Interesting ideas and drawings by Jose
Grönstrand. At this point they are in Finish. He says he might translate
them in to English. Here one can download Jose's Hi-End silencing solution
as a .zip file, "PC-koppa2".
stabil und schnell: An interesting page with a lot of pictures of solutions
made by Richard Thalmeier. Today it's only available in German, but one can
translate it using BabelFish, and
in the future there will be an English page.
Silent Menace: "It is
when I turn my PC off or move to another room that I notice how much sound it
makes, by it's soothing sudden absence... therefore I want that noise ruthlessly
Computing: "But I do not want a quiet computer -- like an iMac or a
Cube. I want a silent computer. No extra background noise is acceptable to
me. For a perfectly silent computer, the best option is an older PowerBook."
More Quicksilver G4 Noise Reduction Mods: "Like several others, I have been
BIG TIME irritated by the amount of noise coming out of my new G4 867
Quicksilver. Its even worse for me, as my previous computer was the wonderfully
Tweak3D.Net: How to Build a
Fast Air-Cooled Quiet PC
Cinema PCs : The Kryton Project
How I Reduced
Fan Noise in my G4 Tower
Drawing on a