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Silent Power PC Uses Copper Foam For Cooling Instead Of Noisy Fans

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Have you ever turned off all the electronics in your room? Notice just how much quieter everything is? Despite being able to tune these droning sounds out after a while, they’re quite real and it’s only once they’re completely gone that we realize how loud they were. If you manage to get your hands on a Silent Power PC, however, you’ll have that much less white noise to deal with. Its salient feature is its use of an innovative copper foam to dissipate heat, instead of the traditional fans. Since the foam presents such a high surface area and copper is so conductive, the PC never reaches excessive temperatures during regular use. The lowest end setup you can get comes with an Intel quad-core i7-4785T 2.2 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive and should cost around $935. The company’s plan is to be on the market in 2015, after they’ve reached their crowdfunding goals. A post on their blog, however, suggests that Paypal is putting up some roadblocks and have seized their account pending clarifications on their business model. This is standard practice for Paypal, unfortunately, so hopefully the company will clear that up soon and resume work on bringing this innovative PC to market.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Project Christine Is The PC Gamer’s Dream Concept

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The console vs. PC gaming war rages on, and Razer may have recently dealt a pretty serious blow to the console folk. Project Christine from Razer is an eye grabbing concept for a liquid cooled PC that features a bunch of swappable modules. Each component of this gaming rig (RAM, hard drives, graphics card, etc.) can be replaced by another, making the PC easily upgradeable and configurable. Every module features an input and output connection for the mineral oil liquid cooling solution, which not only will help keep the temperatures down but also significantly lower the noise levels. The pump for the oil is housed in the main unit, along with the heat exchangers that do the actual cooling.

The idea behind the project is to remove some of the complexity involved in building your own PC, while at the same time mating an attractive design to a powerful and convenient gaming solution. Project Christine is only a prototype at the moment and there is no firm release date or projected price. But don’t expect anything until at least 2015.

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The CuBox Pro Is A Tiny PC With 2GB Of Ram

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The CuBox Pro by SolidRun was announced in January, but we’re just now stumbling upon it. It’s a very small, 2 inch cube box that contains a fully functional PC with 2GB of RAM. It uses a microSD card for storage, and the $160 machine comes with a 4GB card with Ubuntu pre-installed. And while everyone is going crazy for the $35 Raspberry Pi (understandably so), we kind of dig this little guy’s form factor.

The fanless miniature computer is based on a Marvell Armada 510 SoC and includes an infrared receiver, gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a micro-SD slot. The 800MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor uses the latest 32-bit ARMv7 architecture and instruction set, SolidRun says.

Capable of 1080p full HD output over HDMI, the device uses just 3 watts of power. It’s particularly suitable for use as a home media center, thin client, XBMC console, or even a simple, tiny desktop replacement machine, the company notes.

It’s not quite as cheap as the Pi, but the $160 price tag is still low enough and will look good sitting next to your TV.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ PCWorld ]

Computer Mouse Doubles As Scanner

It’s a corded mouse, so it’s tempting to dismiss it as a useless trinket from 2005. But this mouse by King Jim Co. doubles as a document scanner. Just press a button on the side and it launches the related application. You’re then invited to move the mouse around over the document you want until it’s been entirely scanned. The document is scanned at up to 400dpi, which is pretty respectable, and then saved in one of several file formats. It doesn’t say however what kind of movements are required during the scanning process; whether you can just move it around the page randomly as we’d like to (and as the pictures suggest), or if you have to be more methodical. Regardless, it’s a useful feature to have in a mouse, and you’ll have to pay 11550 Yen ($114) for the privilege.

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Noise Canceling PC Fan

By David Ponce

Did you know you could create a speaker from the spinning blades of a fan? Simply rotate the fins and modulate the rotating speed. It’s actually the basis for the world’s largest subwoofer, which we wrote about back in 2005. Using this principle, Noctua’s NF-F12 integrated noise cancellation fan is able to reduce the racket inside your case by 20 dB, “utilizing a patented RotoSub ANC technology to emit anti-noise directly from the fan’s own blades.” They hope to achieve 1,500RPM noise levels from a fan running at 2,500. Of course this doesn’t beat liquid cooling solutions, but these can get unwieldy. There’s no word on price, though availability seems to be set for somewhere in the latter half of 2013.

[ Brochure (PDF, from page 20) ] VIA [ Enadget ]

Mondrian PC Case Mod

By David Ponce

Sometimes all you really need to attract some attention is a little bit of pretty. The above PC enclosure is a project from one Jeffrey Stephenson and is made from wood and hand-cut acrylic tiles. It looks like a painting from Piet Mondrian, a turn of the last century Dutch painter who also inspired a famous Yves Saint-Laurent dress, the Partridge Family bus from the 1970s TV show, and was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group. The Mini-ITX design has “an Intel Core i3-2105 CPU, Intel HD3000 Graphics, Crucial 256GB M4 SSD, 8GB Crucial DDR3 system memory, a 120W mini-box.com PicoPSU, Scythe Kozuti CPU, Heatsink/Fan, Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview.” It doesn’t appear to be for sale but the links below will lead to a pretty detailed build page.

[ The Mondrian PC ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Would You Pay $1,600 For An 8-Bit Mushroom PC Case?

By David Ponce

We all love us some Mario, and vintage gaming, and 8-bit things and whatnot. And sure, that PC case you see in the picture is nice and would probably give your desktop some swagger… But it’s $1,600. Yeah, that’s just for the case. This guy on Etsy makes them. He then says he’ll work with you to select the PC components you want, and assemble it all for you, install the drivers, etc… while of course adding the price of those components to the already stratospheric $1,600.

Then, he’ll ship it to you… for an estimated $200!

Yeah, we’ll pass. But hey, money has been known to burn holes in some people’s pockets, so knock your socks off if this is your thing.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

NOFAN CR-95C Uses No Fan, No Liquid For CPU Cooling

By David Ponce

Keeping a CPU cool is typically the job of the fan. It’s noisy and the standard ones do an average job of things. More serious gamers and over clockers typically go the liquid-cooling way, which is quieter and much more efficient. But it’s also an intricate setup, requiring some plumbing and a pump. Nothing the average geek can’t handle, but it doesn’t even come close to the elegance and quietness of a fanless, passive design, like the NOFAN CR-95C. Made entirely out of copper and looking rather bling, it “is rated to cool CPUs of up to 100W TDP without the need for a fan. Judging from all the Intel and AMD leaks, that level efficiency ought to have you covered regardless of whether you opt for Ivy Bridge or Trinity”, which are the next generation processors to come out of the big two. The NOFAN CR-95C weighs in at a rather hefty 1,020g, putting it slightly over a kilo and measures 180mm by 148mm. it comes out sometime in June for an undisclosed price.

[ Manufacturer Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT Gets A Paint Job, Adds “Battle Edition” To Its Name

By David Ponce

Much has been said about Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT case since its release back in January of 2011. And now it’s gone and gotten itself a shiny new army-style paint job “to evoke the “battle” spirit of being a gamer and its true representation.” That was enough to justify a new-ish name: meet the Level 10 GT Battle Edition. It’s still the same case as before though, and if you’ve never heard of it, here’s a quick primer:

It’s a full tower SECC chassis with plenty of cooling fans, an integrated fan controller, eight drive bays, USB 3.0 support, various LED color light modes, PitsStop 5 (EasySwap HDD bays), internal Superspeed USB 3.0 ports, Quadfans, Triple Colorshift, Coolflux, S.S.S (Smart Security System), Cableclear and TripleMax.

No price has been announced for this edition, but the regular case costs around $290 so expect something in that range.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]