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So Darn Trendy

Apparently, I'm a trend-setter. Or so claims CNN, in its article on silent computing. As best I can tell, manufacturers like Zalman and Seagate caught on a while ago.

So, now I can buy a PC that lets me listen to quiet music, not just rawkin' roll. Cool jazz. Classical. Old Peter Gabriel.


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Nov. 15th, 2003 12:47 am (UTC)
It struck me just now that I use a virtually silent desktop: my 17" iMac, Nekoball.

I realized this when the article mentioned people not being able to tell if the machine's on or not. I find that I have to bat the mouse to make the screen wake up to see if I remembered to put it to sleep or not.

I'm sure it has a fan, at least, I assume it does, but it's amazing quiet if it does.
Nov. 15th, 2003 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I learned that most of the new generation of chips (PowerPC, Pentium, Athlon, doesn't matter) all need so much cooling that water cooling is considered reasonable. Fans are operating more quietly because people started to NOTICE the noise of some manufacturer's crappy products.

But that's not the end of it. Most computers also require a fan for the last year's generation of high-end video cards, and a fan for the power supply. And the hard drive and CD/DVD drives vary widely in quality based on balance, number of platters, etc. There's multiple sources of noise. You can be happy that the iMac probably addresses most of them by design.

The beauty (and despair) of the Windows breadth of hardware is that there's always a niche manufacturer willing to give you exactly what you want.
Nov. 17th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC)
Maximum PC, a fantastic magazine, did an awesome article about silencing noisy computers in September (I think) with reviews of various "silent" hard drives, fans, and padding methods.

I'll see if I can find my copy if you're interested.
Nov. 17th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC)
Sure, if you find it, that would be great. It's remarkably difficult to get decibel levels from the manufacturers and from the retailers. Given how tough the tech market is, you'd think at least the manufacturers whose hardware is fanless or very quiet would be pushing that as a feature…
Nov. 17th, 2003 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, Peter Gabriel. whimper My hero.
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