QuietPC is probably the most well known specialist supplier of quiet computer hardware accessories in the UK and it has added to its already extensive range with three fairly radical coolers.
Two of these are from Scythe of which the first, the Kamaboko Z (above), incorporates the company’s largest fan to date. At 92mm it blows directly onto a wave stacked copper heatsink that attaches to its base using heatpipes. An aluminium heatsink is sandwiched in the middle.
Like Scythe’s other CPU coolers the Kamaboko Z is supplied with a fan controller that fits in a spare PCI slot and allows the speed to be adjusted from 1,000rpm to 3,200rpm. Unlike most CPU coolers that use a two ball bearing fan, this utilises higher quality Hydro Bearings, which tend to last longer and offer better noise reduction.
How quiet is the Kamaboko Z? At its lowest setting just 14db, but does jump to 46db at full whack. QuietPC recommends you keep it around 1500rpm which it says is almost inaudible while still providing enough cooling for any P4 or Athlon CPU currently available. The Kamaboko will set you back £28.21 including VAT.
The second Scythe product is the equally colourfully named Samurai RevB. This supports P4, Athlon XP and Athlon 64 CPUs and comes in at a slightly cheaper £24.68 (incl. VAT).
As you can see from the shot above, the copper and aluminium Samurai comes with a variable speed fan that also fits into an unused PCI slot. This allows you to adjust the 80mm fan between speeds of 1300rpm and 3400rpm, noise output consequently will vary between 16db and 37db. Like the Kamaboko, a happy medium will need to be found.
Rounding off the new QuietPC range is the Zalman VF700 graphics card cooler. Inspired by Zalman’s own Super Flower design the VF700 is compatible with AGP and PCI Express cards which have “pushpin holes”.
If you are not sure whether your card qualifies, a full list can found here, but it primarily aimed at the high end models such as ATI’s 9800s and X800s and nVidia's 6800s. Note if you have a card with a TV tuner the VF700 will not work.
Pure copper (VF700-CU - above) and copper and aluminium (VF700-ALCU) variants are available and they differ greatly in weight: 270g to 180g, although otherwise the two appear identical with the same adjustable speeds of between 1350 and 2650rpm and noise output which reaches 18.5 and 28.5db respectively. There is no price yet for the VF700-CU, but the VF700-ALCU is £21.16 including VAT.
Head over to QuietPC if you want to chill out (sorry!).