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COMPUTER CASES

Zalman TNN-500A Fanless PC Case Review
By: Clinton
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    2004-09-22

    Table of Contents:
  • Zalman TNN-500A Fanless PC Case Review
  • He Who Whines the Loudest
  • Some of the Problems with Existing Solutions
  • The Zalman Case and
  • Zalman-Provided Test Data
  • What's Good About the Zalman Case
  • Heat Sink and Heat Pipes
  • The Disadvantages
  • Suggestions for Mark II
  • Conclusions

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    If you are looking for a cheap solution for a quiet PC this isn't it, but if you're looking for the quietest case you can get, your search has ended. The Zalman TNN (Totally No Noise) 500A case is the world's first completely fan free case.

    The Zalman TNN (Totally No Noise) 500A case is the world's first completely fan free case. It's a clever use of an anodised aluminum body that acts like a massive heat-sink, with hollow copper pipes that transfer heat from the CPU and graphics card to the case body. Even the power supply is without a fan and it gets rid of the heat via direct transfer to the case body. Everything about this case is big and bold, including the dent it will make in your wallet. Estimated retail price is circa $1,300. 

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    So if you are looking for a cheap solution for a quiet PC this isn't it (cheaper alternatives), but if you're looking for the quietest case you can get, your search has ended. At this point we must confess that we are stocking and selling this case. Taking that into consideration how unbiased is this review? We've no idea. We praised the good points, pointed out failings that nobody else has noticed, and we'll leave it to the reader to decide. One thing that is beyond doubt is that this case is different.

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    First, why go for a silent PC? PC noise makes it difficult to concentrate, impairs productivity, impairs creativity, and competes for attention. Ambient noise is uncomfortable and bothersome. Acoustic comfort has long been a goal of PC manufacturers, modders and PC enthusiasts around the world who go to great lengths and tremendous expense to reduce the sound emanating from their PCs. If you're on a tight budget here are some cheap, no cost ways to dampen the sound from your PC. But, if really, really quiet is what you're after, read on. First, a look at what generates the noise and how noise control is generally approached.

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