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Topic: VIA EPIA EN15000 Reviews, VIA C7 @ 1.5 GHz w/fan< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Posted: May 30 2006,12:41 QUOTE

if I bought a regular mini-case power supply and disabled the fan, would it melt?

Melt?  No.  Fail or shutdown?  Yes.

There is a lot of discussion about quieting power supplies in the articles and forums at Silent PC Review  The technical quality of the articles & posts is uniformly high.  You would do well to read more there.

Bottom line for passively (or just quietly) cooled systems at affordable prices:
- Select very low power parts like Via mobos (or notebook CPUs), notebook drives (cfdisks or pendrives), and embedded video
- Use highly efficient power supplies like the PicoPSU
- Use external power bricks

Commercial examples: Apple's Mac Mini (Intel or PPC), AOpen's clone of the Mac, Shuttle's forthcoming X100 and the ASUS Pundit

Think about it; you're really building a desktop with the power requirements of a laptop.  Use the appropriate parts and you can have a fanless system.  Not rocket science™.   :)
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