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Sharkoon SHARK Blades & SilverStone FQ121 120mm Fans

Fans|Controls
A look at two 120mm fans with divergent approaches: The menacing but low speed SHARK Blades, and the the high speed, high pressure FQ121.

Fractal Design Arc XL Case

Cases|Damping
The Arc XL is Fractal Design's take on an oversized tower that doesn't stray far away from their minimalist design aesthetic. The XL has ample space for cooling options, larger components, and just about anything else one would cram into a PC case.

Noctua NH-D15: Update to an Icon

Cooling
The iconic Noctua NH-D14 helped usher in a new area of gigantic dual fan heatsinks. Its successor, the D15, is slightly heavier and larger, features upgraded matching 14/15 cm fans, and more densely packed fins.

MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The MSI A88XM GAMING is unusual: It's a premium motherboard for a budget socket. It sports big heatsinks, plenty of SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 ports, a shielded/isolated audio chip with headphone amplifier and the full gamut of enthusiast BIOS controls. All this at a price far below comparable Intel offerings.

Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit

Cases|Damping
Puget System's Test Bench kit is a high-end acrylic open air platform for hobbyists to assemble temporary but fashionable systems.

SilverStone RVZ01: A Mini Raven

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Raven RVZ01 takes an unusual approach to the mini-ITX form factor. Depending on position, it's either a slim console-like tower or a short desktop HTPC case.

Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Cooling
Weighing just over a pound and having only a single 120 mm fan, the Scythe Kotetsu still manages to compete and beat much of the larger competition.

AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

CPUs|Motherboards
AMD's new AM1 platform is a fresh take on entry-level desktop computing with an SoC architecture wrapped in a socketed package for the masses.

NCASE M1: Crowdfunded Enthusiast Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
Tired of oversized, poorly designed, cheaply-made mini-ITX cases, a group of enthusiasts banded together to design, fund, produce, and sell their ideal SFF enclosure, the NCASE M1. We managed to get hold of a sample and ran it through our demanding test set.

SilverStone DS380 8-Bay Server/NAS Chassis

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone DS380 has its fair share of design issues, but this 8-bay hot-swap server/NAS case fills a niche with aplomb.

SPCR is 12

About Us

Twelve is a number imbued with rich meaning throughout history and mythology, in a myriad of cultures. Twelve apostles in Christianity, twelve Olympians in ancient Greek mythology, twelve Jyotirlingas in Hindu Shaivism. In time: Twelve months, twelve hours in a clock dial, twelve signs in both Chinese and Western zodiacs. In movieland: Twelve Monkeys, 12 Angry Men, The Dirty Dozen and Ocean's Twelve. Twelve Knights at King Arthur's round table, 12 inches in a foot, a dozen eggs. And SPCR is 12 years old today.

QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L 4-Bay NAS Server

Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
Despite the unimpressive hardware inside, the 4-bay QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L offers a highly functional, versatile, and easy to use server experience for home and small office users.

Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 TH LGA1150 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 is a high-end Haswell motherboard with dual Thunderbolt ports, 802.11ac + Bluetooth, seven controllable fan headers, and umpteen bells and whistles for enthusiasts.

be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Cooling
A slim tower cooler built in the same vein as the Noctua NH-U14S, the bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim is lighter, more affordable, and surprisingly proficient.

Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server

Complete|Mobile Systems | CPUs|Motherboards
Powered by a Silvermont SoC and using a 200W 80 Plus Gold power supply, the SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 is an energy efficient rackmount server with a lot more horsepower than any previous Atom-based fare.