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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-02-12 20:37.
The Samsung 840 Pro is positioned as the Cadillac of solid-state drives, sporting a controller with a 3-core processor, 512MB of DDR2 cache, 21nm Toggle mode NAND flash memory, hardware encryption support, all backed by five year warranty.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2014-02-07 12:00.
The Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 sheds the Define series' iconic look and noise suppression features to focus more on airflow and cooling.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2014-01-27 15:01.
Samsung defies convention with a quad-core AMD-powered ultrabook with a 13.3 inch screen and 128GB SSD. Can this combination deliver a positive Windows 8 experience while keeping heat and noise in check?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2014-01-16 18:33.
Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
HP's compact entry level small business server is back with a much anticipated update. The MicroServer Gen8 has a sleeker design than the original, much faster Ivy Bridge based processors, and more extensive server features. What of the noise? ADDENDUM Oct 7, 2014: Using a Standard 4-Pin PWM Fan in the HP Microserver Gen8.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-12-31 18:20.
The Seagate NAS HDD 4TB is a more affordable alternative to the popular WD Red 4TB hard drive drive. The two models share much in common including NAS/RAID optimized firmware, a three year warranty, excellent acoustics and low power consumption.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-12-16 18:51.
The ASUS Republic of Gamer line of motherboards pull out all the stops and the Maximus VI Impact is no exception. This Haswell mini-ITX board is filled to the brim with features both big and small to entice gamers, enthusiasts, and anyone with deep pockets.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-12-10 18:58.
The Design Node 304 is an evolution of Fractal's earlier Mini ITX NAS Case geared primarily for server duty. How well does it manage the noise and vibration of six 3.5" drives? Can this modest 20 litre case keep the system cool enough?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2013-12-07 12:36.
The Intel NUC D54250WYK incorporates a dualcore, hyperthreaded mobile Haswell processor running Intel HD Graphics 5000 in the palm-size chassis introduced last year, now with more I/O and an infrared remote sensor. Do Haswell's advantages translate well to this tiny desktop PC?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2013-12-05 17:34.
The BitFenix Phenom is a big, elegant cube style mini-ITX case, offering a little bit of everything. Does it fulfill its promise for just $80?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-11-26 17:44.
The Chenbro SR30169 is a sturdy SOHO server case with four hot-swap 3.5 inch drive bays accessible behind a front mesh door, ATX power supply, and a convenient modular design.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2013-11-22 17:47.
Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems
A slim, silent, fanless case for an Intel NUC with room enough for a 2.5" drive is Logic Supply's latest passively cooled project. With the right NUC innards, it becomes a perfect ultra-mini media PC with both zippy performance and enough storage space.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2013-11-15 12:22.
A sleek 7-liter mini-ITX case for home theater PC joins the Silverstone Milo series. The ML05 is a well-built looker, despite its modest price, but how does it perform?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-11-11 21:00.
The high end Enthoo Primo marks Phanteks' entry into the PC case market. Its enormous dimensions have a specific purpose - the innovative design focuses heavily on water cooling support.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-11-05 18:08.
The Thermalright HR-22 is a substantially bulked up version of the HR-02, weighing in at 1.17 kg. A plastic air duct is included to create a quasi-passive cooling solution. Is it worth a C note?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2013-11-02 14:08.
Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Lapping the CPU in a heatsink test platform is probably a controversial move that's bound to provoke reactions. Funny thing is, it was done a year ago, and photos of the CPU showing the copper top exposed by the lapping have been featured in many of our reviews. Yet, not a single comment. This article goes through the problems, investigations and explorations that led us to lap our Core i7-965 Extreme test CPU, and analyzes the results and implications.