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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2012-11-15 16:20.
Though not based on the latest and greatest A85X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H doesn't give up much, and its attractive price makes it a natural complement to the value offered by AMD's Trinity APU lineup.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-11-12 16:20.
The AMD A10-5700 APU's 65W TDP makes it the preferred Trinity option for a quiet or SFF PC, but clocked 400 MHz slower and costing only US$5 less than the flagship A10-5800K, its value is difficult to gauge.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-11-05 16:20.
Inside the Giada A51's sleek one-inch thick profile is an AMD G-T56N Brazos APU system with a nice set of connectivity options. Though not particularly quiet, its dimensions make it a compelling option for users with less demanding needs.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-10-29 16:20.
The functionally styled Lenovo ThinCentre M92z is a very capable all-in-one desktop PC with a quad core Ivy Bridge processor, Dolby speakers, a fully adjustable stand, and a 23" 1080p IPS screen. The display is also touch-capable but it frankly doesn't add a lot to the experience, though perhaps an upgrade to Windows 8 could change this.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2012-10-25 16:20.
Like many previous AMD motherboards, the F2A85-M Pro offers a vast set of features at a reasonable price. It's a nice complement to the versatility of AMD's Trinity APUs, combined with Fan Xpert 2, a feature previously found only on high end ASUS Z77 boards
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-10-21 16:20.
The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB gives us an opportunity to explore how capacity affects the real world performance of SandForce SSDs.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2012-10-18 15:07.
This 90% efficient 350W PSU was announced nearly a year before the entrance of the Seasonic G360, but hasn't made much noise in the marketplace. A close examination shows that the product is quite competitive with the new Seasonic.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2012-10-17 06:20.
The name is a big mouthful, which fits with the rest of the Dark Power Pro 10 550W the big packaging, the big casing, and in the end, the big performance. Our first gander at a bequiet! PSU in years, and it manages to catapult past most of the traditional leaders, right to the top of our super-silent, high efficiency, high performance PSU list.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-10-15 16:20.
The ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II is a high-end graphics card with a large dual fan cooler. Though it has an impressive look, it doesn't have quite what it takes to cool the GPU quietly at full load.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2012-10-11 04:54.
A Silent Pro M 700W power supply has been doing reliable yeoman duty in SPCR labs for years. We examine a new variant, the CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W out of curiosity and not a little hope for more of the same.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2012-10-10 16:20.
AMD's new Trinity processor micro-architecture drives new APUs powered by 2nd gen Bulldozer (Piledriver) CPU cores and updated graphics chips for value systems on the new FM2 socket.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2012-10-04 16:20.
The latest update to the iconic Zalman CNPS9900 series adds more girth and a second fan... in an ultimately futile attempt to get back to the top ranks of CPU coolers.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-10-01 04:20.
The Prolimatech MK-26 is a sprawling nickel-plated GPU heatsink with six heatpipes and enough surface area for two standard 140 mm case fans. It offers excellent performance and cross-compatibility for a premium price.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2012-09-25 18:45.
Fans|Controls | Reference|Recommended
The Recommended Fans article is finally updated. It is a concise practical summary about the technologies, techniques and art of using quiet fans in computers, along with a list of the best candidates.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-09-24 16:20.
The 520 Series 120GB takes the ubiquitous LSI SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller and pairs it with Intel's vast manufacturing and engineering resources. It's backed by a lengthy 5-year warranty and Intel's reputation for reliability.