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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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-10-28 15:29.
Gigabyte dips its toes into the Thin mini-ITX waters with the LG1155-based GA-H77TN. An alternative to the Intel DQ77KB, it hits most of the same marks at a sizable discount.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-10-21 21:04.
Western Digital's Red and Se 4TB hard drives are two high capacity sides of the same coin. Both are optimized for RAID/NAS use but the Red is a low power model for consumer use while the Se is a high performance enterprise drive.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-10-15 21:05.
The Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI is a value-oriented mini-ITX motherboard for Intel's Haswell CPUs. With the enthusiast performance Z87 chipset, its US$130 price-tag seems like a steal.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-10-08 21:46.
The SilverStone Raven RV04 shares the same internal layout as the Fortress FT04, with a plastic exterior, a slightly downgraded feature-set, and a more appetizing price.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-10-01 15:06.
Scythe's new extensive lineup of fans attempts to continue their legacy of acoustic excellence. Our 2013 Scythe roundup.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-09-23 16:44.
The SilverStone FT04 merges innovative modular design with a with a newly designed Fortress shell. Much of the FT02's great performance remains but a host of nagging flaws prevent the FT04 from being a truly worthy successor.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2013-09-15 18:22.
The NH-U14S is a lean and mean CPU cooler in the distinctive Noctua style, with a slender physique to help avoid memory interference while still packing a surprisingly heavy punch.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-09-09 15:54.
Built in the same vein as the successful Mugen 4, the Scythe Ashura features a slimmer, asymmetrical body, and a larger 140mm Glide Stream fan.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-09-03 17:05.
The SilverStone Tundra TD03 self-contained CPU water cooler uses a different radiator and water block design than its competitors in an attempt to improve its efficiency.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-08-27 13:32.
The Mugen 4 is the first truly elite Scythe heatsink we've tested in many years. An updated mounting system and an acoustically sound fan help gives it an edge against some its bigger, more expensive rivals.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2013-08-16 21:04.
The Galileo is an even slimmer follow up to the Akasa Euler, a passively cooled case for Intel's Thin Mini-ITX motherboards.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2013-08-08 12:25.
Though smaller and lacking the high tech fan of its big brothers, the SilverStone Argon AR02 still delivers a powerful punch for its size and weight. A good choice for smaller (though not tiny) cases.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-08-05 19:07.
CPUs|Motherboards | Do-It-Yourself Systems
The GA-2A85XN-WIFI from Gigabyte offers a nice feature-set for a reasonable price and the best energy effiency I've seen out of an FM2 motherboard. Our first in a series of DIY articles on mini-ITX motherboards for small system options.