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Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Giada A51 Mini PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
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.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92z All-In-One Desktop PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
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.

ASUS F2A85-M Pro microATX FM2 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
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

Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review

Storage
The Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB gives us an opportunity to explore how capacity affects the real world performance of SandForce SSDs.

Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU

Power
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.

bequiet! Dark Power Pro 10 550W Power Supply

Power
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.

ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II

Graphics Cards
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.

CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W PSU

Power
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.

AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Zalman CNPS9900DF Dual Fan Flower Heatsink

Cooling
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.

Prolimatech MK-26 Multi-VGA Cooler

Cooling
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.

Recommended Fans

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.

Intel 520 Series 120GB SandForce SSD

Storage
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.