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Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2012-11-28 04:19.
Can sleek, gorgeous, modern style and functional efficiency combine harmoniously with superb video performance? They do in Samsung's current top model, a super high 2560x1440 resolution 27" PLS LED monitor.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-11-26 16:20.
The BitFenix Ghost has many of the qualities for a good quiet case and bonus features in the form of a reversible door hinge and a hotswap hard drive dock. However, a few vital design flaws prove to be stumbling blocks.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2012-11-22 16:20.
The Noctua NH-L9i is a high-end miniature CPU heatsink designed with compatibility first and foremost in mind. Measuring just 95 mm x 95 mm across and standing 37 mm tall, it fits in the vast majority of low profile SFF cases.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2012-11-19 17:03.
Chip giant Intel's less-is-more NUC is a cute half-liter box of high efficiency computing goodness that packs in the latest Core processor technology, HD Graphics 4000, mSATA and ThunderBolt. And it is quiet!
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-11-19 16:20.
AMD's new flagship processor offers a decent boost in speed over its predecessors but without significantly improved energy efficiency or pricing, it fails to alter the desktop CPU landscape.
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.