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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-04-09 10:30.
Tired of oversized, poorly designed, cheaply-made mini-ITX cases, a group of enthusiasts banded together to design, fund, produce, and sell their ideal SFF enclosure, the NCASE M1. We managed to get hold of a sample and ran it through our demanding test set.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-04-02 18:14.
The SilverStone DS380 has its fair share of design issues, but this 8-bay hot-swap server/NAS case fills a niche with aplomb.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2014-04-01 06:06.
Twelve is a number imbued with rich meaning throughout history and
mythology, in a myriad of cultures. Twelve apostles in Christianity, twelve
Olympians in ancient Greek mythology, twelve Jyotirlingas in Hindu Shaivism.
In time: Twelve months, twelve hours in a clock dial, twelve signs in both Chinese
and Western zodiacs. In movieland: Twelve Monkeys, 12 Angry Men, The Dirty Dozen
and Ocean's Twelve. Twelve Knights at King Arthur's round table, 12 inches in
a foot, a dozen eggs. And SPCR is 12 years old today.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-03-26 17:53.
Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
Despite the unimpressive hardware inside, the 4-bay QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L offers a highly functional, versatile, and easy to use server experience for home and small office users.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2014-03-18 16:22.
The Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 is a high-end Haswell motherboard with dual Thunderbolt ports, 802.11ac + Bluetooth, seven controllable fan headers, and umpteen bells and whistles for enthusiasts.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2014-03-10 18:06.
A slim tower cooler built in the same vein as the Noctua NH-U14S, the bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim is lighter, more affordable, and surprisingly proficient.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2014-03-04 20:23.
Complete|Mobile Systems | CPUs|Motherboards
Powered by a Silvermont SoC and using a 200W 80 Plus Gold power supply, the SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 is an energy efficient rackmount server with a lot more horsepower than any previous Atom-based fare.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-02-26 16:45.
The Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 is a simple and affordable 4-bay USB 3.0/eSATA enclosure with fan control and nifty power syncing features.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-02-19 02:44.
The latest generation of AMD's desktop CPU lineup features new Steamroller CPU and GCN GPU cores, helping it achieve improved power consumption. The A8-7600 has an additional energy efficiency trick up its sleeve: an adjustable 65W/45W TDP.
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.