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AMD A10-6800K & A10-6700 Richland APUs

A follow up to Trinity, AMD's Richland APU architecture utilizes an intelligent power management system to hit higher clock speeds without increasing power consumption.

NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU Cooler

A massive cylindrical heatsink, the fanless (and thus noiseless) NoFan CR-95C Copper actually cools processors with power envelopes up to 95W. This is unprecedented.

SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers

A solid mounting system helps the SilverStone Argon AR01 and AR03 direct-touch heatpipe coolers reach elite status among SPCR tested CPU heatsinks.

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor

Intel's latest mainstream processor architecture isn't a massive upgrade but Haswell does boast some performance gains, new/refined features, and improved energy efficiency, the latter most useful in the mobile chips running Windows 8.

Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe

Last week we tested a half dozen 140 mm fans, with models from Phanteks and Noctuas floating to top and offerings from Xigmatek sinking to the bottom. This time we have five contenders from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, and Scythe slugging it out.

First 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

140 mm fans from Noctua, Phanteks, and Xigmatek battle in our latest fan roundup with one emerging as a clear winner in both thermal performance and acoustics.

Seasonic Power Supplies Ready for Intel Haswell Processors

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Seasonic announced that its power supplies are ready for Intel Haswell processors. A key requirement for Haswell-Shark Bay is the power supply's ability to maintain a minimum current load of 0.05 Amps on the 12V rail for the CPU.

Seasonic's press release:

"Sea Sonic Electronics congratulates Intel on the launch of the Haswell Processors. We are inspired by the continuing efforts made by Intel to push the boundaries of performance and at the same time, be environmentally conscious through reduction of energy consumption.

"These are the exact same attributes which have driven Sea Sonic for the past 35+ years. As we strive for industry leading performance, we continue to research the long term effects of each of our design. By continuously improving our efficiency we try to achieve maximum energy savings and by using high quality components we aim to prolong product lifetime; all to achieve long term sustainability.

Noctua NH-U12S Slim Tower Heatsink

The NH-U12S is an attempt by Noctua to take everything we like about the larger NH-U12P and cram it into a slimmed down form factor for improve compatibility.

Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblocker, SilverStone

It's been a long wait since the last one, but here's the latest in our ever popular series of fan roundups: Nine 120mm fans from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblocker, and SilverStone duke it out for acoustics and cooling performance.

Rosewill Silent Night 500 Platinum 80 Plus

Rosewill may be a house brand, but Newegg has enough muscle to attract strong partners. In the case of the Silent Night 500 Fanless 80+ Platinum PSU, Rosewill's partner Super Flower has given Rosewill a major win.

SilverStone Grandia GD07 & GD08 Media Center Cases

The new SilverStone Grandia GD07 and GD08 deliver all the trappings of a typical ATX tower in a media PC case.

Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Style Case

Fractal Design's take on a desktop media PC case, the Node 605 is a sturdy, elegant chassis focused on limiting noise, vibration, and dust build-up. It offers ATX board compatibility in a surprisingly small footprint, but usability is far better with a mATX board.

Cooler Master Seidon 240M: Dual Fan Liquid CPU Cooler

The Cooler Master Seidon 240M is a self-contained liquid CPU cooler with a dual fan radiator. Though equipped with a very quiet pump, its low noise performance doesn't justify the US$100 price when compared to top air coolers.


The HDPLEX H5.TODD offers home theater or computer audio enthusiasts a completely silent passively cooled PC chassis that would look good in any high end A/V cabinet or rack. The beauty of its brushed aluminum facia is actually quite deep — a whopping 1.5cm! — and its layout and construction shows good functionality as well.

Mobile Convergence: Windows 8 Convertibles Samsung ATIV 500T, MS Surface Pro

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Windows 8 is making possible a new class of mobile convertibles that flip between tablet and notebook. The Samsung ATIC Smart PC 500T is one example, based around a new Atom core and built around a big (for tablets) 11.6" screen, but there's an Ivy Bridge upgrade available in the 700T. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Surface Pro shows us a different vision of the convertible.