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Crucial M4 64GB: Solid-State on a Budget

Storage
Through a quirk of SSD technology, the Crucial M4 64GB has limited write speeds compared to the larger M4 models. The question is whether it's still a worthwhile upgrade for users with limited storage needs and/or budget restrictions.

Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Panther is one of Prolimatech's "low-end" CPU heatsinks, a US$50 tower cooler with premium build quality, four heatpipes, and a 120 mm red LED fan.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE bears a suspicious resemblance to the renowned Noctua NH-D14, with a similar construction, shape, and even mounting style. If immitation is the greatest form of flattery, Phanteks is head over heels in love.

Anandtech on SPCR Certified AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC

Silent Mike's Blog

Dustin Sklavos of Anandtech revisited AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC with GTX680 after its SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC and concluded that despite questions about the value of our certification and the use of a case he doesn't like, it is "Worth Considering In This Configuration." Forum discussion link.

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB vs. Samsung 830 Series 128GB

Storage
In a contest of high-end consumer SSDs, the SandForce-based Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB takes on Samsung 830 Series 128GB which uses Samsung's own MCX controller and Toggle NAND chips.

GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers

Cooling
The GX-7 and Tranquillo Rev.2 are GELID's high-end and mid-range CPU coolers, respectively. The Tranquillo has a modest design and fan while the GX-7 is packed with heatpipes and sports a fancy high speed blue LED model.

ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC

Graphics Cards
The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC graphics card has it all: big performance, low power consumption, a very efficient and quieter cooler, and a extravagant price.

Corsair Force GS 240GB: SandForce with Toggle-Mode NAND

Storage
The Force GS is the cream of the crop of Corsair's Performance line of SSDs. Though based on the common SandForce SF-2281 controller, it utilizes fast Toggle-mode NAND chips to power past the competition.

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC with GTX680

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
The second SPCR Quiet Certified PC from AVADirect Custom Computers is a powerful rig features an ASUS DirectCU GTX680 graphics card and an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k. Just 16 dBA @ 1m doing ordinary tasks, and 26 dBA at full GPU/CPU load even in a hot 30¬įC ambient.

Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives

Storage
A WD Red is essentially a Caviar Green with TLER support, headparking disabled, 1TB platters, a three year warranty and 24-7 support. It is Western Digital's attempt at a budget Enterprise drive optimized for NAS and RAID environments.

SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone TJ04-E carries the same "Evolution" designation as the impressive Temjin TJ08-E micro-ATX tower, but this ATX tower fails to match the performance of its smaller predecessor. Addendum 8 Aug 2012: Manufacturer's feedback on final page.

Ivy Bridge 3770K IHS removal and results

CPUs|Motherboards | Site News
The high core temperatures of Ivy Bridge CPUs have been a lively topic for debate since the new Intel chips were released. Poor quality TIM has been deemed the culprit. SPCR forum member graysky put this idea to the test by removing the integrated heat spreader from his i7-3770K to try a proven, high quality TIM, and later, lapped both the IHS and the heatsink base to check for any further cooling improvements. His systematic, empirical testing is well worth reading.

be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

Cooling
The be quiet! Dark Rock 2 is a big tower CPU cooler with an odd 135 mm fan. Unfortunately, our sample has trouble living up to its German manufacturer's name. Note: Addendum on final page (8), 1 Aug 2012.

ADATA XPG SX910 128GB Solid State Drive

Storage
The ADATA XPG SX910 SSD is yet another in a long line of andForce-based solid state drives, but it has a few extra benefits to differentiate it from the masses.

Slashgear reviews AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC

Slashgear posted a review of AVA's Gaming PC, a quieter variant of which recently received a SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC. Forum discussion link.