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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-12-10 18:58.
The Design Node 304 is an evolution of Fractal's earlier Mini ITX NAS Case geared primarily for server duty. How well does it manage the noise and vibration of six 3.5" drives? Can this modest 20 litre case keep the system cool enough?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2013-12-07 12:36.
The Intel NUC D54250WYK incorporates a dualcore, hyperthreaded mobile Haswell processor running Intel HD Graphics 5000 in the palm-size chassis introduced last year, now with more I/O and an infrared remote sensor. Do Haswell's advantages translate well to this tiny desktop PC?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2013-12-05 17:34.
The BitFenix Phenom is a big, elegant cube style mini-ITX case, offering a little bit of everything. Does it fulfill its promise for just $80?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-11-26 17:44.
The Chenbro SR30169 is a sturdy SOHO server case with four hot-swap 3.5 inch drive bays accessible behind a front mesh door, ATX power supply, and a convenient modular design.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2013-11-22 17:47.
Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems
A slim, silent, fanless case for an Intel NUC with room enough for a 2.5" drive is Logic Supply's latest passively cooled project. With the right NUC innards, it becomes a perfect ultra-mini media PC with both zippy performance and enough storage space.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2013-11-15 12:22.
A sleek 7-liter mini-ITX case for home theater PC joins the Silverstone Milo series. The ML05 is a well-built looker, despite its modest price, but how does it perform?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-11-11 21:00.
The high end Enthoo Primo marks Phanteks' entry into the PC case market. Its enormous dimensions have a specific purpose - the innovative design focuses heavily on water cooling support.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-11-05 18:08.
The Thermalright HR-22 is a substantially bulked up version of the HR-02, weighing in at 1.17 kg. A plastic air duct is included to create a quasi-passive cooling solution. Is it worth a C note?
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2013-11-02 14:08.
Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Lapping the CPU in a heatsink test platform is probably a controversial move that's bound to provoke reactions. Funny thing is, it was done a year ago, and photos of the CPU showing the copper top exposed by the lapping have been featured in many of our reviews. Yet, not a single comment. This article goes through the problems, investigations and explorations that led us to lap our Core i7-965 Extreme test CPU, and analyzes the results and implications.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-10-28 15:29.
Gigabyte dips its toes into the Thin mini-ITX waters with the LG1155-based GA-H77TN. An alternative to the Intel DQ77KB, it hits most of the same marks at a sizable discount.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-10-21 21:04.
Western Digital's Red and Se 4TB hard drives are two high capacity sides of the same coin. Both are optimized for RAID/NAS use but the Red is a low power model for consumer use while the Se is a high performance enterprise drive.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-10-15 21:05.
The Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI is a value-oriented mini-ITX motherboard for Intel's Haswell CPUs. With the enthusiast performance Z87 chipset, its US$130 price-tag seems like a steal.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-10-08 21:46.
The SilverStone Raven RV04 shares the same internal layout as the Fortress FT04, with a plastic exterior, a slightly downgraded feature-set, and a more appetizing price.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2013-10-01 15:06.
Scythe's new extensive lineup of fans attempts to continue their legacy of acoustic excellence. Our 2013 Scythe roundup.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2013-09-23 16:44.
The SilverStone FT04 merges innovative modular design with a with a newly designed Fortress shell. Much of the FT02's great performance remains but a host of nagging flaws prevent the FT04 from being a truly worthy successor.