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Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 TH LGA1150 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Cooling
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.

Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server

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.

Mediasonic ProBox 4-Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure

Storage
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.

AMD A8-7600 Kaveri APU

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

Storage
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.

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Tower

Cases|Damping
The Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 sheds the Define series' iconic look and noise suppression features to focus more on airflow and cooling.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

Complete|Mobile Systems
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?

HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8

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?

Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

Storage
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.

ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Enthusiast Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
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?

Haswell comes to NUC

Complete|Mobile Systems
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?

BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
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?

Chenbro SR30169 Mini-ITX Server Chassis

Cases|Damping
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.