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Asus Maximus VII Gene vs. Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5

CPUs|Motherboards
The Asus Maximus VII Gene and Gigaybte Z97MX-Gaming 5 are a pair of very different microATX LGA1150 motherboards that succeed at appealing to each of their target audiences.

Samsung Wireless & Seagate Backup Plus External HDDs

Storage
The Samsung Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device offers truly portable storage accessible by a variety of WiFi devices, while the Seagate Backup Plus drives delivers a more traditional wired experience.

New 92mm-fan Tower Coolers from Noctua

Cooling
A new heatsink from Noctua is always worth more than a cursory glance, as this Austrian brand has become one of the most consistent producers of high performance CPU coolers in the past decade. The latest is a trio of tower models featuring a new 92mm fan, models obviously meant to replace the previous NH-U9B SE2: NH-U9S, NH-D9L and NH-D9DX i4 3U. Our full review of the U9S and D9L.

gpuShack offers quiet R7950 Twin Frozr card for just $139

Site News

Our partner gpuShack recently acquired a large stock of the R7950 Twin Frozr graphics cards, which measures 13.7db quieter and 10C cooler than the reference HD 7950 model. While the GPU is already two years old, it is still faster than the R9 270X.

The GPU normally sells for $149. However, gpuShack is running an inventory clearance promotion at $5 off, and an additional $5 off with discount code SILENTPC, bringing it down to $139. 

The R7950 Twin Frozr GPU is a great choice for a quiet budget build. You can pick it up at gpuShack while supplies last.

Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Edition

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
Our third quiet mini-ITX gaming build guide features the widely acclaimed BitFenix Prodigy, a largish chassis that can accommodate a variety of larger components.

Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
Our second mini-ITX gaming build guide is centered around creating a powerful yet quiet system inside the ultra small, limited edition NCASE M1 case. Don't let the wee photo fool you; the M1 is less than half the size of the Rosewill W1-S case you've seen recently in a similar photo on these snippet pages.

Journey to a Silent MicroATX Gamer

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
Another new quiet gaming PC build guide, this time featuring a Zotac GTX 970 in the unusual Corsair Air 240 MicroATX case. It is a journey, complete with scientific side trips to explore airflow impedance and its effects on cooling and noise.

Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved

Silent Mike's Blog

The latest newsletter from PR agency Marken Communications is well-considered and timely in the wake of the recent hacks that forced Sony to its knees.

"I disagree with some in the Cloud Industry who say calling the storage devices you carry with you and your home storage a personal Cloud is wrong. But they don't want to call it outsourced storage. It's semantics. Key is it's sitting somewhere else out of your control. There are too many people out there who want to put another conquest notch on their hacking skills by tapping into big companies. There are things you can do every day to protect your stuff from evil doers even if you use their Cloud. Be a little paranoid...

Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

Cooling
The Swiftech H240-X is an interesting high-end open loop liquid CPU cooler that's also pre-assembled/filled and plug-and-play like all-in-one units.

103 120mm Fans Reviewed

Internet News

Hardware.info makes history of sorts by posting a roundup review of a whopping 103 fans. The authors deserve kudos for the sheer volume of their task, though SPCR laments the relatively low usability of their results.

Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler

Cooling | Graphics Cards
Arctic's Acclero Hybrid II-120 combines an AIO liquid cooler with a back side heatsink to produce a formidable yet quiet cooling solution for high-end graphics cards.

AIDA64 v5.00 is released

Internet News

The latest Finalwire AIDA64 is now available. This is a comprehensive hardware detection software that provides detailed information about installed software and offers diagnostic functions and support for overclocking. As it monitors sensors in real time, AIDA64 can gather accurate voltage, temperature and fan speed readings, while its diagnostic functions help detect and prevent hardware issues. It is a utility SPCR turns to often in our hardware analysis. Version 5.0 introduces wireless remote monitoring of sensor values on smartphones and tablets.

Quiet Mini-ITX Gamer Build Guide

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
A quiet system in a smaller form factor is our followup to the Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide posted in the last couple of weeks. It is another high performance rig, one quiet enough to be just about inaudible even atop your desk. Your family will never know that you're gaming on this machine unless your sound effects are on speaker and they can see the action on your monitor.

Cryorig R1 Ultimate & Universal CPU Coolers

Cooling
While Cyrorig is a relative newcomer to the well-establish CPU heatsink market, their flagship R1 Ultimate/Universal has all the trappings of a top-tier cooling solution.

Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
The new Fractal Design Define R5 arrived in our lab while we were finishing our original Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide article. Lacking time to do a full case review, we swapped the R5 in place of the R4 to get a practical assessment of the improvements the new case brings. In the process, we managed to drop the full load noise of our Quiet ATX Gamer to under 17 dBA@1m.