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Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X LGA2011 Processor

CPUs|Motherboards
The Core i7-3960X is Intel's flagship processor for their new Sandy Bridge Extreme (LGA2011) platform. This extravagantly priced US$990 chip is based on Sandy Bridge and has six cores, 15MB of L3 cache, a quad channel memory controller, and a souped up version of TurboBoost.

WD Scorpio Black 750GB & Scorpio Blue 1TB

Storage
A close look and listen of the Scorpio Black 750GB and Scorpio Blue 1TB, Western Digital's fastest and largest capacity notebook hard drives respectively. Whether they'll be in short supply due to the flooding of WD plants in Thailand is not clear.

Viako Mini Letter ML-80 H61 Sandy Bridge Barebones PC

Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems
The Mini Letter ML-80 is a slightly larger mini-ITX case than the previous Viako model we reviewed, and the H61 variant integrates a more powerful Sandy Bridge board, with the same front display, remote, and software.

Build the Perfect Lab or Office Workstation

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
A tutorial on building the perfect (quiet!) workstation for your office & lab by new contributor Bartek Plichta, a specialist in acoustics and linguistics.

Serenity Mini, SPCR Edition by Puget Computers

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
Serenity Mini is the moniker of a Puget computer that is 25% smaller than the Serenity, SPCR Edition v.3. Does the Mini, SPCR Edition, match the ultra-low noise and superb performance of its larger predecessor... even when its i5 Sandy Bridge CPU is overclock-preset to 4.0GHz?

AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor

CPUs|Motherboards
Bulldozer is AMD's latest CPU architecture featuring an overhauled 32nm chip design, updated instruction sets, and up to eight processing cores. The FX-8150 sports a maximum clock speed of 4.2 Ghz while retaining the 125W TDP of most of the Phenom II X4/X6 line.

Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

Cases|Damping | Do-It-Yourself Systems | Power | Silent PC Build Guides
A high efficiency fanless PSU is a great starting point for an ultra quiet yet powerful modern PC. In our latest system build guide, we explore case and configuration options, share our observations about how a fanless PSU changes PC airflow, and walk you through the fine details of a full fledged PC build with a fanless Seasonic X series PSU.

Fanless PSUs: Kingwin Stryker STR-500 & Silverstone ST50NF

Power
We review and compare two fanless 500W ATX12V power supplies from quality brands. One has 80 Plus Platinum efficiency; the other sports Silver. In other ways, they appear similar, with the exo-heatsink design of so many passively cooled devices.

Samsung Series 9 Ultra Portable Notebook

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Samsung Series 9 ultra portable notebook has a 13.3" matte screen, 17W Core i5 processor, solid state drive, and a sleek 3 lb, 16 mm thick frame wrapped in a sexy black duralumin shell. It might just be the Macbook Air alternative you've been waiting for.

Antec Solo II: The Legacy Lives On

Cases|Damping
The Solo II is the long anticipated update to the Antec Solo. Are the updates of USB 3.0, long graphics card support, a top panel power supply vent, removable cross-bar, and a new TrueQuiet 120 fan enough to bring a 6-year design to modern silent PC standards?

Aleutia H3-R Fanless Core i5 Media PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
Aleutia H3-R is a completely fanless media PC from the UK sporting a 35W dual core Sandy Bridge processor housed in a rugged passively cooled enclosure.

Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive

Storage
Hitachi's Deskstar 5K3000 series employs a 5940 RPM motor to give it a speed boost over 5400 RPM "green" models. If it can keep noise and power consumption at a reasonable level, it could be the green drive we've all been waiting for.

SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

Cases|Damping
The Temjin TJ08-E projects the look of a classic SilverStone microATX tower chassis. However, the exterior hides an upside down removable motherboard tray and a few other surprises that help make the most of this case's compact frame.

Antec Kühler H20 620 & 920 CPU Water Cooling Units

Cooling
The Kühler H20 620 and 920 are self-contained liquid CPU cooling units from Antec (manufactured by Asetek). Hopefully they are improvements over the the first water cooler we reviewed, the Corsair Hydro H50, which was sunk for SPCR audiences by a noisy pump.

Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Mainstream FM1 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Gigabyte A75M-UD2H is a mainstream microATX FM1 motherboard for the new AMD APUs that is both feature-rich and affordable. It sports an all solid-state capacitor design, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps, eSATA, FireWire, and both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, all for a street price of just US$100.