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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2012-07-31 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-07-29 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2012-07-25 11:49.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-07-23 04:20.
The Enermax ETS-T40 tower CPU heatsink/fan is equipped with an impressive looking mounting system, a surprisingly smooth sounding fan, and an affordable price. Unfortunately the one thing missing is great performance.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-07-16 04:20.
The Thermalright HR-02 Macho takes the design elements that made its predecessors excellent low noise coolers and successfully combines it with the massive size of a modern high-end heatsink.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2012-07-14 16:20.
Cooler Master's GeminII M4 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Scythe Big Shuriken 2. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the M4 is only a half-hearted compliment.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2012-07-05 20:55.
The SilverStone Precision PS07 is a more affordable version of the Temjin TJ08-E microATX tower case. The Temjin's enormous 18 cm intake fan has been replaced with two 12 cm models in the PS07. What difference does this make? A lot.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-07-02 04:20.
Cooling | Fans|Controls
SpeedFan is a free, but extremely powerful and customizable sensor monitoring and fan control utility that works with a huge range of motherboards. Our comprehensive guide walks you through the complex configuration and allows you to unlock the full power of this enduring software utility, a favorite of SPCR for years.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2012-06-25 13:43.
SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
The first SPCR Quiet Certified PC from AVADirect Custom Computers features a GTX560 Ti graphics card along with an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k CPU in a system that's quiet doing ordinary tasks and ramps up only moderately at full GPU/CPU load.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-06-25 04:20.
Reeven, a relatively unknown PC cooling company, looks to make a name for themselves with a pair of oddly named heatsinks. The Kelveros is a classic tower heatsink with direct touch heatpipes while the Arcziel is a traditional, but rather tall down-blowing model.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2012-06-21 16:20.
The Lian Li PC-Q18 is a slightly slimmer PC-Q08 tweaked to focus on its usability as a mini-ITX server. The changes include a four drive SATA backplane, an improved hard drive and side panel mounting system.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2012-06-18 04:20.
Thermalright goes in a slightly direction with the Archon SB-E, an unusually tall and wide 8-heatpipe cooler with an equally unusual 15 cm fan.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2012-06-13 04:20.
The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 is a high performance CPU cooler in a low profile package, looking to improve upon the performance of its popular predecessor. The Reeven Vanxie is almost comically small by comparison, a tiny low profile offering for use in ultra compact cases.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2012-06-11 15:17.
Cooling | The Silent Front
At Computex 2012 last week, there were two fan developments worthy of serious note for SPCR readers. The first and more revolutionary of the two is an Active Noise Cancellation fan project from Noctua, with partner RotoSub. The second is from a more unlikely source, Corsair, of memory, PSU and case fame.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2012-06-10 04:20.
WD's VelociRaptor 1TB might be the fastest hard drive in the world, but it could also be the loudest. The new Scorpio Blue 500GB is a different kind of drive, a single-platter notebook model with ultra-low acoustics.