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Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Jetway NF9C-2600 mini-ITX motherboard is powered by a revamped Intel Atom processor with a PowerVR-sourced GPU that supports H.264 acceleration. Though the connectivity options are suited for industrial/commercial rather than home use, the board gives us a taste of what the latest iteration of Atom offers.

Seasonic SS-350TGM 80 Plus Gold TFX

Power
Seasonic introduces 80 Plus Gold efficiency PSUs in TFX12V form factor with semi-passive, hybrid cooling for mini-towers and compact media PCs. Will system integrators embrace these new 300W and 350W PSUs?

Power Distribution in Three PCs (2012)

Power | The Silent Front
Six years ago we conducted an anlysis of power consumption and distribution in several desktop PCs. Today we repeat the analysis with three modern machines to see how things have changed.

SilverStone Raven RV03

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Raven RV03 enthusiast tower case retains much of what we liked in the Raven RV02 and Fortress FT02, while adding elements like front fans, drive mounting behind the motherboard, and USB 3.0 and evolving to a somewhat more conventional shape.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB Hard Drive

Storage
We were pleasantly surprised by the fast, quiet, and efficient nature of the 5940RPM Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000. Up this time around is the 7200RPM version, the 7K3000.

Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt

Power
The subject of our second KW power supply test in a row is an 80 Plus Platinum rated Kingwin vying for top honors among gaming silent PC enthusiasts. How does it fare against the Seasonic X1050 celebrated in a recent review?

Tiché PC HDD Vibration Killer

Audio|Video|Misc | Cases|Damping | Storage
The Tiché PC HDD Vibration Killer is an aftermarket internal hard drive suspension system that is simple but effective and cost efficient.

Cooler Master Silencio 450: Silence on a Budget?

Cases|Damping
The Cooler Master Silencio 450 is essentially a cut-down version of the successful Silencio 550, targeted at those seeking quiet operation on a shoestring budget.

Seasonic X-1050 PSU: Gold at Kilowatt+

Power
Seasonic recently entered the ranks of kilowatt PSU makers with new 1050W and 1250W models in its X series, and a 1000W model in its new X-derivative Platinum line. Our acoustics-focused review of the 80 Plus Gold approved X-1050 finds Seasonic in fine form.

Wikipedia EN Blackout Protest against SOPA and PIPA bills in US legislature

Internet News

Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out English Wikipedia for 24 hours. SOPA and PIPA represent two US bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively. Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but in Wikipedia's opinion, do so in a way that infringes free expression while harming the Internet.

"They put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. And, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression."

Wikipedia (and SPCR) urges US citizens to call your government representatives and tell them you oppose SOPA, PIPA and any similar legislation. For more information, please visit Wikipedia's SOPA and PIPA page

SPCR discussion on SOPA & PIPA

WD Livewire Powerline Networking Kit

Audio|Video|Misc
Western Digital's Livewire powerline AV networking kit provides a reliable, effortless method of extending a home network using the existing electrical grid rather than running ethernet cable or using WiFi. Our full review compares the Livewire networking performance and benefits against 100 and 1000 mbps wired ethernet as well as Wifi G and N.

Samsung HW-D550 HT Sound Bar

Audio|Video|Misc
Sound bars were created to bring home theater sound to match HD TVs without the complexity of amps, receivers, multiple speaker boxes and wires running between them all. Our first sound bar review: Samsung's slick, modestly priced HW-D550 2.1 system.

WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD

My Passport Essential SE 1TB is Western Digital's flagship device from their revamped USB 3.0-enabled portable external hard drive line.

Cooler Master Cosmos II: Ultra Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The Cooler Master Cosmos II is marketed as an ultra high-end, extremely well-built case with an almost complete feature-set designed to house the best and most of everything a PC enthusiast would desire. For US$349, it better.

Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower

Cases|Damping
Despite being a budget tower, the Raidmax Viper has all the modern trappings one would expect in a more expensive product. On paper it looks like a great value, but in reality its ambition hampers both performance and functionality.