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and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Submitted by Doug Hanson on Tue, 2011-03-22 08:49.
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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-03-20 04:20.
The Antec ISK 100 is a followup to the ISK 300, a smaller case without the 300's steel exterior, optical drive bay, expansion slot, and 8 cm fan(s). The ISK 100's most interesting features are its well-ventilated mesh cover and 10cm fan which should provide excellent cooling.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-03-14 16:20.
The OCZ RevoDrive 120GB is a high performance solid state drive that utilizes a pair of SandForce controllers in RAID 0. To alleviate any bandwidth limitations, it is housed on a PCI Express 4x card, offering a much fatter pipe than SATA 3/6 Gbps.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2011-03-14 13:58.
Miika's monolithic HTPC is the result of classic old-time DIY ingenuity and savvy, which seem in decline in silent computing as quiet off-the-shelf solutions proliferate. DIY initiative can still vye with all the gleaming new high efficiency computer technology today.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2011-03-10 04:20.
The Barracuda Green 2TB is an attempt by Seagate to crack the low power consumption and excellent acoustics of low power desktop drives from WD and Samsung. The Momentus 750GB on the other hand doesn't have much to prove, coming from the same stock as the surprisingly quiet Momentus 7200.4 and XT.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-03-06 22:52.
In a dual core battle, Intel's entry level Sandy Bridge chip, the Core i3-2100, takes on AMD's best, the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition. Find out how they stack up against each another and Intel's Clarkdale processors.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2011-03-03 16:20.
The Zalman Z9 Plus is a budget ATX tower case targeting the enthusiast/gamer market. The Z9 Plus has the usual trappings of such cases plus a temperature sensor with LCD display and a fan controller, all at a very reasonable price.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2011-02-28 18:45.
Plasma was the first technology to bring us big flat screen TVs. They're still considered tops by videophiles. We take our first close look at a big 58" plasma 1080p TV from Samsung.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-02-27 17:35.
Two new CPU coolers from Zalman are put to task, the large radial style CNPS9900 MAX, and the CNPS5X, a lanky lightweight tower.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2011-02-24 04:20.
To show off the capabilities of their H10.ODD passively-cooled microATX case, HDPLEX sent us a sample with a fully assembled system consisting of a Core i3-530, SSD, Blu-ray drive, and fanless 150W power adapter. Read on to see how this minimalist, super slim, fanless PC case performs.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2011-02-22 04:20.
The Thermalright Silver Arrow is a monstrous 1.2kg heatsink with 8mm thick heatpipes and a pair of 14cm fans. Does it have what it takes to beat Noctua's flagship NH-D14 cooler?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2011-02-18 04:20.
The Evo ECOPC is another Atom-based nettop, lacking in horsepower but small enough to cram into just about any corner. Though there is a small fan, it can be disabled and run passively.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-02-13 04:20.
The Asus E35M1-M Pro is a microATX board featuring a new embedded AMD Fusion E-350 APU (accelerated processing unit), an 18W chip with both CPU and GPU on the same die. Find out how it fares against low-end Atom, CULV, and ION powered systems.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2011-02-08 00:40.
Our review of the Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec is the first time that the acoustic analysis capability of the SPCR anechoic chamber and advanced acoustic analysis tools have been used for speaker testing. Happily, the test results have been helpful, shedding light on subjective impressions and putting the review on a more empirical footing. It was also a good excuse to revisit the AudioEngine A2 speakers, reviewed just before the anechoic chamber came into service.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2011-02-06 16:20.
The Hitachi Desktar 7K1000.C and WD Caviar Blue 1TB represent the latest evolution in mainstream 7,200 RPM hard disk drives. While not as fast as high performance 7,200/10,000 RPM models or SSDs, they are fast enough, reasonably quiet, and very affordable.