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Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

Cases|Damping
The R3 is an update to Fractal Design's popular Define R2 ATX tower case. Faster yet smoother fans give it greater airflow and cooling potential, and the heavy bitumen mats have been tossed in favor of more conventional acoustic dampening foam.

Prolimatech Genesis CPU Heatsink: Retaking the Crown

Cooling
Prolimatech joins the dual-fan giant heatsink fray is with the unusually-shaped Genesis. An amalgam of a vertical tower cooler and a horizontal down-blower, the Genesis proved potent enough to take the CPU cooling crown.

Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Fortress FT03 attempts to duplicate the success of the rotated motherboard layout of the Fortress FT02 and Raven series, this time in an unusual square cross-section microATX tower.

Swiftech Polaris 120 CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Polaris 120 CPU cooler marks Swiftech re-entry into the mainstream air-cooling arena. The Polaris has the form of a typical tower heatsink with a 120 mm PWM fan and a significant mass of aluminum fins, but what makes it unique are its five 8 mm thick direct touch heatpipes.

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis

Cases|Damping
The H2 is NZXT's attempt at a budget tower case with a silent slant. For US$100, it offers noise dampening foam, three quiet fans, a built-in fan controller, a SATA docking station, and a variety of other niceties including a brilliant front fan mounting tray.

SSD Roundup: Corsair F180 vs. Zalman S Series vs. Kingston SSDNow V+100

Storage
In this roundup we examine the performance of three SSDs from Corsair, Zalman, and Kingston. The results should be interesting as they have different controllers, capacities, and prices.

News for 2011-03-22

Internet News

* EXPreview: Hands-on Intel 320 series SSD
* Seagate Momentus XT SD24 firmware update tested at StorageReview; SD25 firmware is near release.
* TechPowerUp: Single-slot, slot-powered Radeon HD 6850 surfaces in Asia
* TechPowerUp: SAPPHIRE launches HD 6950 FleX, simplifies Eyefinity for gamers
* CowcotLand tests 12 PSUs from 400W to 600W including 80 Plus Gold & Platinum favorites
* How LCD panels work by Bill Hammack aka engineerguyvideo on YouTube
* Gizmag: Silicon molecules + polyvinyl alcohol = 'First-ever' permanent anti-fog coating

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Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
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.

OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCI Express SSD

Storage
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.

Miika's DIY Silent Aluminum-frame HTPC

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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.

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB & Momentus 750GB

Storage
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.

Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Tower Case

Cases|Damping
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.

Samsung PN58C6400 Plasma HDTV

Audio|Video|Misc
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.

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX & CNPS5X CPU Coolers

Cooling
Two new CPU coolers from Zalman are put to task, the large radial style CNPS9900 MAX, and the CNPS5X, a lanky lightweight tower.