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Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB vs. Samsung 830 Series 128GB

In a contest of high-end consumer SSDs, the SandForce-based Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB takes on Samsung 830 Series 128GB which uses Samsung's own MCX controller and Toggle NAND chips.

GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers

The GX-7 and Tranquillo Rev.2 are GELID's high-end and mid-range CPU coolers, respectively. The Tranquillo has a modest design and fan while the GX-7 is packed with heatpipes and sports a fancy high speed blue LED model.

ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC

Graphics Cards
The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC graphics card has it all: big performance, low power consumption, a very efficient and quieter cooler, and a extravagant price.

Corsair Force GS 240GB: SandForce with Toggle-Mode NAND

The Force GS is the cream of the crop of Corsair's Performance line of SSDs. Though based on the common SandForce SF-2281 controller, it utilizes fast Toggle-mode NAND chips to power past the competition.

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC with GTX680

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
The second SPCR Quiet Certified PC from AVADirect Custom Computers is a powerful rig features an ASUS DirectCU GTX680 graphics card and an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k. Just 16 dBA @ 1m doing ordinary tasks, and 26 dBA at full GPU/CPU load even in a hot 30¬įC ambient.

Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives

A WD Red is essentially a Caviar Green with TLER support, headparking disabled, 1TB platters, a three year warranty and 24-7 support. It is Western Digital's attempt at a budget Enterprise drive optimized for NAS and RAID environments.

SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case

The SilverStone TJ04-E carries the same "Evolution" designation as the impressive Temjin TJ08-E micro-ATX tower, but this ATX tower fails to match the performance of its smaller predecessor. Addendum 8 Aug 2012: Manufacturer's feedback on final page.

Ivy Bridge 3770K IHS removal and results

CPUs|Motherboards | Site News
The high core temperatures of Ivy Bridge CPUs have been a lively topic for debate since the new Intel chips were released. Poor quality TIM has been deemed the culprit. SPCR forum member graysky put this idea to the test by removing the integrated heat spreader from his i7-3770K to try a proven, high quality TIM, and later, lapped both the IHS and the heatsink base to check for any further cooling improvements. His systematic, empirical testing is well worth reading.

be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

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.

ADATA XPG SX910 128GB Solid State Drive

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.

Slashgear reviews AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC

Slashgear posted a review of AVA's Gaming PC, a quieter variant of which recently received a SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC. Forum discussion link.

Enermax ETS-T40: Direct-Touch Heatpipe Cooler

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.

Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler

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.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile Heatsink

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.

SilverStone Precision PS07: Budget MicroATX Tower

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.