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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2012-01-03 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2011-12-29 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2011-12-20 16:20.
The Barracuda 3TB is Seagate's new flagship desktop hard drive with 64MB of cache, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and huge 1TB platters.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2011-12-08 15:51.
Comprising MilleniaOne main speakers and MilleniaSub, this stylish, mini-sized, all-aluminum, high-tech speaker system from Paradigm packs a big, convincing punch, whether playing music in a classic 2.1 stereo or movie soundtracks in a full-blown 5.1 home theater.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-12-05 16:20.
The Fractal Design Define Mini is a smaller version of the popular Define R3. It might just be the answer to those looking for a solid microATX tower with all the trappings and conveniences of a modern ATX case.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-11-21 16:20.
The P280 is a new variant of the Antec Performance One series of ATX towers. The overhauled design features USB 3.0, better ventilation, improved fans, the removal of the power supply compartment, and a host of other changes to make it competitive with modern enthusiast cases.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2011-11-20 17:22.
The new WD TV Live is barely the size of a mobile USB drive and costs only a C-note, yet can stream 1080p24 video from any local or networked storage via gigabit LAN or wireless-N, access 20 online media services, and work as a music jukebox or a photo/slide viewer.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2011-11-14 04:20.
The Core i7-3960X is Intel's flagship processor for their new Sandy Bridge Extreme (LGA2011) platform. This extravagantly priced US$990 chip is based on Sandy Bridge and has six cores, 15MB of L3 cache, a quad channel memory controller, and a souped up version of TurboBoost.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2011-11-08 16:20.
A close look and listen of the Scorpio Black 750GB and Scorpio Blue 1TB, Western Digital's fastest and largest capacity notebook hard drives respectively. Whether they'll be in short supply due to the flooding of WD plants in Thailand is not clear.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2011-10-26 16:20.
Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems
The Mini Letter ML-80 is a slightly larger mini-ITX case than the previous Viako model we reviewed, and the H61 variant integrates a more powerful Sandy Bridge board, with the same front display, remote, and software.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2011-10-24 10:35.
Do-It-Yourself Systems | Silent PC Build Guides
A tutorial on building the perfect (quiet!) workstation for your office & lab by new contributor Bartek Plichta, a specialist in acoustics and linguistics.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2011-10-19 19:19.
SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
Serenity Mini is the moniker of a Puget computer that is 25% smaller than the Serenity, SPCR Edition v.3. Does the Mini, SPCR Edition, match the ultra-low noise and superb performance of its larger predecessor... even when its i5 Sandy Bridge CPU is overclock-preset to 4.0GHz?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2011-10-19 04:20.
Bulldozer is AMD's latest CPU architecture featuring an overhauled 32nm chip design, updated instruction sets, and up to eight processing cores. The FX-8150 sports a maximum clock speed of 4.2 Ghz while retaining the 125W TDP of most of the Phenom II X4/X6 line.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2011-10-08 04:20.
Cases|Damping | Do-It-Yourself Systems | Power | Silent PC Build Guides
A high efficiency fanless PSU is a great starting point for an ultra quiet yet powerful modern PC. In our latest system build guide, we explore case and configuration options, share our observations about how a fanless PSU changes PC airflow, and walk you through the fine details of a full fledged PC build with a fanless Seasonic X series PSU.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2011-10-07 09:24.
We review and compare two fanless 500W ATX12V power supplies from quality brands. One has 80 Plus Platinum efficiency; the other sports Silver. In other ways, they appear similar, with the exo-heatsink design of so many passively cooled devices.