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Evo ECOPC: A Silent Nettop

Complete|Mobile Systems
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.

Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 speaker system

Audio|Video|Misc
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.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB vs. WD Caviar Blue 1TB

Storage
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.

Intel 6-series Chip (SB) Flaw

Internet News

It's annoying news for Sandy Bridge sellers, buyers... and Intel. Intel announced today that a major flaw was found in "the 6 Series chip, code-named Cougar Point, and implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue." Click on Read More for more.

Sandy Bridge, Part 5: Asus P8P67 and P8P67 Pro Motherboards

CPUs|Motherboards
Having explored P67 offerings from Intel and Gigabyte, we now have Asus P67 boards on our test bench. The P8P67 and P8P67 Pro are attractively priced given their respective feature-sets and they have a few other niceties that users will enjoy.

Sandy Bridge, Part 4: Core i5-2400, i5-2500K and i7-2600K CPUs

CPUs|Motherboards
The Core i5-2400, i5-2500K, and i7-2600K are the top models in Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPU lineup. We compare them against other current Intel offerings as well as AMD's best quad and hex core chips. Our analysis shows they how compare in performance, cost, and energy efficiency.

Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The Lian Li PCV-354 is a larger version of the PC-Q08 with a few minor differences. The PC-V354 adds microATX support, an extra hard drive mount, two additional fans, and ships with a built-in memory card reader and fan speed controller. We take it for a ride in our anechoic chamber with some hot chic... uh, components.

Serenity i7 Sandy Bridge PC, SPCR Edition, by Puget Computers

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems

Time flies in the tech world. Blink, turn your head for a moment, and today's greatest technology is yesterday's news. So it is with the Serenity PC, SPCR Edition. The previous edition turned out to be the quietest computer system we have ever reviewed or even laid our hands on, and probably quieter than any PC will ever be, short of one with no moving parts and zero electronic noise. Another 3.5 months later, the latest SPCR Edition of the Puget Serenity with Sandy Bridge is here.

Sandy Bridge, Part 3: Gigabyte P67A-UD4 & Intel DP67BG P67 Motherboards

CPUs|Motherboards
The third part of our Sandy Bridge coverage examines a pair of mid-to-high range P67 motherboards, the Gigabyte P67A-UD4 and Intel DP67BG. P67 is the enthusiast chipset for socket 1155, trading in Intel's GMA HD 2000/3000 graphics for extreme overclocking capability.

Lian Li PC-B25S Mid-tower Aluminum Case

Cases|Damping
There's something about a handsome brushed aluminum case that everyone admires. The Lian Li PC-B25S mid-tower case has that aluminum panache, and a whole lot of features to go along with it. Does it have the cool and quiet performance to stand next to SPCR's recommended cases for silent computing?

Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO H67 Motherboards

CPUs|Motherboards
The second portion of our Sandy Bridge examination focuses on the budget H67 chipset which enables use of the Sand Bridge CPU's internal HD 2000/3000 graphics, and more specifically, the Intel DH67BL and Asus P8H67-M EVO motherboards.

Hot ASUS Eee Slate video demo from CES 2011

Internet News

That tablets would pop up all over CES 2011 like daisies in the spring was no surprise to anyone aware of the iPad. The tablet market is expected to reach 50 million units this year, and virtually every major electronics/computer brand has at least one to vye for a piece of the pie. Industry giant Asus has three and possibly the most compelling of them for the "serious" computer user who wants one is the Eee Slate EP121-1A010M 12.1-Inch Tablet PC. As of yesterday, it was the most highly viewed computer accessory product in Amazon's catalog over the past few days. Read more to view our demo video of the Asus Eee Slate from CES.

Lenovo's exciting IdeaPad U1

Internet News

This afternoon's preview show event at CES2010 was deluged with journalists surging from one overcrowded display to another. One of the hottest tables was where Lenovo was showing a sample of its IdeaPad U1, an Intel driven Windows 7 mini-laptop with nicely curved corners whose screen detaches effortlessly into an Android-based iPad look-alike. Full details will be released tomorrow, and company reps could only provide pricing in China, where it is set at 3500CNY (US$530) for the tablet alone, and ~8000CNY(US$1200) for the combo. An earlier version was shown at CES 2010, with the tablet running Linux when undocked. The new version looks slick, fully functional, and could be a real crowd pleaser for those who want both a tablet and a notebook. * Discuss this news in the SPCR forums. *




AMD Fusion APUs Arrive

Internet News

As expected, AMD officially launched its Fusion APU platform today, the day before the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, just in time to counter Intel's Sandy Bridge barrage. The press release announcing AMD Fusion APU Era Begins lauds the graphics portion of its APU, which has...

* DirectX 11-capable graphics
* Massive parallel processing to speed application performance
* The UVD3 video acceleration block found in the new AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 Series GPUs

Gigabyte preceded AMD's announcement yesterday in unveiling the E-350 APU (Zacate) powered GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX all-in-one motherboard. This is obviously aimed at the base of the pyramid, unlike the Intel i5-2500K we posted our examination of 36 hours ago, but the new AMD APUs look like they have the potential to transform the sector. We expect a lively heating up of rivalry between the industry's biggest processor companies this CES. * Discuss this news in the SPCR forums. *