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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.

HDPLEX H10.ODD Fanless microATX Case

Cases|Damping
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.

Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

Cooling
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?

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?