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Silverstone Fortress FT03 mATX Tower: Redux

The SilverStone Fortress FT03 microATX tower is put through the wringer a second time to see how the case performs with a tower heatsink (Noctua NH-U12P) vs. a top-downer (Noctua NH-C12P).

AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

Graphics Cards
The recent release of the Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670 graphics cards brings the much lauded AMD HD 6000 series to the entry and budget segments. AMD introduced the higher-end cards first to garner interest, with the HD 6850, 6870, 6950, and 6970 all racking up accolades left and right. The new budget cards also offer better performance per dollar, substantial energy savings and improved video decoding capabilities and support for stereoscopic 3D playback.

More HDD Consolidations

Internet News

Techpowerup / Wall Street Journal: Samsung exiting HD business, Seagate front-runner to buy it.

Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge for Mini-ITX

The Zotac H67-ITX is the most capable mini-ITX board on the market. It offers a full set of features including SATA 6 Gbps, eSATA, USB 3.0, and 802.11n, not to mention full support for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.

HP Proliant MicroServer

Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
The MicroServer is a unique SFF server in the HP Proliant line that looks more like a small PC or multi-HDD NAS box. Powered not by Atom but a more powerful dual-core, 12W TDP AMD Athlon II, it is the smallest server we've ever seen. We gave our sample the complete SPCR treatment.

Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.