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Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Zotac H55-ITX-C-E is ambitious product offering an unprecedented feature-set for an LGA1156 mini-ITX mainboard, including PCIe 16x, 6 SATA ports and USB 3.0.

Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU

Power
The Seasonic X-400 Fanless is based on the successful, 80 Plus Gold X-series platform introduced late last year. Company reps say the new fanless PSU was years in the making; ultimately, they had to await the development of a super-efficient platform. It was worth the wait.

Samsung 2TB EcoGreen F3 Hard Drive

Storage
In contrast to Samsung's highly visible marketing efforts in other sectors, its hard drives run virtually stealthed in the marketplace. They've long been prized for low noise by SPCR aficionados, however. We tackle the biggest of their F3 EcoGreen models, in response to popular demand.

Scythe Ninja 3 & Scythe Yasya CPU Heatsinks

Cooling
A pair of Scythe heatsinks battle for a place amongst the best CPU coolers. The Ninja 3 seeks to bring prestige back to its family, while the sharp Scythe Yasya attempts to cut up the competition.

Gelid Slim Silence & Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Coolers

Cooling
Two low profile CPU heatsinks go under the microscope, the Gelid Slim Silence and Prolimatech Samuel 17. The Slim Silence is a 1U heatsink for use with lower power processors, while the Samuel 17 is high performance cooler taking aim at the Scythe Big Shuriken.

HIS HD 5550 & 5570 "Silence" Graphics Cards

Graphics Cards
The HIS HD 5550/5570 are a trio of budget graphics cards that have good potential for silent cooling. Though not great for 3D performance, they are energy efficient and they are all equipped with fanless heatsinks.

Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives

Storage
Portable external storage devices of high capacity hold 2.5" laptop drives in a USB-interface casing. Are they all equal? We examine the 1TB and 640GB FreeAgent Go drives from Seagate and find them to be exceptional in at least one very important way (for most SPCR readers): acoustics.

AMD Athlon II X3: Affordable Compromise

CPUs|Motherboards
AMD's Athlon II X3 processors get placed under the microscope. Starting at $70, them seem to be an excellent value. How well do they hold up in real life against the X2s and the $100 X4 630?

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90p USFF PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
The ThinkCentre M90p is a compact, high performance corporate PC from Lenovo that also has the potential to be quiet thanks to its use of a Core i5 processor and an 87% efficient external power adapter.

Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Quad Cores

CPUs|Motherboards
The Athlon II X4 610e and Phenom II X4 910e are quad core processors from AMD with very low thermal design power of 45W and 65W, respectively. Are they as energy efficient as they claim and are the higher price tags justified?

Lenovo C315 Touch Screen All-in-One PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
Though billed as an "everyday desktop" the Lenovo C315 is equipped with a 20" 1600x900 multi-touch display, ATSC tuner, and IR remote control. The system also features an eclectic mix of laptop and desktop hardware including the AMD Athlon II X2 250u, a 25W AM3 processor.

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Puget Serenity i7 PC System

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
Puget Custom Computers joins the SPCR-certified PC program with Serenity, a powerful Intel i7 system that idles at just 14 dBA@1m.

AMD Phenom II Stock Coolers

Cooling
The Phenom II AM3 stock heatpipe cooler currently shipping with AMD's 125W quad/hex core processors is pitted against the older, but larger AM2+ model. Is either heatsink worthwhile for quiet cooling?

Intel LGA1366 Stock Cooler: Good Enough?

Cooling
A pair of Intel LGA1366 stock coolers take to the pitch, one a traditional radial down-blowing heatsink, the other surprisingly a tower heatsink complete with 4 heatpipes and a large LED fan. Just how good are these coolers, and do they hold a candle to smaller aftermarket offerings?

Gelid Silent Spirit & Scythe Samurai ZZ CPU Coolers

Cooling
The Gelid Silent Spirit and Scythe Samurai ZZ are a pair of modestly sized top-down CPU coolers with 92 mm fans. While neither will win any performance awards, their size is an asset in cases too small for large heatsinks with 120/140 mm fans.