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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.

Scythe Grand Kama Cross CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Scythe Grand Kama Cross is a down-blowing CPU cooler featuring a large 140mm SlipStream fan, 4 copper heatpipes twisted to form a "X" formation, and an relatively small stack of aluminum fins. Does it have what it takes to compete with the big tower heatsinks?

Samsung N220 Pine Trail Netbook

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Samsung N220 has many of the usual trappings of a 10.1" netbook including a low resolution screen, a small keyboard, and just 1GB of RAM. However, with Pine Trail at its heart and a hefty 5900mAh battery, it has the potential to be a very cool, quiet, and long-lasting travel companion.

Titan Fenrir & Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited

Cooling
The Titan Fenrir and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus are CPU heatsinks with direct touch/contact heatpipes. The Fenrir with its thicker heatpipes and larger body seems to have the advantage, but the slimmer Hyper 212 Plus may be the David to its Goliath.

Enermax Modu87+ 500W 80Plus Gold

Power
The most efficient ATX12V power supply in the world with a sensible power rating is the Enermax Modu/Pro 87+ 500W. It's also the quietest, by a slim margin. Alas, finding one to buy is a challenge.

Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Water Cooler

Cooling
The Corsair Hydro H50 is an all-in-one CPU water cooler with a waterblock, reservoir and pump integrated into a single piece at one end, and a radiator that mounts to a single 120 mm fan placement at the other. It's a hassle-free introduction into water cooling... but is it better than a high performance air cooled tower heatsink?

Fractal Design Array Mini ITX NAS Case

Cases|Damping
The Fractal Design Array is a fashionable mini-ITX cube style advertised as a small, quiet storage solution. It supports up to 6 drives and ships with a 300W 80 PLUS certified power supply and a low speed 140 mm fan.

Prolimatech Armageddon & Coolermaster V8 CPU Coolers

Cooling
The Prolimatech Armageddon hopes to capitalize on the greater airflow of a 140mm fan with a narrow, wide body. Its a simple design compared to that of the Coolermaster V8, with its sprawling jumble of heatpipes and fins. One approach rises near the top, while the other sinks close to the bottom.

Lenovo ThinkStation E20: A Quiet Entry-level Workstation

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Lenovo ThinkStation E20 is micro-ATX entry-level workstation with relatively modest processing power and expandability. On the bright side, it's affordable, energy efficient, well-built, EPEAT Gold certified, cool and surprisingly quiet.