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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

Complete|Mobile Systems
Samsung defies convention with a quad-core AMD-powered ultrabook with a 13.3 inch screen and 128GB SSD. Can this combination deliver a positive Windows 8 experience while keeping heat and noise in check?

HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8

Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
HP's compact entry level small business server is back with a much anticipated update. The MicroServer Gen8 has a sleeker design than the original, much faster Ivy Bridge based processors, and more extensive server features. What of the noise?

Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

Storage
The Seagate NAS HDD 4TB is a more affordable alternative to the popular WD Red 4TB hard drive drive. The two models share much in common including NAS/RAID optimized firmware, a three year warranty, excellent acoustics and low power consumption.

ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Enthusiast Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The ASUS Republic of Gamer line of motherboards pull out all the stops and the Maximus VI Impact is no exception. This Haswell mini-ITX board is filled to the brim with features both big and small to entice gamers, enthusiasts, and anyone with deep pockets.

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
The Design Node 304 is an evolution of Fractal's earlier Mini ITX NAS Case geared primarily for server duty. How well does it manage the noise and vibration of six 3.5" drives? Can this modest 20 litre case keep the system cool enough?

Haswell comes to NUC

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Intel NUC D54250WYK incorporates a dualcore, hyperthreaded mobile Haswell processor running Intel HD Graphics 5000 in the palm-size chassis introduced last year, now with more I/O and an infrared remote sensor. Do Haswell's advantages translate well to this tiny desktop PC?

BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
The BitFenix Phenom is a big, elegant cube style mini-ITX case, offering a little bit of everything. Does it fulfill its promise for just $80?

Chenbro SR30169 Mini-ITX Server Chassis

Cases|Damping
The Chenbro SR30169 is a sturdy SOHO server case with four hot-swap 3.5 inch drive bays accessible behind a front mesh door, ATX power supply, and a convenient modular design.

Logic Supply LGX ML300 Fanless NUC

Cases|Damping | Complete|Mobile Systems
A slim, silent, fanless case for an Intel NUC with room enough for a 2.5" drive is Logic Supply's latest passively cooled project. With the right NUC innards, it becomes a perfect ultra-mini media PC with both zippy performance and enough storage space.

Silverstone ML05 mini-ITX HTPC case

Cases|Damping
A sleek 7-liter mini-ITX case for home theater PC joins the Silverstone Milo series. The ML05 is a well-built looker, despite its modest price, but how does it perform?

Phanteks Enthoo Primo: Giant Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The high end Enthoo Primo marks Phanteks' entry into the PC case market. Its enormous dimensions have a specific purpose - the innovative design focuses heavily on water cooling support.

Thermalright HR-22 CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Thermalright HR-22 is a substantially bulked up version of the HR-02, weighing in at 1.17 kg. A plastic air duct is included to create a quasi-passive cooling solution. Is it worth a C note?

Our Lapped CPU Heatsink Test Platform

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Lapping the CPU in a heatsink test platform is probably a controversial move that's bound to provoke reactions. Funny thing is, it was done a year ago, and photos of the CPU showing the copper top exposed by the lapping have been featured in many of our reviews. Yet, not a single comment. This article goes through the problems, investigations and explorations that led us to lap our Core i7-965 Extreme test CPU, and analyzes the results and implications.

Gigabyte GA-H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
Gigabyte dips its toes into the Thin mini-ITX waters with the LG1155-based GA-H77TN. An alternative to the Intel DQ77KB, it hits most of the same marks at a sizable discount.

Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives

Storage
Western Digital's Red and Se 4TB hard drives are two high capacity sides of the same coin. Both are optimized for RAID/NAS use but the Red is a low power model for consumer use while the Se is a high performance enterprise drive.