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Cogage TRUE Spirit & Zalman CNPS10X Quiet CPU Coolers

Cooling
The first heatsink/fan from Thermalright spinoff Cogage goes up against the Quiet version of the Zalman CNPS10X line on our i7-1366 test platform. Results are surprising.

HIS HD Radeon 5870 iCooler V Turbo

Graphics Cards
The Radeon HD 5870 is one of the fastest GPUs on the market, offering excellent performance for the newest PC games. HIS takes it one step further with its Turbo edition by overclocking the core and memory speeds and slapping on their own custom cooler.

Eight Years of SPCR

About Us | The Silent Front
Silent PC Review is officially eight years old today. Great thanks to all the supporters whose donations helped SPCR come this far, and hopefully go farther into the future. Much thanks, too, for all the corporate supporters over the years. SPCR's anechoic chamber remains the high point of all this support, and it has become the unique centerpoint of our identity among tech web sites. Thank you all!

Fractal Design Define R2 ATX Tower Case

Cases|Damping
Produced by Fractal Design, a young Swedish company, the Define R2 is a deceptively simple minimalist tower case that takes more than a few cues from the Antec P180 series cases. Though it retails for only US$100, the R2 is much more than a cheap clone.

Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

Cases|Damping
The Grandia GD05 (and its close brethren GD04) is imbued with the understated aesthetics Silverstone is famous for. It is not your typical small HTPC case, as it has a pragmatic design for great versatility and excellent cooling with extremely low noise. An Editor's Choice winner.

AMD's 890GX Chipset in Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H

CPUs|Motherboards
890GX is AMD's newest integrated graphics chipset. It features an updated version of the HD 3300 graphics core, along with native SATA 3.0 support and extra bandwidth for add-on USB 3.0 controllers. Is it a worthy successor to 790GX?

Asus UL30A & Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 CULV Notebooks

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Asus UL30A and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 are modern 13.3" CULV laptops similar in size and horsepower, but with distinctly disparate personalities. The UL30A has broad consumer appeal, while the Edge 13 upholds its workhorse legacy without the usual drab sobriety of the ThinkPad line.

Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love

Internet News

Ad blocking isn't wrong, Ken Fisher writes, but it can deal a severe financial blow to Web sites, especially tech sites where a large percentage of readers have blockers installed. This applies to SPCR as well as Ars Technica, which has been experimenting with technology to block content for readers with ad blockers, a new twist in this online struggle. And, just a day later, a counterpoint from Techdirt's Mike Masnick who argues, Don't Blame Your Community: Ad Blocking Is Not Killing Any Sites. || These articles have provoked lively debate and a wide range of responses in the SPCR forum discussion.

Inwin Maelstrom: An Affordable Gaming Case

Cases|Damping
The Inwin Maelstrom is a modestly priced gaming case with sturdy construction, plenty of ventilation and a large 22cm fan on the side panel blowing directly over the graphics card area. You may have to look beyond its appearance, though, to see its high performance and value.

Scythe Setsugen GPU Cooler

Cooling
The Setsugen is a unique GPU cooler that uses only a single extra slot and has a slim 120mm fan next to the GPU core blowing outward through the heatsink body below. We put the Setsugen through an arduous torture test. Can this odd single-fan design tame one of the hottest cards on the market, the Radeon HD 4890?

Asus EAH5750 Formula Graphics Card

Graphics Cards
Our first Radeon HD 5750 sample comes courtesy of Asus in the form of the EAH5750 Formula, a small, midrange graphics card with a rather interesting race-car style heatsink. As the HD 5000 series' energy efficiency is well-known, the unique cooler has the potential to be fairly quiet.

Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z & Asus EeeTop ET2203 All-In-One PCs

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z is a black corporate machine powered by a Core 2 Duo E7600 processor and equipped with a 19" matte screen. The Asus EeeTop PC ET2203 is a sleeker home system with a 21.6" glossy screen, a mobile Core 2 Duo T6600 CPU and discrete graphics from ATI. Both mostly succeed.

Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Zalman CNPS10X Flex is a humbler, cheaper version of the CNPS10X Extreme. It lacks the nickel-plating, extravagant fan controller, and stock fan of the Extreme, but has an improved mounting system and steps have been taken to accommodate an extra fan.

Wireless mouse-in Keyboards from Enermax and Moneual

Audio|Video|Misc | Short Takes
QWERTY still rules, even with handheld devices, and as long as there's a computer lurking, a keyboard seems unavoidable. Couch potatoes (and HTPC users) rejoice: Here are two wireless keyboards with integrated mice, designed for relaxed in-lap use.

ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards

Graphics Cards
The ATI Radeon HD 5450 and HD 5570 are the lowest models in ATI's HD 5000 family. The 5450 may make a perfect HTPC card, while the 5570 is one step up, hoping to deliver reasonable 3D performance at a reasonable price.