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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.

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.