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In Win Dragon Rider Enthusiast/Gaming Tower

The Dragon Rider is a full-sized tower case from In Win designed for high powered systems. It's big, bold, and sports plenty of ventilation with fans on both side panels, including a 22 cm monster. How does it fare thermally and acoustically?

Icy Dock MB973SP-B SATA Backplane Module

The Icy Dock MB973SP-B is a simple device that converts two 5.25" bays into an external backplane module for three 3.5" SATA hard drives. It also has some nifty features like individual power switches, extra front eSATA and USB connectors, and an adjustable and replaceable 80mm fan.

LanCool PC-K59 Midtower Case

As LanCool is the budget arm of Lian Li, the PC-K59 midtower lacks the stylish all-aluminum construction and finish of its more expensive cousins. It still shares many popular Lian Li features, making it potentially a good value for those on a budget.

Havik 140: NZXT's First CPU Heatsink

The Havik 140 is a single tower cooler with a Prolimatech/Noctua style mounting system and a pair of interesting 14 cm fans attached using rubber isolators. NZXT's first heatsink has all the ingredients for success.

In Win BUC ATX Tower Case

The In Win BUC sports hot-swappable hard drives bays, almost tool-less assembly, plenty of cooling options, and USB 3.0 connectivity. With this eclectic feature list and a mere $100 price tag it might be too good to be true.

Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W Power Supply

The only 80 Plus Platinum level PSU on the market, with over 92% maximum energy efficiency, is also said to be one of the quietest. We analyze the Kingwin LZP-550 for efficiency, electrical performance and noise.

Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

Intel Core i3-2100T and Core i5-2400S processors have a rated speed of just 2.5 GHz, but the i5-2400S has some crazy Turbo Boost speeds, and they both have TDPs 30W lower than their standard counterparts.


The new H3.SODD media case for mini-ITX from HDPLEX is a more compact version of the H10 we examined a couple of months ago. This low profile case with massive one-piece aluminum front panel exudes high end chic despite its modest price tag. Our sample also manages to be the very first completely silent commercial computer SPCR has encountered after nine years of continuous operation.

Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard

The Asus P8H67-I Deluxe challenges the Zotac H67-ITX in a high-end premium Sandy Bridge mini-ITX motherboard duel. Sporting eSATA, USB 3.0, 802.11n with extended antennae, Bluetooth, and Asus' well-implemented UEFI and second generation AI Suite utilities, it has all the right tools to be a winner.

Thermalright Venomous X Silent Edition CPU Cooler

The Venomous X Silent Edition is a combination of a potent Thermalright heatsink and a pair of extremely low speed fans. Though not completely "silent," it is probably the quietest actively-cooled CPU heatsink available.

Silverstone Fortress FT03 mATX Tower: Redux

The SilverStone Fortress FT03 microATX tower is put through the wringer a second time to see how the case performs with a tower heatsink (Noctua NH-U12P) vs. a top-downer (Noctua NH-C12P).

AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

Graphics Cards
The recent release of the Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670 graphics cards brings the much lauded AMD HD 6000 series to the entry and budget segments. AMD introduced the higher-end cards first to garner interest, with the HD 6850, 6870, 6950, and 6970 all racking up accolades left and right. The new budget cards also offer better performance per dollar, substantial energy savings and improved video decoding capabilities and support for stereoscopic 3D playback.

More HDD Consolidations

Internet News

Techpowerup / Wall Street Journal: Samsung exiting HD business, Seagate front-runner to buy it.

Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge for Mini-ITX

The Zotac H67-ITX is the most capable mini-ITX board on the market. It offers a full set of features including SATA 6 Gbps, eSATA, USB 3.0, and 802.11n, not to mention full support for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.

HP Proliant MicroServer

Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
The MicroServer is a unique SFF server in the HP Proliant line that looks more like a small PC or multi-HDD NAS box. Powered not by Atom but a more powerful dual-core, 12W TDP AMD Athlon II, it is the smallest server we've ever seen. We gave our sample the complete SPCR treatment.