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LanCool PC-K59 Midtower Case

Cases|Damping
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

Cooling
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

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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

Power
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

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX HTPC Case

Cases|Damping
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

CPUs|Motherboards
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

Cooling
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

Cases|Damping
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

CPUs|Motherboards
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.

Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

Cases|Damping
The R3 is an update to Fractal Design's popular Define R2 ATX tower case. Faster yet smoother fans give it greater airflow and cooling potential, and the heavy bitumen mats have been tossed in favor of more conventional acoustic dampening foam.

Prolimatech Genesis CPU Heatsink: Retaking the Crown

Cooling
Prolimatech joins the dual-fan giant heatsink fray is with the unusually-shaped Genesis. An amalgam of a vertical tower cooler and a horizontal down-blower, the Genesis proved potent enough to take the CPU cooling crown.