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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.

LogicSupply's BCM970012 PCIe mini card for 1080p on Intel Atom

Audio|Video|Misc | Short Takes
Logic Supply offers a Broadcom BCM970012 PCIe mini card that enables any Intel Atom system to play 1080p HD video. We give the card a compare/contrast before/after on a Intel D945GSEJT Atom board, and against two ready-made ION systems from Lenovo and Asus.

Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler

Cooling
Two-fan coolers have popped up here and there, but the NH-D14 is exceptional in being the flagship model of a manufacturer that specializes only in high performance CPU heatsinks. We sink our teeth deeply into this big feast from Noctua.

Asus P7H55D-M EVO LGA1156 microATX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
Based on the mainstream Intel H55 chipset, the Asus P7H55D-M EVO has premium features like eSATA, FireWire, and USB 3.0 powered by NEC controller. It also has a tweak-friendly BIOS, making it a more versatile platform for Clarkdale than Intel's DH55TC.

Link at Working News Blog 117 brings major Japanese traffic to SPCR

A link at the web site Working News Blog 117 (mirrored on several other Japanese sites) has brought a huge wave of visitors from Japan over the past day. The link to SPCR's power section is part of a discussion about a recently released Enermax 80 PLUS Gold power supply. We recently took delivery of one of these: an Enermax Modu 87+ 500W sample, which will be tested soon; a review this PSU should be posted in a few days. Discuss this news in the SPCR forums.

MadShrimps pits Clarkdale vs Phenom II + 785G

Internet News

In a relevant "classic" match, MadShrimps compares two similarly equipped systems based around the midrange Intel Core i3-661 and AMD's fastest but still cheaper quadcore, Phenom II X4-965. Results are intriguing. Discuss this news in the SPCR forums.

Silverstone Fortress FT02 ATX Case

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Fortress FT02 is an amalgamation of the Raven RV02's design and the Fortress FT01's construction and appearance. It features a rotated motherboard tray, three 18cm and one 12cm fans, damped side panels, and easy hard drive mounting with optional SATA backplanes.

PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait

Graphics Cards
The Radeon HD 5850 is a high-end graphics card with plenty of performance enhancements over ATI's previous generation, improved power consumption, and advantages like triple display support and the ability to bitstream Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio.

Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics

CPUs|Motherboards
A die-shrink to 32nm has given Intel enough room to pair a dual core processor and integrated graphics on the same chip package. The Clarkdale LGA1156 Core i5-661 also features Intel's new GMA HD graphics, TurboBoost, and hyper-threading.

Asus UL80Vt: A CULV Laptop with Hybrid Graphics

Complete|Mobile Systems
The Asus UL80Vt is a 14" laptop sporting Hybrid Graphics, the ability to switch between the Nvidia GeForce G210M discrete video card and Intel's integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics. The efficiency of a low power CULV processor and a hefty 8-cell battery offer the rare combination of budget gaming performance and superb battery life.

Nexus NX-5000 Silent PSU

Power
Nexus has had PSUs in SPCR's silent circle before. The NX-5000, a modest 530W model with fairly high efficiency, is the latest to enter the select winners circle.

Samsung UN55B7100 55" LED HDTV

Audio|Video|Misc
It's not exactly an LED TV, but an LCD TV with LED backlights. Nevertheless, the UN55B7100 is the largest of Samsung's mid-level 7000 series HDTVs and sports a bewildering array of technology and features. Our focus, as usual, is on performance and practical considerations: Does it look and sound great? Does it serve martinis and peanuts?