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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-06-27 04:20.
The Athlon II X4 610e and Phenom II X4 910e are quad core processors from AMD with very low thermal design power of 45W and 65W, respectively. Are they as energy efficient as they claim and are the higher price tags justified?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-06-21 04:20.
Though billed as an "everyday desktop" the Lenovo C315 is equipped with a 20" 1600x900 multi-touch display, ATSC tuner, and IR remote control. The system also features an eclectic mix of laptop and desktop hardware including the AMD Athlon II X2 250u, a 25W AM3 processor.
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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-06-13 04:20.
The Phenom II AM3 stock heatpipe cooler currently shipping with AMD's 125W quad/hex core processors is pitted against the older, but larger AM2+ model. Is either heatsink worthwhile for quiet cooling?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-06-06 16:20.
A pair of Intel LGA1366 stock coolers take to the pitch, one a traditional radial down-blowing heatsink, the other surprisingly a tower heatsink complete with 4 heatpipes and a large LED fan. Just how good are these coolers, and do they hold a candle to smaller aftermarket offerings?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-05-31 04:20.
The Gelid Silent Spirit and Scythe Samurai ZZ are a pair of modestly sized top-down CPU coolers with 92 mm fans. While neither will win any performance awards, their size is an asset in cases too small for large heatsinks with 120/140 mm fans.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-23 16:20.
The Scythe Grand Kama Cross is a down-blowing CPU cooler featuring a large 140mm SlipStream fan, 4 copper heatpipes twisted to form a "X" formation, and an relatively small stack of aluminum fins. Does it have what it takes to compete with the big tower heatsinks?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-16 16:20.
The Samsung N220 has many of the usual trappings of a 10.1" netbook including a low resolution screen, a small keyboard, and just 1GB of RAM. However, with Pine Trail at its heart and a hefty 5900mAh battery, it has the potential to be a very cool, quiet, and long-lasting travel companion.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-09 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2010-05-05 09:55.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-05-02 04:20.
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?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-04-26 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2010-04-22 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2010-04-17 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-04-11 16:20.
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.