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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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-04-04 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2010-04-01 08:52.
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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-03-28 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-03-22 04:20.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2010-03-14 16:20.
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?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2010-03-08 16:20.
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.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2010-03-08 07:52.
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.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2010-03-04 04:20.
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.