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Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case

Cases|Damping
For a gaming machine, a case needs to have lots of ventilation and plenty of room for expansion, especially for extra long graphics cards. The Antec Nine Hundred Two fits the bill: It's spacious, affordable and, hopefully, quiet.

LGA775 Low Profile Heatsink Roundup

Cooling
It's hard to find an adequate, quiet CPU cooler that will fit in a low profile case. With that in mind, we accumulated a few smallish heatsinks and pitted them against one another and against some of Intel's stock coolers: Thermolab Micro Silencer and Nano Silencer, Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 GT, and Scythe Big Shuriken.

Antec Sonata Elite ATX Mid-Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The Antec Sonata's fundamental design has undergone only minor internal and cosmetic adjustments through three different generations. The Sonata Elite is more a departure, but hopefully it still retains what made the original Sonata such a mainstream success.

Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer

Internet News

TechWare Labs posted a mod article by Artiom that transforms a $120 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB into a speed demon that outperforms a $230 VelociRaptor 300TB in almost every way. The mod only requires the use of Seagate's own Sea Tools utility. Discuss this news in the SPCR forum.

Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Scythe Mugen-2 features design improvements, ships with a 120mm PWM fan, and mounts using a simple bolt-thru installation procedure - a first for Scythe. Multiple fans can also be accommodated. With two fans, quiet cooling performance is simply amazing.

Intel DG41MJ: Affordable 775 Mini-ITX

CPUs|Motherboards
For more price-conscious users, Intel now offers the DG41MJ, a more affordable but less capable alternative to the DG45FC. Value is the name of the game.

Antec ISK 300-65 Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
The ISK-300 is the first of a new series of mini-ITX cases from Antec. It is small, comes with an external adapter and internal DC/DC converter for power, and affordable. Is it a product that can be placed beside Antec's best?

Moneual MonCaso 301 Desktop HTPC Case

Cases|Damping
Moneual sent us its Mon Caso 301 HTPC system, but unfortunately the components selected were not suitable for a silent PC. The Mon Caso 301 case had a lot going for it, however; with the right parts, it could be the foundation of a quiet HTPC. We decided to take a close look at this sleek sturdy case.

Scythe Katana 3: Same slant, new version

Cooling
Katana 3 is one of Scythe's most economical models. Among the giants and skyscrapers of the brand's extensive lineup, it stands out by being relatively small, light and inexpensive. But Katana 3 supports every current socket, including 1366 for Intel i7.

CNPS10X Extreme: Zalman's Extreme Makeover

Cooling
The CNPS10X Extreme is Zalman's first conventional tower heatpipe cooler. It weighs a hefty 920 grams, and comes with an integrated fan and fancy fan controller, as well as mounting hardware for all current AMD/Intel sockets, even LGA1156. Is it extreme enough to be competitive with the top models from Thermalright, Scythe and Noctua?

DFI LanParty JR 790GX-M3H5 mATX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The DFI LANParty JR 790GX-M3H5 is a mATX AM3 motherboard utilizing the AMD 790GX chipset. DFI is known for the high level of BIOS controls to satisfy overclockers, but it's also an asset for silent PC enthusiasts.

Silverstone Fortress FT01: Positive Pressure Case

Cases|Damping
The Fortress FT01 is Silverstone's second uni-body case with lots of other notable features. Low-speed 180mm fans, positive air pressure design, foam-dampened panels, and grommet-mounted hard drives all make this an interesting case for the silent power PC builder.

Intel Q9550S: A Greener Quad Core?

CPUs|Motherboards
Intel markets the Q9550S quad core processor as an energy efficient variant of the Q9550. Our comparison seeks to answer two basic questions: Is the Q9550S' power savings enough to justify its much higher price, and how does it compare to an undervolted Q9550?

Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board

CPUs|Motherboards
Zotac is the first to market with a real flesh-and-blood ION motherboard, the IONITX. The version under review, the IONITX-A, is a mini-ITX board with an embedded dual-core Atom processor, Nvidia's ION GPU (based on GeForce 9400M) and a comprehensive feature set. It promises to be an all-in-one solution for small, energy efficient computing with versatile multimedia capability including full 1080p Blu-ray playback.

Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD502HI: Silent 500GB 3.5" HDD

Storage
Single-platter drives are the quietest, according to conventional engineering wisdom, but this truism is not always borne out in reality. The Samsung F2 EcoGreen 500GB desktop drive is a triumph for conventional wisdom.