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and components, as well as their energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2009-06-05 04:20.
AMD's newest processors, the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition and the Athlon II X2 250, priced aggressively at $102 and $87 respectively, are aimed squarely at the bread and butter value segment of the desktop processor market. We take a look at their non-gaming and energy efficiency performance, and compare them against likely Intel competitors.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2009-05-31 16:20.
The Asus M4A78-HTPC/RC is one of many AM2+ motherboard based on the 780G chipset. Asus has thrown in a few extras to differentiate it from the crowd - as you can guess by the model number, the board is aimed specifically at the HTPC market.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2009-05-30 10:46.
Do-It-Yourself Systems | The Silent Front
Another month, another silent PC. This time, in a handsome presentable case with just one moving part: A 120mm fan spinning at 500rpm. The SMPPC combines an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, a Cool'n'Quiet AMD Athlon 64 2X processor, high efficiency DC/DC power conversion and DIY modding on a heatpipe heatsink in a Silverstone TJ08 for a system that is immeasurable even in an 11 dBA anechoic chamber.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2009-05-27 04:20.
The Sileo 500 is a departure for Coolermaster, the company's first case designed expressly for silent PC enthusiasts. How well did CM cover the fundamentals of quiet computing in this modestly priced case?
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sun, 2009-05-17 16:20.
The Antec P183 is an update of the iconic P182. At first glance, the two cases look very similar, but the P183 has much improved intake ventilation and a redesigned bottom chamber to accommodate Antec's new proprietary CP line of power supplies (as well as longer ATX units).
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2009-05-15 09:34.
Not the kind of diamonds that might have glittered in your mind, but... Innovation Cooling is giving away 100 syringes of IC Diamond 7 Carat thermal compound to SPCR forum members. In return, Innovation Cooling seeks test data on how well the thermal compound performs in your system. Check out the details here.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2009-05-13 16:20.
The GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi is not just Zotac's flagship product, it is THE flagship product for mini-ITX. This is the board that small form factor enthusiasts have been waiting for â€” a mini-ITX motherboard with full support for Core 2 processors (including high TDP quad cores), good quality integrated graphics, a PCIe 16X expansion slot, and wireless connectivity. On paper, the board has no rival.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2009-05-07 16:20.
Silverstone cases are usually well-constructed with good fundamentals and dispense with frivolous aesthetics and features. The Raven is perhaps their first departure from this course and it is certainly a dramatic one. Not only is the outside radically different from anything they've done before, the motherboard tray has been rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2009-05-04 07:30.
ZEROtherm's CORE92 is a LGA775/1366 compatible CPU cooler equipped with 3 direct-touch heatpipes and an embedded 92mm fan. The combination is interesting as direct-touch heatpipes are proven performers, while center fan designs have never really panned out. Read on to see how it performs against other 92mm coolers.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2009-04-28 04:20.
Not content with the performance/price edge the Radeon HD 4830 currently enjoys over the GeForce 9800GT, ATI has decided to hammer the $100 graphics market further with the new Radeon HD 4770 released today. Built using a 40nm manufacturing process, ATI positions it as a better performing, more energy efficient replacement for the HD 4830.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2009-04-23 04:20.
The Phenom II processor was a step in the right direction for AMD. It generated more performance per clock and allowed for higher frequency chips. Priced aggressively, the Phenom II X4 920 and 940 Black Edition were price-competitive alternatives for Intel's Core 2 line. AMD had, in essence, caught up. The X4 920 and 940 however are AM2+ processors, and AMD is currently transitioning to the AM3 socket with DDR3 memory support. Today AMD unveils the newest AM3 members of the Phenom II family: The X4 945 matches the X4 920's 3.0 GHz frequency while the X4 955 Black Edition becomes AMD's new flagship CPU, clocked at 3.2 GHz.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2009-04-20 13:35.
It's marketed mostly to industrial system integrators, but the TC-100 is a bit of a sleeper case for mini-ITX. Fanless cooling using heatpipes and stereo amp style heatsinks, and a AC/12VDC adapter in a case that DIY enthusiasts would probably enjoy. With an SSD, it can be completely silent.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Fri, 2009-04-17 12:16.
Coolermaster Silent Pro series power supplies are clearly aimed at quiet-loving PC enthusiasts. The 700W model was recently in our torture chamber. Read on to find out how it fared.