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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Sat, 2014-07-19 13:19.
The 5th edition takes the Raven back to its roots by reviving the original floor-mounted fans. Though based primarily on the superb RV02/FT02 design, the RV05 is less bulky, slimming down its dimensions and shedding weight by reducing the number of 18cm fans and limiting the number of drives it will hold.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2014-06-20 20:15.
A look at two 120mm fans with divergent approaches: The menacing but low speed SHARK Blades, and the the high speed, high pressure FQ121.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2014-06-10 15:18.
The Arc XL is Fractal Design's take on an oversized tower that doesn't stray far away from their minimalist design aesthetic. The XL has ample space for cooling options, larger components, and just about anything else one would cram into a PC case.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Fri, 2014-05-30 14:54.
The iconic Noctua NH-D14 helped usher in a new area of gigantic dual fan heatsinks. Its successor, the D15, is slightly heavier and larger, features upgraded matching 14/15 cm fans, and more densely packed fins.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2014-05-22 23:47.
The MSI A88XM GAMING is unusual: It's a premium motherboard for a budget socket. It sports big heatsinks, plenty of SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 ports, a shielded/isolated audio chip with headphone amplifier and the full gamut of enthusiast BIOS controls. All this at a price far below comparable Intel offerings.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2014-05-13 15:48.
Puget System's Test Bench kit is a high-end acrylic open air platform for hobbyists to assemble temporary but fashionable systems.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-05-07 23:17.
The SilverStone Raven RVZ01 takes an unusual approach to the mini-ITX form factor. Depending on position, it's either a slim console-like tower or a short desktop HTPC case.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-04-30 16:40.
Weighing just over a pound and having only a single 120 mm fan, the Scythe Kotetsu still manages to compete and beat much of the larger competition.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2014-04-17 13:03.
AMD's new AM1 platform is a fresh take on entry-level desktop computing with an SoC architecture wrapped in a socketed package for the masses.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-04-09 10:30.
Tired of oversized, poorly designed, cheaply-made mini-ITX cases, a group of enthusiasts banded together to design, fund, produce, and sell their ideal SFF enclosure, the NCASE M1. We managed to get hold of a sample and ran it through our demanding test set.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-04-02 18:14.
The SilverStone DS380 has its fair share of design issues, but this 8-bay hot-swap server/NAS case fills a niche with aplomb.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2014-04-01 06:06.
Twelve is a number imbued with rich meaning throughout history and
mythology, in a myriad of cultures. Twelve apostles in Christianity, twelve
Olympians in ancient Greek mythology, twelve Jyotirlingas in Hindu Shaivism.
In time: Twelve months, twelve hours in a clock dial, twelve signs in both Chinese
and Western zodiacs. In movieland: Twelve Monkeys, 12 Angry Men, The Dirty Dozen
and Ocean's Twelve. Twelve Knights at King Arthur's round table, 12 inches in
a foot, a dozen eggs. And SPCR is 12 years old today.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Wed, 2014-03-26 17:53.
Complete|Mobile Systems | Storage
Despite the unimpressive hardware inside, the 4-bay QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L offers a highly functional, versatile, and easy to use server experience for home and small office users.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Tue, 2014-03-18 16:22.
The Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 is a high-end Haswell motherboard with dual Thunderbolt ports, 802.11ac + Bluetooth, seven controllable fan headers, and umpteen bells and whistles for enthusiasts.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2014-03-10 18:06.
A slim tower cooler built in the same vein as the Noctua NH-U14S, the bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim is lighter, more affordable, and surprisingly proficient.