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HDPLEX H5.TODD Fanless HTPC Case

Cases|Damping
The HDPLEX H5.TODD offers home theater or computer audio enthusiasts a completely silent passively cooled PC chassis that would look good in any high end A/V cabinet or rack. The beauty of its brushed aluminum facia is actually quite deep — a whopping 1.5cm! — and its layout and construction shows good functionality as well.

Mobile Convergence: Windows 8 Convertibles Samsung ATIV 500T, MS Surface Pro

Complete|Mobile Systems
Windows 8 is making possible a new class of mobile convertibles that flip between tablet and notebook. The Samsung ATIC Smart PC 500T is one example, based around a new Atom core and built around a big (for tablets) 11.6" screen, but there's an Ivy Bridge upgrade available in the 700T. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Surface Pro shows us a different vision of the convertible.

Icy Dock Blizzard HDD Enclosure & EZ-Dock Docking Station

Storage
We examine a pair of external storage options from Icy Dock. The Blizzard is an oddly shaped, actively cooled HDD enclosure with some nifty extra features, while the EZ-Dock is a conventional but sleek looking docking station.

Seasonic 520W Platinum Fanless: Sample No. 3

Last week, some six weeks after the review was originally posted, I received a third sample of the Seasonic 520W Platinum. This one is apparently representative of the current production models. I tested the new sample 3 times, with many hours of steady modest load (<100W) and also standby between high load testing, over a period of 5 days. All this was to ensure that no changes occurred as the unit "broke in".

Overall, the level of whining noise of the third sample is very low and did not change over time or load. It is very unlikely to cause any negative reaction with 99% of potential users. (The 1% who might complain are the ones who would never be happy with any product.) [Hit Read More to read more.]

Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

Cases|Damping
Attractive, compact, and relatively affordable, the Streacom FC8 Evo is a surprisingly well-balanced, small, mini-ITX case that offers cooling via fanless, silent, heat conduction.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler

Cooling
The colorful Phanteks PH-TC12DX shares the same DNA as the massive dual tower PH-TC14PE, in a more modestly sized single tower body and 12cm fans.

ADATA XPG SX300 128GB & Intel 525 Series 180GB mSATA SSDs

Storage
The ADATA XPG SX300 and Intel 525 Series brings the SandForce SF-2281 experience to the tiny mSATA form factor without missing a beat.

Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Intel DQ77KB is the first of its kind to hit retail channels, an energy efficient mini-ITX motherboard powered externally and supporting a selection of Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge based CPUs.

Phanteks PH-TC90LS Mini Cooler

Cooling
The PH-TC90LS is Phanteks' take on a budget, low-profile CPU cooler. The question is whether this basic 45 mm tall heatsink with an thin, open frame fan can truly take the heat.

Exclusive Seasonic Promo Deals at Newegg for SPCR

Silent Mike's Blog

Seasonic USA is offering skookum deals on their great products for SPCR audiences though Newegg. These are offered only for a very limited time, so take advantage of them quickly!

Seasonic SS-520FL (N82E16817-151122) Fanless Power Supply Promotion
Discount: $15 | Code: 4SILENTPCREVIEW | Promotion Period: Jan 4 to Jan 6, 2013

Seasonic SS-520FL (N82E16817-151122) Fanless Power Supply and Fractal Design Define R4 Mid Tower Case Combo Promotion (N82E16811352021)
Discount: $20 | 1 week combo promotion: Jan 7 to 13, 2013

Discuss this news in the SPCR forums.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 1

Cases|Damping
The Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 is sturdily built and has an appealing feature set, including a dual channel fan controller and a unique adjustable "chimney cover". Does this ATX tower case live up to the promise of its name?

Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M CPU Heatsink

Cooling
Bonus Xmas Day review: Thermalright touts the TRUE Spirit 120M as the world's smallest 120mm fan tower cooler. Though it stands only 146mm tall and lacks the traditional Thermalright nickel-plating, it still packs a potent performance punch.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II

Graphics Cards
The ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II is one of the few high-end graphics cards that run really quiet and cool right out of the box.

Power Lost: A Better Way to Compare PSU Efficiency

Power
CA_Steve, an active member and a moderator in the SPCR forums, examined the 80 PLUS definition of efficiency as a % figure at different power levels, also defined as a % of the rated power of a PSU. Steve decided that this is too misleading and shows why power lost (as heat) is a better efficiency comparison tool. I've had the same thoughts for years, but Steve took the extra step of data-mining my/SPCR PSU reviews for the past half dozen years to demonstrate the above, and show various power efficiency trends and issues relevant for not only Silent PC enthusiasts, but anyone with a yen to minimize energy consumption.

Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU

Power
The title says it all: A fanless 80 PLUS Platinum 92% efficient power supply from Seasonic, the company which pioneered super-quiet power supplies. Can this product meet the expectations of its eagerly awaiting fans? ADDENDUM, 5 Feb 2013: The Third Sample.