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Phanteks Enthoo Primo: Giant Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The high end Enthoo Primo marks Phanteks' entry into the PC case market. Its enormous dimensions have a specific purpose - the innovative design focuses heavily on water cooling support.

Thermalright HR-22 CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Thermalright HR-22 is a substantially bulked up version of the HR-02, weighing in at 1.17 kg. A plastic air duct is included to create a quasi-passive cooling solution. Is it worth a C note?

Our Lapped CPU Heatsink Test Platform

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Lapping the CPU in a heatsink test platform is probably a controversial move that's bound to provoke reactions. Funny thing is, it was done a year ago, and photos of the CPU showing the copper top exposed by the lapping have been featured in many of our reviews. Yet, not a single comment. This article goes through the problems, investigations and explorations that led us to lap our Core i7-965 Extreme test CPU, and analyzes the results and implications.

Gigabyte GA-H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
Gigabyte dips its toes into the Thin mini-ITX waters with the LG1155-based GA-H77TN. An alternative to the Intel DQ77KB, it hits most of the same marks at a sizable discount.

Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives

Storage
Western Digital's Red and Se 4TB hard drives are two high capacity sides of the same coin. Both are optimized for RAID/NAS use but the Red is a low power model for consumer use while the Se is a high performance enterprise drive.

Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI is a value-oriented mini-ITX motherboard for Intel's Haswell CPUs. With the enthusiast performance Z87 chipset, its US$130 price-tag seems like a steal.

SilverStone Raven RV04 Overview

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Raven RV04 shares the same internal layout as the Fortress FT04, with a plastic exterior, a slightly downgraded feature-set, and a more appetizing price.

Scythe GlideStream, Slip Stream XT, and Grand Flex Fans

Fans|Controls
Scythe's new extensive lineup of fans attempts to continue their legacy of acoustic excellence. Our 2013 Scythe roundup.

SilverStone Fortress FT04 Tower

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone FT04 merges innovative modular design with a with a newly designed Fortress shell. Much of the FT02's great performance remains but a host of nagging flaws prevent the FT04 from being a truly worthy successor.

Noctua NH-U14S Slim 140mm Tower Cooler

Cooling
The NH-U14S is a lean and mean CPU cooler in the distinctive Noctua style, with a slender physique to help avoid memory interference while still packing a surprisingly heavy punch.

Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler

Cooling
Built in the same vein as the successful Mugen 4, the Scythe Ashura features a slimmer, asymmetrical body, and a larger 140mm Glide Stream fan.

SilverStone Tundra TD03 Liquid CPU Cooler

Cooling
The SilverStone Tundra TD03 self-contained CPU water cooler uses a different radiator and water block design than its competitors in an attempt to improve its efficiency.

Scythe Mugen 4 CPU Cooler: Scythe Strikes Back

Cooling
The Mugen 4 is the first truly elite Scythe heatsink we've tested in many years. An updated mounting system and an acoustically sound fan help gives it an edge against some its bigger, more expensive rivals.

Akasa Galileo Ultra-slim Fanless Thin ITX Case

Cases|Damping
The Galileo is an even slimmer follow up to the Akasa Euler, a passively cooled case for Intel's Thin Mini-ITX motherboards.

SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler

Cooling
Though smaller and lacking the high tech fan of its big brothers, the SilverStone Argon AR02 still delivers a powerful punch for its size and weight. A good choice for smaller (though not tiny) cases.