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Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2014-08-18 19:46.
With six 1TB platters, 128MB of cache, and a 7200 RPM motor, Seagate boasts that the Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD v4 6TB is the world's fastest hard drive. The validity of their claim and the environmental ramifications lie within.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Mon, 2014-08-11 21:25.
Armed with pleasant-sounding fans, extra long tubing, and new management software, the NZXT Kraken X31 and X41 seek to leave a more favorable impression on us than previous CPU water coolers.
Submitted by Lawrence Lee on Thu, 2014-07-31 12:36.
Powered by a Bay Trail Atom processor and a 5400RPM hard drive, speed isn't one of ASUS X200MA's strengths. It does however offer a decent value in a light and compact frame.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2014-07-28 16:31.
Cases|Damping | Cooling
Tesla H is one of a dozen fanless "heatsink" cases offered by Akasa. This one is for the Haswell NUC and can house two 2.5" drives in a wider, sleeker design. Thermally, it's a winner, too. Market pricing vis a vis NUC kits and boards is its real challenge.
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.