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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.

Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards | Do-It-Yourself Systems
The GA-2A85XN-WIFI from Gigabyte offers a nice feature-set for a reasonable price and the best energy effiency I've seen out of an FM2 motherboard. Our first in a series of DIY articles on mini-ITX motherboards for small system options.

Certified Silent: EPCN Streacom FC9 Fanless PC

SPCR Certified Silent PCs
A completely fanless media PC from EndPCNoise runs cool enough in for any real-world applications while emitting no noise at all unless the DVD drive is engaged.

Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
Though a few corners have been cut to keep the price affordable, the Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI offers a nice set of features including 802.11n and Bluetooth connectivity.

AMD A10-6800K & A10-6700 Richland APUs

CPUs|Motherboards
A follow up to Trinity, AMD's Richland APU architecture utilizes an intelligent power management system to hit higher clock speeds without increasing power consumption.

NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU Cooler

Cooling
A massive cylindrical heatsink, the fanless (and thus noiseless) NoFan CR-95C Copper actually cools processors with power envelopes up to 95W. This is unprecedented.

SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers

Cooling
A solid mounting system helps the SilverStone Argon AR01 and AR03 direct-touch heatpipe coolers reach elite status among SPCR tested CPU heatsinks.

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor

CPUs|Motherboards
Intel's latest mainstream processor architecture isn't a massive upgrade but Haswell does boast some performance gains, new/refined features, and improved energy efficiency, the latter most useful in the mobile chips running Windows 8.

Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe

Fans|Controls
Last week we tested a half dozen 140 mm fans, with models from Phanteks and Noctuas floating to top and offerings from Xigmatek sinking to the bottom. This time we have five contenders from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, and Scythe slugging it out.

First 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

Fans|Controls
140 mm fans from Noctua, Phanteks, and Xigmatek battle in our latest fan roundup with one emerging as a clear winner in both thermal performance and acoustics.

Seasonic Power Supplies Ready for Intel Haswell Processors

Internet News

Seasonic announced that its power supplies are ready for Intel Haswell processors. A key requirement for Haswell-Shark Bay is the power supply's ability to maintain a minimum current load of 0.05 Amps on the 12V rail for the CPU.

Seasonic's press release:

"Sea Sonic Electronics congratulates Intel on the launch of the Haswell Processors. We are inspired by the continuing efforts made by Intel to push the boundaries of performance and at the same time, be environmentally conscious through reduction of energy consumption.

"These are the exact same attributes which have driven Sea Sonic for the past 35+ years. As we strive for industry leading performance, we continue to research the long term effects of each of our design. By continuously improving our efficiency we try to achieve maximum energy savings and by using high quality components we aim to prolong product lifetime; all to achieve long term sustainability.

Noctua NH-U12S Slim Tower Heatsink

Cooling
The NH-U12S is an attempt by Noctua to take everything we like about the larger NH-U12P and cram it into a slimmed down form factor for improve compatibility.

Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblocker, SilverStone

Fans|Controls
It's been a long wait since the last one, but here's the latest in our ever popular series of fan roundups: Nine 120mm fans from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblocker, and SilverStone duke it out for acoustics and cooling performance.