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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.

SilverStone Sugo SG09: SFF microATX Case

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Sugo SG09 takes elements of the landmark SG07 and the Fortress FT03 to create a compact SFF gaming case for the microATX form factor.

Certified Silent Puget Serenity Pro

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
The latest Certifiably Silent PC from Puget Computers features an Ivy Bridge i7-3770K and an nVidia GTX670 gaming card. The SPCR Silent Certification should be a clear hint: There's not much of a price in noise for this high performance gamer.

Akasa Euler Fanless Thin ITX Case

Cases|Damping | Cooling
A find by some UK SPCR forum enthusiasts, the Euler is a surprising entry to the fanless thin mini-ITX case arena by a brand not closely associated with either silent computing or cases. Our exclusive review of this small, passively-cooled case from Akasa.

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case

Cases|Damping
The Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced supports all the main elements expected in a SFF gaming PC in a fairly compact and extremely affordable $50 package.

Samsung S27B970 WQHD LED Monitor

Audio|Video|Misc
Can sleek, gorgeous, modern style and functional efficiency combine harmoniously with superb video performance? They do in Samsung's current top model, a super high 2560x1440 resolution 27" PLS LED monitor.

BitFenix Ghost: Quiet ATX Chassis

Cases|Damping
The BitFenix Ghost has many of the qualities for a good quiet case and bonus features in the form of a reversible door hinge and a hotswap hard drive dock. However, a few vital design flaws prove to be stumbling blocks.

Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Noctua NH-L9i is a high-end miniature CPU heatsink designed with compatibility first and foremost in mind. Measuring just 95 mm x 95 mm across and standing 37 mm tall, it fits in the vast majority of low profile SFF cases.

Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

Complete|Mobile Systems
Chip giant Intel's less-is-more NUC is a cute half-liter box of high efficiency computing goodness that packs in the latest Core processor technology, HD Graphics 4000, mSATA and ThunderBolt. And it is quiet!

AMD FX-8350 CPU: Piledriver Arrives

CPUs|Motherboards
AMD's new flagship processor offers a decent boost in speed over its predecessors but without significantly improved energy efficiency or pricing, it fails to alter the desktop CPU landscape.

Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
Though not based on the latest and greatest A85X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H doesn't give up much, and its attractive price makes it a natural complement to the value offered by AMD's Trinity APU lineup.

AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W

CPUs|Motherboards
The AMD A10-5700 APU's 65W TDP makes it the preferred Trinity option for a quiet or SFF PC, but clocked 400 MHz slower and costing only US$5 less than the flagship A10-5800K, its value is difficult to gauge.