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Apex MI-008: A Cheap Quiet mini-ITX Case?

The Apex MI-008 is one of the few widely available mini-ITX cases on the market. It looks great but the low price tag may have you wondering... it couldn't possibly be quiet, could it? Well if it isn't, we do have a few tricks up our sleeve...


Antec Fusion Remote Max HTPC case

The long awaited "Son of Fusion" is finally here. It's much bigger than the highly successful Fusion/NSK2400. We dive in to find out how this new Antec case is similar to and different from its predecessor.


New Audio Test Gear 2008

The 2008 initiative to improve SPCR's audio testing process involved the construction of an anechoic chamber and upgrades of test equipment to take advantage of the lower noise floor in the chamber. The chamber development will be detailed elsewhere; this article covers the new equipment details.


Computex 2008: Antec's Skeleton, P183 & Sonata Elite cases

No one from SPCR is in Taipei for Computex, but that doesn't stop us from bringing you exclusive photos, information and a video of Antec's aptly named Skeleton chassis. We've also got photos and info about the upcoming P183 and Sonata Elite cases.

Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182

The Mini P180 incorporates key features from the P182 -- dual thermal chamber design, sound-deadening multi-layer panels, and silicone grommets -- in a micro-ATX case with 120mm and 200mm fans. Antec describes it as a "petite portable case." We took it for a long ride in SPCR's test lab.


Silverstone GD01 and LC17 HTPC Cases

Silverstone has a huge lineup of home theater PC cases. The GD01 and LC17 are mid-size models that can accommodate ATX motherboards. They look quite different at a quick glance, especially when the GD01 is equipped with the optional VFD, but under the skin they're almost identical. How well do they perform the role of silent entertainment machine?


Moneual MonCaso: Touchscreen Gadgetry and Solid Cooling in One?

The Home Theater market is burgeoning with so many high end cases that it takes something special to stand out. Moneual hopes that something is an LCD touchscreen. Their idea gets our gadget juices running, but the devil is in the details, and we expect good software, good thermal design, and excellent acoustics to go along with it. Can they do it?


Antec NSK-3480: 80-Plus Case

Antec has updated its popular NSK-3300 with a new power supply and some tweaks to airflow and cable management. The power supply is its 80-Plus EarthWatts, making the NSK-3480 the first 80-Plus certified case on the market. Can Antec make a good thing better?


Antec P182 Advanced Super Midtower Case: P180 v.2

The P182 is the second generation model of one of Antec's most popular high end case ever, the P180. It has been upgraded enough to justify a new model designation. We take a close look at the Special Edition, a mirror steel finish version that has apparently become an object of desire for the computer dandy.


Zalman's HD135 HTPC case: Gasping for air

Zalman's HD135 follows up on its HD160 Media PC case by making it an inch shorter and sleeker while adding space for three more hard drives. Zalman has made some interesting cases in the past, but their fans have been consistently noisy, which is surprising for a company that made its mark as a quiet component supplier. Can the HD135 impress?


MoDT Mismatch: AOpen i945GTt-VFA & Silverstone LC-12

From time to time we run across products that appear to be made for each other. That seemed to be the case with AOpen's mini-ITX i945GTt-VFA motherboard and Silverstone's mini-ITX LC-12 case to go with it. Both feature fanless, DC-based power delivery and a tiny form factor that just begs to be put on show. Alas, it was not a match made in IT heaven. How did this match go bad?

mCubed's HFX mini: Fanless HTPC "heatsink case"

mCubed delivered a complete HTPC system in a HFX mini case to Christoph Derndorfer, our eager European correspondent. His review of this classy, sleek low-profile, high end, fanless "heatsink case" finds there's more to silencing than fanlessness.


QMicra from PC Design Lab: SFF Super-sized

A high end SFF case from PC Design Lab recently arrived at the SPCR lab. It may be Small Form Factor (barely), but it's got room for four drives, two graphics cards, an ATX power supply and tall heatsinks. It also comes with several silencentric features that set it apart from the competition. The question is, can it live up to its promise, or, more importantly, its price tag?


Antec NSK3300: Quiet Out-of-the-Box

Antec brings the sophistication of separate cooling zones from their big P180 to a small, inexpensive microATX case. The NSK3300 is bundled with a 300W SFX power supply, and is promoted as "small, quiet and highly efficient". SPCR takes a close look to see if the new case is really all those things.


Lian Li PC-101: Aluminum *Can* be Quiet!

Lian Li projects a certain image: Classy, sexy, and very expensive. Quiet doesn't come to mind, but Lian Li seems to be trying: The PC-101 is billed as a "Classical Silent" case. What does that mean? We're always skeptical that an aluminum case can be made quiet... but this time, we are pleasantly surprised.



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