Month: October 2005

ePower Lion EP-450P5-L1 Semi-Fanless Power Supply

ePower’s entry into the very quiet PSU realm is… “semi-fanless”, says our reviewer. No, this does not mean it has half a fan; rather its fan acts as if it’s not there half the time. The EP-450P5-L1 is much like the Phantom 500 in its basic operational premise, but the execution is quite different. It

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Intel’s new Capabilities Assessment Tools

They’re benchmarks, designed to test a PC’s gaming or “Digital Home” capabilities. It’s probably the first time that a processor company is trying to create benchmarks for a whole PC rather than specific components. It’s also the first time in the PC industry that real “User Experience” based on perceptual research is embedded in benchmarks.

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Corrected Efficiency Results for Recommended PSUs

For PSU Test Rig V.3, we revised our testing equipment and methodology to improve the accuracy of the load testing and efficiency calculations for our power supply reviews. As part of this revision, we re-tested most of the power supplies on our Recommended PSU List using the new methodology. The new results are reported in

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Shuttle SD11G5: Pentium-M SFF PC

It’s late to the table, but Shuttle’s long awaited SD11G5 is a landmark SFF. Just the basics are enough to make a winning combination: A Pentium M SFF platform around a proven single fan heatpipe cooling system with a PCIe video card slot and an external fanless power box. Add Shuttle’s usual attention to details,

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Antec Neo HE 430 power supply

The features and specs read like a marketing hot list for a modern enthusiast PC power supply. High efficiency, detachable output cables, multiple 12V lines, APFC, auto-range AC input, quiet fan and intelligent fan controller. The big surprise is that the 430, like the rest of the Neo HE line, is not equipped with a

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Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU

Antec steps up to the line again with a brand new mid-tower case and power supply in their high-end Performance One line. It’s an all-steel case with many unique features that will delight PC silencers. You could call it a post-P180 case. The Antec P150 will definitely make waves. NOTE: Postcript on the black SOLO

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Scythe Katana

This new budget heatsink from Scythe has many desirable features: * Long copper heatpipes married to thin alumimum fins * Good quality modest noise fan * Mountings for sockets 478, 775, K8, 370 and A * Very light weight * Angled, rather than perpendicular to motherboard Our review of this latest “blade” from Scythe.

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