Month: June 2009

DFI LanParty JR 790GX-M3H5 mATX Motherboard

The DFI LANParty JR 790GX-M3H5 is a mATX AM3 motherboard utilizing the AMD 790GX chipset. DFI is known for the high level of BIOS controls to satisfy overclockers, but it’s also an asset for silent PC enthusiasts.

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Silverstone Fortress FT01: Positive Pressure Case

The Fortress FT01 is Silverstone’s second uni-body case with lots of other notable features. Low-speed 180mm fans, positive air pressure design, foam-dampened panels, and grommet-mounted hard drives all make this an interesting case for the silent power PC builder.

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Intel Q9550S: A Greener Quad Core?

Intel markets the Q9550S quad core processor as an energy efficient variant of the Q9550. Our comparison seeks to answer two basic questions: Is the Q9550S’ power savings enough to justify its much higher price, and how does it compare to an undervolted Q9550?

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Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board

Zotac is the first to market with a real flesh-and-blood ION motherboard, the IONITX. The version under review, the IONITX-A, is a mini-ITX board with an embedded dual-core Atom processor, Nvidia’s ION GPU (based on GeForce 9400M) and a comprehensive feature set. It promises to be an all-in-one solution for small, energy efficient computing with

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Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD502HI: Silent 500GB 3.5″ HDD

Single-platter drives are the quietest, according to conventional engineering wisdom, but this truism is not always borne out in reality. The Samsung F2 EcoGreen 500GB desktop drive is a triumph for conventional wisdom.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M58p Eco USFF: Green Corporate SFF PC

Rated Gold (read: super Green) by EPEAT, the Ultra SFF M58p is a modern corporate PC from Lenovo. Lean and mean is what we expect, and hopefully quiet, too. A matching Gold (yup, read Green again) monitor, the ThinkVision L1940p LCD monitor is part of our review package.

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AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE & Athlon II X2 250

AMD’s newest processors, the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition and the Athlon II X2 250, priced aggressively at $102 and $87 respectively, are aimed squarely at the bread and butter value segment of the desktop processor market. We take a look at their non-gaming and energy efficiency performance, and compare them against likely Intel

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Asus M4A78-HTPC/RC: A Complete HTPC Solution?

The Asus M4A78-HTPC/RC is one of many AM2+ motherboard based on the 780G chipset. Asus has thrown in a few extras to differentiate it from the crowd – as you can guess by the model number, the board is aimed specifically at the HTPC market.

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