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 2560×1440 resolution 27″ PLS LED monitor.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Inside the Giada A51’s sleek one-inch thick profile is an AMD G-T56N Brazos APU system with a nice set of connectivity options. Though not particularly quiet, its dimensions make it a compelling option for users with less demanding needs.