Month: November 2012

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Samsung S27B970 WQHD LED Monitor

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.

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BitFenix Ghost: Quiet ATX Chassis

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.

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Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler

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.

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Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

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!

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AMD FX-8350 CPU: Piledriver Arrives

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.

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Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard

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.

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AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W

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.

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Giada A51 Mini PC

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.

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