Author: Mike Chin

Haswell comes to NUC

The Intel NUC D54250WYK incorporates a dualcore, hyperthreaded mobile Haswell processor running Intel HD Graphics 5000 in the palm-size chassis introduced last year, now with more I/O and an infrared remote sensor. Do Haswell’s advantages translate well to this tiny desktop PC?

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Logic Supply LGX ML300 Fanless NUC

A slim, silent, fanless case for an Intel NUC with room enough for a 2.5″ drive is Logic Supply’s latest passively cooled project. With the right NUC innards, it becomes a perfect ultra-mini media PC with both zippy performance and enough storage space.

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Silverstone ML05 mini-ITX HTPC case

A sleek 7-liter mini-ITX case for home theater PC joins the Silverstone Milo series. The ML05 is a well-built looker, despite its modest price, but how does it perform?

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Our Lapped CPU Heatsink Test Platform

Lapping the CPU in a heatsink test platform is probably a controversial move that’s bound to provoke reactions. Funny thing is, it was done a year ago, and photos of the CPU showing the copper top exposed by the lapping have been featured in many of our reviews. Yet, not a single comment. This article

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Recommended Power Supplies

Our short list of recommended power supplies for quiet or silent computers. Last update: 25 September 2013.

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Certified Silent: EPCN Streacom FC9 Fanless PC

A completely fanless media PC from EndPCNoise runs cool enough in for any real-world applications while emitting no noise at all unless the DVD drive is engaged.

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Rosewill Silent Night 500 Platinum 80 Plus

Rosewill may be a house brand, but Newegg has enough muscle to attract strong partners. In the case of the Silent Night 500 Fanless 80+ Platinum PSU, Rosewill’s partner Super Flower has given Rosewill a major win.

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Mobile Convergence: Windows 8 Convertibles Samsung ATIV 500T, MS Surface Pro

Windows 8 is making possible a new class of mobile convertibles that flip between tablet and notebook. The Samsung ATIC Smart PC 500T is one example, based around a new Atom core and built around a big (for tablets) 11.6″ screen, but there’s an Ivy Bridge upgrade available in the 700T. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Surface Pro

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Power Lost: A Better Way to Compare PSU Efficiency

CA_Steve, an active member and a moderator in the SPCR forums, examined the 80 PLUS definition of efficiency as a % figure at different power levels, also defined as a % of the rated power of a PSU. Steve decided that this is too misleading and shows why power lost (as heat) is a better

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Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU

The title says it all: A fanless 80 PLUS Platinum 92% efficient power supply from Seasonic, the company which pioneered super-quiet power supplies. Can this product meet the expectations of its eagerly awaiting fans? ADDENDUM, 5 Feb 2013: The Third Sample.

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