Posts Tagged ‘HTPC’
The company be quiet! has been a big hit recently, we had the opportunity to review our first be quiet! cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 2, and today we have a chance to take a look at another cooler called the Shadow Rock Topflow. This cooler was designed to be quite different then your typical tower cooler. We wonder if the orientation of the cooler will perform better, or hinder its performance results. Today we are going to put it to the test and find out.
The non-reference Sparkle Dragon Cyclone GTX 650 derives its name primarily from the custom cooler (though you also get a factory overclock) that Sparkle has designed. It includes three fans that are swap-and-drop, allowing consumers the choice of Turbo, Stock, or Silent options to install in order to suit their preferences and needs. It's definitely innovative, but can the card compete in criteria other than price and fan design?
With the popularity of small form factor builds becoming more common place over recent years, sometimes finding the right CPU Cooler can be a challenge. With the tight spaces in small factor builds, it really takes a special cooler to do the job correctly. Today we will be looking at the Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler. From an aesthetics stand point, we see that Noctua remains true to its brand by sticking to its traditional colors with the tan and brown fans. While this cooler looks small compared to the traditional line up from Noctua, this small form factor CPU cooler has a unique look of its own. From a performance stand point, we are going to see if it also holds true to Noctua's past performance. While this cooler was not designed to support high overclocks, today we are still going to put it to the test and see what it can do.
One of the several names that comes to mind when you’re talking about superior air cooling performance is Phanteks. Phanteks in a very short time has become a leader in the air cooling heavy weight arena, especially with their high performance gargantuan air coolers, like the PH-TC14PE for example. Phanteks is now entering the ring with a new light-weight contender called the Phanteks PH-TC90LS. It is a new arrival with a very low profile. It looks like it is especially geared for those small form factor gaming cases and HTPC builds we now see flooding the market. Its design seems to cater to the limited amount of space that they provide. Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing a new addition to the Phanteks family of coolers, The PH-TC90LS. It is a very small, low profile cooler with the same technologies we have seen in Phanteks larger builds, like their special P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. technologies. The PH-TC90LS sports a low profile of just 95x95x45mm. It is made of a nickel plated copper block, with three 6 mm heat pipes embedded within the block, as well as an aluminum finned heat stack & a 90mm low profile white PWM fan. All this is packed together in a very small footprint. Read on to see if this light weight contender can score a knockout punch like its bigger brothers.
We've seen several Kepler-based graphics cards from Nvidia, and have noted their ability to provide great performance at competitive prices. And today is a bit of a continuation of that trend, as we're looking at the GeForce GT 640, a lower-end card that comes with a retail price of around $100 and targeted to consumers on a very tight budget that don't need a powerhouse gaming card. While the ECS GT 640 does target modest goals, we love great value, so the question is can this card perform reasonably well enough to earn a recommendation from us? Let's see how it shapes up. Click through for more.
There are several instances, especially in technology, when taking up less space is important. Finding a good low profile cooler can be challenging, especially since the more compact designs don't always have the reputation of high performance. Today we will be looking at a low profile CPU Cooler that is designed be able to keep up with some of the popular larger coolers, yet do it in a more compact size. We have a low profile CPU Cooler by Noctua on the test-bench, and this one is called the NH-L12.
Zotac may be known for gaming graphics cards, but the company is also well known for producing smallform mini PCs. The ZBOX ID84 Plus is the latest in a long line of these mini systems, and it comes with a very attractive price tag of about $319, perhaps a very affordable HTPC setup for those on a tight budget who lack the need of something fancy or expensive, but still want the versatility of managing daily uses a computer can provide. The ID84 Plus looks like a sleek little unit, so let's take a closer look and see how it fares. Click through for more.
Housing an entire system in what is arguably the smallest form we've ever seen, the Giada i53 appears to be a very capable little machine for consumers on a modest budget that don't have need of the cost or horsepower of a full-sized desktop system. The i53 features an impressive Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, and Windows 7 pre-installed. Needless to say, there are some distinct advantages of going with a system setup like this. But does smaller mean less, or do good things really come in small packages? Click through to find out.
Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Tower, and this case might just exemplify the old adage that good things come in small packages. Could it redefine the meaning of Mini-ITX platform with its modular design, cooling features, and flexibility? We are going to dive in and find out.
With the popularity of HTPC and small form factor gaming chassis on the rise, we are always searching for the perfect set-up. Today we will be looking at the Xigmatek Gigas HTPC / Gaming chassis. In today's review you will see that Xigmatek has put some real thought into this chassis and kept function and cooling in mind with it. From a design stand point they have kept it simple, with a nice sleek curved front. This makes the chassis look like its one solid piece of hardware and doesn't break up the lines of this attractive design. Before we dive into this review lets first talk a little about the company Xigmatek. Will the Xigmatek Gigas HTPC chassis' build quality and value match its good looks? Read the full article to find out!