Cooling

Reeven Brontes – Another Eye on Performance

In Greek mythology, Steropes, Brontes and Arges are three siblings decended from Gaia and Uranus (stop giggling, you in the back). They were the blacksmiths to Zeus, Poiseidon, and other gods. In this case, however, Brontes is a 59mm tall CPU cooler from an relatively unknown brand – Reeven. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product...

Cooling Reviews

Reeven Steropes – One Eye Towards Performance

In Greek mythology, Steropes, Brontes and Arges are three siblings decended from Gaia and Uranus (stop giggling, you in the back). They were the blacksmiths to Zeus, Poseidon, and other gods. In this case, however, Steropes is a 60mm tall CPU cooler from a relatively unknown brand – Reeven. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product...

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Samsung Announces the 960 PRO and 960 EVO

The Global SSD Summit is currently in progress and Samsung has kicked it off with a bang, announcing the 960 PRO and 960 EVO M.2 drives. AnandTech has a great overview of the new drives, but basically they’re both smoking fast PCIe NVME drives, with the 960 PRO clocking in at 3500MB/s sequential read and 2100MB/s write while the 960 EVO comes in at “only” 3200MB/s read and...

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OEM AM4 Motherboard Makes an Appearance

In the ongoing, agonising, wait for Zen, Bristol Ridge will be an appetiser. With OEMs already building systems based on the platform, it was only a matter of time until we saw the first board make an appearance. That has happened today, with HP’s ‘Willow‘ board. As you can see above, the board is sort of a Micro-ATX motherboard (albeit closer to DTX than M-ATX), with dual DDR4...

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Sapphire Sneaks in a Polaris Based Radeon Pro

With the launch a short time ago of the Radeon Pro line of GPUs, we’ve been patiently waiting for the launch of actual, physical products based on the line. Today we noticed that Sapphire had an interesting product sneakily added to their website, the Sapphire GPRO 8200. With specs somewhere in between the Radeon Pro WX7100 and WX5100, I believe this card is closer to the WX7100 GPU, a...

Cases Reviews

In-Win’s Chopin – A Concerto in Black

In-Win, known for some time for their creative (but generally unremarkable) SFF designs, has been branching out as of late. From their H and D Frame cases, to more sedate variants, the company has begun to make inroads towards the mainstream market instead of the traditional OEM and system integrator markets. Today we are looking at the In-Win Chopin, a premium take on the BQ series. This case...

Power Supplies Reviews

Lian Li PE-550 Review

Welcome to another SFX-L power supply review! Today, we’re looking at the Lian Li PE-550, the second SFX-L unit in Lian Li’s SFX-L portfolio after the PE-750 I reviewed earlier this year. It is a 550W unit, Gold-rated, fully-modular, and features a slim 120mm cooling fan. And can I just say how awesome it is that this is the third SFX-L power supply I’ve reviewed in six...

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SilverStone SX700-LPT fan controller revision

I noticed during extra testing of the SX700-LPT SFX-L power supply from SilverStone that I could trigger the Over Temp Protection with a heatgun before the fan kicked on. After asking SilverStone about it, I learned that the fan controller was set to only turn the fan on above 150W load to ensure that the semi-fanless feature really worked. I imagine this was done due to user complaints about the...

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AMD Debuts 7th Generation Desktop APUs

Press Release*: AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that the first OEM systems to feature 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processors are now shipping, paired with the new AMD AM4 platform supporting DDR4 memory and next-gen I/O and standards. Designs, initially from HP and Lenovo, with other global OEMs designs to follow, deliver high-speed processing, smooth eSports gaming, and enhanced HD...

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HP Unveils Two New SFF Designs

HP is showing off two interesting SFF computer designs today, the PC-in-a-speaker Pavilion Wave and the stackable-computer Elite Slice. AnandTech has details on the both of them. The Pavilion Wave is a triangular, fabric-covered unit with a Bang & Olufsen speaker core and then the parts of the computer are arranged around it, Mac Pro fashion. Dimensions come in at 173mm x 168mm x 261mm for a...

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SilverStone launches a $35 Mini-STX case: the VT01

AnandTech has the details on this new Mini-STX chassis from SilverStone, the VT01 (not VT101). As befitting the price it’s a simple enclosure made of 0.8mm steel (available in either black or silver) and it features VESA mounts, 1x 2.5″ mount, cutouts for wireless antennas, and not much else. It does not come with an AC adapter. Dimensions are 65mm x 155mm x 152mm (1.53L) and the...

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Thermaltake releases a 24L ATX case with SFX mount

Thermaltake certainly surprised me with doing something that makes sense for some of us but is completely bonkers for 99% of the PC enthusiasts: an ATX case with only room for a single double-slot GPU, that’s relatively slim too. While the one GPU limitation is too much for enthusiast builds (arguably), it does allow one to deck out a full-option X99 board with all the cores and RAM money...