End users need to be aware of the performance of their current cooling solutions in order to reasonably assess the upgrade that will fit their needs. In this review we will showcase the thermal performance of some popular stock CPU coolers, including the controversial aftermarket Intel BXTS15A and the highly touted AMD Wraith, marketed as offering 125W of near-silent cooling and the equivalent of a $30 freebie. We also included one of the most popular mainstream coolers available, the Cooler Master EVO 212, as a baseline comparison against aftermarket solutions.
When building a new machine, it's often easy to pass by certain manufacturers in favor of old standbys like Antec, Cooler Master, SilverStone, or Thermaltake. Whenever another company becomes...
Dustin Sklavos on 5/9/2011
Case testing is back at AnandTech with fresher, stricter, and much more thorough testing, and we're kicking it off with a doozy. We had a chance to meet with...
Dustin Sklavos on 4/28/2011
After our look at some 1000-1200W PSUs, we then took a detour into the realm of the reasonable with two smaller PSUs. Now we're moving back to higher wattages...
Martin Kaffei on 4/12/2011
Some months ago we tested the new "Fanless" series from Seasonic. Today we will take a look at a semi-passively-cooled version with the same design and more power. The...
Martin Kaffei on 3/22/2011
Anyone who has shopped for a power supply lately has likely come to the conclusion that 80 Plus Gold certification is only for expensive PSUs rated at more than...
Martin Kaffei on 3/5/2011
The Silverstone "Grandia Series" GD04 comes as a well regarded, oft recommended media center case. It has an attractive, understated look and the choice of silver and black lets...
Dustin Sklavos on 12/25/2010
Christmas time is coming and perhaps you want to give your significant other a new PSU. "Hey honey, check out this awesome new power supply I got you so...
Martin Kaffei on 12/9/2010
With sales of around 150,000 PSUs each month, Corsair is one of the largest vendors for retail power supplies. They have a lot of experience even if they don't...
Martin Kaffei on 11/30/2010
Over the past couple of years, Corsair has been branching out from just producing system memory. They've moved into Solid State Disks, power supplies, enclosures, and even brought their...
Dustin Sklavos on 11/26/2010
"You get what you pay for!" Is this maxim realy true? On the one hand there are more than enough expensive PSUs with high ripple and noise results with...
Martin Kaffei on 10/28/2010
Seasonic has a well-deserved reputation for building quality power supplies, with semi-passive cooling models delivering near-silent operation. Now they're launching their first fanless series, the "X-series Fanless", for users...
Martin Kaffei on 10/20/2010
Antec sent us their entry-level model EarthWatts Green PSU rated at 380W. Billed as an eco-friendly alternative to the usual budget PSUs, Antec boasts about the reduced energy costs...
Martin Kaffei on 10/2/2010
The Silent Pro series is one of the best-known series power supplies from Cooler Master, previously covering range from 500 to 700 watts. The range has now extended to...
Martin Kaffei on 9/5/2010
Water cooling is typically seen for an enthusiast, requiring pumps, reservoirs, tubing, know-how, and a cautious mind not to spill water all over your precious components. The benefits...
Ian Cutress on 8/4/2010
Although many users are currently looking for smaller power supplies below 500W, there still is a demand for stronger ones, particularly if you are a gamer with Triple-SLI or...
Jarred Walton on 7/7/2010
Seasonic recently released their latest foray into the retail PSU market, the X-Series with 80 Plus Gold certification. As one of the highest efficiency power supplies on the market...
Martin Kaffei on 4/13/2010
I'm trying my hands at a new feature here on AnandTech called This Just In.The idea is simple: when something that's not under NDA shows up at my doorstep...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/25/2010
Loyd builds a small form factor, high performance, low power gaming system. Is it worth the effort and the cost?
Loyd Case on 1/27/2010
Enermax has launched two new PSU series, both with 80 Plus Gold certification. High efficiency and silence combine to create some of the best PSUs we've ever tested.
Christoph Katzer on 1/19/2010
In his first article on AnandTech, Loyd Case takes us through building his first Windows Home Server out of components he had laying around the Case House.
Loyd Case on 12/2/2009