In this Holiday Buyer's Guide, we will be evaluating and recommending desktop PC power supply units. We should clarify that the selection of a PSU is based on parameters both objective (e.g. wattage, performance) and subjective (e.g. design, modular cables). That makes it very difficult to limit the selection of a PSU to just one per possible target class. We will be recommending at least two options for each market, based on objective parameters and our subjective opinion. Before we get to the power supplies, we want to dispell a common misconception among users – that a high wattage PSU will be better. That is not necessarily the case, because all switching PSUs are designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load...

Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced Case Review: Falling Behind the Curve

Cooler Master has been fairly gung ho on the PR side about their Storm Scout II Advanced. While we missed the opportunity to review its predecessor, the Storm Scout...

15 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/19/2013

CPU Air Cooler Roundup: Six Coolers from Noctua, SilverStone, be quiet!, and Cooler Master

Now that CPU cooler reviews have begun in earnest here at AnandTech, it's been interesting to see just how conventional wisdom plays out in practice. There's been a pervasive...

63 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/14/2013

In-Win GT1 Case Review: Fighting an Uphill Battle

If you've ever looked at a builder's guide for a desktop system on any major tech site (including this one), you've undoubtedly noticed that the first thing to get...

66 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/8/2013

AMD Enlists Ben Heck to Build Rocket Launching Desktop PC

In preparation for its presence at SXSW Interactive, AMD enlisted the help of famed modder Benjamin Heckendorn to build a bunch of unique PCs. Traditionally, AMD would just show...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/5/2013

BitFenix Raider Case Review: All These Little Things

BitFenix has historically been fairly reliable at producing reasonably priced cases that have their own aesthetic flair and solid performance. They've been exactly daring enough with designs like the...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/28/2013

Rosewill Line-M Case Review: Wherefore Art Thou Micro-ATX?

Vendors are always very quick to send us their biggest, best, and brightest. Rosewill's own top-selling Blackhawk Ultra has been with us for a little while, but while we...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/26/2013

Deepcool CPU Air Cooler Roundup: Playing it Too Safe?

During our visit to CES 2013, we had a chance to meet with Deepcool, a deceptively large Chinese company that has been producing heatsinks for OEMs for some time...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/23/2013

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review: Maybe We Can Have It All?

Amusingly and appropriately enough, the wave of silence-oriented enclosures that have been popping up recently haven't really drawn attention to themselves as a trend. Yet all of a sudden...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/20/2013

Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Case Review: Trimming the Fat

Just recently we had a chance to review Nanoxia's Deep Silence 1, arguably the most impressive silent case we've ever tested. Nanoxia was able to produce an enclosure capable...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/14/2013

Fractal Design Launches Core 3000 USB 3.0

Last year, we looked at Fractal Design’s Core 1000, their entry level chassis that can be had for under $40. It performed “okay”, which is about all you can...

11 by Jarred Walton on 2/1/2013

Closing the Loop II: New Liquid Coolers from Corsair and Swiftech

When we visited CES 2013, it became increasingly clear that not only were closed loop liquid coolers here to stay, but that they are in fact "the next big...

53 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/1/2013

AZZA Silentium Case Review: Knowing the Limits

The desktop enclosure market has broken down pretty simply into three categories with only the rarest of outliers. Cases under $100 will either have good acoustics or good thermals...

23 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/29/2013

Rosewill Armor EVO Case Review: Sometimes Performance Isn't Everything

As NewEgg's house brand, Rosewill has been growing in very interesting ways. Being the house brand of a major electronics retailer means dipping your toe into a lot of...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/23/2013

NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

It wasn't that long ago that we reviewed NZXT's shiny new Phantom 820, a case that apart from its high price tag and slightly ostentatious design was pretty tough...

43 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/20/2013

Antec GX700 Case Review: Just What You Can Get For $59.99

Most manufacturers are quicker and happier to show us their medium-to-high end cases, but for a lot of users the case is admittedly a steel box they put their...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/17/2013

Corsair Scales Up: H90 and H110 Released

I’m a big fan of these closed loop all-in-one liquid coolers. For a little extra on the cost of an air cooler we can get a quieter cooling...

27 by Ian Cutress on 1/17/2013

Swiftech and Steiger Dynamics: German Engineering Comes Home

I don't know about you, but for me, the word "engineering" gets a lot more enticing when it's preceded by the word "German" (or the phrase "Commander LaForge, please...

8 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/14/2013

CES 2013: Cases and Cooling in the New Year

I'm pleased to report that this year's visit to CES bore promising fruit for the new year of desktop PC cases along with cooling and even desktop machines in...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/14/2013

CoolerMaster: New Storm Scouts, Crashing into Eisbergs, and Cherry MX Green?!?

While new products may have actually been a bit skint from the usual suspects at CES 2013, CoolerMaster has generally been reliable to provide new kit, and this year...

17 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

SilverStone's New Fortress FT04 Flagship Enclosure Promises Much

No trip to CES would be complete without a visit to SilverStone, but this year was especially important for me. I've been a longtime advocate of the Fortress FT02...

6 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

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