Cases/Cooling/PSUs

As users are becoming more and more aware of how PSUs operate and what the real energy requirements of their systems are, sales of high wattage units decrease in relevance to middle range units. Many manufacturers realize that and they began marketing high performance products of reasonable power output and pricing instead of focusing their efforts on high output units. In that light, EVGA expanded their very popular G2 PSU series downwards, adding 550W and 650W models to it. EVGA's G2 series is synonymous with the excellent balance between cost, quality and performance. We have seen their capabilities in our review of the 850W version. After all, there is good reason why the Super Flower Leadex platform is so popular. The new 550W and 650W...

Fractal Design Node 304 mITX Case Review: Paving the Way to the Future

We've said it before but it bears repeating: desktop systems are getting smaller. ATX is becoming less and less necessary, and mini-ITX-based machines more and more offer the same...

78 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/23/2012

BitFenix Ghost Case Review: Begging for the Premium Treatment

In the short time that they've been around, BitFenix has consistently proven an interest and willingness to design cases that are at the feature curve while being price competitive...

34 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/10/2012

Cougar Challenger Case Review: Is Competitive Performance Enough?

It's fun to review the big enthusiast-class cases like the NZXT Phantom 820 and the Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX custom marvels like the BitFenix Prodigy and SilverStone SG09, but the...

40 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/29/2012

120mm Radiator Fan Roundup Part 2: Fan Harder

It's funny, when I did the first 120mm radiator fan roundup two months ago, I wasn't expecting quite the response it got. It was an interesting exercise that seemed...

80 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/22/2012

SilverStone Sugo SG09 Case Review: Someone at SilverStone Loves Tetris

You've seen it here: small cases are getting big. Mini-ITX boards are becoming both more common and less expensive, and there's been a bit of a renaissance for small...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/20/2012

NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review: Everything, Everything

NZXT is an interesting manufacturer. Each company that designs and manufactures cases has their strengths and weaknesses, things they're good at and things that need work, but NZXT is...

23 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/15/2012

Lian Li PC-A76X Case Review: The Limits of Aluminum

As a case designer and manufacturer, Lian Li has built their entire business around aluminum. It's one of those materials that seems to have a real marketing draw, that...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/30/2012

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review: Opening the Puzzle Box

It's pretty clear on our side of the fence that smaller enclosures and leaner builds are increasingly becoming the way to go for most users these days, with even...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/24/2012

In-Win GRone Case Review: Do Features Make the Case

It's been a very long time since we've had an In-Win case in house for review. In fact, the last one we checked out was the BUC, an affordable...

31 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/18/2012

Rosewill Fortress Platinum 450W

Rosewill is a familiar name here at AnandTech. It's Newegg's in-house brand, through which they sell products such as notebook accessories, peripheral equipment, cases and power supplies. Their stated...

26 by Martin Kaffei on 9/14/2012

Antec ISK 110 VESA Case Review: Just About As Small As It Gets

We've been having a good run of Mini-ITX cases lately, but most of those cases are designed to still be able to support what are essentially fully-powered systems: standard...

54 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/31/2012

Choosing the Best 120mm Radiator Fan: Testing Eight Fans with Corsair's H80

As an enthusiast it can be difficult to just "set it and forget it," to assemble a system and decree "this is as good as it's going to get."...

112 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/23/2012

SilverStone Sugo SG05: The Mini-ITX Standard Bearer

We've been looking at a few mini-ITX enclosures as of late, an interest sparked largely by the surprise success of the Bitfenix Prodigy and the general industry tend towards...

70 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/19/2012

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Case Review: Little in Almost Every Way

At the risk of sounding foolish, more and more it seems that Mini-ITX is very much becoming the new Micro-ATX. Each subsequent hardware generation crams a little more performance...

65 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/26/2012

Fractal Design Define R4 Case Review: Evolution, Not Revolution

Around November of last year we had a chance to take a look at one of the most popular enclosures from up-and-comer Fractal Design, the Define R3. Impressions were...

54 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/20/2012

AZZA Genesis 9000 Case Review: Building It Every Way

AZZA is a relatively new company when it comes to enclosures. Their major splash came with the Fusion 4000 enclosure (which we're still slated to review at some point...

30 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/13/2012

350-450W Roundup: 11 Cheap PSUs

Today we're looking at some inexpensive ATX power supplies with a low output power. In most cases there is no need for a 1KW power supply when 350W to...

65 by Martin Kaffei on 7/3/2012

Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review: Corsair For the Masses

Ostensibly, Corsair's Carbide line of enclosures are their budget cases; the Obsidian and Graphite lines both start where the beefy Carbide 500R leaves off. Corsair's least expensive entry is...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/29/2012

BitFenix Shinobi XL Case Review: Something is Lost in the Process

We've had a remarkably heavy backlog of cases in house in desperate need of review over the past couple of months, and one of the standouts has been BitFenix's...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/26/2012

Lian Li PC-A55 Case Review: Unfortunate Name Befits the Design

Marking our fifth venture into Lian Li territory in recent years, the PC-A55 enclosure we have on hand is another unique, slightly-off-the-wall design from a company we've come to...

63 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/16/2012

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