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...

Streacom Updates Passive HTPC Chassis Lineup with FC9 and FC10

The advent of CPUs with low TDPs (but having enough power to handle HTPC duties) has resulted in passive HTPCs becoming more and more popular. Streacom (started in 2010...

15 by Ganesh T S on 5/23/2012

SilverStone FT03 Mini Review: We'll Make You Fun Size

One of the first cases we reviewed back when we initially established our case testing methodology last year was SilverStone's FT03, a very unique Micro-ATX design guaranteed to be...

67 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/22/2012

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 400W

We have already reviewed quite a few PC Power & Cooling products on AnandTech, but this time we will be looking at their first series with modular cables and...

17 by Martin Kaffei on 5/19/2012

Corsair Vengeance C70 Case Review: Going for the Gamers

Corsair has had an excellent run as a case designer, showing growth with each new enclosure by adding some features, subtracting other ones, moving things around, and generally continuing...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/17/2012

Cubitek HPTX ICE Review: How Far Aluminum Can Go

Aluminum has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance in the notebook industry, spearheaded largely by Apple and now Intel's ultrabook initiative, but as a construction material for desktop...

20 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/11/2012

SilverStone Grandia GD07 Review: Centering and Serving Your Media

The last time we reviewed one of SilverStone's Grandia enclosures, it was the GD04, and it was a review that launched the first major revamp of how we test...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/29/2012

Codegen P-Case 460W - Low Price, Poor Quality

Today we will review a Codegen PSU. This product is not available in the US as they sell it in some European countries only, but it's still a nice...

27 by Martin Kaffei on 4/27/2012

FSP Aurum Xilenser AU-500FL 500W

FSP is one of the largest manufacturers for OEM power supplies and adapters. Now they're launching a new fanless series, the "Aurum Xilenser", for users that want absolute silence...

41 by Martin Kaffei on 4/20/2012

Fractal Design Core 1000: How Little is Too Little

Extreme budget enclosures are interesting creatures. While the best balancing acts usually show up around the $100 price point, and going north of $150 will generally get you the...

52 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/13/2012

Antec Eleven Hundred: The P280's Gloves Come Off

Towards the end of last year, I took a visit out to Antec's campus in Fremont to see two new cases: the headlining P280, and the shortly-to-follow Eleven Hundred...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/9/2012

Corsair Obsidian 550D: Starting to Specialize

We've been keeping track of the evolution of Corsair's line of enclosures since the Graphite 600T was released. Even as the newer enclosures generally found themselves lower and lower...

58 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2012

Introducing Our 2012 Case Testbeds and Revised Methodology

Over the past year we've tested more than twenty different enclosures using our existing testbed and produced a mountain of comparative data. The goal of the undertaking is produce...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2012

Corsair TX vs. OCZ ZT 550W

In this review we will compare two almost identical products from OCZ and Corsair. Even so, there are still some differences between the offerings. With 550W both PSUs deliver...

42 by Martin Kaffei on 3/26/2012

Rosewill Capstone 450W and 650W 80Plus Gold

We tested the Hive 550W a short while ago, and now Rosewill is following up with their Capstone series, which should be more efficient (80 Plus Gold certification). In...

33 by Martin Kaffei on 3/21/2012

Rosewill Hive 550W

Rosewill sent us their newest model Hive with 550W. The rated power makes these models good for most common GPUs as well as powerful CPUs. Features such as 80...

30 by Martin Kaffei on 3/17/2012

XFX 1000W Pro Series 80 Plus Platinum

We've recently tested the first 80 Plus Platinum PSUs to hit our labs, courtesy of Seasonic and Enermax. Both were good if expensive PSUs, and next up on the...

29 by Martin Kaffei on 3/1/2012

Seasonic Platinum Series 860W - Platinum without the Fuss

In a short time we've seen quite a few companies come out with their first 80 Plus Platinum power supplies. A couple weeks ago we reviewed the Enermax Platimax...

68 by Martin Kaffei on 2/24/2012

Lian Li's PC-90: The Hammer Strikes Hard

The majority of the enclosures from Lian Li that we've tested so far have been designed for mini-ITX and micro-ATX builds, but today we have on offer one of...

54 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/21/2012

Enermax Platimax 750W - 80 Plus Platinum Arrives

Since the introduction of the 80 Plus certifications, we've seen a slow but steady trickle down effect where labels that were once reserved for the highest of the high-end...

48 by Martin Kaffei on 2/10/2012

SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E: Devil in the Details

The overwhelming majority of cases from SilverStone we've reviewed so far have been based on some very unorthodox designs, featuring layouts that feel ATX in name only. Yet when...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/10/2012

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