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December 11th, 2009 | Akiet Suhartono Gunawan
What can you say about the AzzA Spartan 101 case besides that it is a great value? For $59.99 the case offers the looks, cooling and sophistication of some much more expensive cases. The unique locking system for the ODD and HDDs is worthy of note as installation of such devices has never been easier in those positions. AzzA has done a solid job on a budget case and for that reason deserves a Hot Product award. - read more
 
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December 3rd, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
Reasonably priced full-tower PSUs from a manufacturer like Thermaltake are rare and the Element V takes the good points of the Element series and translates them into a fully featured full-tower case. There is plenty of cooling with two 120mm front fans, a 200mm top fan, a 230mm side fan and a 120mm rear fan with options to mount two 50mm fans for the GPUs and another 200mm fan on top. This case has great FP I/O including external SATA port and four USB 2.0 ports. Overall, with a price point of... - read more
 
Review
December 3rd, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
Not everyone wants or needs a computer with 2 TeraFLOPs of graphics computing power or 4 cores with Hyper-Threading. While such systems have their purposes, the majority of computer users use their computer to Surf the Internet, work on office products, check email and light gaming. There is also a crowd of people using their computers as Home Theater PCs that watch DVD or Blu-ray movies on their big screen TV and record TV shows as a DVR. The Thermaltake RSI Series H SD100 fits the bill for... - read more
 
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December 3rd, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
The AZZA Helios case is a nice piece of work. The 230mm side fan, two 140mm fans and 120mm rear fan provide adequate cooling to even the most demanding enthusiast. The interior is painted black, meaning that you can show off this case’s insides without the dull, boring gray metal look of most cases. The Helios can handle up to 9 5.25” drives, and has a very to install interior with thumb screws taking the place of many of the screws, allowing for tool-free installation of HDDs and ODDs. This... - read more
 
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December 3rd, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
The LANBOX Lite case is an interesting case in many respects. The case has plenty of cooling to keep even the most demanding Micro-ATX or ITX motherboard systems happy with ventilation holes and fans throughout the case. You can install a GeForce 8800 class video card in the case, or even install two of them assuming your motherboard supports it. The use of a standard PS/2 PSU means that power is not an issue; you can install large wattage PSUs in the case without issue to support dual video... - read more
 
Review
November 30th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
SilverStone has done an admirable job with the SG04-FH case. They took an already awesome SG04 case design and added the handle for easy portability to LAN parties and other events. The case is one of the few on the market with a small form factor that supports dual full length video cards like the HD 5970 cards that are 10.5” in length, while supporting full 1500W PSUs. The case was easy to work with and installation of the system build occurred without a hitch. For the travelling gamer, this... - read more
 
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November 2nd, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
SilverStone has taken the design innovation of the RV-01 and improved it with their Raven 2 case. The construction and installation of computer components in this case is easy and the case is fully featured. The Raven 2 does not have external SATA or Firewire on its FP I/O, but this is a small price to pay for an excellent case. This case is available online from Newegg for $189.99 making it a pricey but full featured case that has plenty of room for components and great cable management with... - read more
 
Review
October 4th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
Thermaltake specializes in cooling computer components like cases, CPUs and other components and they took a long hard look at the Element G design and it shows. Three 200mm+ fans a 140mm fan and room for more fans means this case has plenty of cooling for even the most demanding computer. The only limitation on this case really has to do with the 3 5.25" drive bays, but most people don't use more than two optical drives anyway. The inclusion of two 2.5" drive mounts is a definite plus and a... - read more
 
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September 18th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
SilverStone has done a fine job making a mini-ITX case ready for the consumer market. The case supports a wide variety of expansion and if your motherboard supports it, even a 9" dual-slot graphics card. SilverStone has tested the included PSU with a HD 4850 graphics card and a fairly impressive Core 2 Quad 9550 with the 300W PSU and found it to work. Unfortunately, I did not have the motherboard or CPU to test how the PSU would work. The ITX220 motherboard from ASUS worked easily with no... - read more
 
Review
August 27th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
SilverStone has taken the idea of a clean room such as used in the manufacture of computer chips to the case level first with the Temjin TJ07 and now with the Fortress FT01. The case kept the computer running cool, with positive air pressure driving air out of the case instead of causing it to linger and cause dust bunnies. The SilverStone Fortress FT01 case is available online for $200, making it a bit pricey for some but it is all-aluminum and has the features you would want from a mid-tower... - read more
 

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