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SilverStone ML05, the return of an affordable and compact HTPC case

SilverStone ML05, the return of an affordable and compact HTPC case
With the ML05, SilverStone perhaps will shake a little the compact HTPC case market segment. Announced at 6980 yens, less than $75, it appears to be in a pretty good position, although its reduced size imposes some restrictions. Measuring 350 x 99 x 204mm, it is only compatible with a slim optical drive and a SFX PSU, while storage is allowed only four 2.5″ units. Or almost… As is often happen on the brand, the partial modularity is required, with a slim ODD deck that can accommodate a 3.5″ HDD or two 2.5″ or even a 120mm fan. A fan that might not be too much, but, by default, the airflow entrusted to… No fan! No secret to break prices, both  80mm locations are...
June 18, 2013 | 1134 Views | Cases, Components

Kingston launches the KC300 SSD

Kingston launches the KC300 SSD
Soon, Kingston will propose for sale a new SSD, the KC300. A model that will replace two existing references in the market, namely the KC100 and V200+. with a 2.5″ format and 7 mm thick, The SSD uses a SATA III interface and a SF-2281 controller.  About the  flash memory, we are on the MLC, but we have no further details at this time. The SSD will show 525 MB/s read, 500 MB/s writing. We are on bases 73000-84000 IOPs read and write 32000-64000. The SSD will be available in 60, 120, 240 and 480 GB and offers a 3 year warranty. No price currently.
May 30, 2013 | 77 Views | Components, Storage

Asrock A-Style Wi-SD-Box: an interesting accessory

Asrock A-Style Wi-SD-Box: an interesting accessory
Asrock has presented an interesting accessory that will come with some of its Z87 motherboards, the Wi-SD-box. The 2T2R  is actually a 5.25-inch bay that includes several features including WiFi 802.11ac up to 867 megabits/s, no less than four USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader. An accessory that will surely be very convenient to use and more, looks good. Perfect for an HTPC.
May 21, 2013 | 303 Views | Components, Other

PowerColor SCS3 HD7850 review

PowerColor SCS3 HD7850 review
PowerColor has already released its recently announcement,  the HD 7850 1GB SCS3 a passive card and therefore totally silent. Our colleagues at HeXus.net just post their test of the beast, which is indeed ready for grilling with an operating temperature close to 100 °C, even with ventilation box!  In other words, the true passive mode will hardly be possible with this beautiful beast, which rapidly...
May 20, 2013 | 71 Views | Components, Graphics Cards

PowerColor HD 7850 1GB SCS3 passive is official

PowerColor HD 7850 1GB SCS3 passive is official
UPDATE: Price added PowerColor had already tease their card on Facebook, and now come the time to formalize the first passive HD 7850 on the market: the HD 7850 SCS3. In terms of features it is important not to expect a factory or other overclocking. We are dealing with a Pitcairn Pro GPU of 1024SP clocked at 850MHz and accompanied by 1GB of GDDR5 1200MHz over 256-bit bus. It is cooled by an imposing...
May 9, 2013 | 56 Views | Components, Graphics Cards

STEIGER DYNAMICS Leet: stand alone HTPC case

STEIGER DYNAMICS Leet: stand alone HTPC case
For enthusiasts DIY users, the LEET has come, the “world’s first HTPC chassis optimized for liquid cooling”. It Includes everything you need to have an experience in terms of visual quality with low noise level. It is worth mentioning that this case is handmade and also a great design, perfect for a HTPC. Here is the press release: STEIGER DYNAMICS Offers Stand Alone LEET™ Custom...
May 8, 2013 | 639 Views | Cases, Components

Colorful i-Z77EX V20: an affordable ITX motherboard

Colorful i-Z77EX V20: an affordable ITX motherboard
With this small Mini-ITX motherboard, the i-Z77EX V20, Colorful offers a very affordable Z77 model: 599 yuans only, less than $100. And despite its price, the board is very complete, with, hopefully, a minimum of possible overclocking. Thus, the board welcomes a PCI-E 3.0 16x port, two slots for memory of 1600MHz (2133MHz in oc), a Mini PCI-E, two SATA 6Gbps ports and two others 3Gpbs and a SuperSpeed​​...
May 6, 2013 | 92 Views | Components, Motherboards

Six Z77 mini-ITX motherboards reviewed

Six Z77 mini-ITX motherboards reviewed
For a long time the mini-ITX form factor has been confined to small and low-energy configurations, especially in its early stages, such as nettops and mini-servers. But the situation has gradually changed with the LGA775, and then the LGA1156, and two years latter the LGA1155. With the advent of more compact and capable hardware, motherboard manufacturers wanted to lean on to produce more interesting...
April 30, 2013 | 134 Views | Components, Motherboards
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