Hardware

For those in the market for a clean, simple case design, the Define XL R2 is here from Fractal Design. Using a feature called ModuVent, Fractal Design seeks to find the ideal balance between cooling, noise, and having a case that looks like an Ikea coffee table.

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After breaking news on Rosewill's R5 gaming case earlier this year (and later reviewing it), we've been hard-pressed to find a better cost-to-performance deal out there. The R5 is now in the ballpark of $70 ($20 lower than when we discovered it), and is one of the best cases on the market for the price.

GN's Hardware Editor - Patrick Stone - and I will walk you through this one. As experienced testers of Rosewill products, we felt it'd make the most sense to work together on this unveil/impressions post.

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To fill-out their product coverage, Rosewill has now unveiled their ARMOR Evolution model -- a mid-range, affordable gaming case promised at $120 MSRP, though we've been told that "the street price might be below $100 soon" by our Rosewill contact. At $120, I'd probably point you toward the Thor V2 (also by Rosewill), but any less than that is a fantastic deal. Here's what we're looking at for specs:

AMD is in the headlines again with more bad news. With AMD's recent layoffs, not to mention the leasing of their Austin campus and the disappointment surrounding Piledriver and Bulldozer, it's not a huge surprise to see another snag.

intel-cpu-die-photoPhoto credit: Sonic840 of Deviantart.

Thermalright's HTPC/Mini-ITX Low Profile CPU Cooler

By Published December 07, 2012 at 9:46 am

I know, I know -- we've posted almost exclusively CPU cooling articles recently, but this new unit is worth a look: Thermalright's new AXP-100 cooler is marketed for mini-ITX and small form factor systems that need low-profile cooling (like HTPCs).

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FutureMark Reveals New 3DMark Benchmarking Suite

By Published December 05, 2012 at 4:00 am

A new trailer (below) is out for Futuremark Corporation's "Fire Strike" benchmark, part of the next 3DMark edition which is to be released before the end of 2012. Fire Strike is just one benchmark of three, and was created to stress DirectX 11-level hardware to its limits, even anticipating future advancements in technology and graphics.

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Rosewill has, to use their marketing speak, "unleashed" the HERCULES 1600W PSU (complete with caps lock), their most wattage-packed PSU to date. As the name suggests, it's a heavy duty chunk of technology, able to handle the highest tier of gaming hardware, and probably serve as a decent blunt weapon in a pinch.

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APUs Dominate 75% of AMD’s Processor Sales

By Published November 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

AMD’s been reeling from the underperformance in its hyped-up Vishera architecture for a while now, and with the 8350 behaving dismally in single- and dual-threaded applications, things haven’t looked great for the company. Despite the recent layoffs—where more than 1500 employees lost jobs—AMD still has one shining star in its arsenal: APUs.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Reimagined in Minecraft Minigame

By Published November 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

If nothing else, Minecraft has proven to be one of the most versatile, heavily-modded games out there. It makes sense: The game is effectively centered around creating your own entertainment, and what better entertainment than creating a game within a game? Don't answer that.

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It seems that 2012 is the Year of the SSD, given the recent rise in affordability, popularity, and their proven practicality; Samsung's recently-announced 840 and 840 Pro SSDs have a lot to compete against -- especially with Kingston's new and very promising SSDNow V300 budget SSD -- and so they've upped the marketing ante.

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HAF XB LAN Box and Test Bench Case Detailed

By Published November 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

A new addition to Cooler Master's HAF (High Air Flow) series is born: the HAF XB LAN box and test bench. It's designed to be lightweight and durable enough to be used at LAN events, yet maintain enough space for good airflow and ease of access, and judging by Cooler Master's specs, it's succeeded on both fronts.

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