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...

Lian Li PC-TU200: On the Road With Lian Li

More and more lately, mini-ITX boards are becoming very feature rich and users are needing fewer expansion cards in their desktop systems. Where once upon a time we'd need...

51 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/31/2011

Antec HCP-750 80 Plus Gold

We tested the Antec HCP 1200W a while back, and now Antec is following up with their 750W model, which should be equally efficient (80 Plus Gold Certification). In...

35 by Martin Kaffei on 10/26/2011

Corsair Carbide 500R: A Corsair in Every Home

Corsair seems to have completed their case lineup with their latest addition, the Carbide 500R. Though currently made available in black, this enthusiast-geared enclosure was originally advertised in its...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/25/2011

SilverStone Strider Plus - 500W Modular Power

SilverStone is a well known brand for high-quality (and expensive) cases. Beyond that they offer a large selection of power supplies. They have SFX-PSUs for HTPCs, redundant PSUs for...

24 by Martin Kaffei on 10/10/2011

Fractal Design Arc Midi: The Mid Tower You've Been Waiting For?

The more enclosures we get in, the more amazed I am at just how competitive the market is for $99 cases. That market is made only more competitive by...

52 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/7/2011

BitFenix Merc Alpha: Just How Much Can $39 Buy?

While we've had a chance to check out a few cases in the $200+ club and the majority of the enclosures we've tested have floated around the $99 price...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/5/2011

Lian Li's PC-V353: Lighter Than Air

We've been wanting to get Lian Li enclosures in house for review for a while now, and we're pleased to report we finally have a contender on hand (with...

56 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/28/2011

Antec Solo II Review: Sonata Evolved

When we reviewed Antec's Sonata IV recently, we found it left a lot to be desired. Antec had updated their Sonata design, but barely, and the enclosure as a...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/6/2011

Corsair Carbide 400R: Succeeding in Reverse

Corsair started their enclosure business from the top of the market and worked their way down. Their first case was an expensive black monolith, the Obsidian 800D, popular for...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/3/2011

NZXT Tempest 410 Elite: Jack of All Trades

The last time we checked out an NZXT enclosure, we saw in their H2 a lot of fantastic ideas done in by a single poor design choice. NZXT's engineers...

14 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/1/2011

Rosewill Thor v2: The God of Cooling and Silence?

Most enthusiasts are familiar with Rosewill as a brand of inexpensive parts of decent quality. They've had enclosures on the market for ages, but those cases are almost always...

34 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/24/2011

SilverStone Fortress FT02: True Classics Never Go Out of Style

Ever since we reviewed the SilverStone Raven RV03, a lot of you have chimed in about their Fortress FT02 enclosure, with more than one even proclaiming it the best...

58 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/15/2011

SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: Fat Case in a Little Coat

While vendors have been all too happy to send us larger enclosures (and we've been all too happy to receive them), our coverage of Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX cases has...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/4/2011

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W & 910W

PC Power & Cooling, today a part of the OCZ Technology Group, sent us two PSUs from their Silencer series. The 760W as well as the 910W version bet...

19 by Martin Kaffei on 8/2/2011

Corsair Obsidian 650D: Transmuting Graphite to Obsidian

Corsair pretty much stormed out of the gate when they entered the enclosure market, starting at the top with the Obsidian 800D and gradually working their way down, and...

36 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/29/2011

Thermaltake Level 10 GT: Monument to Excess

This promised to be a good month for big stonking enthusiast-class cases, and we're delivering on the second half of our one-two punch with Thermaltake's monstrous Level 10 GT...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/26/2011

Visiting FSP + Aurum CM 750W Preview

3rd June, Taipei. Many editors travelled to Taiwan to see new products at Computex. A stressful week comes to an end. This is a perfect time for sightseeing --...

15 by Martin Kaffei on 7/21/2011

SilverStone Raven RV03: Streamlined Bird of Prey

At this point, SilverStone's signature in the enclosure world is the 90-degree rotation of the motherboard. This unique engineering decision makes cases like the FT03 possible, but for a...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/20/2011

Cooler Master's Storm Enforcer: The Not-So-Quiet Storm

It's a treat to get one of Cooler Master's enclosures in for review: they've been at it for a long time, and they have cases that cover virtually every...

20 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/5/2011

BitFenix Shinobi: The Budget Ninja

Compared to some of the vendors we've reviewed cases from thus far, BitFenix seems like a young pup. Antec and In-Win have been around for a long time, and...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/22/2011

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