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...

Cooler Master Centurion 5: Simplicity Meets Functionality

The Centurion 5 from Cooler Master looks great on the outside with the internal features that will appeal to any user.

21 by Purav Sanghani on 9/1/2004

SilverStone Technology Temjin 5

SilverStone Technology brings us a new chassis loaded with features and stamped with a new look, curves and all. Read on to see what makes this unique case so attractive.

32 by Purav Sanghani on 8/25/2004

Enermax Sea Hawk

We have seen Enermax at its best with its line of power supplies for desktop and server applications, but that isn't all they have under their name. We open...

8 by Purav Sanghani on 8/14/2004

Chenbro Xpider II

Like many case manufacturers, Chenbro claims to have designed a themed gaming chassis packed with features that will wow its customers. Check out what we think of this spider-themed case.

33 by Purav Sanghani on 8/10/2004

Thermaltake XaserV Damier V6000A

As we wait for Thermaltake's upcoming fanless hardware, we spend some time with their Damier V6000A series aluminum chassis. Take a look at the changes that Thermaltake has made...

16 by Purav Sanghani on 7/22/2004

BeanTech, ClearPC, SunBeam, and Logisys: Another Look at the Acrylic Arena

One year after our first look at acrylic cases, we go back and look at how 4 clear case manufacturers have improved their products to compete with the rest.

2 by Purav Sanghani on 7/6/2004

Computex 2004: Cases and Cooling - A Look at What's to Come

Computex 2004 brought with it many innovative products including new graphics technologies and upcoming processors. There have also been many advances in cases and cooling technologies, which were showcased...

10 by Purav Sanghani on 6/26/2004

Super Flower X-Mask: Mild-Mannered or Superhero?

Super Flower slaps a Spiderman-like theme on this gaming chassis. Will a superhero look bring about superhero characteristics? Take a look at how the X-Mask performs against its foes...

21 by Purav Sanghani on 5/20/2004

Lian Li's PC-V1000: A Case Exclusive

It's always exciting to see a case manufacturer do something different with their designs. Take a look at how Lian Li has changed the standard layout of the ATX...

32 by Purav Sanghani on 4/29/2004

Opus Technologies' Titanium MT-200 Mid-tower Chassis

The MT-200 from Opus Technologies is a carbon copy of Thermaltake's VM3000 as far as its internal design goes. Take a look at our analysis of this titanium-shelled chassis...

10 by Purav Sanghani on 4/23/2004

NZXT Guardian

We have seen many cases that have been taken to the extremes of modding and the Guardian is no exception. Take a look at our review of this gaming...

10 by Purav Sanghani on 4/5/2004

Case and Cooling Spring 2004: Upcoming Products

Each spring we see dozens of new products for case and cooling. We haven't had an update on power supplies or heatsink fans for a while, so here...

22 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/3/2004

Ahanix Black Knight X195

We put the Ahanix Black Knight to the test. Take a look at how it performed in our benchmarks.

8 by Purav Sanghani on 3/29/2004

Lian Li's PC-6070 Aluminum Case

Lian Li's PC-6070 improves on its PC-6xxx series with sound-dampening foam and many other features.

19 by Purav Sanghani on 3/25/2004

SilverStone Nimiz Temjin III

SilverStone Technology, one of the newest competitors in the case market, introduces yet another mid-tower design in their line of desktop cases. We take this aluminum behemoth apart and...

11 by Purav Sanghani on 3/16/2004

Thermaltake's Xaser III Skull Series - A Case For the Tough Guy

Thermaltake has done it again, improving on the original design of the Xaser III. The VM3000A is redesigned and packed with an onslaught of new features. Take a look...

15 by Purav Sanghani on 3/11/2004

Balanced Technology eXtended (BTX) Form Factor - The Future of Cases & Motherboards

Known previously as the "Big Water" form factor, Intel has finalized and branded the next-generation case/motherboard form factor specification and it's called BTX. Learn everything you wanted to...

99 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/18/2003

Kingwin KT-424 Aluminum Case

Kingwin produced an incredibly successful high-end case several months ago. Today, we look at their mid-range case, which actually packs more features and performance than their high-end counterpart.

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 8/18/2003

2003 Power Supply Roundup Part II: Better Faster Cheaper

Several months ago, we published our first power supply roundup. With a little more experience we took our second stab at the power supply industry, with over 18 units...

70 by Kristopher Kubicki on 7/31/2003

ClearPC, C3 and BeanTech: The Clear Chassis Comparison

Acrylic PC cases have gained popularity over recent months. Fortunately, we were able to get our hands on some of the more mainstream clear enclosures. Its time...

0 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/15/2003

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