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...

Corsair Goes Big With Obsidian 900D; Updates Peripheral Lines

This CES, Corsair opted not to have a standard booth or suite. Instead they held a press event prior to CES proper, and unfortunately I wasn't able to attend...

5 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Deepcool: Little Fish Don't Stay Little Forever

I've typically been a big proponent of getting smaller vendors exposure if they have some great products on hand, and my brief meeting with Deepcool suggested to me that...

1 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Lian-Li: What Else Can We Do With Aluminum?

Visiting Lian-Li's CES booth is usually at least an interesting experience. I often feel like the engineers and designers there just get an idea for an enclosure and "go...

14 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Zalman Ramps Up Their Cooling Game

Zalman's booth this year featured a single enclosure they're pushing, but the real news was in the CPU and GPU coolers they had on hand. Specifically, they had two...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

In-Win's New Cases Deviate Wildly From the Norm

I felt like CES 2012's case designs were fairly predictable: companies that could be expected to produce great stuff produced more great stuff, while other companies that were a...

6 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

The Phantoms of NZXT

I recently reviewed the NZXT Phantom 820 and found it to be a remarkably excellent, intelligent case, so imagine my delight in learning that NZXT is following up that...

10 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Thermaltake Brings a Little Sophistication

For the most part I like Thermaltake, but generally they've been one of the holdouts producing glossy, ostentatious enclosures while the rest of the industry has been moving past...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Antec's Stunning New Value and Curious New Direction

Truth be told I'm a little bit surprised I haven't heard from our friends over at Antec in a while. I do have one of their cases sitting at...

11 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Rosewill Expands, Consuming Everything In Its Wake

Okay, so consume isn't entirely accurate. But what started as NewEgg's house brand has continued to show unusual vitality and growth each year, and here at CES 2013 we...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review: Is Fractal Design Ready for Primetime?

Media center enclosures can be a very tricky business. 25 years ago, horizontally-oriented cases were the norm, but the ATX standard complicates things. We're also dealing with hotter components...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/1/2013

Corsair Carbide 200R Case Review: How Low Can You Go

Corsair entered the enclosure business from the top with a measure of care to establish a solid brand identity. The Obsidian 800D was released as a flagship product and...

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/15/2012

Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case Review: You Asked For It, You Got It

When I reviewed the BitFenix Ghost, some of you requested we take a look at the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1. Nanoxia isn't selling on American shores yet, but there's...

75 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/27/2012

Fractal Design Node 304 mITX Case Review: Paving the Way to the Future

We've said it before but it bears repeating: desktop systems are getting smaller. ATX is becoming less and less necessary, and mini-ITX-based machines more and more offer the same...

78 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/23/2012

BitFenix Ghost Case Review: Begging for the Premium Treatment

In the short time that they've been around, BitFenix has consistently proven an interest and willingness to design cases that are at the feature curve while being price competitive...

34 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/10/2012

Cougar Challenger Case Review: Is Competitive Performance Enough?

It's fun to review the big enthusiast-class cases like the NZXT Phantom 820 and the Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX custom marvels like the BitFenix Prodigy and SilverStone SG09, but the...

40 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/29/2012

120mm Radiator Fan Roundup Part 2: Fan Harder

It's funny, when I did the first 120mm radiator fan roundup two months ago, I wasn't expecting quite the response it got. It was an interesting exercise that seemed...

80 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/22/2012

SilverStone Sugo SG09 Case Review: Someone at SilverStone Loves Tetris

You've seen it here: small cases are getting big. Mini-ITX boards are becoming both more common and less expensive, and there's been a bit of a renaissance for small...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/20/2012

NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review: Everything, Everything

NZXT is an interesting manufacturer. Each company that designs and manufactures cases has their strengths and weaknesses, things they're good at and things that need work, but NZXT is...

23 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/15/2012

Lian Li PC-A76X Case Review: The Limits of Aluminum

As a case designer and manufacturer, Lian Li has built their entire business around aluminum. It's one of those materials that seems to have a real marketing draw, that...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/30/2012

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review: Opening the Puzzle Box

It's pretty clear on our side of the fence that smaller enclosures and leaner builds are increasingly becoming the way to go for most users these days, with even...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/24/2012

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