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Part 1: Four Cheap 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supplies, Reviewed
Aug 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Power supply manufacturers condition us to think that efficiency is the one variable you need to pay the most attention to. But we have a suite of tests that more thoroughly taxes PSUs. Can these four inexpensive units under $70 make it through unscathed?
The Final Three: Sub-$100 Cases For Your Gaming Build
Jul 2, 2013 - in Reviews
The journey was a long one, but we're finally wrapping up our round-up of sub-$100 gaming cases. Today we review the last three of 11 total product submissions and pick an overall favorite. The competition was vicious, but one model definitely stands out.
Antec Introduces VP F Series PSUs
Jun 30, 2013 - in News
Antec has rolled out its new VP550F Power Supply.
In Pictures: The Last Three Sub-$100 Gaming Cases, Previewed
Jun 11, 2013 - in Picture Story
Our 11-way round-up of sub-$100 value-oriented gaming cases is just about complete. Today's picture-based piece covers the features you'll see us use as we wrap up this epic search for the ultimate balance of price, performance, and functionality.
Antec Demos Kühler H2O 1250 and Kühler H2O 650
Jun 7, 2013 - in News
Antec has revealed two new innovative water coolers at Computex.
Antec Shows Off Enormous Nineteen Hundred Enclosure
Jun 4, 2013 - in News
Antec has revealed a new upcoming enclosure, the Nineteen Hundred.
Your Top Picks: Tom's Hardware Forums' Q1 2013 BestConfigs
Mar 10, 2013 - in Reviews
So you like our System Builder Marathon? Ever come up with your own idea for a killer rig? Don't forget to tell us about it on the Tom's Hardware forums. The following ten setups were configured by forum members and chosen in Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll.
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared
Feb 28, 2013 - in Reviews
We've long claimed that the sweet spot for value was somewhere around $800. So, we narrowed this quarter's System Builder Marathon from $600 to $1,000. Which one of our three configurations gives us the most performance for our budget?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $1,000 Performance PC
Feb 27, 2013 - in Reviews
With his budget cut in half, Thomas is trying to take the value crown by building the highest-end PC in this quarter's System Builder Marathon for $1,000. Can he out-do the value of Paul's $600 config or Don's $800 effort using solid-state storage?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $800 Enthusiast PC
Feb 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Last quarter, Don had $1,000 to spend on a mid-range enthusiast-oriented PC. This time around, we challenged him to build something better with $800. Is that even possible? Our System Builder Marathon continues, as we benchmark three hand-picked setups.
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $600 Gaming PC
Feb 25, 2013 - in Reviews
After one quarter after another of Pentium-based budget-oriented gaming builds, Paul Henningsen is ready to put together something a little more potent. We gave him an extra $100 and asked him to show us how to spend that money. He obliged, gladly.
Five 550 And 600 W 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supplies, Tested
Feb 5, 2013 - in Reviews
A good power supply doesn't just provide you with ample output. Increasingly, vendors have put a bigger emphasis on delivering power more efficiently, too. We're testing five 80 PLUS Platinum-rated power supplies in the 550- to 600-watt range.
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 1: Antec, Azza, And Cooler Master
Dec 25, 2012 - in Reviews
The pursuit of performance often dictates that we simply live with a loud PC. Enthusiasts sometimes feel forced to choose between reasonable acoustics and the ventilation needed to overclock. Today, we evaluate three cases that promise to deliver both.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $500 Gaming PC
Dec 3, 2012 - in Reviews
We were hoping to kick this quarter's System Builder Marathon off with AMD's new Athlon X4 750K. But a lack of availability compels us back into the arms of Intel's dual-core Pentium. Happily, an affordable Radeon HD 7850 promises great performance.
The Final Five: Gaming Cases Between $80 And $120, Rounded-Up
Aug 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Our 15-way shootout of cases priced between $80 and $120 ends as we compare the last five models to the previous ten, yielding an overall winner. Which chassis offers the best balance of quality, cooling, and noise reduction, and which is the best buy?
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: Alternative $2000 Gaming PC
Aug 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Starved by the limits of our System Builder Marathon benchmark suite, Thomas decides to explore what happens when he really uncorks the graphics system. A helping of 5760x1080 across three monitors is being added to the complete four-course test set.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: System Value Compared
Aug 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Paul, Don, and Thomas each took a stab at building the best value-oriented performance machine within their budget limits (some more successfully than others). Which of these machines will stand out for delivering the most bang for your enthusiast buck?
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $500 Gaming PC
Aug 19, 2012 - in Reviews
Paul went all-out last quarter, cramming massive graphics performance into his $500 gaming PC. This time around, he pulls back a little bit on his GPU in order to use a better-balanced processor. Can he maintain playable frame rates in our gaming suite?
The Final Five: Our Last Round Of Mainstream Gaming Cases
Aug 16, 2012 - in Picture Story
We've already covered 10 models in our massive 15-submission round-up of mainstream gaming cases, witnessing a surprising range of quality and features between $80 and $120. Can the final five submissions rival the previous 10?
Five More Mainstream Gaming Cases, Rounded-Up
Jun 24, 2012 - in Reviews
We've already given you a pictorial walk-through of cases six through 10 of our 15-chassis round-up. Today, we build PCs inside of them, evaluate their value, and pick one as the most likely to satisfy your needs (though several excel in other ways).
In Pictures: Five More Mainstream Gaming Cases, Previewed
Jun 20, 2012 - in Picture Story
Offering extensive features and unique design options, the five mainstream gaming enclosures in today's story deserve an in-depth look before we launch into our review, comparing them all. And remember, this is just one part of our 15-chassis round-up!
Antec Introduces New Audio Line at Computex 2012
Jun 8, 2012 - in News
Antec is branching out.
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $500 Gaming PC
Jun 6, 2012 - in Reviews
After stripping $150 from his already frugal budget, Paul is forced to make a tough gamble in order to hit his build goals. Will the decision to spend big on graphics bite him in the rear when he has to cut back on everything else, or is the choice sound?
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $2000 Performance PC
Jun 3, 2012 - in Reviews
After a little inflation over the past few quarters, we chop $600 off of the most recent build. Is there such a thing as more performance from a smaller budget? Thanks to Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and GeForce GTX 680, the answer is: sometimes.
System Builder Marathon Bonus: Newegg Customer Choice PC
Mar 29, 2012 - in Reviews
We've shown you our three System Builder Marathon picks. Now it's time for something new. Using Newegg's user ratings as a guide, we picked the site's most celebrated components, built a PC, and overclocked it. Can this "Customer Choice" setup compete?
System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared
Mar 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Three different builders took two different approaches this quarter. Paul and Don struck out in search of more graphics performance, while Thomas gave up some GPU horsepower in favor of a stronger CPU. Whose strategy paid off? It's time to compare!
Antec Announces High Current Pro Platinum 1000 Watt PSU
Mar 23, 2012 - in News
Antec has added a new addition to its HCP series, the High Current Pro Platinum 1000 Watt PSU, which features 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency and full modularity
Antec Launches EarthWatts Platinum PSU Series
Feb 26, 2012 - in News
Antec has launched a revised version of its EarthWatts PSU Series with the 80Plus Platinum certified tag.
Antec Releases the "One" PC Case for Budget-minded Builds
Feb 12, 2012 - in News
Antec has released two new Gaming Series cases in 2012, the Three Hundred Two in January and now the One PC Gaming case.
Power Supply Reference: Consumption, Savings, And More
Jan 10, 2012 - in Reviews
In this final excerpt from Scott Mueller's Upgrading And Repairing PCs, 20th Edition, we examine a number of power supply usage factors including power consumption calculations, power savings, power protection systems, and troubleshooting.