In Pictures: Four ATX Cases Perfect For High-Capacity Water Cooling
Mar 7, 2012 - in Picture Story
Big radiators facilitate lots of cooling power without much noise. But taking the plunge into water also requires a specially-designed case. We inspect the layout and features of four 3 x 120 mm-capable chassis prior to our upcoming performance analysis.
Big Air: 14 LGA 2011-Compatible Coolers For Core i7-3000, Reviewed
Feb 15, 2012 - in Reviews
Do Intel’s Core i7-3000-series CPUs really need closed-loop liquid cooling? Today we're testing fourteen different LGA 2011-compatible air coolers on an overclocked Core i7-3960X in order to determine whose is the most effective.
Eight 5.1- And 7.1-Channel Gaming Headsets, Reviewed
Feb 9, 2012 - in Reviews
Surround sound headsets are often more practical than a home theater system attached to your PC. We compare eight premium models from Arctic, Psyko, Cooler Master, Logitech, Creative, Thermaltake, Corsair, and Razer to figure out who sells the top option.
In Pictures: 14 LGA 2011 Coolers For Your Core i7-3000 CPU
Feb 6, 2012 - in Picture Story
Do LGA 2011-based processors really need to be matched up to closed-loop liquid coolers? Not at all. We collected 14 different high-end heat sink kits able to do the job with air. Keep an eye out for our upcoming performance write-up, too!
Cooler Master Shows Off Heatsink Computer
Jan 13, 2012 - in News
We see a lot of cool concepts at CES and today is no different, thanks to Cooler Master's latest effort.
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.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
Winner of Tom's Enthusiast PC with Vipre Antivirus
Oct 31, 2011 - in News
Win a hot gaming rig complete with protection.
Cooler Master Reveals the Silent Pro Hybrid Series PSUs
Oct 5, 2011 - in News
Cooler Master has revealed its new line of power supplies, the Silent Pro Hybrid series, which is fully modular and comes with a fan controller for the PSU and up to three system fans.
Cooler Master Reveals Hyper 212 EVO & TX3 EVO Coolers
Sep 28, 2011 - in News
Cooler Master signals the rebirth of two household names in CPU cooling, with the release of the Hyper 212 EVO and Hyper TX3 EVO CPU Coolers
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: System Value Compared
Sep 25, 2011 - in Reviews
Big changes to a few components radically alter the performance profile of every machine in this quarter's competition. We’ve already seen how these changes affect the value of each machine, but how will they compare to each other?
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Sep 20, 2011 - in Reviews
This quarter's $1000 enthusiast-oriented PC gets a new lease on life with a 30 GB solid-state drive and a couple of GeForce GTX 460s. Does that make a difference over the last build and its conventional hard disk and Radeon HD 6850 CrossFire setup?
Five Eight-Slot Cases For SLI And CrossFire, Tested
Aug 7, 2011 - in Reviews
The most hardcore gamers use multiple graphics cards in CrossFire and SLI configurations. And yet, slinging dual-slot cards together eats up a lot of expansion space. We compare five eight-slot cases with room for complex graphics configurations.
In Pictures: Five Eight-Slot Cases For CrossFire And SLI
Jul 31, 2011 - in Picture Story
Do you need an eighth slot for a CrossFire or SLI setup? We look at five cases that solve the problem created when motherboard vendors put a PCI Express x16 slot at the bottom of an ATX-based platform and you try to install a double-slot graphics card.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: Alternative $2000 PC
Jun 26, 2011 - in Reviews
You spoke up in the first story from this quarter's System Builder Marathon, and we listened. Today we compare that first $2000 build to an alternative system based upon a flood of your recommendations. Call it the people's choice, if you will.
Cooler Master's Heatsink With Honeycomb Fins
Jun 2, 2011 - in News
Cooler Master at Computex 2011.
Liquid-Cooled Tron Lightcycle Mod Looks Amazing
May 25, 2011 - in News
This awesome PC case mod looks good enough to ride, but it's a bit too small and doesn't really go anywhere.
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared
Mar 28, 2011 - in Reviews
Day 4 of our System Builder Marathon compares performance achieved to money spent. With outright speed the top priority, can either of our high-end systems beat the low-cost build when it comes to value? Or will the middle machine strike the best balance?
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Mar 23, 2011 - in Reviews
We give Sandy Bridge yet another shot in our second System Builder Marathon configuration of the month, leaning on Intel's Core i5-2500K. How well does it fare against the Lynnfield-based Core i5-700-series processor it’s replacing?
Roundup: 12 Gaming Power Supplies Compared
Dec 29, 2010 - in Reviews
Gamers demand a lot from their computers, starting with the PSU. Therefore, almost every PSU manufacturer sells products optimized for gaming PCs. We introduce ripple and noise testing in this roundup to further improve our power supply evaluations.
System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build
Dec 26, 2010 - in Reviews
The first $2000 build in this quarter's SBM series provided astonishing performance overall, but a few disappointments forced us to consider alternative parts. Today, we see how much improvement we can make when we hand-pick the configuration, TH-style
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: Value, Compared
Dec 19, 2010 - in Reviews
New benchmarks, new test methods, and new hardware mark exciting updates to this month’s System Builder Marathon. Today, we cover the most exciting part of all: the value competition. Remember, we're giving all three systems away, so enter to win them!
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $1000 PC
Dec 13, 2010 - in Reviews
Although we were afraid of the results, this time around we decided to try something new, forgoing the Core i5 in favor of a dual-core Core i3 CPU in our build. Can the higher clock rate compensate for the loss of two physical cores in our $1000 system?
Who's Who In Power Supplies: Brands, Labels, And OEMs
Nov 11, 2010 - in Reviews
Did you think all power supplies were manufactured by the brand selling them? We show you what makes a good PSU and reveal who actually builds PSUs. You can actually find lots of quality, instead of just scrap metal, behind some of the budget labels.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: Value Compared
Sep 9, 2010 - in Reviews
Three systems represent our builders' best performance and value hopes for budget, mainstream, and high-end users. Last quarter's marathon demonstrated how each system compared to its predecessor, and today we find out how these compare to each other.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $400 Gaming PC
Sep 8, 2010 - in Reviews
The third and final build in this quarter's System Builder Marathon is a direct answer to your feedback. Paul went as low as he could go in compiling the parts for his $400 Gaming PC. Is gaming still within the realm of possibility at this price point?
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Sep 7, 2010 - in Reviews
In this quarter's System Builder Marathon, we balance out our CPU and graphics subsystems, rather than piling on the GPU performance like last time. The results are shocking, to be quite honest. Check out the performance of our $1000 enthusiast system.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $2000 Performance PC
Sep 6, 2010 - in Reviews
We bolstered our latest high-end build with a six-core CPU from AMD and two super-fast video cards from Nvidia. Is it possible to fit uncompromising performance within a $2000 budget? Remember, you can even enter to win this potent behemoth; just read on!
Tom's Hardware's Mailbox: Angelini Goes Postal
Sep 1, 2010 - in News
It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind: benchmarking, writing, editing, and answering what sometimes seems like hundreds of emails. But at the end of the day, all of the work is for you. It's about time we started answering a little more feedback.
Part 1: Four Gaming Enclosures Under $50
Aug 23, 2010 - in Reviews
Sometimes, overclocking is the key to getting budget hardware humming along at enthusiast-class performance levels. But getting there requires extra cooling. Today we're examining the performance of four low-cost gaming enclosures under $50 bucks.