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Lian Li is known for its high quality aluminum cases. Earlier this year they announced an update to their PC-V2100 line, cases they have been building for ten years. The PC-V2130 has arrived, and Lian Li has some new features for us to enjoy. They built this case with radiators in mind, for one thing. Is this the case for you? Read on.

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Fresh from looking at Nanoxia’s largest case, we will now look at their smallest. The Deep Silence 4 is a four-slot case compact case that is designed to fit a mATX motherboard. Nanoxia clearly took pains to retain their sound deadening design and other valuable features; they worked to keep noise in while sweated to keep the cost out. Did they succeed? Let’s see.

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It… has arrived. The volatile world of Cryptocurrency has made its way to the Overclockers.com front page with today’s article on a ASIC Scrypt miner. For months now, some have been waiting excitedly and some have been dreading their market saturation, but it looks like the dam is finally starting to break and Scrypt Miners of all shapes, sizes, and speeds will soon be hitting the streets. Today Zeusminer was kind enough to let us borrow one of their Blizzard miners to kick the tires and take it for a spin.

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Kingston sent along one of their newly released HyperX Fury memory kits for us to have a look at. This particular kit is the white version of the DDR3-1866 MHz 2X4 GB kit they will be offering in a variety of heatspreader colors. The HyperX Fury line will replace the entry level HyperX Blu memory products and is geared towards the beginner enthusiast and gamer. The Fury line of memory will position itself between the HyperX Genesis and high-end HyperX Predator. Kingston aims to give an attractive and affordable option to those users who find themselves wanting a little more than an entry level product, but don’t require a top-of-the-line memory offering. Sounds like a great idea to me, so let’s have a look!

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The Deep Silence 6 brings us an advanced Air Chimney, complete with fans. It is available in White, Anthracite, and Deep Black. As you can see, when Nanoxia says Deep Black, they mean deep, dark black. To stop noise, they made the walls of 1 mm thick steel and padded it with their Nanoxia dual layer of bitumen and acoustic foam. This damps vibrations and noise, but adds weight to the walls. So the Deep Silence 6 is a big, heavy case. Today we will examine the DS6, investigate its air cooling powers, and explore its accommodations for radiators.

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From all the parts which make up a personal computer, the power supply is perhaps the most difficult to properly test and review. That is because, once installed inside a system, there is no way to control and regulate the actual load of the power supply, even if proper measuring and monitoring equipment is available. Therefore, no proper testing of a power supply can be performed at all without a fully adjustable, stable load. For basic testing, most technicians are using power resistors in order to simulate a simple and (almost) steady load. Larger companies and specialists often use Automated Testing Equipment (ATE) systems, usually from Chroma or Sunmoon, which essentially are electronic loads that can run automated test patterns.

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Phanteks was founded in 2007. Their first product was a heatsink that was arguably the best heatsink when it was introduced. Since then we have seen more fans and more heatsinks from Phanteks. And now they jump into the world of cases. Just as they did with the PH-TC14PE, Phanteks is starting at the top end of the market, this time with the Enthoo Primo, a $250 case. Is this case worth that price? Let us find out.

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Enermax introduces an inexpensive case, the COENUS. Where did they get that name? According to Wikipedia, “Coenus (in Greek Koῖνος; died 326 BC), a son of Polemocrates and son-in-law of Parmenion, was one of the ablest and most faithful generals of Alexander the Great in his eastern expedition.” With a warrior’s helmet in the logo, they were clearly referring to that kind of excellence. Is this case “one of the ablest?” Let us see.

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Windows 8.1 is coming and it will have a Start Button. Except it’s not a Start Button! It is a Metro Button to sling you right back into the Windows 8 tile-based user interface! One can only imagine the frustration of average users finally managing to get away from the tile-based environment, finally seeing the familiarity of Desktop… only to click on the Windows 8.1 Start Button out of habit, and find out the hard way that it has been placed there to catapult them right back into the Metro interface they tried to escape from.

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This article will serve as a reference for those who would like to compare results with our reviews, whether you are writing an article for the site or just testing the performance of your new GPU. The plan is to keep this article updated as changes in our testing procedures occur. On to the gritty details…

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