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  1. Hipermedia HMC-2K53A-A3 review

    Hipermedia HMC-2K53A-A3 review

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    A couple of years ago, HCC published an article that described how you could build a high-end Home Theatre PC. That expensive system was assembled from a range of individually-specified components.

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    JeanTech R2 Chassis review

    JeanTech R2 Chassis review

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    I’m a man of a certain age and thus was a boy of a certain age, when the glorious original Star Wars movies graced both the big and little screens, as such I got all excited seeing a case called the R2. Needless to say, I was just a touch disappointed to discover that it wasn’t a metre high Astromech droid, but a budget case from JeanTech.

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    Enermax Jazz review

    Enermax Jazz review

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    Okay, as far as PC components go the hard drive enclosure is hardly the sexiest piece of kit around. But as far as they do go, the Jazz is definitely one of the slickest.

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    Apevia X-QPack 2 review

    Apevia X-QPack 2 review

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    When you’re out a-LAN-gaming it’s not just about the playing of games alone is it? The big ones are like the car shows you see in the summer, dotted around abandoned air-strips like flies circling barbecued meat.

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    Zalman Reserator XT review

    Zalman Reserator XT review

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    This giant slab of titanium delight certainly has all the aesthetics of a top-notch water cooling sytem

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    Scythe Orochi review

    Scythe Orochi review

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    With its unusual horizontal design, in which the heatpipes move warmth through a right angle, the Orochi is a looker you’d want to show off in a windowed case.

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    Asus Triton 79 Amazing review

    Asus Triton 79 Amazing review

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    Calling your special edition series ‘Amazing’ is potentially hubristic, to say the least. Fortunately, Asus delivers on appearance – at least

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    Coolermaster Hyper Z600 review

    Coolermaster Hyper Z600 review

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    As a passive heatsink, the Hyper Z600 fares much better than some of its rivals. It's unique 'X' shaped design and mix of radiator blade length aren't just for show: they've been calculated to improve heat dissipation in all directions, apparently.

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    Alphacool Cool Answer Compact 120 review

    Alphacool Cool Answer Compact 120 review

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    Here’s an interesting proposition: an all-in-one, simple to fit CPU water cooler that comes ready connected and for a mere £80.

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    OCZ Vendetta 2 review

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    The Vendetta 2 is, inevitably, very similar to its predecessor, and maybe less inevitably Arctic Cooling’s Freezer 7 Pro. They have kept the three copper pipes in contact with the CPU to ensure rapid heat removal, and kept it ultra silent.

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    Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium review

    Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium review

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    Zerotherm have missed a trick with their Nirvana cooler – it could have at least come in a heart-shaped box. Or smelt like teen spirit.

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    CoolIT Boreas MTEC review

    CoolIT Boreas MTEC review

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    Power drives you mad. Or at least, the pursuit of it does. On the scale of one to wild-eyed loon, anyone prepared to drop the best part of a month’s wages on a case that’ll make their CPU go faster rates somewhere between Faust and Hilary Clinton.

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    Gigabyte Poseidon 310 review

    Gigabyte Poseidon 310 review

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    There’s a statement on the Poseidon’s box that says it’s ‘not just a case’. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting – maybe Poseidon himself would come leaping out of the box and running around the office, trident aloft?

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    Akasa AK-925 review

    Akasa AK-925 review

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    One of the major hassles when fitting a new cooler is having to remove the backplate and hence the motherboard from your case. Thankfully the AK-925 is a doddle to fit, especially on an AMD board.

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    Hiper Anubis review

    Hiper Anubis review

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    Like a cross between a heatsink and a flight case, the Hiper Anubis will sit next to your desk, either frightening the mice or drawing them to it like some ancient monolithic structure for worship.

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    Antec Veris review

    Antec Veris review

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    There may be a trend towards ‘digital’ (Class-D) amplification, but most AV receivers use an established technology known as Class A/B.

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    OCZ Vendetta review

    OCZ Vendetta review

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    The Vendetta is a surprisingly understated cooler, in contrast to its name. It's a simple, effective peripheral that's a doddle to fit. It is one of those blessed coolers that comes without an enclosed backplate for your mobo.

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    Antec P190 review

    Antec P190 review

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    Building a PC is not something to be undertaken lightly. You'll end up swearing at inanimate objects, invariably get cut to shreds, and probably end up wanting to smash the thing to bits.

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    Cooler Master Xcraft Lite RX-3SB review

    Cooler Master Xcraft Lite RX-3SB review

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    Installation isn't exactly the Xcraft's strong point. It's a sleek enough case - ours came in fetching piano black - and your hard drive will certainly look special once it's tucked away inside and partially illuminated by the blue LEDs on the front.

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    Synology iUSB 250 review

    Synology iUSB 250 review

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    Synology seems to think that because its device is prefixed with an i, it can charge a premium; this is pretty pricey for a simple enclosure. Still, it's nice enough, but it's prone to scratches, and doesn't come with any kind of carry case

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    N4CE Combo ZX-9 review

    N4CE Combo ZX-9 review

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    This enclosure comes with the bonus of being able to house a 5.25" drive as well as a 3.5" hard disk. It may only support IDE connections, but if you're a hoarder like us chances are you'll have an old IDE drive knocking around with nothing to do

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    Jou Jye Venus review

    Jou Jye Venus review

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    From a distance the Venus looks fairly funky and stylish. Up close, its plasticky reality is revealed. It feels a little flimsy, which is unexpected given the price. Getting a drive in the chassis, though, is simple and requires the minimum of effort

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    Enermax Glory Box review

    Enermax Glory Box review

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    The elder statesman in this crack squad, we decided to include the Enermax Glory as we've used one for the last year and set great stock by it. While it's limited by its IDE interface, it's got some neat tricks up its sleeve

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    Cooler Master X-Craft Lite review

    Cooler Master X-Craft Lite review

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    The Lite version doesn't hold a candle to the 360's ultra-simple approach. Instead it's a case of applying an uncomfortable amount of pressure to the chassis and forcing it back together once your drive's inside.

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    Cooler Master X-Craft 360 review

    Cooler Master X-Craft 360 review

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    Any 3.5inch enclosure will be chunky, but the X-Craft 360 does its best. What it lacks in compact design, though, it makes up for in ease of use. All it takes to install the drive is to open the front door and slot in the hard disk

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