November 2005

Asetek Vapochill Micro

Asetek’s Vapochill line of CPU-cooling systems has been limited to complicated phase-change water-cooling kits, which require compressors, flux capacitors, and so forth.

Linksys EFG250

Linksys’ EFG250 is what you expect a NAS unit to look like. Its tall good looks, front-facing hard drive drawers, and LED lights tell you something important is going on in your data center, err, office.

Unfortunately, of the four units we tested, the EFG250 was by far the loudest.

LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive

When you’re toting around files that cannot fall into enemy hands—be it top-secret aerial photographs or the entire Girls Gone Wild collection ripped to Divx—your portable storage must be secure in the event it’s lost or stolen.

Dungeon Siege II

The original Dungeon Siege was essentially a Diablo 2 clone with a few handy special features and a more interesting character development scheme.

How To: Burn Music and Data on the Same Disc

By Logan Decker

MSI NX6800 Riddick

Prices for boards based on nVidia’s 12-pipe GeForce 6800 were falling rapidly as we went to press, with street prices for MSI’s NX6800 Riddick as low as $285 (before a $30 mail-in rebate).

Infrant ReadyNAS X6

While the other three NAS units here are suitable for average consumers, Infrant’s ReadyNAS X6 is a product designed for geeks.

Resembling a home-brew mini PC more than a mass-produced NAS box, the ReadyNAS X6 gives you more flexibility than the other three units tested here.

Cooler Master CoolDrive Lite

Cooler Master’s take on the aluminum heatsink/fan drive bay is similar to Silverstone’s (this isn’t rocket science, after all), but CM goes one step further by including two thermal pads—one for each side of the drive.

Western Digital Netcenter

If your primary business is selling hard drives, it doesn’t take long to figure out that network attached storage is an easy way to push more product.