There's no shame in using your motherboard's onboard audio these days, but there's no glory, either. If you already splurged on a high-end speaker set or pair of headphones, why not go the distance with a discrete audio solution? If that's the path you're headed, check out today's top deal for a Creative Sound Blaster Z 5.1 Channel 24-bit PCI Express Sound Card for $90 with free shipping (normally $120). It offers 116dB SNR, a Beamforming microphone, quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor, and other audio goodies.
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Just as you can configure and build your PC from scratch, cooling enthusiasts can also piece together a custom liquid cooling solution, provided they have the requisite cash and experience. For everyone else, self-contained liquid cooling systems are the next best thing, offering similar benefits but for less money and far less risk. Enter Thermaltake, one of the more active players in the LCS market, which just announced a trio of new cooling products.
We build a machine that’s red and black to hopefully beat our benchmarks black and blue
The Mission Variety is the spice of the Lab, so this month we decided to eschew our traditional builds and go with one you don’t see every day—an all-AMD computer, built with (most of) the best parts we could get our hands on. We’re sure some of you will question the purpose of this build, so our pre-emptive answer is we built it because we could, and we were curious to see how a balls-out AMD build would benchmark, as we haven’t seen over-the-top AMD rig since The Matrix: Revolutions let us down. Plus, everyone is always ragging on us for ignoring AMD, so here you go AMD enthusiasts—an entire PC built just for you.
Note: This article was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
A metal brushed front door hides the the optical drive bays.
Thermaltake's press releases always leave a lot to be desired, but one thing it made clear in announcing its new Urban S21 mid-tower is that it's designed for users who look for "everything but a flamboyant appearance." In other words, simplicity and understated elegance is the name of the game, as opposed to over-the-top aesthetics that scream, "Hey, look at me!" Playing a key role in Thermaltake's design is the use of brushed metal.
The Bigwater 760 Pro takes up two 5.25-inch drive bays.
Thermaltake's Bigwater line of liquid CPU coolers are some the easiest to install, as almost all of the essential components are packed into a little box that slides into a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays. The newest version -- Bigwater 760 Pro -- features the same space-saving design, but with an all new aluminum fan radiator that's supposedly better at dissipating heat than earlier versions of the Bigwater Series.
Taking a page from Apple's iPad marketing team, Thermaltake newest iteration of its once popular Soprano case isn't being called the Soprano II, but is dubbed "New Soprano." It looks very similar to the old Soprano, though slightly refined (aesthetically) and updated for today's hardware with USB 3.0 support, a top-mounted hot swappable drive docking station, and other amenities.
When money's no object, a $300 computer case is totally reasonable. But if you're on a budget, a cheaper enclosure frees up funds that can be better spent on other parts of the build, like a beefier graphics card, faster processor, more RAM, a solid state drive, or whatever. With that in mind, Thermaltake is positioning its new Armor Revo Gene as a "mainstream gaming chassis."