Things have been a little busy over at TechPowerUp as well. They've got a mountain of news in our box and we are happy to share it with you if you didn't see it the first time around.
One thing worth checking out for sure is the Shuttle XPC Barebones SH87R6 w/Core i5-4570T PC. Shuttle is the company that really started the Small-Form-Factor (SFF) PC and this shows why. They still have classic styling and great performance for the size. If you're looking at buying or building a small rig to keep out of the way, Shuttle is a name worth considering.
If you're looking for something even smaller, check out the Tranquil PC D33217GKE NUC Case. This is small and is designed for the faster-than-greased-lightning NUC platform from Intel. This platform packs the power of a desktop into the size of a hockeypuck. That's right.
They continue the landslide with a bunch of power supplies. There is something for almost everyone below.
- Cooler Master G550M 550W
- Enermax Revolution X't 630W
- Corsair RM Series 650W
- Fractal Design NEWTON R3 800W
- Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 850W
- EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1000W
On the graphics side of things, they have an equally impressive pile. The 270X-based cards are pretty popular and they have the PowerColor R9 270X PCS+ 2GB card. As we continue on through the graphics gauntlet, they show us the ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2GB, and the ASUS R9 270X DIrectCU II TOP 2GB card. Moving over to the other camp, and to their high-end cards we find the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB as well as the EVGA tweaked GTX 780 Ti SuperClocked w/ACX Cooler.
Let's face it, if you've got a new PSU and graphics card, you're going to need a new home for your hardware. The Aerocool GT-S Black Case is pretty decent and is a decent price. BitFenix has stepped up their game over the years and has some nice boxes as well. Take, for instance, the BitFenix Ronin. It's not bad at all. Even though the NZXT H230 is not the most expensive case in this list, the classic and clean styling of this case is great. Finally, the Cooler Mater Cosmos SE is an absolutely iconic case and shows what companies can do when they put their mind to it. It's a beast, but at the same time is a beauty.
If you need a little portable storage, the Lexar JumpDrive P10 32GB USB 3.0 drive can take you there. If you need a bit more, the OCZ Vector 150 240GB is one of the fastest drives we reviewed and TechPowerUp likes it as well.
All of this hardware stuff is music to my ears. Speaking of music, the CM Storm Pitch In-Ear Gaming Headset can handle more than just games. It's a nice tidy package that looks good and doesn't require a separate box when you're packing up for your favorite LAN Party. Also on the audio front, but a little different direction is the MP4Nation Brainwavz HM9 Headphones. These are on-ear phones that you'll want to check out before you drop your cash.