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Video Review #901: Thermaltake SwordM Case

Thermaltake SwordM Case is constructed from thick aluminum and this gives the case rigidly but it also adds weight. It's interesting to note that while the all-aluminum structures are produced through an automated process they are all fine-tuned by hand. For that reason the SwordM case is a Limited Edition product and very expensive. At the top are stylish and strong handles for maneuvering the case. The top of the case also effortlessly swings up thanks to two hydraulic rods. There is also a hydraulic rod on the left side door.

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Video Review #904: Razer Piranha Headset

The Razer Piranha Headset has round soft ear cups which pivot and a fully adjustable padded headband. The microphone swings down and can be adjusted horizontally. Since this headset is made from durable materials it's designed to take LAN party abuse. The headphones have a frequency response of 18 to 20,000 Hz, an impedance of 32 Ohm and a sound pressure level of 114 dB. The microphone has a frequency response of 80 to 15,000 Hz, an impedance of 2000 Ohms, the pickup pattern is uni directional, and the sensitivity is 38dB. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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Video Review #905: Silverstone OP1200 1200W Power Supply

The Silverstone Olympia line of power supplies are available in wattages ranging from 650 to 1200. I'll be reviewing the Silverstone OP1200 1200W model which is more than enough power for even hardcore computer systems. The housing is steel and they include a very quiet 135mm fan which is recessed, but this PSU is extremely long so it might not fit in some smaller mid-tower cases. Also note that this fan is load controlled, meaning the more load on the PSU the faster the fan spins. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

Video Review #906: Lancool Metal Boned K7 Case

Lancool Metal Boned K7 Case has an aluminum outside, but a steel body. This is an excellent combination because the aluminum reduces weight & looks fantastic, while the steel body ensures strength. It has 3x120mm fans, 1x3.5" drive bay and 3x5.25" drive bays, 5 HDD bay cage, removable motherboard tray, cable management system and more. This case is an example of what to look for in a mid-tower case. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

Video Review #908: Antec NSK1380 SFF Case

The Antec NSK1380 SFF (Small Form Factor) Case has major bang for the buck! This case comes with a quality Antec EarthWatts 350 watt power supply which is 80%+ efficient and has Active PFC. One 5.25" drive bay and three HDDs can be installed. There is one 120mm fan and a blower style fan included. The left & right side panels are constructed from two layers of aluminum with plastic in the middle. This not only looks great it also provides sound dampening & substantially reduces system noise. A quiet system is important, especially if used in a HTPC environment.

Video Review #909: Ultra X2 750W Modular Power Supply

The Ultra X2 750W Power Supply has a super high gloss Titanium paint finish and comes with a large 120mm blue LED fan with Ultra's logo and two windows that look really cool. The quiet 120mm fan along with the many ventilation holes means that the PSU will remain cool in almost any environment. This PSU has lots of leads and they are all modular sleek looking FlexForce cables. As the name suggests, the cables are super flexible, which allows them to bend around almost anything. They are perfect for hiding cables behind the motherboard tray or neatly tucking them out of sight.