Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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Official Release of Gigabyte Sumo Platinum Power Supply Units

Gigabyte, in cooperation with CWT contractors, is going to debut with a new line of products: Sumo Platinum PSUs. The line will consists of three models of 450 W, 650 W and 1000 W power. All of them will boast a bright design (the combination of black and red hues), the employment of APUs from AMD, and high efficiency level, verified by 80Plus Platinum certificate. In addition, their layout will embrace high-quality Japanese capacitors, Active PFC and a reliable security system.



Sumo Platinum units correspond to ATX12V v2.31 and EPS12V v2.92 requirements. They are equipped with six sockets for the connection of PCI Express Power (6+2)-pin connectors and with dedicated nodes that prevent PSU damage due to short circuit, overvoltage or current intensity. Models of 450 W and 650 W power are furnished with efficient fans of 120 mm dimensional type, based on hydraulic dynamic bearing.


One of the most attractive peculiarities ascribed to new units from Gigabyte is low power …

PC Chassis Aerocool Qs-200 Lite Review

PGS Q series of chassis supplied by Aerocool is supposed to be rather successful. Currently, it counts a few different models and Qs-200 Lite is one of them. The very case is a lightweight version of an old-timer Qs-200. Chassis Qs-200 Lite is delivered in two versions: totally black and totally white. Color is their only distinction, since all internal and design parameters are identical.



Design and General Specifications


Aerocool Qs-200 Lite is developed in mini-tower form-factor and features 368x185x405 mm dimensions. Its design is void of any notable details. The frontal panel is made of a dull plastic; it's fixed by six plastic claps that facilitate its easy removal. This panel covers a solid dust filter that contains additional combs, a bay for the installation of a fan (80 mm, 92 mm, or 120 mm), a pair of bays for the installation of 5.25-inch drives, and a single bay for the 3.5-inch drive. The lower part of the panel is taken by a fine-meshed metallic grid with …
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