PC Chassis Gigabyte Sumo Alfa Review

The multeity of PC chassis in the market might create a real confusion for entry-level consumers. Small-sized and big-sized, rectangular and square, black and white models are developed with the only purpose: to satisfy the demands of each particular customer group. Gigabyte, a hardware giant, knows how to attract potential clients to its new products. Sumo series of chassis is primarily targeting gamers due to a futuristic design and bright LED lighting. However, the latest model of this series, codenamed Sumo Alfa, is destined for a wider audience than gamers only and will perfectly suit PC enthusiasts, as well as, users with more modest requirements.



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Chassis Gigabyte Sumo Alfa is designed in midi-tower form-factor with lower PSU localization. It is delivered in a mere black color of casing, supplemented by a few steel-like inlets on the frontal panel. The latter is given an unusual shape to justify the slogan 'The Future Begins': glossy surface with metallic …

Greeting a Flagship L337 Gaming Z97-Machine Motherboard from ECS

ECS has announced the release of its flagship motherboard based on Intel Z97 chipset – the L337 Gaming Z97-Machine. The model is thought to be used for the creation of some powerful gaming configurations. It employs Socket LGA1150 platform that supports 4th and 5th generation of Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron CPUs. Featuring ATX form-factor (305x220 mm), the board might become an ideal complement to the high-end PC system.



ECS L337 Gaming Z97-Machine houses four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules; the maximal capacity of memory might not exceed 32 GB, whereas the maximal clock frequencies might approach 3000 MHz. Storage subsystem offers 4x SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the connection of standard drives (support for RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations), 1x M.2 NGFF port for the connection of solid-state drives of diverse length. Expansion facilities involve 2x PCI-e 3.0 x16 connectors and 3x PCI-e 2.0 x16 connectors.


Network LAN operates under gigabit Intel I218 controller. Audio …

NZXT Rolls Out a New Chassis Phantom 630 Windowed Edition

NZXT has proudly announced the release of its newest PC chassis, codenamed Phantom 630 Windowed Edition. Being a modified version of Phantom 630 model, the ‘greenhorn’ is developed in ultra-tower form-factor, featuring a side-panel window. The case supports quite large motherboards (ATX, EATX, XL-ATX, and micro-ATX) and offers nine expansion slots.



Despite visual discrepancy with the original model, Windowed Edition preserved some of its basic features. Therefore, it allows for the integration of four 5.25-inch drives and eight 3.5/2.5-inch ones. The latter are installed into modular bays which can be removed if necessary. The chassis is ready to accept CPU coolers of 200 mm in height and long graphics adapters (up to 325 mm in length). In case the user decides to remove the internal drive bays, it will become possible to employ much longer adapters, up to 507 mm!


The other peculiarity of Phantom 630 Windowed Edition is the feasibility to incorporate two 2.5-inch …
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