Low-Profile SilverStone Argon AR06 Cooler Review

Each manufacturer which deals with CPU coolers tries to enrich its portfolio with products of various segments. SilverStone has gone ahead in this aspect, offering as entry-level so top-notch coolers. The AR06, a representative of Argon Series, is a low-profile model targeting entry-level and mainstream PC systems. Why giving preference exactly to this model? Let’s find it out.



Highlights


SilverStone AR06 features the following specifications:

— type: air cooler with active airflow;

— compatibility with motherboards: Socket Intel LGA115x, Socket AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3;

— cooling performance: 95 W TDP;

— fan specs: dimensions: 92x92x15 mm, voltage – 12 V, rotational speed – 1200-2500 RPM, airflow – 68.3 m3/h, noise level – 20-28.3 dBA, bearing type – rifle, MTBF – 40.000 hours;

— heatsink specs: dimensions: 58x105x92 mm; weight – 263 mm, aluminum fins, 4x copper heatpipes, direct CPU contact;

— power supply: 4-pin connector;

Review of the Fractal Design Define Mini C Case

During its existence the Fractal Design Company has already created quite a large number of externally similar cases. Unprepared in technical matters, the buyer will clearly find it difficult to understand which one will suit him. After all, the internal structure differs quite much, and it is reflected just by a pair of letters in each model name.


Today’s review is dedicated to the Define Mini C case. The basic concept of its design is minimalism. It got rid of the extra 5.25" compartments, bulky racks of 3.5" hard drives (as, in fact, few people use more than two such drives). The manufacturer tried to reduce external dimensions as much as possible without compromising compatibility with standard components. And, following modern concepts, they covered the power supply with a casing, thus dividing the internal space into two parts.


Features

Case type: Mini-Tower

Dimensions, mm: 412 (H) x 210 (W) x 413 (D)

Material: ABS plastic, steel

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Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


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