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Sharkoon Showcases Budgetary VG4-S Cases

Sharkoon has rejoiced its budget-oriented admirers with a new series of PC cases, entitled VG4-S. The greenhorns are distinguished by a decent functionality combined with an alluring price. Featuring 445x200x430 mm dimensions, the case is ready to offer enough space for a set of up-to-date internal components and welcomes the connection of various external devices. Moreover, the model is housed in a black chassis, while perforated areas are illuminated by red/green/blue backlight.



Sharkoon VG4-S supports the installation of ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, offering seven expansion slots, three 5.25-inch drive bays, three 3.5-inch drive bays, and four 2.5-inch drive bays. Internal space is sufficient for the mounting of 160 mm high CPU coolers, 250 mm long power supply units, and 385 mm long graphics cards.


External I/O panel boasts the availability of 4x USB 2.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio sockets. Cooling is ensured by a preinstalled frontal fan (120 mm) …

Noctua Expands ‘A’ Fan Series

The line of Noctua’s A fan series has been enriched with three new models: NF-A9 92 mm, NF-A8 80 mm and NF-A4x10 5 V 40 mm. The triple is based on traditional SSO-2 bearings which provide for an optimal balance of lifespan (up to 150.000 hours) and noise level. In order to enhance the performance and reduce noise during operation Noctua equipped the fans with Advanced Acoustic Optimization frame, anti-vibration pads, and such technologies as Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Microstructures and Flow Acceleration Channels.



Noctua NF-A9 model is an heir of a renowned NF-B9 version. It is available in two variations: NF-A9 PWM and NF-A9 FLX. The first one allows for dynamic alteration of operational speeds from 400 RPM to 2000 RPM; the other one offers three fixed speed indices (1050/1250/1600 RPM).


Noctua NF-A8 is a successor of NF-R8 model. It is available in three variations: NF-A8 PWM, NF-A8 FLX and NF-A8 ULN. The first fan is able to rotate at 450-2200 RPM speed …

EK Water Blocks to Pass Out EK-CoolStream WE Heatsinks

EK Water Blocks, a renowned manufacturer of enthusiast-level waterblocks, is about to vend its newest series of heatsinks. Codenamed EK-CoolStream WE, the new-comers feature Circle SQuare (CSQ) design that shows compatibility with practically all water/liquid-cooling systems. They employ high-quality copper pipes and fins, as well as brass alloy enclosures which provide for an adequate cooling of entrusted components.



EK-CoolStream WE heatsinks are ready to welcome additional fans of 180x180x25 mm dimensions. Most notably, the company recommends using EK-FAN 180 PWM fan based on a fluid-dynamic bearing, estimated for 30.000 hours of foolproof operation. This model operates at 500-900 RPM, ensuring sufficient airflow thanks to the well-trimmed blades. The installation of fittings is possible due to the availability of G ¼ thread.


Pricing depends on the delivery kit. Therefore, a unitary heatsink of 180 mm costs 61.95 EUR, dual heatsink of 360 mm comes at 84.95 EUR, and …

SilverStone Launches 4-Port ECU01 PCI Expansion Card

Taking into account an ever increasing demand for USB 3.0 interfaces, SilverStone has elaborated a dedicated PCI expansion card, entitled ECU01. The card is designed in a low-profile form-factor with the support for PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus. It features a pair of 19-contact USB 3.0 sockets, each of which offers two USB 3.0 ports.



In keeping with the manufacturer, this comprehensive model is called to satisfy the need for high-speed interfaces, absent with old-fashioned systems. For sure, the amount of connectivity ports integrated within the motherboards (usually of entry-level/budgetary standard) is not always enough for enthusiasts and gamers. Hence, there can appear an acute need for additional expansion cards, like ECU01.


SilverStone ECU01 is based on Etron EJ198 controller, featuring an additional SATA interface that is responsible for an efficient power supply. Moreover, the model supports UASP protocol that accelerates data transfer speed. If the current OS does not …

Greeting Asus ROG Ares III Graphics Card with Double GPU Performance

Republic of Gamers devotees have been pleased with yet another addition to Ares series of graphics cards – the Asus ROG Ares III. It is a new powerful model based on two AMD Radeon R9 290X (Hawaii XT) GPUs, each of which cooperates with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. At its core, this is a modified version of AMD Radeon R9 295X2 videocard, although with some perceptible changes. Potential customers will receive AMD Radeon Gold Reward warrant and a flash-memory card (8 GB) as an additional bonus. It’s worth of acquiring, isn’t it?



Asus ROG Ares III operates at heightened clock frequencies – 1030 MHz – if compared with Radeon R9 295X2 model that runs at 1018 MHz. Each memory module with 512-bit interface runs at 1250 MHz (nominal) frequency, but is able to accelerate up to 5.0 GHz (effective) index. The new-comer employs 16-phase power supply subsystem (Asus Digi+ VRM) that accommodates high-quality components Asus Super Alloy Power, i.e. Japanese solid-state capacitors from …

Western Digital Teases My Passport Wireless External HDD

WD’s inventory of hard drives embraces a large variety of universal handheld models, as well as ultrahigh volume specialized ones. Now the line of products welcomes a new, wireless external drive – My Passport Wireless. Its major peculiarity is the support of Wi-Fi technology that promotes for the usage of its all facilities by varied mobile devices. Official release is scheduled for October, 2014. Pricing will rely upon the volume: up to $129 — for 500 GB model, up to $179 and $219 — for 1 TB and 2 TB models respectively.



Along with wireless interface, My Passport features USB 3.0 port for the connection with PC. It ensures the highest data transfer speed, providing an ideal solution for storage, transfer and backup of operational data, archives, and other content. At the same time, the integration of Wi-Fi adapter allows the drive to create an individual wireless network with up to eight devices enabled. Moreover, MIMO technology is called to dramatically improve …

Eizo Intros Professional ColorEdge CS240 Monitor

Eizo, a well-known Japanese designer of professional visual solutions, is about to launch its newest CS240 monitor that replenished ColorEdge series. The model features 24-inch display and 575x553x245 mm overall dimensions. It is intended at those professionals who require the utmost color rendering (i.e. photo/video editors, graphical designers), due to the availability of an in-built correctional sensor for color calibration. Pricing is so far unknown, although shipping contents will definitely include a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Eizo ColorEdge CS240 offers 1920x1080 display resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, and is based on an advanced IPS panel. The latter ensures the ultimate brightness of 350 cd/m2, a quite fast 7.7 ms response time, the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in both planes), as well as 1000:1 static contrast. The integrated visual facilities allow for displaying up to 99% color gamut in Adobe RGB environment. The model consumes not more than 27 W power at …

Corsair and Panram to Appear with DDR4 RAM Lineups

Corsair dares to announce the ‘fastest ever DDR4 memory modules’ which entered an award-winning Dominator Platinum series. The new-comers are targeting high-end desktop platforms on Intel Haswell-E basis. They are already optimized for an efficient operation with Intel X99 Express motherboard with Core i7-5960X/i7-5930R/i7-5820K processors, as well as with Asus X99 Deluxe and Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboards.



Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 models are able to achieve 3300 MHz clock frequency, due to the support of fresh overclocking Intel XMP 2.0 profiles. High-frequency memory (3000 MHz and up) is introduced in the shape of 16 GB kits (4x4). All planks feature a sleek and stylish design with 56 mm height, including DHX aluminum heatspreader.


To continue, not only Corsair is ready to astound ever-demanding users. Panram Technology snaps at its heels by launching its own series of DDR4 memory, codenamed Ninja-V Series. The products will be available in 8 GB and 16 …

‘Mini-Mighty’ MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

Ever-increasing popularity of mini-ITX mainboards is accounted for the augmentation of small-sized PC systems, work- and multimedia stations, as well as gaming platforms. The latter lay down specific demands towards hardware base, requiring the combination of high performance, durability and price-efficiency. MSI is ready to satisfy those demands, by offering ‘mini, but mighty’ Z97I Gaming AC system board. Being a part of Intel Z97 chipset family, this tiny tot owns all ‘Gaming’ series facilities, despite compact dimensions. Let’s check them out.



Specs Overview


MSI Z97I Gaming AC is based on Intel Z97 chipset targeting Haswell-based CPUs for Socket LGA1150 platform (Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series). The implemented PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules (16 GB volume) with the clock frequencies from 1333 MHz to 3300 MHz. Expansion facilities are introduced by a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with no backup from PCI slots. The board comes …