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) …

Cougar Vortex Fans: the Secret of Success

Nowadays a lot of hardware developers employ Vortex fans from Cougar in the design of various PC components, including CPU coolers and graphics cards. Such demand is primarily explained by an elaborate approach to the fans' framework construction. Profound testing is not the last thing to contribute to the company's success. Indeed, since the launch date in 2011, Vortex line has been enjoying great popularity throughout the world and, especially, on American and European markets.



Therefore, Cougar has designed unique fan impellers that ensure a balanced correlation between such parameters as static pressure, noise level and airflow. The implementation of aerodynamic elements on the internal part of the frame in combination with the grooves on the impellers are able to promote for an improved airflow focusing; this is achieved due to the acceleration of airflow in edge area.


All Vortex fans are based on a hydrodynamic bearing that provides for the prolonged lifetime and …

Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.



Key Peculiarities


Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …
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