Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Transcend Teases MTS Series of M.2 Drives

In the light of a violent proliferation of M.2 standard in mobile and desktop PCs, a number of manufacturers shifted their production into this segment. Transcend is one of the first companies to introduce its own M.2 rendition, teasing new MTS lineup that involves three different series: MTS400, MTS600, and MTS800. They feature M.2 2242, M.2 2260 and M.2 2280 form-factors correspondingly, that is to say they have different PCB length: 42, 60 and 80 mm respectively.



All three M.2 drives series are designed on MLC NAND flash memory chips. They accommodate DDR3 cache with SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. The first, MTS400 series, embraces four models of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacity, whereas MTS 600 and MTS800 count five models: plus 512 GB model in addition to the junior four.


As for speed characteristics, Transcend MTS400 is able to demonstrate up to 560 MB/sec Read speed on sequential operations and up to 160 MB/sec Write speed on analogous conditions. Its …

GeIL Launches Super Luce DDR4 RAM

GeIL has replenished the inventory of DDR4 RAM items with its own set of memory modules. Entitled Super Luce, the new-comers are targeting gaming desktop PCs as well as enthusiast platforms. All kits are furnished with an uncommon iLuce Thermal backlight on the basis of white, red and blue lights. Along with a decorative mission, this backlight serves informational means: the higher the temperature of the system is, the brighter and more regular the light illuminates.



To continue, the backlight features five levels of flickering. The first level produces 13 twinkles per minute when the temperature is under 40 degrees; when the temperature rises to 40-50 degrees the number of twinkles increases to 60 per minute; 45-50 degrees enable 80 twinkles per minute, 120 twinkles are measures on 50-55 degrees, and finally, when thermal level achieves 55 and higher degrees the amount of twinkles jumps to 200 per minute.


GeIL Super Luce is compatible with Intel Haswell-E platform, …
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