Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.



Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.


The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …

An All-new Series of Super Flower Power Supply Units Is Introduced by 10 Devices of 400–850 W Capacity

The Super Flower Co. is widely known by virtue of its 80Plus Titanium power modules. At present this manufacturer is going to present a cutting-edge series of low-profile devices.



The latest line will include ten power supplies, the capacity of which varies in the range of 400–850 W depending on the model. Those of them providing 750 W and more will get partially detachable cables.


Being optimized by Super Flower professionals, the topological layout of these Super Flower products is based on the two-transistor forward converter. PWM and PFC schemes are designed with a Fairchild controller and Infineon field-effect transistors. Hardware components also incorporate STMicroelectronics and Mospec diodes, a Fujitsu relay and a Teapo electrolytic capacitor.


All models of this series are intended for Super Flower OEM customers and comply with 80Plus Bronze standards.

Crucial officially introduced a series of SSD-drives v4

Solid State Drives Crucial v4, informal shipments of which began in May, the day before were added to the price lists of dozens online stores across Europe, as well as clearly stated on the website crucial.com. This series is designed as a compromise between high performance devices Crucial m4 and slow by today's range hard drives.



Developer (Micron) is positioning 2.5-inch drives v4 as an inexpensive solution for computer systems of class mainstream and PCs, collected before 2011, when it received widespread Interface SATA 6 Gb / s. New items have the connector SATA 3 Gb / s and are characterized by maximum read / write speeds in the range 230/190 MB / s. The claimed amount of IO operations per second (IOPS, 4 KB blocks) is small — 10,000 for reading and writing at up to 4000. Retain the support TRIM operation, operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac.


Technical details are set out by the manufacturer rather sparingly, and yet such information as the controller model and …
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