Computer Case be quiet! Silent Base 600 Overview (Part II)

Internal structure

The motherboard compartment is located above the power supply unit. In this regard, everything is quite standard for a Mid Tower class. A large cutout is made in a tray behind a CPU socket, to allow installation of a CPU cooling system directly into the case; a backplate mount (thrust-pad located on the back side of the motherboard) is used for this purpose.


The four large slots in a tray, equipped with the silicone membrane, are designed for proper cable management which looks very promising here. Plugs of expansion slots are attached by thumbscrews. The front part holds a hard disks’ basket for three drives.


At the back side a slot in a tray can be clearly seen to access cable management system slot. Also, the rear side contains two tool kits for installation of solid-state drives and size 2.5" hard disks.


The side cover is made of 0.7 mm steel, and from the inside has a thick vibration and noise absorbing coating. The recess in the …

Zalman Introduces Three New Fan Series for PC Cases

Zalman, a highly-acclaimed designer of miscellaneous hardware pieces, has elaborated three completely new series of low-noise fans: ZM-FDB(SF), ZM-LED(SF) and ZM-Plus(SF). The ‘triple’ embraces the models of 80 mm, 92 mm and 120 mm dimensions. The fans do not support PWM technology, thus feature a stable rotational speed. The most peculiar feature is low noise level (not more than 23 dB), despite the range of speed.



Zalman ZM-FDB(SF) are characterized by the implementation of high-quality fluid-dynamic bearings. Their lifespan is estimated as 150.000 hours. The other two fan series – Zalman ZM-LED(SF) and Zalman ZM-Plus(SF) — involve long-life bearings, which are thought to be quite reliable and effective. Their framework features dust-repelling mechanisms and this promotes for the elongated lifespan.


Certainly, the ‘triple’ enjoys similar features. For instance, all the fans employ an original Shark Fin blades design. It allows for the decrease of airflow …

Gaming Enclosure Chieftec LF-01B Review

Chieftec Industrial Co. Ltd., a global supplier of PC chassis and versatile power supply units, has replenished its line of enclosures with a new series, codenamed Libra. Chieftec LF-01B is a worthy representative of this series, targeting primarily gamers and enthusiasts. The manufacturer equipped the product with branded fixture for voluminous graphics cards to imply its gaming predestination. Besides, this model features high-quality layout to provide for functionality and versatility.



General Peculiarities


Enclosure Chieftec LF-01B is developed in Midi-Tower form factor and goes with the bottom-like PSU localization. There are no color variations of the casing, as it is delivered in totally black coverage. This model is compatible with the motherboards of up to ATX standards and with rather long graphics cards (up to 428 mm in length). Chieftec LF-01B accommodates two HDD bays, one of which is located in the bottom part of the casing; it is intended at a single 2.5-inch …
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