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; …

Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Zotac to Release Low-Profile Version of GeForce GTX 650 Adapter

In September Zotac introduced its own version of GeForce GTX 650 graphics adapter. Now, after two months, the company announces its intentions to release a low-profile version of this adapter. Moreover, Zotac decided not to lose time on inventing an appropriate name for its card, but simply added the attribute LP (low-profile) to the existing name. Quite modest dimensions and lack of an additional power supply socket are not peculiar to adapters from GeForce GTX series, but Zotac is not embarrassed by this fact.

Graphics card Zotac GeForce GTX 650 LP is based on GK107 chip with 385 CUDA cores, developed on Kepler architecture (28 nm process). Due to its compact dimensions, it can be integrated into small-sized chassis of HTPC system. Despite the small PCB width, the card takes two expansion slots within the casing, since the height of cooler achieves the measure of 35-40 mm. The card's inventory includes 1024 MB GDDR5 memory with 128 bit interface, 32 texture blocks, and 16 …
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