Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.



Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.


The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Evga Teases GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card

Evga, one of the leaders in the US market of enthusiast graphics solutions, bedazzled its fans with another videocard, based on GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ features 150.88x279.4 mm + dual-slot width dimensions. For a better efficiency, it requires a rather mighty PSU (not less than 600 W); the connection to the power supply is organized via two 8-pin PCI Express connectors.



Evga GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ is differentiated by an enforced power supply subsystem that consists of 14+3 phases. The list of other peculiarities includes the availability of dual VGA BIOS chips and the integration of an advanced ACX 2.0+ cooler. It boasts a copper nickel-plated base, a pair of independent heatsink sections (63 + 54 aluminum fins), four 8 mm heatpipes, one 6 mm heatpipe, and a couple of fans. According to the manufacturers, this cooler is by 26% more efficient and by 36% quieter than the etalon model.


The heart of the videocard is the …

Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X (v1.0) Review

The inventory of motherboards designed by ECS is quite ample for the user to get confused. There are various series with a number of models in each, and each of these series is replenishing with new products at enviable frequency. Still, 'Black' series differentiates itself from all other lines by an eye-catching design and remarkable performance. Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X is an outstanding representative of 'Black' series that is notable by premium design, premium implementation, and premium performance.



Design and Layout


The first thing that stands out a mile is the delivery box which features goldish coverage and speaks of the motherboard's high-end destination. The board itself is packed in an antistatic box, while all other components found their places in a separate box. This box contains DVD with dedicated software and drivers, user's manual, I/O shield, LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology usage guideline, a set of plugs for USB and video sockets, six SATA cables with …
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