Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.



Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH


What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.


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Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.



Basic Features


Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.


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Thermaltake Outs Core P5 Green Edition Chassis

A few months after the release of a chassis with an entirely open-air design, Thermaltake decided to release one more modular solution but with a gaudy exterior. The Core P5 Green Edition boasts bright-green coloring of one of the side plates as well as totally transparent other panels. The middle-tower case features 608x333x570 mm dimensions, similar to its predecessor. Likewise, the greenhorn has received analogous hardware base.



Therefore, Thermaltake Core P5 Green Edition is targeting the installation of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full ATX motherboards with up to 8 expansion slots. Internal spacing offers 4 slots for 3.5-/2.5-inch drives and allows for the installation of quite long graphics cards (up to 320 mm), high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm) and standard power supply units (up to 200 mm in length).


The chassis might be cooled down by four 120-mm or three 140-mm fans, located on the left-side panel. As an alternative to the air cooling, the user can integrate …
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