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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Antec Replenishes High Current Gamer M Series with Two New PSUs

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Both new-comers are equipped with four PCI Express Power (6+2)-pin cables and support 10/12/14/16-contact power sockets. The layout consists of two virtual +12V rails, Active PFC mechanism, and high-class Japanese capacitors. HCG-750M allows for the maximal loading on +12V rail of 62A at 744W, whereas HCG-850M allows a bit higher loading of 70A at 840W.

With the purpose to prolong the units’ lifetime, Antec furnished the models with all up-dated security functions, featuring: UVP (low voltage protection), …

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Biostar has just announced the release of motherboards from Puro Hi-Fi series. The series involves five models, two of which are delivered with Intel Core processors (second and third generation) for LGA 1155 CPU socket. The other three boards go with AMD A series CPUs for FM2 socket. In accordance with the company's words, the new products will be a pleasant surprise for all audio enthusiasts, providing a range of advanced audio facilities.

All motherboards included in Puro Hi-Fi series are equipped with highly efficient graphics that is compatible with all updated video outputs (DVI, HDMI), as well as with HDCP technology. The integration of PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus promotes for the enhancement of video performance and the creation of digital graphics AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI configurations. Moreover, Biostar motherboards contain all later-day interfaces: SATA 3.0, LAN GbE, USB 3.0 ports.

The implemented multi-layer circuit boards are characterized by soundproof properties …
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