Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.

Design and Framework

The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Gigabyte Offers GA-6PXSVT Motherboard for High-Yield Workstations

Gigabyte Technology has expanded its product line of process-specific motherboards with a new model, codenamed GA-6PCSVT. Based on Intel C602 chipset, the newbie is primarily targeting high-yield workstations and rack servers. This model is thought to support Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 and Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPUs for Socket LGA 2011 with the maximal TDP level of 150 W.

The Gigabyte GA-6PXSVT accommodates eight slots for the incorporation of four-channel RAM: DDR3 standard, up to 64 GB capacity, support for 1600 MHz modules. Expansion of possibilities might be realized due to three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots; there is a chance of creating various graphics configurations (SLI or CrossFire).

Storage section offers ten SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, as well as three SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. This provides for the connection of up to fourteen hard drives or solid-state devices at a time. A part of the ports is backed by means of Marvell 88SE9230 controller. Gigabyte has taken care about …

Thermaltake Unveils Chaser A71 Full-Tower PC Chassis

Thermaltake has lately made an official presentation of a new full-tower chassis, entitled Chaser A71. The model features 565x205x537 mm dimensions and a rather stylish design. Its side panel contains an L-shape acrylic window that makes an exposure of all internal components. Moreover, the two out of four pre-installed fans are furnished with a bright blue LED that enigmatically illuminates the framework.

Being a full-tower solution, Chaser A71 is housed in a quite spacious case. It gladly welcomes ATX, mATX and Extended ATX motherboards, eight expansion cards of up to 344 mm in length, six hard drives or solid-state drives, three optical drives, a heatsink (of a liquid-cooling system) up to 240 mm, and a compatible power supply unit. The maximal supported CPU cooler height should not exceed 160 mm.

I/O panel is represented by a dense group of ports, indicators and keys: Power button, HDD activity indicator, a pair of USB 2.0 and the same number of USB 3.0 ports, and …
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