Fractal Design Define R5: Silent Chassis for Ambitious Systems

Fractal Design has recently added a new R5 model to its renowned Define series. The new-comer is targeting enthusiasts longing for high performance combined with silent operation. It is represented in two chassis modifications — with an acrylic side window ($119.99) and with a blind side panel ($109.99) – as well as in three color versions: white, black, and titanium. The case is ready to accommodate motherboards of nearly all formats (mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX) with the maximum of 7 expansion slots.



Featuring 531x462x232 mm dimensions, Fractal Design Define R5 offers a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, eight 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 2.5-inch drive bays. Herein, if necessary, all of them might be removed to allow for the installation of long graphics cards (up to 310 mm), of high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm), and of varied heatspreaders. Besides, due to a well-elaborated framework, the drives can be fixed and removed without any tools.


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Fujitsu Intros Esprimo Q956 Mini-PC

Fujitsu is about to release a budget-oriented mini-PC, entitled Esprimo Q956. The greenhorn features 186x191x59 mm dimensions and is housed in a sleek black casing. The manufacturer adds a dedicated stand-base to place the nettop on the table in both aspects. The model supports Windows 7/8.1/10 OS platforms.



Fujitsu Esprimo Q956 is based on Intel Broadwell & Skylake platforms. Thus, it is ready to accommodate motherboards with Intel Q170 chipset, supporting Intel Core i7-6700T, Pentium G4400T, Core i5-6500T, and Core i3-6100T processors. The CPU might be replenished with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.


The layout presupposes the integration of a single 2.5-inch SSD/HDD, a thin DVD drive as well as solid-state drives with PCIe or M.2 interface. The hardware base includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, Gigabit Ethernet port (on the basis of Intel I219LM controller), four USB 3.0 & two USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of video outputs (HDMI & DisplayPort).


Audio facilities …

Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.



Framework


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …
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