Aerocool to Advance Project 7-Chassis 1

Aerocool has just announced the release of a new stylish chassis, codenamed Project 7-Chassis 1. The greenhorn is distinguished not only by a catchy exterior but also by a spacious interior. The case houses a side window, made of a tempered glass, as well as a LED backlight on the front panel; the latter is regulated by means of dedicated buttons on the top facet.

Featuring 550x446.4x244.6 mm dimensions, Aerocool Project 7-Chassis 1 is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX format with up to 7 expansion slots. There are six slots in total for the mounting of drives: a pair of 3.5-inch bays and four 2.5-inch items. The layout allows for the integration of a 165-mm high CPU cooler and a 400-mm long video card (+ a standard ATX PSU).

The model comes equipped with a single pre-installed 120-mm fan on the rear plate. There is a possibility to enhance cooling with the help of five additional fans, mounted on the front and top panels. The user is able to manage …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.

General Specs

Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.

PCB Layout

All hardware base components are …

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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