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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QNAP to Come up with TS-x51 NAS Series

QNAP, a well-known designer of network and CCTV monitoring solutions, is glad to come up with a new series of NAS devices – the TS-x51. The series is currently introduced by two models with two and four drive sections. They are intended to operate under the base of Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, VMware VSphere, Citrix XENServer platforms. Both new-comers are housed in stylish white enclosures that match either home or corporate environment.

The TS-x51 storages are based on Intel processor with 2.4GHz clock frequency. It is accompanied by 1 GB RAM (DDR3L), 7.1-channel audio controller, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter via an independent USB key. These NAS support the installation of SSD/HDD/SSHD drives of 3.5-inch form-factor with SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. The frontal panel accommodates activity indicators, Power and Reset buttons, as well as a single USB 3.0 port.

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AMD Officially Launches FreeSync Technology

The much-talked about graphical technology from AMD – FreeSync – is already out. Its privileges over rival solutions might be seen from different angles. To begin with, it dramatically optimizes the gameplay by improving image smoothness, reducing lag time, and eliminating splitting. FreeSync enables the synchronization of screen refresh time with GPU refresh time in real time; hence, images are updated only when the graphical adapter shapes the frame.

To continue, AMD FreeSync, is an open standard which does not require calculations, since it is integrated within an updated DisplayPort 1.2a interface. As distinct from Nvidia’s G-Sync, there is no need to equip the monitor with a dedicated module. Moreover, this technology supports the widest refresh range: 9-240 Hz; therefore, monitors manufacturers receive a tool for a standalone definition of operational limits for a particular model.

Currently, FreeSync is implemented within six graphics adapters and within …
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