Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.

Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.

The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …

Asus Launches Affordable 27-Inch VP278N Monitor

Asus is well-known for introducing multiple components for various customer groups. Mainstream segment is probably the main focus of the manufacturer. This time the lineup of affordable products has been replenished by a 27-inch monitor, entitled VP278N. In order to reduce production costs, Asus has implemented TN panel with Full HD resolution, rather than the top-notch 4K IPS panel.

The integrated TN panel promotes for a striking response time index – 1 ms. The display boasts some other outstanding specifications which allow it to compete with comrades from the high-end echelon in quality. Thus, it offers: 16:9 aspect ratio, 170/160 degrees viewing angles, 300 cd/m2 maximal brightness, and 100M:1 dynamic contract.

External interface panel accommodates D-Sub and DVI-D ports. The model is thought to consume 29 W of power at average. The other remarkable attractions of the VP278N display are listed below:

— the employment of a multifunction stand with a slope angle …

HDD Segment is Given Comforting Forecasts

In consideration of mass transition to solid-state drives by large customer groups, HDD developers are deep in their thoughts about the way to promote their products. Indeed, the era of desktop computers is gradually sinking into oblivion, since more and more users give preference to more advanced compact devices, such as pads, mobile gadgets, etc., which require SSD integration. Still, analysts from some leading IT bureaus give promising forecasts for HDD industry for the upcoming four years.

According to their researches, HDD market will not die but, quite the contrary, will see a significant boost with the hit of supply in 2016. The end of 2012 is not far off, but it's already possible to estimate the overall delivery volumes by a few global HDD manufacturers. Thus, Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate will increase the rate of supply at more than 4%, as compared with 2011, delivering 502.5 million drives. This index will rise approximately to 575 million items till 2016.
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