Midi-Tower Chassis Corsair Obsidian 350D Review

Hardware components, supplied by Corsair, have always been treated as premium-class products. Whether it is an efficient power supply unit or high-performance RAM memory kits — all Corsair elaborations are distinguished by high quality and style. PC chassis are not an exclusion. Much talked-about Obsidian series is now supplemented with one more model – Obsidian 350D. This midi-tower case, intended for the installation of microATX/miniITX motherboards, differentiates from its colleagues by relatively compact dimensions, laconic and stylish design, as well as by an outstanding layout.



Design and Ergonomics


PC chassis Corsair Obsidian 350D is available in two design variations: with a transparent acrylic window on one of the side panels and with an entirely blind side panel. Acrylic window is fixed without any screws or claps; in order to remove it, it’s necessary to unscrew a couple of thumbscrews on the rear facet and move the window back. Like other Obsidian …

The Introduction of Transparent Chassis from Scythe

Scythe has recently amazed the community by the introduction of absolutely transparent chassis. ACB-Type3 model preserves the cutout of the standard Mid-Tower chassis solutions, but is made of transparent acrylic plates. One more peculiarity of this model is the parallel to the base localization of motherboard. Besides, ACB-Type3 is compatible with motherboards of various form-factor, including mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and ATX.



The motherboard is accommodated on a special tray. Right under this tray the customers are able to find a set of bays designated for the installation of PSU, three 3.5-inch drives, a couple of 2.5-inch drives, and three 5.25-inch drives. The chassis is compatible with CPU coolers of up to 190 mm in height.


At the same time, this model goes without any fans or side panels; this attributes the model to Open-Air segment. The product can content itself with practically noiseless passive system.


Scythe ACB-Type3 is equipped with sufficient number of …

One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.



CPU & Memory


Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).


The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …
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