ASRock Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.



ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.


ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.


The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …

New Freezer 12/12 CO Coolers Push the Arctic Company Forward

On a recent day, the Arctic Co. has broadened its CPU coolers range with the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO (CO means “continuous operation”) samples under the ACFRE00027A and ACFRE00030A code names.



The heatsink is the same for both coolers; fans are different, though. The Freezer 12 fan is built on a hydrodynamic bearing, and Freezer 12 CO is based on a fan with a dual ball bearing, which operates extremely long comparing to the better part of models.


The heat dissipator is designed so, that U-shaped 6 mm copper heat pipes stay in touch with each other, thus enhancing the cooling system productivity. The aluminium pressure plate and 45 bent radiator fins also contribute to that.


Fans start to operate at the PWM signal with 40 % pulse width and ensure passive CPU cooling while completing trivial tasks. This lets coolers work silently during such periods. The ultimate noise rate is 22.5 dBA, and the max speed comes up to 2,000 rpm.


Both Arctic novelties support …

Overview of the Aerocool P7-C1 Mid Tower Case (Part I)

Let’s review the sensational novelty of a Project 7 series – mid tower Aerocool P7-C1, intended for the installation of motherboards of the following form factors: ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX. On sale it appeared as recently as the end of 2016.


The case is supplied in two colors: black and white. Each variant may be purchased either with a standard acrylic window, or with the side panel of tempered glass. Totally, there are four options to choose from.


Packaging and Equipment

The novelty comes in a very large box, with the dimensions of 300x610x510 mm and the weight of ~ 8.5 kg. The package looks attractive enough. On a black background the front panel of the case with the backlight on is shown, and the name of the model is printed with same color. On the front side there is a promotional text in eleven languages, and on the rear one exhaustive specifications are listed in English.


Inside the package, the case is wrapped in a plastic bag and the clips made of …
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