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 Unveils GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black Graphics Card

Asus is about to release another addition to the GeForce GTX 970 series of adapters – the GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black. This videocard is differentiated by a totally black exterior (including PCB, fans and heatpipes) with bright-red details. Besides, it might boast the implementation of a factory overclocking as well as an advanced cooling system. Asus recommends selling the new-comer at the price tag of about 400 EUR.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black is based on Nvidia Maxwell GM204 GPU with 1664 stream processors, 64 ROPs, and 104 TMUs. It runs at 1114 MHz (nominal)/1253 MHz (dynamic) clock frequencies. The card is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface), operating at 7000 MHz frequency. The integrated rear panel accommodates three DisplayPort video ports, one DVI and one HDMI 2.0 ports.


This adapter is thought to support all standard Nvidia’s technologies, DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 standards, 4-way SLI technology (2x Nvidia SLI …

Graphics Card HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X Review

The number of graphics solutions designed by HIS cannot be figured from a cursory calculation only. Indeed, the company's product line counts dozens of cards destined at various audiences, with various needs and budgets. Take HIS HD 7850 series alone: it consists of ten models (three with 1GB memory and seven with 2GB memory). The latest HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X belongs to '2GB echelon' and is distinguished by the heightened GPU and memory frequency. Upon the whole, this graphics adapter features outstanding cooling and overclocking facilities.



Design and PCB


Graphics adapter HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X is a standard representative of the second HD 7850 revision. It is housed on a short printed circuit board and is equipped with only a single power socket, two heatpipes and a large fan. HIS developers advanced the heatpipes outside the board to elongate its contours; nevertheless, this card can't be considered voluminous, since its width hasn't been touched at all. The top part …
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