Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.

General Specifications

Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

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.

A …

Cooler Master Launches High-End Cosmos SE Chassis

Cooler Master, a Taiwanese designer of prime-quality PC hardware, started selling its fresh Cosmos SE (codename COS-5000-KKN1) chassis. The product is developed in mid-tower form-factor and positions itself as a miniature copy of the earlier released Cosmos II full-tower model. The latest entry distinguishes itself by an extraordinary design and an unbelievable capaciousness. The steel and aluminum case has got a totally black coating (interior and exterior); it features 264x569x524 mm dimensions.

The Cosmos SE is delivered in two framework variations: with absolutely blind side panels and with a stylish acrylic window. In order to provide comfort during transportation, Cooler Master has furnished the chassis with convenient carrying handles. The frontal facet is rich in six USB ports (a pair of 3.0 and four 2.0 ports) and in a dedicated button for the fan backlight adjustment.

This chassis model supports standard ATX and even larger motherboards (micro-ATX and E-ATX), as …
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