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.

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Cooler Master Boasts V1200 Platinum Power Supply

Cooler Master is glad to introduce a new proprietary power supply unit with 80Plus Platinum certificate. Entitled V1200 Platinum, the model boasts 93% efficiency that promotes for the ‘energizing’ of the most demanding system components. Besides, efficiency index can’t be less than 0.95 on 50% loading. This puts the model out of the competition with 7-year’s warranty. All customers are able to acquire this PSU for 259 EUR.

Cooler Master V1200 Platinum features a single +12V durable rail (estimated for 100 A loading) and a totally modular cabling system. The layout accommodates heat-resistant Japanese capacitors (solid-state and electrolytic), LP9 transformer, double EMI filter, Active PFC, as well as aluminum heatspreaders.

The PSU facilities do not limit themselves by hardware only, offering 4-way SLI and CrossFireX configurations support. In order to guarantee graphics sustainability, the manufacturer equips the PSU with twelve PCI Express 6+2 cables. In …

Intel is preparing a quad-core Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM

In late September — early October, Intel plans to update the lineup of Core i7 processors on the cores generation Ivy Bridge (22 nm). It is expected that within a few months users will witness the announcement of the CPU for laptops Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM, which will replace released in April 3720QM, 3820QM and 3920XM, respectively.

According to the information from web resources, the trio will receive an increase of 100 MHz from the predecessors, retaining the previous TDP and probably the recommended price. A common feature of the new processors is four x86-cores that handle data in 8 threads (Hyper-Threading).

Core i7-3940XM operates at a nominal frequency of 3 GHz, equipped with 8 MB cache of the third level, two-channel controllers DDR3-1333/1600, graphics subsystem Intel HD 4000. There is support for dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost, Virtualization VT-x and VT-d, new commands AES and instructions AVX. TDP 3940XM is 55 watts.

Core i7-3840QM has almost …
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