Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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Graphics Card MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC Review

PC hardware of average price category is traditionally in demand with a wide range of customers. Graphics cards are not exception, especially if the manufacturers offer truly outstanding facilities for comparatively medium price. The launch of GeForce GTX 650 Ti adapter raised an army of graphics solutions based on it; still, each company tries to deviate in some terms from the reference model. Thus, MSI introduced N650 Ti Power Edition 1GD5/OC model which takes GTX 650 Ti adapter as the basis, but employs fundamentally original printed circuit board and cooling system.



Integration


Graphics card MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC features all attributes ascribed to Power Edition series. Printed circuit board has been elongated to 230 mm, as compared to the 154 mm in reference GeForce GTX 650 models. Along with the PCB elongation, MSI implemented a reinforced 5-phase VRM scheme (4+1) that is intended at operational intensification on heightened frequencies. The connection of additional …

Uncompromised PC Chassis AeroCool DS Cube Review

The Dead Silence (hereinafter DS) chassis series, developed by AeroCool, now boasts a really offbeat representative: the DS Cube. It is primarily famous for an unusual form-factor. This is not a mini-tower, since its compact exterior does not match spacious interior, ready to house full-format components. The other peculiar feature pertained to the model is a decreased noise level. Altogether, the final user receives an uncompromised PC chassis with a stylish design and contemporary layout. Let’s see what other facilities this ‘Cube’ might offer.



Basic Specifications


AeroCool DS Cube features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 411x265x391 mm, weight – 7 kg;

— chassis: cover – steel/plastic, side window (optional), detachable top panel, color variations – red, black, black-and-white, white, orange, and gold-shinning;

— supported motherboard formats: mini-ITX, micro-ATX;

— number of supported expansion cards: 4;

— storage: 1x …
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