Chassis Chieftec Libra LF-01B-OP Review

Chieftec is the company that tries to satisfy the needs of any customer, by supplying multifarious PC hardware. Its latest chassis series, codenamed Libra, is primarily aiming at gamers due to its splashy design and elaborated layout. Chassis Libra LF-01B-OP is a senior model in the series that is distinguished by a more distinct gaming directionality: ATX form-factor, bottom-part PSU localization, a line of fans, dock station for hard drives, and some other pleasing facilities.


Chieftec Libra LF-01B-OP is notable by restrained design peculiarities with a bit rounded angles and straight lines. The casing is totally black from the outside and inside with the wee bit dull surfacing. The upper panel is made of plastic; its larger part is taken by a grid that serves a means of hot air blow-out. Closer to its front part, one can find a dock station for 3.5/2.5-inch drives and a recess for peripheral components. Interface panel is introduced by two USB 3.0 ports and the …

One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.

CPU & Memory

Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).

The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …

Meeting Fresh Dual X Fan Series from Cougar

Cougar is proud to introduce a brand new fan series, entitled Dual X. The series comprises models of 120 mm and 140 mm dimensional type which are equipped with LED ribs. The users are able to select a fan, according to their color taste, since the manufacturer offers models with orange, green, blue or black ribs (the latter come without LED backlit). Dual X line is primarily targeting gamers and enthusiasts who search for new, unusual visual effects for their PC systems.

Cougar Dual X fans’ framework consists of nine solid two-layer ribs which ensure more efficient airflow, more intense air pressure, but at the same time, more silent operation. The ribs, elaborated in a claw-like shape, allow for the adjustment of the airflow and reduction of noise incited by the vorticity. The manufacturer employs in this series a fluid bearing instead of a slide bearing; this promoted for the increase of its working lifespan.

The implementation of resilient components into the …
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