Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Background illumination PaintPack - analogue Philips Ambilight on your monitor

You've probably seen the modern TVs with dynamic backlight called Ambilight, developed by Philips. The essence of its work is to highlight the space behind the TV in different combinations of colours, depending on the events happening on the screen.



PaintPack vs Ambilight


A new development called PaintPack is presented. This model is intended to implement the same idea as the technology of Ambilight, but allows to «light around» any computer monitor. A device called PaintPack is a simpler version in a small box with ten cable-trains, which have bright LEDs at the ends. These LEDs are placed evenly around the perimeter of the back of the monitor, and provide illumination in accordance with what is happening at the moment on the screen. The second more advanced equivalent of Ambilight – is light-line PaintPack with 30 LEDs connected in separate blocks for a few pieces for easy placement on the screen, and create a more vibrant and detailed lighting. This is many times …

Data Robotics Announces a New NAS Drobo 5DN

A renowned designer of external data storages, Data Robotics, announces the future release of its new NAS for individual consumers. Codenamed Drobo 5DN, the storage is estimated for the installation of up to 5 drives of 3.5-inch standard (all employ SATA interface II or III version) and features 150x185x262 mm overall dimensions. Under the company's idea, its new creation might become a perfect choice for the creation of various RAID configurations. Besides, the implemented design, facilities and user-friendly interface are going to attract even the entry-level customers.



Additionally to five 3.5-inch drives, Data Robotics stipulates the integration of one SSD of mSATA standard; its main function is to fulfill caching activity of frequently used data. The installation of a supplementary SSD is called to enhance the array performance and secure fast access to all necessary files. The major inventory of drives makes up 20TB of free capacity for unmatched data transfer speed and …
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