Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.



Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.


The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

ASRock Introduces Affordable H110M-DS/Hyper Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with another budget-oriented micro-ATX mainboard – the H110M-DS/Hyper (the recommended price makes up $60). The greenhorn is designed on Intel H110 chipset as well as ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine. The latter realizes the overclocking of Intel Skylake CPUs (for Socket LGA1151) by means of BCLK alteration; therewith, all other key nodes operate off-the-shelf.



ASRock H100M-DS/Hyper employs 4+1-phase power subsystem. The PCB accommodates 2x DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM with the maximal volume of 32 GB. Storage subsystem is represented by four SATA III ports, whereas expansion facilities include one PCIe 3.0 x16 and one PCIe 2.0 x1 ports.


Audio subsystem is governed by Realtek ALC887 controller and three 3.5-mm sockets. In its turn, network facilities are backed by Realtek RTL8111GR controller. Connectivity options embrace one RJ-45 port, one DVI video port, two PS/2 ports, and four USB ports for peripherals (both v 2.0 and v 3.0).

Gigabyte Outs Brix GB-BSi5HAC-6300 Mini-PC

Gigabyte is about to launch another representative to Brix series of mini-PCs. The GB-BSi5HAC-6300 is an optimal solution for home & multimedia systems. The greenhorn is differentiated by a compact, stylish design (119.4x112.6x46.8 mm dimensions) that fits any environment. It is based on Intel Core i5-6300U CPU (15 W) that operates 2.4 GHz frequency but might overclock to 3.0 GHz index. It is attended by Intel HD Graphics 520 that runs at 300-1000 MHz frequency.



Gigabyte Brix GB-BSi5HAC-6300 is able to cater for three monitors simultaneously. It’s furnished with one HDMI & one mini-DisplayPort. The integrated PCB accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM DDR4 memory modules which run at 2133 MHz frequency. There is a possibility to expand memory up to 32 GB.


Storage subsystem is introduced by a single M.2 2280 and a single SATA III slot. Expansion facilities are ensured by one M.2 2230 slot that is occupied by Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module. The Realtek LAC255 controller takes …
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