Fractal Design Define R5: Silent Chassis for Ambitious Systems

Fractal Design has recently added a new R5 model to its renowned Define series. The new-comer is targeting enthusiasts longing for high performance combined with silent operation. It is represented in two chassis modifications — with an acrylic side window ($119.99) and with a blind side panel ($109.99) – as well as in three color versions: white, black, and titanium. The case is ready to accommodate motherboards of nearly all formats (mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX) with the maximum of 7 expansion slots.

Featuring 531x462x232 mm dimensions, Fractal Design Define R5 offers a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, eight 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 2.5-inch drive bays. Herein, if necessary, all of them might be removed to allow for the installation of long graphics cards (up to 310 mm), of high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm), and of varied heatspreaders. Besides, due to a well-elaborated framework, the drives can be fixed and removed without any tools.

To continue, this chassis boasts the …

MSI Outs ECO Motherboards for Socket LGA1151

Launched first in 2014, ECO lineup of motherboards from MSI has recently been replenished by a triplet of models for socket LGA1151. The new-comers boast a wide range of power-efficient facilities as well as an optimal performance level. Thus, the users will enjoy the most advanced technologies without sacrificing performance. All three mainboards are developed in micro-ATX form-factor and employ Military Class 4 hardware base, although their other specifications differ.

MSI H170M ECO is designed on Intel H170 chipset, ready to accept Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium & Celeron CPUs for socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Storage subsystem offers 6x SATA III ports, while expansion is supported by 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

Audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller. The organization of network is entrusted to Intel I219V controller via LAN port. The …

Mini-PC Sapphire Edge HD3 Review

Mini-PCs are gaining popularity among people who do not want to relinquish their demands towards the performance and aesthetic appearance. Full-Tower casings will suits probably gamers and enthusiasts, laptops – to people always on move, and mini-PCs — to individuals who appreciate efficiency and ergonomics. Sapphire gladdened its customers with Edge HD2 model last year, and this season the company offers an advanced solution in the form of mini-PC Edge HD3. Indeed, this model can substitute the full-tower PC and provide for better usability.


First of all, it should be mentioned that Sapphire Edge HD3 design befits to its predecessor, HD2. The new model has got rubbered plastic enclosure, smooth shape and black color. The basic attraction for potential clientele is the mini-PC dimensions: the product does not exceed the standard paper format and will be practically invisible on the desk. Still, there is a distinction between the two models. Edge HD3 is notable …
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