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 …

HP Employs Processors AMD Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198

The release of hybrid AMD processors of A series was announced about a year ago, however, their actual appearance in the market was delayed for a few months. It is a well-known fact that a part of those processors for Socket FM1 platform has got idle graphics block; this part of processors has been codenamed Athlon and Sempron. The two processor models from this series Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198 can be currently found in PCs manufactured by HP company.



Both processors have been observed in the list of specifications of desktop PCs delivered by HP: Athlon II X2 221 is employed in HP Pavillon p6-1169cx and p6-1226cn models, while Sempron X2 198 is employed in HP Pavillion p6-1152cx, 1230cx, 1231cx, and 1159cx models. The major peculiarity of such technological solution is that HP PCs with those processors are delivered only to the Chinese market.


Two-core Athlon II X2 221 operates at 2.8 GHz frequency, and accommodates 1 MB cache memory of the second level. It is …

Lian Li to Release Irregular PC-O5 & PC-O5S Cases

Lian Li Industrial Co. gets ready to start retail sales of two extraordinary PC cases: PC-O5 and PC-O5S. Designed in mini-ITX form-factor, both new-comers boast an open-air design concept where one of the side panels has a totally transparent facet from a hardened glass. The other distinctive feature is an irregular internal layout: the integrated graphics adapter is located in the bottom section and joined with the motherboard by a dedicated card; the PSU is located on a par with the adapter.



Lian Li PC-O5 features 384x390x133 mm dimensions and weighs 5.4 kg. It is able to accommodate one thin ODD, up to four 3.5-inch or five 2.5-inch drives as well as three PCI expansion cards. The maximal length of compatible graphics adapters makes up 190 mm, the ultimate height of compatible CPU coolers – 70 mm, whereas the maximal length of compatible PSUs – 140 mm. The model is delivered with a pre-installed 140 mm fan, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and HD Audio connectors.


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