Offbeat Chassis Cooler Master HAF XB Review

Cooler Master is one of the companies that always amaze potential users by high-quality and, at the same time, offbeat framework of hardware items. For instance, its High Air Flow (HAF) series of PC cases is differentiated by a quite uncommon design, combined with a powerful cooling system. Cooler Master HAF XB is probably the most outstanding model within the series, since it is something like a borderland between an open stand and a modding case. However, offbeat framework is not the only attraction of this product. Let’s find out some other advantages of this case.

General Peculiarities

Cooler Master HAF XB is compatible with ATX/micro-ATX/mini-ITX motherboards and ATX PS2 power supply units. The case is made of steel with some plastic inclusions. It features two bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and six bays for 2.5-inch devices. Expansion facilities are introduced by seven slots. Internal spacing is enough to house 334 mm long …

Mini-ITX Motherboard Asus F1A75-I Deluxe Review

Compact motherboards have become frequenters in the computer hardware market since the tendencies of the past years diligently dwindle to the diminution of devices in dimensions. Thus, mini-ITX boards are currently implemented in the layout of desk-size gadgets and walk with vigorous strides to the market penetration. Developers from Asus company have put their ambitions into practice and introduced a new mini-ITX motherboard F1A75-I Deluxe. This mini-board can boast a number of options which are absent even in some full-length motherboards and offers excellent performance facilities.

General Peculiarities

Asus F1A75-I Deluxe is distinguished by the suitability of framework. Irrespective of its compact dimensions, the localization of all components on the board is rather suitable. The user won’t find any difficulties with reaching the necessary sockets in order to enable the drives, as far as they are located on the board edge. The same convenience is observed with the …

Zalman Introduces Three New Fan Series for PC Cases

Zalman, a highly-acclaimed designer of miscellaneous hardware pieces, has elaborated three completely new series of low-noise fans: ZM-FDB(SF), ZM-LED(SF) and ZM-Plus(SF). The ‘triple’ embraces the models of 80 mm, 92 mm and 120 mm dimensions. The fans do not support PWM technology, thus feature a stable rotational speed. The most peculiar feature is low noise level (not more than 23 dB), despite the range of speed.

Zalman ZM-FDB(SF) are characterized by the implementation of high-quality fluid-dynamic bearings. Their lifespan is estimated as 150.000 hours. The other two fan series – Zalman ZM-LED(SF) and Zalman ZM-Plus(SF) — involve long-life bearings, which are thought to be quite reliable and effective. Their framework features dust-repelling mechanisms and this promotes for the elongated lifespan.

Certainly, the ‘triple’ enjoys similar features. For instance, all the fans employ an original Shark Fin blades design. It allows for the decrease of airflow …
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