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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‘Mini-Mighty’ MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

Ever-increasing popularity of mini-ITX mainboards is accounted for the augmentation of small-sized PC systems, work- and multimedia stations, as well as gaming platforms. The latter lay down specific demands towards hardware base, requiring the combination of high performance, durability and price-efficiency. MSI is ready to satisfy those demands, by offering ‘mini, but mighty’ Z97I Gaming AC system board. Being a part of Intel Z97 chipset family, this tiny tot owns all ‘Gaming’ series facilities, despite compact dimensions. Let’s check them out.

Specs Overview

MSI Z97I Gaming AC is based on Intel Z97 chipset targeting Haswell-based CPUs for Socket LGA1150 platform (Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series). The implemented PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules (16 GB volume) with the clock frequencies from 1333 MHz to 3300 MHz. Expansion facilities are introduced by a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with no backup from PCI slots. The board comes …

Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.

Basic Features

Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.

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