Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.

The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.

As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …

Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.

Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.

To continue, …

Bezel-less PC Monitor Philips 274E5QSB Review

Next generation displays, mostly bezel-less items, are becoming frequenters in hardware PC stores. Each manufacturer tries to elaborate at least a single such product in order not to fall behind its competitors. Philips is happy to replenish its own inventory with a new bezel-less display, codenamed 274E5QSB. This 27-inch monitor belongs to Brilliance series and features AH-IPS panel. Its major attraction is a competitive price that makes this model one of the most affordable products of such a class in the market.


Monitor Philips 274E5QSB features the following specifications:

— matrix: type – AH-IPS, backlit – W-LED with hard coating surface, aspect ratio – 16:9, resolution – 1920x1080, amount of produced colors – 16.7 m, viewing angles – 178/178 (down and across), response time – 14 ms ISO, contrast – 1000:1/20M:1 (static/dynamic), brightness – 250 cd/m2;

— onboard acoustics: absent;

— VESA support – present;

— PSU: …
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