AMD FX-8300 is Already in Retail Trade

Despite the fact that AMD initially scheduled the official release of FX-8300 for 29 December, this CPU can already be found in some Japanese retail stores. Such sudden appearance in free sale allows all potential consumers to get assured in all claimed specifications. Thus, FX-8300 is an eight-core chip of the new generation that is characterized by 95W TDP level. This is a kind of a breakthrough, since its Vishera companions, FX-8350 and FX-8320, consume up to 125W power.



The reduction of power consumption is explained by the decrease of CPU clock frequencies and nominal voltage showings. Hence, the nominal clock frequency recorded with this CPU model makes up 3.3GHz, while in Turbo mode the frequency rises to 3.6GHz. Some resources state that FX-8300 is able to overclock up to 4.2GHz, however, this info is not vindicated so far. This chip is developed specifically for Socket AM3+.


Taking into account such parameters, analysts feel difficulty in predicting the future of …

Be Quiet! Adds a Couple of Dark Base 900 Cases

Be Quiet! has supplemented its lineup of PC cases with two Super-Midi Tower models: the Dark Base 900 & the Dark Base Pro 900. Both new-comers allow for the installation of ATX/XL-ATX/E-ATX motherboards with the maximum of 8 expansion slots. The chassis is made of SECC steel with a mixture of ABS-plastic inserts. The Pro version comes with a side window made of a quenched glass.



Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 cases (585.5x577.2x242.7 mm) feature a pair of 5.25-inch drives bays, seven 3.5-inch bays as well as fifteen 2.5-inch drive bays. They are ready to accommodate CPU coolers of up to 185 mm in height, PSU of up to 284 mm in length, and graphics cards of up to 325 mm (with the drive bay)/470 mm (without the drive bay) in length. The range of external interfaces includes a single HD audio port & four USB ports (2x v 2.0, 2x v 3.0).


The difference between the two lies in the implemented cooling system. Both chassis come with an integrated fan controller. The controller inbuilt …

EKL Outs Alpenfohn Matterhorn Series of CPU Coolers

EKL comes out to the European market with a pair of CPU coolers, entitled Alpenfohn Matterhorn Black and White Edition. Both items feature 138x100x158 mm dimensions and are differentiated only by color design. They are targeted the majority of up-to-date platforms, including Intel (LGA 775/115x/1366/2011/2011-v3) and AMD (FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+) versions.



EKL Alpenfohn Matterhorn coolers consist of an aluminum heatsink, six 6-mm copper heatpipes, and a single WingBoost 2 fan (120 mm). It is known to support PWM technology that ensures its rotation within 500 RPM – 1500 RPM ranges. This fan produces up to 62.4 CFM airflow and not more than 18.2 dB noise level.


Pricing is set at 53 EUR.
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