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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Sapphire Introduces Edgy R9 290 Vapor-X OC Graphics Card

Sapphire Technology Ltd., the first-string supplier of graphics cards based on AMD chips, introduces its proprietary version of Radeon R9 290 adapter – R9 290 Vapor-X OC. As seen from the title, the model features an original Vapor-X cooler with three low-noise fans and has received factory overclocking. Bright design and outstanding performance makes this card a desirable acquirement for enthusiasts and overclockers.

Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is based on Hawaii PRO GPU (28 nm, GCN architecture) with 2560 stream processors. It runs at 1030 MHz frequency. The chip is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz effective frequency. The card is developed for PCI Express 3.0 x16 rail and is powered through a pair of sockets: 1x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin.

The award-winning Vapor-X cooler consists of an evaporator and five heatpipes. The main heat-pipe features 10 mm diameter, two other – 8 mm, and the last two – 6 mm. This combination is …

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Silicon Power, a renowned manufacturer of flash-memory devices, is going to release a new external HDD, entitled Armor A30. The drive features 134x87.5x18.6 mm dimensions and is estimated to operate at +5-+55 C temperatures. The most outstanding peculiarity pertained to Armor A30 is its compliance with MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV standard. This implies the drive is housed in a super-solid ‘silica gel’ case that is able to survive the fall from a height of 122 cm, strong vibrations, temperature alterations, and to resist dust and water.

Silicon Power armor A30 will be available in two capacities (500 GB and 1 TB) and two color variations (white and black). All the models employ high-speed USB 3.0 interface and offer some notable performance. Hence, these HDDs feature maximal 5 Gb/sec data transfer speed (USB 3.0 interface) and up to 480 MB/sec (USB 2.0 interface). It should be stressed that the drive receives power via USB interface as well and is compatible with …
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