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 …

Thermaltake Unveils Chaser A71 Full-Tower PC Chassis

Thermaltake has lately made an official presentation of a new full-tower chassis, entitled Chaser A71. The model features 565x205x537 mm dimensions and a rather stylish design. Its side panel contains an L-shape acrylic window that makes an exposure of all internal components. Moreover, the two out of four pre-installed fans are furnished with a bright blue LED that enigmatically illuminates the framework.

Being a full-tower solution, Chaser A71 is housed in a quite spacious case. It gladly welcomes ATX, mATX and Extended ATX motherboards, eight expansion cards of up to 344 mm in length, six hard drives or solid-state drives, three optical drives, a heatsink (of a liquid-cooling system) up to 240 mm, and a compatible power supply unit. The maximal supported CPU cooler height should not exceed 160 mm.

I/O panel is represented by a dense group of ports, indicators and keys: Power button, HDD activity indicator, a pair of USB 2.0 and the same number of USB 3.0 ports, and …

Asus Preps H110M-E/M.2 Mainboard with M.2 Socket 3 Support

Asus decided to distinguish itself against the rivals by introducing a motherboard, based on Intel H110 chipset, which boasts a range of integrated facilities. One of such boons is the support for M.2 Socket 3 interface with a bandwidth index of 10 Gb/sec. However, when it operates in SATA mode, one out of four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports is disabled. If PCI-e drive is installed, there will be no restrictions.

Mainboard Asus H110M-E/M.2 supports all modern CPUs from Intel with Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of 32 GB DDR4-2133 MHz memory. This micro-ATX board is equipped with a 4-phase Digi+ VRM as well as 5X Protection II protection technology.

The model houses a pair of PCI-e 2.0 x1 expansion slots & a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot. Storage subsystem is introduced by one M.2 slot and 4x SATA III ports. Audio subsystem is built on 8-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are backed by Realtek RTL8111H controller. …
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