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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Universal CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9900DF Review

Zalman keeps on developing high-end cooling systems with a radial arrangement of plates. Its latest product, CPU cooler CNPS9900DF, is considered to be universal in terms of compatibility and implemented facilities. Still, some IT experts view this model as a modification of previously launched Zalman CNPS9900 MAX, although with two fans. In spite of visual resemblance, the company tried to design a truly uncommon cooler, with remarkable specifications and reliability.



Framework Peculiarities


Zalman CNPS9900DF is distinguished by an unusual framework. It's not a traditional vertical tower, as long as heatsink ribs feature fan-like location relative to the central axis of symmetry. Such approach provides for a comprehensive heat dissipation over all key motherboard components due to absence of frames on fans. Heat pipes embrace the cooling plates in a circle, then bend at 90 degrees, piercing the base. At first sight it seems that the framework involves six heat pipes, but …

Meet Pure Power 9 CM Top Series of PSUs from Be Quiet!

Be Quiet! enters the market with a new series of power supply units, entitled Pure Power 9 CM. The lineup includes models of 400 W, 500 W, 600 W, and 700 W power. All of them boast the implementation of Active Clamp + SR topology with high-quality hardware base. Besides, the manufacturer decided to ditch group mechanism of voltage stabilization; this promoted for more efficiency which index achieves 91%.



High efficiency level allowed Pure Power 9 CM units to receive 80Plus Silver certificate. The 12V bus is divided into two lines with the maximal load capacity. Cooling process is attached to a single low-noise 120-mm fan, based on rifle bearing (100 thousand hours MTBF). Its maximal rotational speed varies within 1060-1680 RPM range.


To continue, Be Quiet! has incorporated into the models all possible security mechanisms, including OPP, SCP, UVP, OCP, and others. The units come with an additional Surge Absorber filter that protects the circuitry from voltage surges. …
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