Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.

Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.

The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Rumours about postponement of procuring of desktop processors AMD Trinity are confirmed

Postponement of desktop processors Trinity (Socket FM2) release for October is becoming more possible. Not long ago such rumours were confirmed by authoritative Taiwan source. Retail sales of AMD A10-5800K and the other APU of new series will start only in three months, either simultaneously or nearly simultaneously with the release of high-end 8-core processors FX-83xx/Piledriver.

Experts say that in preparing procedure of desktop models Trinity, which must operate at frequencies up to 3.8 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo), AMD engineers faced with a small amount of chip slots. In this regard, there will be changes in the production process and the design of crystals Vishera. In addition to this, warehouses of Advanced Micro Devices and its partners are filled with surplus APU Llano, which are needed to be implemented in the coming months in any case.

The delay of Trinity will affect the timing removal of the old processors AM3 from the sale. These processors are still up 30% of the …

Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.

Key Peculiarities

Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …
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