Greeting a Flagship L337 Gaming Z97-Machine Motherboard from ECS

ECS has announced the release of its flagship motherboard based on Intel Z97 chipset – the L337 Gaming Z97-Machine. The model is thought to be used for the creation of some powerful gaming configurations. It employs Socket LGA1150 platform that supports 4th and 5th generation of Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron CPUs. Featuring ATX form-factor (305x220 mm), the board might become an ideal complement to the high-end PC system.

ECS L337 Gaming Z97-Machine houses four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules; the maximal capacity of memory might not exceed 32 GB, whereas the maximal clock frequencies might approach 3000 MHz. Storage subsystem offers 4x SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the connection of standard drives (support for RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations), 1x M.2 NGFF port for the connection of solid-state drives of diverse length. Expansion facilities involve 2x PCI-e 3.0 x16 connectors and 3x PCI-e 2.0 x16 connectors.

Network LAN operates under gigabit Intel I218 controller. Audio …

PC Chassis Zalman Z12 Plus Review

Zalman is always highly praised for the launch of prime-quality and customer-friendly hardware, whether it is power supply units or PC cases. For example, a renowned Z series of cases won popularity thanks to an appropriate correlation of quality and price. With every new model, the overall amount of which now reaches 11 items, the manufacturer tried to offer some unique or improved facilities. The latest representative of Z series — PC chassis Zalman Z12 Plus – can boast not only changes in design but also changes in framework. Hence, it shows the newcomer to the best advantage.


Trapezium-shaped figures found on all facets are considered to be a central design concept applied to Z12 Plus. This creates an enigmatic illusion of asymmetry. Internal and external surfaces of the case are painted in opaque black, still there are some glossy elements on the external face. The large part of the front facet consists of a perforated grid; the leftover spacing is assigned …

Meeting New Cooling System Brocken 2 from Alpenfoehn

Only a couple of weeks are left till the official release of a new cooling system Brocken 2 designed by Alpenfoehn. This is a long-awaited launch, since the fist version of the system, entitled Brocken, was honored to gladden the audience long time ago. Hereby, Brocken 2 has got a wee bit modified framework, if compared with the predecessor. Its dimensions together with a fan equal to 146x100x165 mm.

The base is shaped by means of five 6 mm copper heat pipes, tightly pressed together. Aluminum plates of the heatsink seem to be ‘cut’ in the center, unlike the one-piece construction of plates implemented in Brocken.

Active cooling power is ensured by a nine-blade fan of 140 mm standard size, known as WingBoost 2. The fan supports PWM technology that allows altering its rotational speed within the boundaries of 400-1100 RPM. Its activity stimulates the airflow index of 109 CFM, while the noise level barely achieves 19.6 dB (A). WingBoost 2 features small distance between …
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