Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.

The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.

As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …

Unusual PC Chassis Prodigy M from BitFenix

BitFenix, a company known for modern and cutting-edge PC solutions, is going to release one more representative of Prodigy PC chassis family – the Prodigy M. The new-comer features identical to the predecessor dimensions, nonetheless is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX, as well as of micro-ATX standard. The chassis is designed in two color variations: stylish Arctic White and exclusive Midnight Black. According to the preliminary info, the model will be released in late September at a price of about €80.

Despite small-sized format, the case is able to accommodate all crucial components. The number of bays for various drives has been reduced, although storage does not suffer from lack of facilities. Thus, the case features four bays for HDD items (3.5-inch) and five bays for HDD/SSD items (2.5-inch). Five expansion PCI Express slots allow for the creation of various system configurations, including CrossFire and SLI graphics schemes.

The length of supported …

Cooler Master V4 GTS Review: CPU Cooler with a Horizontal Vapor Chamber

The emergence of high-efficient processors incited the necessity to provide high-efficient cooling. It’s not a secret that utmost system performance directly depends upon CPU conditions. The more intense the loading is, the more appropriate thermal environment should be. Here everything is interrelated. Cooler Master, being one of the foremost global manufacturers of cooling solutions, always tries to comply with the rising demands to CPU thermal conditions. Thus, the launch of another cooler intended for extreme heat dissipation was quite an expected event. Codenamed V4 GTS, the product differentiates itself by the availability of a horizontal vapor chamber that enhances the cooling effect.

Design and Integration

Cooler Master V4 GTS features an unusual design, resembling a truck’s engine. Its surface is totally covered by a plastic shield, except for bare heatsink ribs at both sides. The overall framework has got symmetric elaboration with a well-considered …
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