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 …

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SilverStone Strider Platinum units feature an entirely modular design. Cooling is ensured thanks to a pre-installed 120-mm fan that rotates at 1500 RPM on 100% loading and at 1000 RPM on 70% loading. It produces not more than 18 dB noise and might operate trouble-free for some 100 thousand hours.

These PSUs come equipped with all-new safety options, including Active PFC, overvoltage, overloading, overheating, and short circuit safeguards. The list of integrated connectors embraces standard ATX, EPS 12V (4+4)-pin, a …

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As it was publicized earlier this year, a new generation of Intel Haswell processors will be launched in spring 2013. Along with the line of CPUs for desktop systems, Intel will release a series of mobile CPUs. The release is planned for April 2013. Intel Core i7 Haswell will be a pioneer mobile series and will count only three models: Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition, Intel Core i7-4900MQ and Core i7-4800MQ. All three models are going to become the best match for laptops of gaming class and portable work stations due to their power consumption.

Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition is a flagship model in the series. It features four cores and supports Hyper-Threading Technology that enables the operation not with four currents (as the majority of contemporary 4-core CPUs do) but with eight currents. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 3GHz, but thanks to the support of Turbo mode the index might be increased to 3.9GHz with one enabled core and up to 3.7 GHz with all …
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