Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.

Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.

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Real premium-class: motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Premium review

Most motherboards do not just resemble each other, they are exactly the same devices that for the vast number of users differ only in colour. But this time, a truly interesting product — ASUS P8Z77-V Premium is displayed for users. By appearance it has no different features to other models. However, when looking closer, a 'regular' SSD is noticed right on the board. The motherboard is packed into a standard series box. Of course, the box has many kinds of logos and icons that tell about the characteristics of the product.

Delivery kit of the motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Premium includes: user manual, user guide of Wi-Fi module, CD with software, plug for the rear panel, card for connecting complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the module Wi-Fi, module Bluetooth, Quad-Sli, Triple-SLI, CrossFireX, cables SATA 3, an external unit with two ports USB 3.0.

Remote power USB 3.0 — is much more useful component than it might seem at first glance. The fact is that there are a lot of …

CPU Cooling System Scythe Katana 4 Review

Cooling systems supplied by Japanese manufacturer Scythe are distinguished by the tilted radiators. The latest CPU Katana 4 cooler is not an exception: it is notable for the unusual shape of the radiator. This product is going to compete for mass audience in middle-end market segment, since its price is estimated not for inveterate gamers or overclockers but for users with common cooling needs. Scythe Katana 4 will be a perfect match for average PC systems intended at efficient central processor airflow.

Basic Specifications

The first, and most striking, distinguishing feature of Scythe Katana 4 is its compatibility with a large number of Intel/AMD processor sockets. Even the systems with outdated sockets can hope placing this cooler model. The list of supported sockets include: Intel LGA 775, 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, and AMD FM1, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+, 940, 939 and 754. Other specifications of the model are listed below:

— dimensions: 100x102.5x143 mm, weight – 480 g;
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