Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.



Basic Features


Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.


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Zalman Intros Three New Graphics Cards with VF1500 Cooler

Zalman, a well-known manufacturer of CPU coolers, PC cases and graphics solutions, introduces three new graphics card models, codenamed GeForce GTX 600 D5 OC VF1500, GeForce GTX 660 Ti D5 VF1500 and GeForce GTX 660 Ti D5 OC VF1500. All three models are equipped with a brand two-slot VF1500 cooler. Its framework consists of four heatpipes which transfer heat from GPU surface to an aluminum heatsink. This heatsink is accompanied by a couple of 92 mm fans, the maximal rotational speed of which achieves 1500 RPM. If compared with a reference cooler, VF1500 reduces GPU operational temperature at 25 degrees (from 81 to 56 degrees), producing 10 dB less noise (26 dB vs 36 dB).



The first model is based on Nvidia GK106 processor, designed under 28 nm technological process. It is characterized by heightened clock frequencies: nominal 1006 MHz against reference 980 MHz, and dynamic 1059 MHz against reference 1033 MHz.


The other two models, GeForce GTX 660 Ti D5 VF1500 and GeForce GTX …

Samsung PM1633a 15.36 TB – the Most Capacious SSD to Date

Immediately following the release of 10-/13-terabyte SSDs by Fixstars, Samsung has made haste to introduce the most voluminous solutions to date, offering 15.36 TB capacity. According to the manufacturers, the PM1633a series will be further on replenished by 5 other models of 480 GB, 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB and 7.68 TB capacity.



Samsung PM1633a 15.36 TB solid-state drive is designed in a traditional 2.5-inch design. The model incorporates Samsung 3D V-NAND memory, consisting of 32 chips of 512 GB capacity. Upon the whole, the storage features 16.38 TB capacity, although only 15.36 TB are accessible to users.


The greenhorn comes equipped with 16 GB of DRAM memory as well as high-speed SAS 12 Gb/sec interface. Due to this, sequential Read/Write data transfer speed achieves 1200 Mb/sec. The maximal random Read/Write speed makes up 200.000 & 32.000 IOPS.


The PM1633a is basically targeting corporate segment thanks to premium output capability. Besides, the hardware is …
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