Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.

Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.

The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Enclosure Lian Li PC-100 'the Hammer' Review

PC enclosures currently go at various shapes and frameworks. Thus, it's rather simple for a potential consumer to get lost in the abundance of alternatives. Each company tries to release truly unique models, but at the same time, they try to comply with financial possibilities of the targeted audience. Lian Li knows a lot about enclosures and contemporary clientele demands. Its PC-100 'the Hammer' model enchants consumers with original framework and layout peculiarities. Still, those are not the only privileges this enclosure can offer to the users.

Delivery Kit and Integration

Lian Li PC-100 'the Hammer' is delivered in a medium-sized cardbox. The manufacturer is lavish in the accessories and framework elements which are supplied along with the enclosure. Hence, the nominal delivery kit includes: detailed user manual, a separate cardbox with screws (for PSU fixture, for 2.5 inch drives, for 3.5 inch drives, and for motherboard fixture), screws kit with long fretwork, …

Greeting PowerColor Radeon R9 290X New-Generation Graphics Cards

PowerColor has officially introduced a pair of high-efficiency graphics cards developed on the new-generation Radeon R9 290X series adapters. Codenamed PowerColor Radeon R9 290X, both new-comers support the latest graphics technologies, i.e. DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.2. The models feature a totally identical design, still there is one differentiation: one of the models is equipped with a key to Battlefield 4 game. Such ‘bonus’ has resulted in a bit heightened price of $580, if compared with the standard model that costs $550.

Both cards are based on AMD Hawaii XT chip. It has been dynamically overclocked by PowerColor to 1030 MHz, whereas the nominal clock frequency remained the same – 800 MHz. In order to enhance the performance, the GPU has been supplemented with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit interface that runs at 5000 MHz.

To proceed with the specifications, both graphics adapters accommodate four rear video ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I, and DVI-D). …
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