Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.

Design and Framework

The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Be Quiet! Unveils Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler

Be Quiet!, an outstanding designer of cooling solutions, is ready to release its newest CPU cooler – the Dark Rock Pro 3. The model is distinguished by an offbeat design, a voluminous heatsink section, and an invidious efficiency. Moreover, it is characterized by the support of practically all up-dated socket platforms, including AMD FM1, AM3, AM2, AM2+, 940, 939, 754, and Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 775, 2011. This wonderwork will soon be available for customers at the price tag of €79.90.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 features Tower design (122x132x163 mm dimensions) and consists of a copper base, a two-section aluminum heatsink with ninety plates, seven copper heatpipes, and a couple of fans. In order to enhance the cooler’s efficiency and eliminate corrosive effect, the manufacturer has implemented a nickel-plated coating for all framework elements.

The manufacturers decided to incorporate two different fans within the framework, though brand ones – …

ASRock Surfaces J3355B-ITX Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with a mainboard, targeting new Intel Apollo Lake CPUs (14 nm, Intel Goldmont micro-architecture). The J3355B-ITX model is thought to be integrated within laptops or entry-level all-in-one solutions. As seen from the codename, the board is developed in mini-ITX form-factor. It comes equipped with Intel Celeron J3355 processor, operating at 2.0-2.5 GHz frequency. The CPU features 10 W TDP; hence, cooling is backed by a noiseless passive cooler.

ASRock J3355B-ITX accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots for DDR3/DDRL3 modules with 1866 MHz frequency (up to 16 GB). The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU that runs at 700 MHz. The connection of drives is realized via two SATA III ports. The incorporated PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is optimal for expansion cards, rather than a VGA card.

To continue, audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are ensured with the help of Realtek RTL8111GR …
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