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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Corsair to Release Hydro Series H5 SF Liquid Cooler

Taking into account the increasing number of cases when it’s impossible to install highly efficient air coolers on mini-ITX motherboards, Corsair has developed a universal low-profile liquid cooler. Entitled Hydro Series H5 SF, the unit shows compatibility with the majority of small-sized platforms for Intel LGA1366/115x and AMD FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3 sockets. Besides, this model is able to manage with up to 150 W of thermal power.

Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF is distinguished by an unusual framework. It employs dedicated props which hover the heatsink over the motherboard; thus, the system does not require additional space within the case. The base is made of polished copper.

The aluminum heatsink (167x40x57) is accompanied by a 120-mm fan that drags out hot air from heat-generating components. Its rotation speed varies from 1000 RPM to 1800 RPM, producing 12-24 CFM airflow. Still, the fan appears to be rather noisy with the peak levels of 36-42 dB.

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The Release of Unprecedented Extrememory USB Xtasy

Extrememory, a German manufacturer of versatile memory drives and PC components, has just announced the release of a new flash-drive series USB Xtasy. There would be nothing special in this release, but the company decided to amaze average customers, as well as IT professionals, by the unprecedented compact dimensions of their new drives. The drives have got solid aluminum casing of 39mm x 12mm x 4mm in size and are designed with the note of refinement and style in mind.

Extrememory USB Xtasy are based on COB technology which presupposes the aggregation of the circuit board and memory chip into a single unit. The drives are able to develop the reading and writing speed up to 18 Mb/sec and 6 Mb/sec correspondingly. They are equipped with the integrated USB 2.0 socket and have the backward compatibility with USB 1.1 sockets. USB Xtasy series will go in 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB of volume capacity to comply with the needs of different target groups.

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