Offbeat Chassis Cooler Master HAF XB Review

Cooler Master is one of the companies that always amaze potential users by high-quality and, at the same time, offbeat framework of hardware items. For instance, its High Air Flow (HAF) series of PC cases is differentiated by a quite uncommon design, combined with a powerful cooling system. Cooler Master HAF XB is probably the most outstanding model within the series, since it is something like a borderland between an open stand and a modding case. However, offbeat framework is not the only attraction of this product. Let’s find out some other advantages of this case.



General Peculiarities


Cooler Master HAF XB is compatible with ATX/micro-ATX/mini-ITX motherboards and ATX PS2 power supply units. The case is made of steel with some plastic inclusions. It features two bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and six bays for 2.5-inch devices. Expansion facilities are introduced by seven slots. Internal spacing is enough to house 334 mm long …

ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.



The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.


The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

EKL Outs Alpenfohn Matterhorn Series of CPU Coolers

EKL comes out to the European market with a pair of CPU coolers, entitled Alpenfohn Matterhorn Black and White Edition. Both items feature 138x100x158 mm dimensions and are differentiated only by color design. They are targeted the majority of up-to-date platforms, including Intel (LGA 775/115x/1366/2011/2011-v3) and AMD (FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+) versions.



EKL Alpenfohn Matterhorn coolers consist of an aluminum heatsink, six 6-mm copper heatpipes, and a single WingBoost 2 fan (120 mm). It is known to support PWM technology that ensures its rotation within 500 RPM – 1500 RPM ranges. This fan produces up to 62.4 CFM airflow and not more than 18.2 dB noise level.


Pricing is set at 53 EUR.
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