Chieftec Unveils Gaming GP-01B Chassis

Chieftec replenishes its lineup of gaming cases with the Gaming GP-01B model. The middle-tower chassis is targeting micro-ATX/ATX platforms with up to seven expansion slots and a wide set of storage, cooling & connectivity options. The new-comer is housed in a SECC steel case, painted black, with four different LED inserts on the fascia. The release is scheduled for the end of July, 2016.

Chieftec Gaming GP-01B comes fitted with a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, four 3.5-inch bays as well as a couple of 2.5-inch bays. Six out of eight slots support tool-free drive mounting. The list of included external interfaces involves 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x 3.5-mm audio ports.

Featuring 516x450x210 mm dimensions, internal layout allows for the installation of graphics cards of up to 430 mm in length & a standard ATX PS/2 power supply unit (200 mm).

To continue, the case is shipped with two preinstalled 120-mm front fans and a single 120-mm rear fan. Optionally, …

Intel to Take Care about Power-Efficiency of Ivy Bridge Processors

The rising competition between the two giants in the manufacture of processing units, Intel and AMD, makes each of the two invent ever newer technologies and implement them in their products. The attempts to dominate in the market and win as many consumers usually develop into brand new approaches and brand new advanced facilities.

In this light, Intel is going to upgrade its Ivy Bridge processors to make them more power-efficient. But power-efficiency does not imply that processing units will show less performance; quite the contrary, the manufacturer is willing to combine an utmost performance with the maximal power efficiency level.

Currently, the most power-saving processors of Ivy Bridge generation can be found in mobile devices on Windows platform and in Apple MacBook Air devices. Their TDP level is recorded at 17W. As appears from the above mentioned, the TDP level in upgraded Ivy Bridge processors will be lower than 17W, though the developers do not voice the margin …

Review of Network Drive IconBIT I-Stor IS308

Production of a new model is positioned as a replacement for modern routers with features of sharing USB-carriers. IS308 — the budget class — single-disk storage is a good device for visiting friends for movies, or for backup. In general, it is used for tasks which are not mission-critical of data loss. The speed and functionality are secondary, the main thing — the price and design. At a price of 90 $, IconBIT IS308 offers the buyer an autonomous Torrent-downloader, a network drive, support for protocols Samba and FTP, gigabit network interface and USB 3.0 port.

The device has stylish black aluminium hull and comes with a stand for vertical installation. IconBIT iS308 looks more like a normal external hard drive rather than the NAS. And if for someone Synology design seems too plastic, and QNAP — too angular, the iconBIT iS308 looks modern, simple and stylish.

The next thing that catches an eye — is the lack of a fan. Finally, there is a NAS with passive cooling. …
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