Fractal Design Define R5: Silent Chassis for Ambitious Systems

Fractal Design has recently added a new R5 model to its renowned Define series. The new-comer is targeting enthusiasts longing for high performance combined with silent operation. It is represented in two chassis modifications — with an acrylic side window ($119.99) and with a blind side panel ($109.99) – as well as in three color versions: white, black, and titanium. The case is ready to accommodate motherboards of nearly all formats (mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX) with the maximum of 7 expansion slots.



Featuring 531x462x232 mm dimensions, Fractal Design Define R5 offers a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, eight 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 2.5-inch drive bays. Herein, if necessary, all of them might be removed to allow for the installation of long graphics cards (up to 310 mm), of high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm), and of varied heatspreaders. Besides, due to a well-elaborated framework, the drives can be fixed and removed without any tools.


To continue, this chassis boasts the …

Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.



General Specifications


Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

The Launch of New Generation Core i3 is Planned for Early September

The recent launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors based on a new microarchitecture has touched upon Core i5 and Core i7 series. Currently, the company is working vigorously on the advancement of its Core i3 series, as well as, Pentium G2100T and G2120 models. The latter will be designed on similar to its 'brethren' architecture. In accordance with the voiced information, the new processors will be released in early September.



The nominal lineup of Core i3 processors will include five models; processors with T index (i3-3220T and i3-3240T) will be characterized by low power consumption (up to 35W) and average frequencies which will fluctuate in the ranges of 2.8-3 GHz. Senior models (i3-3220 and i3-3225) will operate at 3.3 GHz and have TDP index of 55W, while the superior model Core i3-3240 will achieve the frequency index of 3.4 GHz. These models are distinguished by the availability of more efficient integrated HD 4000 graphics type.


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