Intel Broadwell CPUs will Get BGA Casing

The Internet community is energetically discussing unofficial info concerning the future Intel's Broadwell processors. According to the yet unacknowledged data, Intel will branch off from currently traditional LGA casings in favor to a more advanced BGA solution. At present all CPUs designed by Intel specifically for desktop platforms feature LGA (Land Grid Array) casings which allow the users to upgrade their systems without any hassle. On LGA implementation, the chip is housed within a socket and contacts with the motherboard. As a result, the user might change one chip to the other only with similar set of contacts.

The launch of Intel Broadwell processors, which is planned for 2014, might dramatically change the situation for customers. Most probably Intel will refuse from LGA casings and accommodate all new CPUs in BGA ones, marking the change of Haswell generation to the future Broadwell generation developed under 14 nm technological process. BGA (Ball Grid Array) …

Aerocool Offers a Couple of Budgetary Cases GT and GT Advance

Aerocool Advanced Technologies, a Taiwanese tycoon in the hardware market, announces the launch of two new mid-tower PC cases in the European market. Entitled GT and GT Advanced, the items are targeting budget-oriented gamers who are eager to satiate their design and performance demands. Indeed, the couple is peculiar by an original external look and an optimal layout potential with spacious internal framework.

Aerocool GT and GT Advance feature 405x180x400 mm chassis dimensions (overall: 430x200x440 mm). Their chassis is made of solid SECC steel that is painted black or white. The differentiation between the two new-comers lies not only in color variation but also in the price. Therefore, white Aerocool GT comes at €25, whereas its black counterpart is available at €24.30; white Aerocool GT Advance costs €29, while its black version comes at €25.

To continue, both models are thought to support motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, graphics adapters of 293 mm …

NZXT Rolls Out a New Chassis Phantom 630 Windowed Edition

NZXT has proudly announced the release of its newest PC chassis, codenamed Phantom 630 Windowed Edition. Being a modified version of Phantom 630 model, the ‘greenhorn’ is developed in ultra-tower form-factor, featuring a side-panel window. The case supports quite large motherboards (ATX, EATX, XL-ATX, and micro-ATX) and offers nine expansion slots.

Despite visual discrepancy with the original model, Windowed Edition preserved some of its basic features. Therefore, it allows for the integration of four 5.25-inch drives and eight 3.5/2.5-inch ones. The latter are installed into modular bays which can be removed if necessary. The chassis is ready to accept CPU coolers of 200 mm in height and long graphics adapters (up to 325 mm in length). In case the user decides to remove the internal drive bays, it will become possible to employ much longer adapters, up to 507 mm!

The other peculiarity of Phantom 630 Windowed Edition is the feasibility to incorporate two 2.5-inch …
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