‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.



Design and Ergonomics


Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …

Gigabyte to Release GA-Z170X-SOC Force Mainboard for Overclockers

Gigabyte has expanded its line of overclocking solutions by a new motherboard, codenamed GA-Z170X-SOC Force. The greenhorn is based on Intel Z170 chipset, supporting Skylake-S CPUs for LGA 1151 socket (14-nm technological process). The PCB is distinguished by the inclusion of fiery-orange components and a sophisticated allocation of hardware.



Gigabyte GA-Z170X-SOC Force features 22-phase VRM system and three power connectors: ATX12V, EPS12V & OC PEG. The PCB incorporates such high-quality component as DrMOS PowIRstage from International Rectifier. All power elements might be paired with hybrid cooling; for this purpose, the customer has to acquire G1/4 fittings.


The motherboard accommodates 4 slots for DDR4-3300 MHz RAM with the maximal capacity of 64 GB. Storage subsystem might be organized thanks to 9 SATA III ports, 3 SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec bandwidth index), 3 M.2 Socket 3 ports (32 Gb/sec bandwidth index), and a pair of USB 3.1 Type-A/Type-C ports. Graphical …

New CPU Cooler for Small-Sized PCs from Thermalright

Thermalright boasts the release of a new CPU cooler AXP-100. The new arrival is targeting small-sized PC systems, featuring 121x105.5x58 mm dimensions. Similar to other items that take responsibility for proper CPU cooling, this model is able to provide an efficient heat extraction from processor surface and its surrounding crucial components. It is compatible with the majority of AMD and Intel sockets to guarantee its universal utilization. Hence, it supports AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and Intel LGA (2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) platforms.



Thermalright decided not to apply the so popular nowadays 'direct contact' technology, implying the direct contact of CPU cover with heat pipes. Instead, the cooler's framework has been given a bit different approach.


Model AXP-100 consists of a copper, nickel-plated base, six copper heat pipes, a set of aluminum ribs located parallel to the motherboard, and an atypical in its nature fan TY-100. The heatpipes spring from the …
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