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 …

Acer Debuts with Predator XB241YU Monitor

Acer comes out with another gaming monitor which replenishes the framework of Acer predator lineup. The XB241YU boasts a balance of functional & price (about $499). Featuring 541x530x259 mm dimensions, the 23.8-inch display offers QHD display resolution (2560x1440) and 1 ms response time. The heart of the model is TN panel with 16:9 aspect ratio.

Acer XB241YU offers 250 cd/m2 brightness as well as 144 Hz of nominal refresh rate. If there is a need, it’s possible to enable an overclocking mode to achieve 165 Hz of refresh rate. The support for Nvidia G-Sync technology is called to eliminate any image artifacts.

To continue, the monitor brags about 100% coverage in Adobe RGB environment. It is able to display up to 16.7 million of colors, providing for the best rendering. Flicker-Free technology is sure to relieve eye strain during prolonged gaming sessions. The integrated stand allows for the adjustment of height (up to 150 mm), swivel, pivot, and angle of slope.

The …

Biostar B85Z: Micro-ATX Mainboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is about to release a new oblectation for audiophiles – the B85Z system board. Featuring micro-ATX form-factor (224x174 mm dimensions), the model combines a full-blown spectrum of facilities each full-format board has. It is developed on Intel B85 Express chipset with Socket LGA1150 for Intel Haswell processors of Core, Pentium and Celeron families. The nominal delivery kit will allegedly comprise DVD with drivers, a pair of SATA cables, a user’s manual, and a rear panel plug.

Biostar B85Z comes equipped with prime-quality capacitors, field-effect transistors, and 4-phase VRM. Memory subsystem is introduced by two slots for DDR3-1600 MHz modules (up to 16 GB overall capacity). The availability of a single PCIe x16 & a pair of PCIe x1 slots ensures sufficient expansion facilities. Moreover, the user is free to create a voluminous storage by means of four SATA III and two SATA II ports.

To continue, the major peculiarity pertained to the motherboard is an …
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