Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.

Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.

The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Silicon Power Amplifies Its SSD Line with Slim S50 Series

Silicon Power, a renowned Taiwanese designer of various storage solutions, amplifies its solid-state drives line with a new series, entitled Slim S50. This series is introduced by four models of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacity. All of them are housed in a really slim black casing (7mm) that owns vibration-proof and shock-proof properties. The drives are characterized by the employment of a high-speed SATA III 6Gb/sec interface.

Whatever the model is under consideration, Slim S50 drives demonstrate compatibility with PCs of various form-factor, including the most advanced and compact ultrabooks. Along with the exponential physical properties, these SSDs are ready to provide the customers with a stable and utmost performance.

Thus, the maximal sequential reading speed equals to 530Mb/sec, while the speed on sequential writing speed approximates 200Mb/sec. Unfortunately, Silicon Power does not specify the showings on random Read/Write operations; there is also no …

Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.

Basic Features

Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.

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