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 …

Greeting a Pair of NAS Series from Seagate

Seagate has geared up a surprise for all devotees of Small Office Home Office (SOHO) network storage solutions. Delivering NAS and NAS Pro series, the company tried to comply with the customers’ needs for compact but voluminous storage for integral data with an access via the network cable. Both lineups are based on an updated NAS OS 4 that offers a more user-friendly graphics interface and improved features on setup.

Seagate NAS series comes in two versions: with two and four drive bays for the installation of 3.5-inch SATA HHDs. Both models are based on Marvell ARM chip that runs at 1.2 GHz; it is complemented with 512 MB RAM. In its turn, Seagate NAS Pro additionally involves a version with six drive bays. The model’s hardware base employs Intel Atom C2000 CPU and 2 GB RAM, which in an assemblage provide for a better efficiency.

It’s worth noting that all the models are furnished with dedicated drives up to 5 TB capacity from Seagate NAS series. They are estimated …

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review

APU A-Series from AMD has already proved itself as a fair correlation of performance and consumer properties. This allows users to create budgetary home systems that can readily cope with all contemporary tasks, video games, simultaneously providing a considerable speed increase. MSI is one of the companies to develop a motherboard on the basis of this platform, ensuring in its FM2-A85XA-G65 rich functional and maximal performance. The developers have managed to design the board with a minimal amount of additional controllers, though expansion facilities are sure to satisfy the majority of potential customers.

Design and Layout

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 belongs to Military Class III line and is developed in ATX form-factor. Similar to other products of this line, this model is differentiated by a voluminous cooling system and a quite powerful VRM node. This board is destined for Socket FM2 logics and is ready to accommodate processors of A-Series and Athlon. It is based …
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