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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Biostar Announces N3150NH Mainboard with Integrated CPU

The inventory of Biostar’s mini-ITX motherboards was replenished by a new uncommon model – the N3150NH. Its key peculiarity is the availability of a 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU onboard. The processor (Intel Braswell family, 14 nm technological process) comes equipped with an integrated Intel HD graphics core and a passive cooler. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1.6 GHz, while on overclocking it accelerates up to 2.08 GHz frequency.



Biostar N3150NH houses two SO-DIMM slots, estimated for 8 GB DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel operational mode). The connection of drives is realized via a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. There is a possibility to install one expansion card thanks to a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. Network facilities are ensured due to Realtek RTL8111H controller that supports SmartSpeedLAN utility, whereas audio production becomes possible due to the integration of Realtek ALC662 controller.


The connection of peripherals is enabled via …

CPU Cooler Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 Review

Deepcool can be boldly attributed to the manufacturers that are constantly improving their mastery is the elaboration of hardware components. The company’s second revision of CPU cooler Ice Blade Pro is a bright confirmation of this statement. Codenamed Ice Blade Pro v2.0, this product is supposed to exceed its predecessor in performance, noise level and consumer appeal. But let’s start its reviewing from technical peculiarities.



Technical Peculiarities


Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 161x125x70 mm (+fan(s) 120 mm), ultimate weight – 981 g;

— compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775, AMD Socket 939/FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heatsink: tower framework consists of 49 aluminum plates, 4 heatpipes and a base supporting Core Touch technology;

— fan: dimensions — 120x120x25 mm, type of bearing – fluid-film bearing, nominal/startup fan voltage – 12/7 V, maximal power consumption – …
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