Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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Sapphire Launches Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM Graphics Card

Sapphire, a well-known manufacturer of top-notch graphics solutions, is glad to announce the launch of a new high-performance video card, entitled Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM. The greenhorn is available in two modifications which differ by GPU clocks (AMD Radeon R9 Fury). The first version offers 1050 MHz frequency, while the second version runs at 1020 MHz frequency. As a reminder, the etalon Fiji Pro GPU operates at 1000 MHz.



Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM rests upon an improved PCB with an enforced VRM and high-quality hardware base. The card employs 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit bandwidth. The list of integrated interfaces consists of three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI port and one DVI-D port. Moreover, the model is shipped with a proprietary Sapphire TriXX utility that allows for fine tuning of all key parameters.


As distinct from the etalon model, the modified graphics card from Sapphire boasts Tri-X cooler. It embraces three fans on ball bearings and 10-mm …

Asus Teases Its First Gaming Micro-ATX B85M-Gamer Mainboard

Featuring 233x206 mm dimensions, a new micro-ATX mainboard from Asus, codenamed B85M-Gamer, boasts a full range of options which would come in handy to loyal gamers. Along with rich facilities, the customers will be pleased to see an affordable price label. These two peculiarities drew huge attention, since the combination of small-sized form-factor with high-end specs and alluring price has never before stricken the market.



Asus B85M-Gamer is based on Intel B85 chipset, ready to accommodate Socket LGA1150-compatible CPUs (Core, Celeron, Pentium families). The PCB houses a powerful 4-phase digital power supply subsystem with the support for DIGI+ VRM technology. DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules of 32 GB capacity maximum might be installed into four DIMM slots.


Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Video facilities might be implemented twofold: either as an integrated GPU into the CPU or as a single graphics adapter with PCI …
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