New Midi-Tower Chassis Series Xpredator X1 from Aerocool

The line of chassis designed by Aerocool has been supplemented by a new Xpredator series codenamed X1. The series is developed in midi-tower form-factor and will be of particular interest to gamers and enthusiasts. The chassis is ready to support the motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers up to 158 mm in height and graphics cards up to 400 mm in length. As one might see, internal layout is quite spacious and does not yield to the full-tower models.




Aerocool Xpredator X1 is delivered in black and white edition. Both editions are distinguished by a splashy and provoking design. Black edition combines black casing, scaly red top panel, and grid-like red frontal panel. White edition combines white casing with black inclusions. The casing itself is made of SPCC steel which reliably protects all internal components from adverse external factors.


Xpredator X1 is able to accommodate up to twelve 120 mm fans. Three fans can be installed on the frontal panel, …

EK Water Blocks to Pass Out EK-CoolStream WE Heatsinks

EK Water Blocks, a renowned manufacturer of enthusiast-level waterblocks, is about to vend its newest series of heatsinks. Codenamed EK-CoolStream WE, the new-comers feature Circle SQuare (CSQ) design that shows compatibility with practically all water/liquid-cooling systems. They employ high-quality copper pipes and fins, as well as brass alloy enclosures which provide for an adequate cooling of entrusted components.



EK-CoolStream WE heatsinks are ready to welcome additional fans of 180x180x25 mm dimensions. Most notably, the company recommends using EK-FAN 180 PWM fan based on a fluid-dynamic bearing, estimated for 30.000 hours of foolproof operation. This model operates at 500-900 RPM, ensuring sufficient airflow thanks to the well-trimmed blades. The installation of fittings is possible due to the availability of G ¼ thread.


Pricing depends on the delivery kit. Therefore, a unitary heatsink of 180 mm costs 61.95 EUR, dual heatsink of 360 mm comes at 84.95 EUR, and …

Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.



Key Peculiarities


Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …
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