Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.



Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.


The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …

Biostar Launches High-Performance Motherboards TZ77B

Biostar has recently introduced its new series of motherboards, codenamed Biostar TZ77B, and is currently starting mass delivery of them to the market. TZ77B model is developed on Intel Z77 logics kit and goes in ATX form-factor. Manufacturers claim that the new series is able to ensure high performance and stability of operation at moderate price. These motherboards support all LGA1155 processors Intel Core (i3, i5 and i7) of the 2nd and 3rd generation.



Powerful graphics core DirectX 11, integrated into Intel Core processors (of the third generation), enables the compatibility with the majority of up-dated 3D games and HDMI 3D Visual technology. Video output is realized via digital HDMI, VGA (analogue), and DVI (with HDCP technology) interfaces. The availability of PCI-E 3.0 x16, PCI-E x16 2.0 (x4) and PCI-E x1 2.0 interfaces adds facilities for digital graphics.


Biostar TZ77B proves to demonstrate up to 95W TDP level, including unblocked CPU with K index. The motherboard …

Toshiba Introduces OCZ VT180 & TR150 2.5-Inch SSDs

As part of the Computex 2016, Toshiba introduced a couple of OCZ-branded 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drives. The OCZ VT180 & the OCZ TR150 are available in four capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB & 960 GB. The key differentiation between the two models lies in the choice of memory type; the first SSD employs MLC NAND chips, whereas the second item uses TLC NAND chips. The pair also differs by warranty liabilities, offering 5- and 3-year’s limited packages correspondingly.



Toshiba OCZ VT180 employs SATA III interface, featuring 100.45x69.75x7 mm dimensions. Its sequential Read/Write data transfer speed makes up 550/440 MBs across the line. At the same time, random Read/Write specs vary from 85.000-95.000 IOPS/90.000 IOPS respectively. The drive consumes 3.7 W power in active mode, reducing this level to 0.89 W in standby mode.


This model is estimated for 1.500.000 hours of fool-proof operation. Moreover, it supports such advanced technologies as SMART, TRIM and Idle Time …
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