Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.

Design and Framework

The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Xigmatek Outs Midgard III Case with Wireless Charger Dock

Xigmatek, a renowned Taiwanese designer of prime-class PC hardware, has launched a follower of the well-known Midgard case series – the Midgard III. It features 409(d)x515(h)x260(w) mm dimensions, always ready to accommodate mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and standard ATX motherboards. The case has got a sleek stern design, though is peculiar by the availability of a unique wireless charger station (Qi standard), leaving all competitors way behind (in terms of connectivity).

Xigmatek Midgard III comes with three external 5.25-inch bays, eight internal 3.5/2.5-inch bays, and seven expansion slots for add-ons. The framework is predestined to accommodate standard ATX/EPS power supply units, CPU coolers of 160 mm in height, graphics cards of 330 mm in length, and heatsinks of 300x50 mm dimensional type. The hidden in the top-front facet I/O panel houses Reset button, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports, and two audio in/out sockets.

Optimal airflow within the …

Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …
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