Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.



Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.


The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

External RAID-boxes by Sharkoon company for five and eight HDD

SHARKOON company has presented new and more powerful external boxes for the installation

of five and eight 2.5 — or 3.5-inch hard drives with interface SATA I / II / III. The model

SHARKOON 5-Bay RAID-Station allows the organization of RAID-arrays on 0/1/3/5/10 levels,

and at SHARKOON 8-Bay RAID-Station the support of RAID 00/30/50 is realized. The 8-Bay

RAID Station supports such memory modes: Clone, Large, Clean/Single.



It doesn’t matter where such models of raid-boxes are used. It can be a home collection or office equipment, still the product will show its effectiveness. Both products are available in black, made ​of steel SECC, have a plastic front panel, is cooled by a 120-millimeter fan and can be connected via USB 3.0 port or eSATA. The configuration of the RAID modes is done quickly and easily through the DIP switch located on the backside of the case.


At the same time SHARKOON 5-Bay RAID-Station weighs 4 kg and has dimensions of 282 x

150 x 215 mm. …

Western Digital Teases My Passport Wireless External HDD

WD’s inventory of hard drives embraces a large variety of universal handheld models, as well as ultrahigh volume specialized ones. Now the line of products welcomes a new, wireless external drive – My Passport Wireless. Its major peculiarity is the support of Wi-Fi technology that promotes for the usage of its all facilities by varied mobile devices. Official release is scheduled for October, 2014. Pricing will rely upon the volume: up to $129 — for 500 GB model, up to $179 and $219 — for 1 TB and 2 TB models respectively.



Along with wireless interface, My Passport features USB 3.0 port for the connection with PC. It ensures the highest data transfer speed, providing an ideal solution for storage, transfer and backup of operational data, archives, and other content. At the same time, the integration of Wi-Fi adapter allows the drive to create an individual wireless network with up to eight devices enabled. Moreover, MIMO technology is called to dramatically improve …
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