‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.



Design and Ergonomics


Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …

Gigabyte Intros Micro-ATX Motherboards on Intel H81 Express Chipset

Gigabyte Technology introduces three new motherboards of micro-ATX form-factor, based on Intel H81 Express chipset. The new-comers, entitled GA-H81M-DS2, GA-H81M-D3V and GA-H81M-D2V, are equipped with LGA1150 socket that supports Intel Haswell CPUs. Their efficiency and durability is the result of the implementation of Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus concept, On/Off Charge and UEFI DualBIOS technologies, as well as of prime capacitors with a solid electrolyte. Each motherboard is unique, so the specifications of each item are worth of being detailed.



Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2 features:

— 226 x 170 mm dimensions;

— the possibility of integrating up to 16 GB of two-channel DDR3 memory with up to 1600 MHz frequency;

— a pair of SATA II and SATA III ports;

— a pair of PCI Express x1 slots and a single PCI Express x16 slot;

— gigabit Ethernet port;

— Realtek ALC887 controller with the support of HD Audio sounding;

— rear I/O panel with RJ-45 port, D-Sub, …

Gigabyte Puts on Sale Motherboard GA-H61M-DS2 Model

Gigabyte has put on sale across a Japanese market its entry-level motherboard entitled GA-H61M-DS2 Rev.3. The board is developed in a micro-ATX form-factor and takes Intel H61 Express chipset as the basis. It is predestined for Socket LGA 1155 and all compatible with it CPU lines: Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium, Intel Core i3, i5, and i7. One of the most distinguishing features ascribed to this model is the employment of Ultra Durable 4 Classic components that protect all internal elements from such unfavorable impacts as humidity, voltage instability, high temperatures, and electrostatic discharge.



The other promising news is that Gigabyte offers two variations of GA-H61M-DS2 model with DVI/HDMI ports on the rear panel (GA-H61M-DS2 DVI and GA-H61M-DS2 HDMI correspondingly). The basic model does not have either of such interfaces but is still rich in various ports: a couple of PS/2, three standard audio slots, four USB 2.0 ports, one RJ-45, and a single D-Sub port.

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