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 …

HIS submitted a non-reference card Radeon HD 7970 X

Hightech Information System Company has completed the development of its secret weapon — the video card HIS 7970 X. The relatively modest-looking product, according to producer’s statement, is equipped with a (18 +1 +1)-channel power supply system, high-performance cooler IceQ X2 and non-standard set of ports — four Mini DisplayPort, single DVI and HDMI. The technology AMD Eyefinity 6 is supported — simultaneous work with six monitors. Clock frequency speeds up model 1000/6000 MHz for core and memory respectively. Hong Kong vendor assigns a novelty to a class of graphics cards Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

The cooler is composed by a copper base, three 6-mm and two 8-mm heat pipes, ribs (cooler chips on the VRM and RAM), an aluminum radiator. A pair of 90-mm fan cool the core of Tahiti XT (2048 shaders, 384-bit memory bus) which combines with 3072 MB of memory GDDR5. Additional power is provided by two 8-pin connectors PCI-E Power, in addition memory individually powered …

New Voluminous External SSDs with Thunderbolt Ports from LaCie

Demands of customers towards external SSD solutions are even tougher than towards traditional built-in drives. This is primarily explained by the aesthetic considerations, and secondly, by the space taken by the device. LaCie has recently announced the release of two external SSD models which are differentiated by an extraordinary design. The upcoming drives are codenamed LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt and will be delivered in two capacity variations: 512 GB and 1 TB. Last year the manufacturer introduced a similar model line but with smaller capacity (up to 240 GB) and different interface (SATA II).

New LaCie LittleBig Disk Thunderbolt drives feature SATA III interface and are based on two 2.5-inch SSDs. Those drives might be combined into different RAID configurations (RAID 0, 1). Upon the whole, the models are housed in ultramodern aluminum casing which serves two purposes: aesthetic and practical. Their design can be described as stylish and refined, while the casing …
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