‘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 …

New Motherboard from Gigabyte with Ultra Durable 4 Classic Design

Gigabyte has recently introduced a new motherboard intended specifically for the creation of budgetary entry-level systems. Codenamed Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3H, the model is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and features 226x174 mm dimensions. Chipset Intel H61 Express secures all key functions of the board, while the support of Socket LGA1155 empowers the incorporation of CPUs based on Intel Ivy Bridge and Intel Sandy Bridge architecture.



GA-H61M-USB3H features only two 240-contact DIMM slots for the installation of up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333 MHz memory. Video subsystem might have dual nature: it might either employ an integrated into CPU graphics core or use an independent graphics card with PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface. Audio subsystem is represented by Realtek ALC887 controller which secures 7.1-channel sounding. Network facilities are ensured by 1x gigabit network controller powered by Realtek.


The connection of external displays is realized via three video …

NZXT Develops a New Generation of Phantom Chassis

NZXT, a company known for the development of multifarious hardware products for gamers and PC enthusiasts, announced a new generation of chassis, supplementing Phantom series. The first model designed under new technologies is codenamed Phantom 820 and will go in Full-Tower form factor. The company promises that the new product will preserve 'gaming-like' external integration with futuristic design, transparent acrylic window with bright lighting, and angular casing lines.



NZXT Phantom 820 will be compatible with a range of motherboard standards, including uITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX, and XL-ATX. Its dimensions allow for the integration of six 3.5/2.5-inch drives, four 5.25-inch drives, nine slots for expansion cards of PCI standard, and graphics adapters of up to 350 mm in length (with two HDD bays). There is also a possibility to install a water-cooling system instead of pre-installed air-cooling system.


The nominal delivery stipulates the installation of two 200 mm fans (one …
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