Fractal Design Define R5: Silent Chassis for Ambitious Systems

Fractal Design has recently added a new R5 model to its renowned Define series. The new-comer is targeting enthusiasts longing for high performance combined with silent operation. It is represented in two chassis modifications — with an acrylic side window ($119.99) and with a blind side panel ($109.99) – as well as in three color versions: white, black, and titanium. The case is ready to accommodate motherboards of nearly all formats (mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX) with the maximum of 7 expansion slots.

Featuring 531x462x232 mm dimensions, Fractal Design Define R5 offers a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, eight 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 2.5-inch drive bays. Herein, if necessary, all of them might be removed to allow for the installation of long graphics cards (up to 310 mm), of high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm), and of varied heatspreaders. Besides, due to a well-elaborated framework, the drives can be fixed and removed without any tools.

To continue, this chassis boasts the …

SilverStone Announces a Powerful CPU Fan FHP141

SilverStone Technology, a well-known Taiwanese designer of PC peripherals, announces the release of its new powerful fan codenamed FHP141. The model features 140 mm dimensions and weighs not more than 220 g. It is chiefly intended at the integration into highly efficient CPU cooling systems to provide for the utmost cooling effect. However, the manufacturer hasn't voiced the exact release date or recommended price yet.

Fan SilverStone FHP141 is enclosed into a black frame and houses wide impeller section with seven blades. It is based on a durable dual ball bearing and is estimated for one hundred fifty thousand hours of foolproof operation in average; that is considered to be a good ratio for such type of fans. This model is distinguished by the implementation of PWM speed monitoring system that adjusts rotational speed on changeable conditions.

The manufacturer has presumed dual rotational template for its FHP141 fan: Quiet and Power modes. The alteration of modes is …

Asus Boasts One More Graphics Adapter with a Two-Slot Cooler

Asus has replenished its graphics card series based on Kepler architecture with a brand variation of one-chip GeForce GTX 680 adapter. Brand Asus GeForce GTX 680 card has been developed on an original in design circuit board and is notable by the doubled to 4GB GDDR5 memory capacity. Nevertheless, the most outstanding characteristic of a new product is the implementation of a two-slot cooling system, codenamed DirectCU II. Earlier Asus equipped its GeForce GTX 680 adapters with three-slot coolers.

The company decided to concentrate mainly on the introduction of an uncommon cooling system, leaving all frequency showings identical to the recommended by Nvidia index. Thus, graphics core operates at 1006 MHz frequency, while memory module works at 6008 MHz. Memory chips are soldered on both sides of the circuit board. The reverse side of PCB is covered by an aluminum plate that is in direct contact with GDDR5 chips.

Some IT professionals dare assuming that the rejection of …
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