Chassis Chieftec Libra LF-01B-OP Review

Chieftec is the company that tries to satisfy the needs of any customer, by supplying multifarious PC hardware. Its latest chassis series, codenamed Libra, is primarily aiming at gamers due to its splashy design and elaborated layout. Chassis Libra LF-01B-OP is a senior model in the series that is distinguished by a more distinct gaming directionality: ATX form-factor, bottom-part PSU localization, a line of fans, dock station for hard drives, and some other pleasing facilities.



Design


Chieftec Libra LF-01B-OP is notable by restrained design peculiarities with a bit rounded angles and straight lines. The casing is totally black from the outside and inside with the wee bit dull surfacing. The upper panel is made of plastic; its larger part is taken by a grid that serves a means of hot air blow-out. Closer to its front part, one can find a dock station for 3.5/2.5-inch drives and a recess for peripheral components. Interface panel is introduced by two USB 3.0 ports and the …

HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

Monitor Samsung SyncMaster SA950 Review

Samsung never frustrates its devotees when it comes to the release of high-quality products. Monitor segment is not an exception. This summer the company launched a new series of FullHD monitors with ultramodern design and improved ergonomics. SyncMaster SA950 belongs to the senior model lineup and boasts the implementation of brand 3D formation technology which differs from the wide-spread Nvidia 3D Vision one. Upon the whole, this model resembles other 3D monitors, however is able to offer unmatched display facilities and user-friendly control options.



General Peculiarities and Ergonomics


SyncMaster SA950 is based on TN-array and goes with 1920x1080 resolution. The maximal loft frequency approximates 120 Hz. The major peculiarity of this model is that it supports practically any graphics cards and works with any video signal source (that is able to form 3D imaging in side-by-side, frame-by-frame, or interlace modes).


The other distinctive feature of SA950 is its …
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