Haswell processors for laptops will consume up to 57 W, desktop - up to 100

Intel provides with three graphics levels: GT1, GT2 and GT3. Desktop processors won’t receive graphics performance higher than GT2, but mobile processors will be able to boast of with GT3 class. Support of PCI Express 3.0 for Haswell processors will be quite usual characteristics, but at the memory controller little progress is seen — yet provides dual-channel DDR3-1600.



By energy consumption Haswell desktop versions will be divided into models with values of 35, 45, 65 and 95 watts of TDP level. For mobile processors the values are ​​37, 47 and 57 W. Finally, ultra book processors with built-in system logic will be filled by TDP level not more than 15 watts. It is assumed that this will enable them, among other things, be in standby mode up to 10 days without charge.


The desire of Intel to compete with AMD in terms of performance integrated in graphics processor, will add some work to companies producing cooling systems for laptops. The developers report about …

Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.



Basic Features


Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.


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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Gold Power Modules Feature a Lighted Fan

The Thermaltake Company has announced its new power supply units series, called Toughpower Grand RGB Gold. It is represented by three models, featuring the capacity of 650, 750 and 850 W.



Lighting is one of the peculiarities of these products. In this case a 140 mm Riing 14 fan, intended for cooling power supply units, is lighted. It’s worth noting, that at low load the fan stops operating.


The novelties feature an entirely modular hookup of cables construction and a low fluctuation level, which doesn’t exceed 30 mV. They are equipped with Japanese capacitors of high quality and possess an 80 Plus Gold Certificate.


The dimensions of these models are the following: 150 х 86 х 160 mm. MTBF value is claimed to be 120,000 hrs.


The price of the power supply units lies in the range of $90–120.
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