Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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Gigabyte Comes Out with Three New Xtreme Gaming Videocards

Gigabyte decided to supplement its Xtreme Gaming series of graphics cards with three new models, following the recent launch of 5 other items. The GV-N970Xtreme C-4GD, Gigabyte GV-N980Xtreme C-4GD and GV-N98Xtreme C-6GD greenhorns come with a modified design and adjusted clocks. The triplet is bundled with a brand OC Guru II utility to further enhance the cards’ performance.



Each model from Gigabyte Xtreme series boasts independent specifications to satisfy the needs of various customers. The only analogous feature is a set of integrated video interfaces: 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-I and 3x DisplayPort.


Gigabyte GV-N970Xtreme C-4GD rests upon Nvidia GM204-200 GPU (1664 CUDA cores), running at 1051/1178 MHz frequency. It is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit rail) that operates at 7100 MHz efficient frequency level. Gigabyte GV-N980Xtreme C-4GD is based on Nvidia GM204-400 GPU with 2048 CUDA cores; its base/dynamic frequency showings equal to 1127/1216 MHz. This model …

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.


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