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The Raijintek Asterion Plus & Asterion Classic

Bringing competition to the high-end of to the market , Raijintek has launched two new E-ATX size chassis – The Raijintek Asterion Plus & The Asterion Classic. Straying further and further away from the "Transformer-esque" theme of earlier products and keeping more in-line with the elegant aesthetics set by their most recent designs, Raijintek's latest chassis certainly catch the eye – looking rather distinct while adopting more modern design traits, the visual transition from "Gamer With Attitude" to "Minimalistic Sophistication" is evident.

Making use of dual transparent side-panels with the only differing factor between the two models being a hinged-door – with acrylic windows on the Plus, and a tempered glass construction on the Asterion Classic – both chassis do well to stand-out amongst themselves all the while catering to personal preferences.

 

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Do you actually know these acronyms?

Acronyms are used every day in the computing world and users may not necessarily know what the abbreviation stands for, or even the meaning behind it, so we have picked commonly used acronyms to explain the meaning.

DDR is common when talking about memory, and it stands for Double Data Rate. So what is Double Data Rate? It is technology that allows data to be transferred on the rising and falling edges of the clock signal, this increases the data rate by two compared to singular data rate. There are different DDR names, DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4, over time the Double Data Rate has increased in speed giving faster memory speeds.

FPS is used frequently, however in the gaming world it two different meanings, first of all, it can stand for First Person Shooter, a genre of game where the user’s perspective is from the eyes of the protagonist. Examples include, Counter Strike, Call of Duty and Battlefield. The second meaning is Frames Per Second, this is the number of frames in the game or application that can be rendered in one second by the computer. More powerful hardware will help providing a higher number of FPS, giving the game more fluid and enjoyable gameplay.

SSDs are becoming vastly popular, this acronym is short for Solid State Drive, it has the same functionality as a normal hard drive, but is much faster when it comes to moving files and faster loading times. Having an SSD installed in your computer can really improve the speed of your computer, making it faster when turning on your PC but also faster when loading games and applications.

ATX is Advanced Technology Extended, it is a form factor specification and it sets standard sizes and connections for motherboards and power supply units. In relation to motherboards, ATX is the full-size motherboard layout, however there are smaller standard motherboard sizes such as micro-ATX and mini-ITX and also there is a larger standard form factor that is e-ATX. In terms of power supplies, they all have the same height and width, however only the depth varies therefore most ATX power supply units will fit a standard ATX case.

BIOS is the Basic Input Output System, it is a very basic software presented on the motherboard, the BIOS loads before anything else does on the computer and allows the user to control the hardware and the operation. This is something of great interest to computer enthusiasts, it allows overclockers to tweak the hardware further potentially to get further speeds.

APU is a Accelerated Processing Unit, a term used by AMD that includes the processor and graphics core onto the same package. This allows for a better link between graphics and processor, and reduces the system power requirement and latencies as both of these key processors are included on the same package.

NAS is extremely important for personal and business storage solutions, the term NAS stands for Network Attached Storage and it can be very basic or complicated depending on the setup. It means that there is a hard drive that is available to use over a network, and people often use a small dedicated NAS box with a number of hard drives running in a RAID array.

RAID also known as Redundant Array of Inexpensive (or Independent) Disks, it is not a backup, but it is a way to link several hard drives together to increase performance and in some cases offer a measure of redundancy. Commonly used is RAID 0 (Needs at least 2 drives, moves data around faster. No capacity lost, but if one drive fails all your data is gone.) and RAID 1 (Needs at least 2 drives, likely to be zero change in speed but you only have the capacity of one drive. If one drive dies, you don't loose any data. This is frequently confused with a backup).

The last but not least is one you can share with your friends.

PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard; One of the most difficult hardware/software errors to resolve. Reboot suggested.

 

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The all-new BitFenix Pandora ATX!

We have expanded the BitFenix Pandora range today by introducing the all-new Pandora ATX. Following the same premium aesthetics with supreme functionality as the Pandora M-ATX. – The Pandora ATX offers the same desired unique styling combined with great capabilities for full sized ATX motherboards and one 360mm radiator, forming a great canvas for PC builders to be creative with a custom build project.

The Pandora ATX initially launches exclusively in black, with two versions available – Pandora ATX and Pandora ATX Core. The former is equipped with the 2.8” ICON LCD display in the front, allowing for an added personalised touch of the front fascia. This is achieved by an easy-to-use drag-and-drop software solution, with the display itself connected by a USB header to the motherboard.

Internally, the Pandora ATX stays true to the BitFenix DNA of innovation – this time mainly evident in the one-piece power cover design, effectively creating a separate bottom chamber for the PSU and HDDs at the bottom. This solution gives added space for exposure of hardware for modding projects, improves case rigidity and shields HDD and PSU noise.

Cooling is provided out of the box by the built-in 1x140mm (front) and 1x120mm (rear) fans, but the Pandora ATX is compatible with some pretty advanced watercooling builds. Supporting a 360mm radiator, top or front, and with dedicated brackets and supports for pumps and reservoirs, it makes for a truly dexterous base for any water cooling project.

In terms of expansion capabilities, the Pandora ATX comes with support for up to 440mm long graphics cards, 4x 2.5” SSDs and 4x 3.5” HDDs. Maximum PSU length is 220 mm, while CPU cooler height is a maximum of 160mm.

 
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