Sapphire, the new compact Nitro M1 case is what fans have been waiting for

Sapphire, the new compact Nitro M1 case is what fans have been waiting for


Sapphire is primarily known for its AMD Radeon graphics cards, but it seems the company is certainly not afraid to diversify its products. In fact, the company recently unveiled its new Nitro M01 chassis, designed to compete with the best PC cases. The item possesses a very sleek look and is compatible with Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards.

Credit: Sapphire Sapphire has designed its Nitro M01 chassis to a large extent (spotted by @momomo_us ) to promote its brand and offer something very elegant and practical to loyal customers who use its graphics cards. The chassis features the Sapphire logo on the aluminum front panel and the Nitro logo on the right bulkhead, while on the left side we find a tempered glass window.

Following the latest trends in the world of gaming PCs, Sapphire Nitro M01 is a rather compact case with an intelligent internal architecture capable of ensuring good airflow, compatibility with large CPU coolers, generously sized power supplies (up to 245mm in length), several 2.5 "storage devices ( up to seven) and 3.5 ”(up to two) and Sapphire's high-end video cards up to 335mm long with sophisticated air cooling systems or even hybrids. The unit has an optional side bracket to mount a 240mm radiator.

Credit: Sapphire The chassis is equipped with several RGB LEDs, two USB 3.0 Type-A connectors and 3.5mm audio jack in the front. Since Sapphire Nitro M01 is a compact chassis, it has some trade-offs. For example, systems with multiple drives will not bea> able to accommodate additional fans while very large power supplies will hinder the installation of graphics cards with large heatsinks, but this type of limitation is common on smaller builds.

Unfortunately, at the moment the marketing of the Nitro M01 case is planned only in China, but the company may decide to bring it to other markets in the future. Currently, the price of the device remains unknown.

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$100m sapphire cluster found in Sri Lanka garden

Authorities in Sri Lanka say that the world’s largest star sapphire cluster has been accidentally discovered in a backyard.

A gem trader explained that the stone was found by workmen who were digging a well in his home, located in the gem-rich Ratnapura area.

Experts say that the stone has an estimated value of up to $100 million (£72 million) in the international market.

The cluster weighs around 510 kilograms or 2.5 million carats, is pale blue in colour and has been called the “Serendipity Sapphire.”

“The person who was digging the well alerted us about some rare stones. Later we stumbled upon this huge specimen,” said Mr Gamage, the owner of the stone, reported the BBC.

Mr Gamage, is a third-generation gem trader and on discovering the sapphire informed authorities about the find. However, it took over one year to clean the stone of mud and other impurities before it could be analysed and certified as a sapphire.

Some stones fell out of the cluster during the cleaning process, these were found to be high quality star sapphires, said Mr Gamage.

Experts have however pointed out that even though the specimen has a high carat value, this may not apply to all the stones in the cluster.

The name Ratnapura means city of gems in Sinhalese; the city is known as the gem capital of the South Asian country.

Sri Lanka is a leading exporter of precious gems including sapphires, indeed in 2020, the country earned about half a billion dollars through the export of gems, cut diamonds and jewellery.

The news comes as Sri Lanka’s gem industry has suffered losses as a result of pandemic induced lockdowns.

Many who work in the industry hope the the “Serendipity Stone” will act to attract international buyers and experts.

“It is a special star sapphire specimen, probably the biggest in the world. Given the size and its value, we think it will interest private collectors or museums,” the Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka, Thilak Weerasinghe, said.