Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.



Integration


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Chassis Corsair Carbide 500R Review

Corsair manufacturers have complemented their Carbide line of chassis with a new model 500R. Corsair Carbide 500R is known to be a convenient solution for gaming PCs due to the capability of installing practically all up-to-date graphics cards. Despite the innovations implemented in this chassis, IT specialists, as well as average customers, cannot but compare 500R with its predecessor 400R. This is because both models have got a number of similar features which differentiate the chassis from products of other manufacturers.



Layout


The possibility to choose the color of chassis is considered to be an outstanding feature of Carbide 500R. The user is offered either totally black casing or milk-white casing with black framing; the combination of colors creates an overall positive impression about the chassis’ design. Chassis 500R in black color doesn’t differ so much from its 400R predecessor except of upper plate plastic framing and shape of ventilation grid.

Corsair …

MSI Introduces Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX Graphics Card

All devotees of mini-ITX PC systems now can enjoy the privileges of innovative graphics solutions with a remarkable Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX adapter. The new-comer features 170x120x35 mm dimensions only and fits any modern small-sized chassis. It is based on AMD Curacao XT GPU that boasts 1280 stream processors and offers nominal, as well as overclocked operational frequencies. The card supports the latest DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 standards, in addition to the bunch of AMD’s proprietary technologies (i.e. Eyefinity, Mantle, PowerTune, Stream, CrossFireX, PowerPlay, HD3D, etc.).



MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX is able to demonstrate three different operational modes: Silent, Gaming, OC. The nominal clock frequency in all modes makes up 1030 MHz, however during overclocking this index rises up to 1050 MHz – Silent mode, 1070 MHz – Gaming mode, and 1080 MHz – OC mode. The GPU is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface); it runs at 1400 MHz/5600 MHz …
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