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Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part II)

So, let's continue reviewing the new motherbord recently released by the MSI company — Z270 Gaming M5.


UEFI Features

The MSI company UEFI appearance has not at all changed. It is called the Click BIOS 5. A mechanism M-Flash, which has already worked without any remarks, is used to update the firmware. Basic mode allows to learn in detail about the processor, memory and storage devices used in the system. Moreover, here you can customize the work of coolers, enable XMP profile, or use the services of instant acceleration realized by the company’s engineers. The selected shell items may be optionally gathered in one of the five individual sections.


Hardware Monitor component will show the four most important current values for voltages acceleration. Just six coolers can change the momentum by scripts generated on the board. An interactive version is exclusively used for CPU 1 and PUMP 1 pads. The four system fans operate initially at a fixed speed, but still you can …

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The Just-launched QF140 PC Case Fans Have Been Presented by Cryorig

Welcome brand-new chassis fans from the Cryorig Company. The new series, called QF140, is represented by two 140 mm models – QF140 Silent and QF140 Performance.



The names are self-explanatory and suggest, that the difference between the two samples lies in the rotary speed and in the noise factor. The QF140 Silent fan rotates at the speed of 200–1,000 rpm and produces not more than 19.5 dBA of noise at the maximum 71.5 m³/hr air flow rate. The rotation velocity of QF140 Performance equals to 600–1850 rpm at the noise level of 38 dBA. Its productive capacity is 217 m³/hr.


Both Cryorig products weigh 159.3 g and have such identical dimensions: 140 х 140 х 25.4 mm. The fans feature eleven blades and for the most part are designed in black and white colours.


Each model goes for $15.

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The Designer Series of BenQ Monitors Has Been Widened by the 27-inch PD2710QC Model

A new model of BenQ monitors under the PD2710QC codename has recently broadened the Designer line. This novelty, with Animation, Darkroom and CAD/CAM special modes preinstalled, is intended for designers and professionals working with graphics and video.



PD2710QC has an IPS 27-inch LCD panel with the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. Its brightness factor is 350 cd/m2, contrast ratio – 1000:1, and the response time – 12 ms. The device covers 100 % of sRGB and Rec.709 sets of colours, as well as supports Flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies.


Among other peculiarities of this BenQ product one can notice embedded speakers of the total 2 W capacity and a convertible stand, which allows to adjust the height in the 130 mm range and to change the landscape display operation mode into the portrait one.


The interface contains an HDMI, a DisplayPort and a USB-C port.

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Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part I)

MSI motherboards game series enjoys steady popularity, so let’s start getting acquainted with the updated line of products based on Intel Z270 with a simple average model having the M5 index.


Technical Characteristics

This is a full-featured product with few bonuses and no sharp simplifications in its design. The power subsystem looks quite convincing and an additional controller for USB 3.1 ports on the rear panel is engaged.


The total set of possibilities is as follows:


Model: MSI Z270 Gaming M5 (MS-7A78 VER: 1.0) Chipset: Intel Z270 Processor sockets: Socket 1151 Processors: Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron (Skylake-S, Kaby Lake-S) Memory: 4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM 2133/2400/2600 */ 2800 */ 3000 */ 3200 */ 3600 */ 3800 *(OC), a maximum of 64 GB PCI-E slots: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 + x0, x8 + x8) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4)3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 M.2: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280/22110)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280)


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Galaxy Microsystems Releases Two New Graphics Cards, Based on NVIDIA Pascal – KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 EXOC Sniper White and GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper White

The two novelties by Galaxy Microsystems – GeForce GTX 1080 EXOC Sniper White and GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper White – are highlighted not only due to their white colouring, but also due to their non-reference cooler and PC-board design, to the factory overclocking and to the LED-backlighting of fans and the aluminium back plate.



These specialties are equipped with a two-slot cooler possessing several copper nickel-plated heat pipes. There are two memory chip life wires and an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI-E Power connectors.

The main cooling system contains an aluminium heat dissipator for VRM transistors and a pair of 100 mm fans.


Based on the GP104-400 chip, the top-of-the-line model operates 2,560 streaming processors, 160 TMUs, 64 rendering blocks and 256-bit line, which works together with the 8 GB GDDR5X RAM. The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 EXOC Sniper White frequency formula looks like 1,657–1,797/1,250(10,000) MHz for the core and memory respectively.


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The Gole1 Mini-PC Can Operate in the Tablet Mode

A new version of the hybrid mini-PC by the Chinese Gole company is called Gole1 Plus. It is supplied with a touch screen and can operate in a tablet mode.



This specialty is equipped with an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4 GB of RAM memory and a 64 GB flash drive for data storage. The 8-inch display increases the efficiency of Windows OS running during using the mini-PC as a tablet. The capacity of the battery equals to 5,000 mAh and allows to utilize the nettop disconnected.


This device possesses an HDMI port, a USB 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports, one microSD slot, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 modules. The dimensions of Gole1 Plus are the following: 19.86 × 13.6 × 2.7 cm.


In the nearest future this model will be available at the price of $200.

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In 2017 the Enermax Co. Will Hold to Its Tradition to Produce “Illuminated” Chassis

The Taiwan Enermax Company has launched a tradition to produce illuminated products and it goes to keep to it this year.



One of such novelties is the Mid-Tower Saberay PC case, the name of which is associated with its exterior, featuring two bright lines, stretching from the upper and back panels junction to the lower part of the front side, grid segments on the front and upper panels, as well as a big tempered glass window on the left side. It provides a possibility to observe the glaring backlighting of inner parts.


Inner part is divided into two sectors. According to forward estimates it is going to hold 6 fans. The framework offers mounting seats for ATX, Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboards, seven PCI Express expansion cards, several 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, one 5.25-inch device and an ATX-compatible power supply unit. For the purpose of cooling inner components 120–360 mm liquid-cooling system heatsinks can be utilized.


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Amazon Has Put Intel NUC6CAYS Mini-PCs Up for Sale at the Price of $233

Being announced a short while ago, the Intel NUC6CAYS mini-PC has not been on sale yet. Though recently it has become known, that Amazon started to sell this product at the price of $233, and its cost has already decreased to $215.



NUC6CAYS is equipped with the Celeron J3455 CPU from the Intel Apollo Lake line. The 4-core central processing unit operates at the 1.5–2.3 GHz frequency. It features the 2 GB DDR3L-1600 random-access memory, the 32 GB eMMC module, the HD Graphics 500 graphics processing unit and two SO-DIMM slots. The case offers space for the 2.5-inch drive with the 6 Gbps SATA interface.


The device supports (1x1) Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet. It is also fitted with a VGA, an HDMI 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports. The 65 W external power pack is added to the supply kit.

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Noctua NH-D9L Review

So let’s review an alternative cooling system Noctua NH-D9L which is in many ways similar to the previously released Noctua NH-U9S. It is at least attractive because it is a miniature copy of Noctua NH-D15. But the question is: why was it needed to release two models with similar parameters and effectiveness in the 92mm fan cooler segment, which is not the most popular one.


Equipment

Packaging is on the highest level traditional for Noctua. All the necessary information is presented on the box sides. The following components are included in addition to a radiator and a fan:

• reinforcement plate for Intel LGA115h sockets; • mounting studs for Intel LGA2011 and LGA 2011-3 sockets; • mounting feet and plastic stands for the Intel sockets; • mounting feet, plastic stands and screws for the AMD sockets; • knurled nuts to secure the feet on the Intel sockets; • additional brackets for mounting the second fan; • silicone gaskets for fans; • crosshead …

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A Solid Jonsbo U1 PLUS Gaming ITX PC Case Makes a Real Difference

Gaming Mini-ITX PC Cases are becoming more and more popular from day to day. At present, among them we can distinguish the latest U1 PLUS model from Jonsbo, which is notable for its inner space optimization.



This framework weighs only 2.77 kg, and its 170 × 220 × 320 mm dimensions allow to install graphics cards up to 195 mm long and CPU coolers up to 133 mm high. The SFX format power supply units can be utilized with this product. There’s also a potential for embedding two 2.5” drives and an M.2 storage device. In the lower part of the chassis one can find enough room to mount a 80 mm fan for additional cooling and a dust filter.


The sturdily constructed Jonsbo U1 PLUS is manufactured out of 4 mm aluminum-magnesium alloy; and its side panel is made out of the 5 mm tempered glass.


The novelty is designed in two colour variants – black and silver, so users can choose any to their liking. Shockproof legs advantageously contribute to the exterior.

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