MSI B75IA-E33 - cost-effective Mini-ITX board for processors Ivy Bridge

In early August, it was mentioned about the fact that MSI developer of motherboards is preparing to release three new products in the form factor Mini-ITX on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77. As it turned out, the first low-cost board will be MSI B75IA-E33 — it will start selling in Europe at the end of this week at prices ranging from € 95.



The functionality of this product is limited with respect to the other two models; however, a set of components in B75IA-E33 is very decent. LGA1155 processor socket is energized by three phases (provides additional power to the ATX12V 4-pin), hidden under a small cooler chipset Intel B75. Available one connector PCI Express 3.0 x16, two slots for memory modules DDR3-1066/1333/1600 total up to 16 GB, SATA port 6Gb / s and SATA 3 Gbit / s (3 units) to connect storage devices.


A pair of USB 3.0 on the rear panel are completed with a 19-pin connector on the PCB, through which on the front panel I / O can be taken two SuperSpeed USB. The …

Spire Tricer 1411 Chassis

The micro ATX PC series has been recently joined up by the Tricer 1411 model. This new PC framework matches the up-to-date specification benchmark and system architecting norms. The Tricer 1411 possesses all special aspects, necessary for a Micro ATX tower case, among which one can find 4 × 120 mm fan mountings and a 120 mm black fan on the rear.



The front design is simple and stylish, though featuring full functionality. Spire Tricer 1411 chassis is designed out of 0.45 mm SPCC steel and is easy to assemble. The Optical, HDD or SSD Drives can be mounted. There are USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and AC97/HD audio ports on the front panel.

Key features:

• Front 1×USB 3.0, 2×USB 2.0 and HD/AC97/AUDIO

• SD/TF card reader

• Solid steel construction

• Compatible with Micro ATX mainboards

• Easy to install

• Refined internal area design

• Enough place for 2×92 mm and 2×120 mm cooling fans

• 1×120 mm black cooling fan on the rear in standard samples

• 2 …

Intel Claims Its Clover Trail More Efficient than Tegra 3

The stonewall in the tablet and mobile CPU segment is gradually mounting, with Intel and Nvidia increasing their influence and rivalry. Hence, Intel's developers claim that its latest tablet processor, two-core Atom Clover Trail, surpasses Nvidia's Tegra 3 in both performance and power consumption. To be precise, Clover Trail proves to be more efficient in a range of applications, but at the same time, it consumes power twice less than its counterpart. To exemplify such claims, Intel takes Imagination Technologies graphics that consumes less power than Tegra 3.



Numerous testing results conducted by Intel and some leading IT analysts demonstrate that Tegra 3 with four main cores and one additional core is slower that Clover Trail. Testing of performance and power consumption has been held on Microsoft Surface RT with Tegra 3 chip and Windows 8 tablet with Clover Trail chip. Nevertheless, Intel hasn't conducted any comparison in mobile OS from Google.


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