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 …

Top-Tier Chassis Zalman H1 Review

Zalman has long been deprived of a full-tower flagship PC chassis, after it discontinued the line of GS1200. The anticipation of a new etalon was accompanied by an overall market uncertainty as for the future of desktop platforms. Luckily, laptops and tablets couldn’t fully satisfy the customers’ growing needs, so Zalman decided to fire off with a new top-tier case, entitled H1. Stylish and magnetic from outside, this model has a lot of interesting options in the bins. Let’s have a look at them.



Key Features


Zalman H1 is a full-tower case, featuring 561x238x570 mm dimensions. The chassis is made of steel, aluminum and a high-quality plastic, with exterior and interior totally painted black. Internal layout allows for the installation of motherboards with elongated PCBs, including E-ATX and XL-ATX models. The model houses three external bays for 5.25-inch drives, seven internal bays for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives as well as nine expansion slots.


The case boasts some …

Greeting Omni-Purpose HQ720 & HQ740 Water Coolers from Zalman

Zalman has gladdened all devotees of liquid cooling by introducing a pair of new solutions: the HQ720 & the HQ740. Both models are targeting all modern as well as outdated platforms, including Intel LGA 115x/LGA 1366/LGA 2011/LGA 2011-v3 & AMD FM1/FM2/FM2+/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+. The first model comes equipped with a single fan, while the second one – with two fans.



Zalman HQ720 & HQ740 feature a high-performance heatsink, made of aluminum. It is accompanied by a copper pump (62x62x35 mm) that operates at 12V voltage. Its MTBF makes up 75.000 hours. The integrated water pump consists of micro-channels and a pair of hoses.


The fans (120 mm) are based on fluid bearing, estimated for 60.000 hours of fool-proof operation. They support PWM technology that allows for varying the rotational speed from 800 to 2000 RPM. Besides, they employ 4-pin connectors.


The fans are able to deliver up to 107.41 CFM airflow, whereas the noise level remains within the range of 18-24.8 dB. If …
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