Meet Tiny B150M Night Elf Mainboard from MSI

MSI has added a new micro-ATX motherboard to its Performance Gaming series of products. Entitled B150M Night Elf, the new-comer is differentiated by an outstanding black-and-red PCB design with a stylish LED lighting. The model is based on Intel B150 chipset and supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs on Skylake architecture.

MSI B150M Night Elf receives power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The VRM system is organized according to 4+2-phase scheme with passive cooling. The PCB offers four slots for the mounting of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 64 GB capacity), two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, one PCIe 3.0 x16, and one PCIe 3.0 x16@4.

Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas for the connection of various external devices there are six USB 3.1 ports (10 Gb/s). Network facilities are ensured by means of Intel I219-V controller. At the same time, audio subsystem Audio Boost 3 employs Realtek ALC1150 controller.

Furthermore, the rear panel …

‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.

Design and Ergonomics

Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …

SilverStone Debuts with SX700-LPT Power Supply Unit

SilverStone is readying to launch a powerful 700-watt PSU, entitled SX700-LPT. The new-comer boasts 80Plus Platinum certificate, since its efficiency level might reach 94%. The model is developed in SFX-L form-factor and supports Intel ATX 12V 2.4 standard. SilverStone has already listed the unit on its official site; thus, customers might expect the market launch in the nearest future.

SilverStone SX700-LPT employs a single +12V rail with the maximal output capability of 58.4 A. This power supply unit is able to operate within 90-264 V range at the peak power index of 750 W. If there is a need, it’s possible to use the entire power stock via +12V bus, rather than distributing it via +3.3 V or +5 V rails.

The model comes with a modular cable system. The inventory includes connectors for the connection of 9 SATA devices as well as 4 videocards with an additional 6+2-pin PCI-e connector. The unit is fitted with all necessary protection mechanisms, entailing SCP, OPP, OPT, …
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