Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.



Design and Layout


Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …

Overview of the CPU cooler Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1

Calling card of manufacturer is the low noise level, as evidenced by even the name. Product quality is also located at the highest level. In addition, the arsenal of the company has processor solutions of various designs and price ranges. Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1 comes in strong, but very stylish black box. Inscription is indicating the ability of cooler to dissipate heat up to 150 watts. The bundle includes the following accessories: stiffening plate (backplate) for the motherboard; a set of bindings for the Socket 939/940/AM2 (+) / AM3 (+); a set of bindings for LGA775/1155/1156/1366; mounting screws and washers; steel brackets for mounting fans; syringe with thermal grease; User's Guide.



Radiator Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1 is a classic tower. Four heatpipes 6 mm in diameter pass through the copper base. In the heat pipes 42 aluminium plates are threaded. The entire structure is covered with nickel. The mass of the cooler is 740 grams, along with a complete fan, …

MSI AM1I: Motherboard with Military Class 4 Hardware Base

MSI is one of the first manufacturers to introduce a motherboard for the newly launched AMD AM1 platform. The MSI AM1I features rather compact dimensions (170x170 mm) but its mini-ITX form-factor does not affect the specified functional possibilities for entry-level systems. The model supports AMD Athlon/Sempron processors for the above-mentioned socket.



The employment of Military Class 4 hardware base is supposed to be a major advantage of AM1I motherboard. It involves dark chokes, dark capacitors and other crucial components, which are backed by Military Class Essentials technology. The latter is called to protect the PCB from varied unfavorable happenings, i.e. high humidity, electrostatic discharge or high temperatures.


The PCB comes with two DIMM slots for the incorporation of one-channel DDR3 memory modules (up to 32 GB) with 1333/1600 MHz frequency. Storage is organized by means of two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas expansion of functional is due to two PCI …
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