Cooler Master to Release a New Budgetary Midi-Tower Chassis

New PC chassis from Cooler Master appear in the market with an enviable regularity. Each customer group, starting from entry-level customers and finishing with overclockers, can totally avail themselves with the up-dated facilities provided by the developer. This time, individuals with a quite modest budget will have an opportunity to enjoy all the privileges of contemporary technologies, since Cooler Master is going to release next month a new budgetary PC case of midi-tower form-factor. Codenamed CM Force 500, the case features 491.5x190.426 mm dimensions and is entirely painted black.



Chassis CM Force 500 supports motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, and is ready to welcome all graphics adapters of up to 320 mm in length. Internal framework is estimated for the installation as of air cooling system, so of liquid coolers; hence, the maximal admissible height of the CPU air cooler approximates 164 mm, while dimensions of the heatsink attached to the liquid cooler should …

The single-board Hardkernel Odroid-XU4Q PC Got a Massive Heatsink Instead of a Fan

The single-board Odroid-XU4 PC by Hardkernel, released in 2015, has got its new modified successor, called Odroid-XU4Q, which allows to construct devices for smart houses and Internet of things. There are no profound changes, though. A new version obtained a rather large sized (40 х 40 х 25 mm) heatsink instead of a low-profile fan. Such a solution makes the PC operation completely silent.



The board is based on the Samsung designed Exynos 5422 processor; the chipset is built on the ARM big.LITTLE architecture – it has four Cortex-A15 cores with up to 2.0 GHz clock speed and four Cortex-A7 cores with up to 1.4 GHz frequensy. The integrated Mali-T628 MP6 controller provides graphics processing.


The novelty from Hardkernel features 2 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, one HDMI 1.4, one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The flash module capacity can be equal to 16, 32 or 64 GB.


Customers can purchase a monoboard ODROID-XU4Q PC at the approximate $60 …

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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