MSI Announces Z170A PC Mate Mainboard

MSI has recently habituated to launching ever newer and more efficient mainboards. This time the company unveils Z170A PC Mate full ATX model that draws power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS sockets. It is based on Intel Z170 chipset and is estimated for Intel Core LGA1151 (Skylake) CPUs. The core cooperates closely with DDR4 3300 MHz memory (4 slots are available, two-channel mode), the maximal volume of which might achieve 64 GB.

MSI Z170A PC Mate comes equipped with 6-phase VRM system. The model is rich in expansion facilities: it offers one PCI Express 3.0 x16, one PCI Express 3.0 x4, three PCI Express 3.0 x1, and a pair of PCI slots. The connection of drives is realized due to 1x M.2 slot 32 Gb/sec, 1x SATA Express 16 Gb/sec, and 6x SATA III 6 Gb/sec.

As far as interfaces are concerned, this motherboard houses six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a couple of USB 3.1 ports, as well as three different video ports: HDMI 2.0, D-Sub and DVI. Besides, network connection …

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 …

Meet New Super Cooler PH-TC12DX from Phanteks

Phanteks decided to amaze the public by releasing a new high-performance cooler PH-TC12DX that is able to cope with practically any up-to-date CPU from Intel or AMD. The sales campaign has started from the USA market where the model goes at $55-$60; the price depends on the color version: coolers with black fan impellers and heatsinks go at $55, while models with red, blue or write components cost $60.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX features tower-like framework. Its construction consists of two heatsink blocks, four U-shape heat pipes that pierce those blocks, and two voluminous 120 mm fans which are located on both sides of aluminum heatsink blocks. The latter are designed with an unusual shape of impellers, known as Maelstrom Vortex Booster (MVB). This cooler is equipped with PWM controller that monitors and regulates fan rotational speed; thus, the speed might be adjusted to the minimal 600 RPM and to the maximal 1800 RPM.

The implemented type of bearings provide for 150000 hours …
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