Official Release of MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard

After several weeks of rumors and speculations, MSI has finally released its Z87 XPower motherboard. MSI Z87 XPower, a flagship XL-ATX model in a series of Intel Haswell-compatible boards, is differentiated by a high-quality hardware base, enhanced overclocking facilities, and total support of numerous advanced technologies. According to MSI, CPU overclocking options are considered to be among the strongest aspects ascribed to the new-comer. With this aspect in mind, the company equipped its flagship board with the most powerful 32-phase power supply system.



This motherboard is compatible with the 4th generation processors from Intel, which support Socket LGA1150 platform. Being an advanced product, XPower accommodates an increased amount of expansion slots: five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Such assembly allows for operating with up to four graphics cards simultaneously in AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI configurations. The board also saves …

The Curved NEC MultiSync EX341R Monitor Is Equipped with a Presence Detector and a Light Sensor

A specialty by NEC Display Solutions Europe – a wide-format 34-inch MultiSync EX341R monitor – is intended for business people and financial experts.



Among key specifications of the device one should note a presence detector and a light sensor allowing to optimize setups according to current conditions. Ergonomic stand provides additional convenience and lets customize tilt, height and rotation.


Users can admire slim design and narrow bezels of this display with a 3440 × 1440 pixels SVA panel. The aspect ratio of the device is 21:9, the contrast factor is 3000:1, and brightness equals to 290 cd/m2. Viewing angles are claimed to be 178° horizontally and vertically. MultiSync EX341R offers the 5 msec response time, covers 99.5% of sRGB and 77.5% of NTSC colour gamuts.


The interface is represented by a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4 and an HDMI 2.0, as well as a USB 3.0 hub. Stereo speakers are built in.


The novelty from NEC will cost approximately 1,000 USD.

Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.



Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.


The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …
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