Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part II)

So, let's continue reviewing the new motherbord recently released by the MSI company — Z270 Gaming M5.


UEFI Features

The MSI company UEFI appearance has not at all changed. It is called the Click BIOS 5. A mechanism M-Flash, which has already worked without any remarks, is used to update the firmware. Basic mode allows to learn in detail about the processor, memory and storage devices used in the system. Moreover, here you can customize the work of coolers, enable XMP profile, or use the services of instant acceleration realized by the company’s engineers. The selected shell items may be optionally gathered in one of the five individual sections.


Hardware Monitor component will show the four most important current values for voltages acceleration. Just six coolers can change the momentum by scripts generated on the board. An interactive version is exclusively used for CPU 1 and PUMP 1 pads. The four system fans operate initially at a fixed speed, but still you can …

Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.



Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.


The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …

Graphics Card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 Review

High-end graphics cards segment is represented by a line of outstanding, catchy and inspiring products. Each manufacturer tries to add some unique traits to its creation with the aim to engage as many customers. Nominal model GeForce GTX 670 has become a reliable base for many graphics cards. Nevertheless, Inno3D implemented in this base an advanced cooling system with a bright name iChill HerculeZ. Still, this is not the only attractive feature, since the card is able to offer a number of other unmatched options.



Design and Integration


Design is what singles out Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 from other graphics cards in high-end segment. Its voluminous cooling system that consists of three large fans, its height that equals to three expansion slots, and its ornamental metallic elements with huge screws speak of grandeur and reliability. The overall length of the card achieves 29 cm. Large heatsink covers all basic components of the printed circuit board. The …
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