Overview of the Aerocool P7-C1 Mid Tower Case (Part I)

Let’s review the sensational novelty of a Project 7 series – mid tower Aerocool P7-C1, intended for the installation of motherboards of the following form factors: ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX. On sale it appeared as recently as the end of 2016.


The case is supplied in two colors: black and white. Each variant may be purchased either with a standard acrylic window, or with the side panel of tempered glass. Totally, there are four options to choose from.


Packaging and Equipment

The novelty comes in a very large box, with the dimensions of 300x610x510 mm and the weight of ~ 8.5 kg. The package looks attractive enough. On a black background the front panel of the case with the backlight on is shown, and the name of the model is printed with same color. On the front side there is a promotional text in eleven languages, and on the rear one exhaustive specifications are listed in English.


Inside the package, the case is wrapped in a plastic bag and the clips made of …

Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.



Integration


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …
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