Saluting XL2420Z: a New Gaming Monitor from BenQ

BenQ Corporation, a renowned Taiwanese developer of hi-end visual solutions, has just unveiled its newest gaming PC monitor. Entitled XL2420Z, this 24-inch item is crammed with advanced technologies, ensuring an unprecedented gaming experience. The new-comer is based on a common TN array, capable of embracing up to 72% of NTSC color model. The improvement of visual effects is ensured by LED backlit, whereas connectivity is supported by input connectors: 2x HDMI, 1x D-Sub, 1x DVI, 1x DP1.2, and audio jack.



BenQ XL2420Z panel features such specs: aspect ratio — 16:9, maximal resolution – Full HD 1920x1080, vertical refresh rate – 100/120/144 Hz, response time – 1 ms, typical brightness – 300 nits, viewing angles – 170/160 degrees, contrast static/dynamic – 1000:1/12M:1, amount of displayed colors – 16.7 m. The model is peculiar by an advanced stand with red elements. Along with the standard adjustments (the alteration of height, tilt and pitch angle), the user …

SilverStone TS433-TB: 4-Bay NAS with Thunderbolt 2 Connectors

SilverStone has replenished its inventory with a 4-bay NAS, entitled SST-TS433-TB. The new-comer is housed in a black aluminum case with an integrated zinc handle (124x166x248 mm dimensions). The storage allows to install high-capacity 3.5-/2.5-inch drives; each bay supports hot swapping functions and features a dedicated lock with LED activity indicator.



The heart of SilverStone SST-TS433-TB is Marvell 88SE9030 controller that is responsible for JBOD and RAID 0 operational modes. In the first case the drives function independently, whereas in RAID 0 mode they operate as a unified whole, evenly distributing information across the disc space.


The connection of NAS to the PC or other computing device is realized via a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports which are characterized by the maximal bandwidth of 20 Gb/sec. These ports are known to support Daisy Chain function. Cooling of all internal components is entrusted to a single 90-mm fan.


The SST-TS433-TB is ready to …

‘Mini-Mighty’ MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

Ever-increasing popularity of mini-ITX mainboards is accounted for the augmentation of small-sized PC systems, work- and multimedia stations, as well as gaming platforms. The latter lay down specific demands towards hardware base, requiring the combination of high performance, durability and price-efficiency. MSI is ready to satisfy those demands, by offering ‘mini, but mighty’ Z97I Gaming AC system board. Being a part of Intel Z97 chipset family, this tiny tot owns all ‘Gaming’ series facilities, despite compact dimensions. Let’s check them out.



Specs Overview


MSI Z97I Gaming AC is based on Intel Z97 chipset targeting Haswell-based CPUs for Socket LGA1150 platform (Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series). The implemented PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules (16 GB volume) with the clock frequencies from 1333 MHz to 3300 MHz. Expansion facilities are introduced by a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with no backup from PCI slots. The board comes …
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