MSI Outs Cubi 2 with Kaby Lake Support

MSI has updated its lineup of mini-PCs with a new model – the Cubi 2 – that supports Intel Kaby Lake processors. Hence, the greenhorn comes equipped with either Intel Core i3-7100U two-core CPU that runs at 2.4 GHz frequency, Intel Core i5-7200U that operates at 2.5-3.1 GHz frequency (base/dynamic), or Intel Core i7-7500U that runs at 2.7-3.5 GHz frequency (base/dynamic). The model houses an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU.

MSI Cubi 2 mini-PCs are available in two formats: ‘light’ (115.2x112.2x34.6 mm), targeting M.2 SATA drives; ‘standard’ (115.2x112.2x42.7 mm), targeting traditional 2.5-inch drives. Besides, the models come in two case colors: black & white.

Internal layout allows for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules of up to 32 GB capacity. They support motherboards with Intel H110 chipset and a single expansion slot which is occupied by M.2 2230 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth adapter by default.

This mini-PC accommodates gigabit LAN port, …

Asus Comes Out with B85-Pro Gamer Motherboard

Thrifty enthusiasts willing to build up an efficient gaming system are given a chance to enjoy the privileges of a new motherboard from Asus: the B85-Pro Gamer. The model employs an affordable set of components, although it is highly competitive with more powerful solutions. This ATX board is based on Intel B85 Express chipset for Socket LGA1150 platform and supports Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron and Pentium (Haswell gen.) CPUs.

Asus B85-Pro Gamer comes with 4x DIMM slots that are ready to welcome up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel). Storage section is represented by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Expansion of functional facilities might be realized due to three PCI slots, two PCI-e 2.0 x1, and two PCI-e x16 slots. The delivery of power supply is organized by means of 1x 24-contact socket and 1x 8-contact socket.

The hardware base also embraces network gigabit Intel I217V controller with an integrated GameFirst II technology; the …

Bezel-less PC Monitor Philips 274E5QSB Review

Next generation displays, mostly bezel-less items, are becoming frequenters in hardware PC stores. Each manufacturer tries to elaborate at least a single such product in order not to fall behind its competitors. Philips is happy to replenish its own inventory with a new bezel-less display, codenamed 274E5QSB. This 27-inch monitor belongs to Brilliance series and features AH-IPS panel. Its major attraction is a competitive price that makes this model one of the most affordable products of such a class in the market.


Monitor Philips 274E5QSB features the following specifications:

— matrix: type – AH-IPS, backlit – W-LED with hard coating surface, aspect ratio – 16:9, resolution – 1920x1080, amount of produced colors – 16.7 m, viewing angles – 178/178 (down and across), response time – 14 ms ISO, contrast – 1000:1/20M:1 (static/dynamic), brightness – 250 cd/m2;

— onboard acoustics: absent;

— VESA support – present;

— PSU: …
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