MSI Offers H87I AC Motherboard for Demanding PC Builders

MSI has made a pleasing presentation for all builders and enthusiasts who would like to create a small-sized but highly efficient gaming or multimedia system. The MSI H87I AC is designed in mini-ITX form-factor, featuring 170x170 mm dimensions only. The core of the board is Intel H87 Express chipset that supports all Haswell CPUs with LGA1150 socket. According to the latest data, the model is already available in the European market for approximately 102 EUR.



The H87I AC accommodates two DIMM slots, available for the incorporation of DDR3 modules with the maximal frequency of 1600 MHz. The latter might work in a two-channel mode and reach 16 GB capacity. Disk subsystem is organized by means of four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, which allow for the creation of diverse RAID configurations (i.e. 0, 1, 5, 10, AHCI).


Expansion is realized due to a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 connector and one mini-PCI-e (half-size) connector for network modules. Network abilities are supported by one …

Brand-New Nvidia GTX 1070 Graphics Adapter Review

Immediately following the release of a graphics adapter on a brand-new architecture (the Pascal) – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 – the company has launched another Pascal-based solution: the GTX 1070. The greenhorn positions itself as a great overclocking tool that adds power to any modern gaming application. As distinct from its companion, it boasts a more affordable price ($379-$449); thus, it might be haunted by a larger audience.



Key Specifications


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 features the following specifications:

— GPU: GP104-A1, Pascal microarchitecture, 16-nm technological process, 7200 million transistors, 64 ROPs, 120 TMUs;

— clock frequency: base – 1506 MHz, boost – 1683 MHz;

— memory: type — GDDR5, 256-bit bus, volume – 8 GB, efficient clock frequency – 8012 MHz, bandwidth – 256.3 Gb/sec;

— power: peak consumption – 150 W in 3D mode, minimum 500-watt PSU;

— interface: PCI Express x16 3.0;

— video outputs: DL DVI-D, HDMI 2.0, …

The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …
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