Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A4 Review

Chipset Intel Z77 can’t be called a novel product in the market, since it has already transformed into a customary platform for personal computers. The versatility of motherboards employing this chipset is countless, in fact, and each and every consumer is able to find the one to his specific needs. ECS boasts its own inventory of boards based on Intel Z77; Z77H2-A4 is an intermediate item between hi-end and entry-level models, due to its alluring price and improved functional facilities. This board attracts primarily thrifty customers who would like to get all modern commodities for a sensible price.



Design and Layout


Budgetary orientation of ECS Z77H2-A4 motherboard is manifested, first of all, through a diminished PCB dimensions. Nonetheless, the model accommodates a couple of PCI Express Graphics slots with the allotted twenty rails of PCI-e bus. There is no symmetric rail distribution between the slots, so the second PEG slot receives only four rails. The board’s …

Uncompromised PC Chassis AeroCool DS Cube Review

The Dead Silence (hereinafter DS) chassis series, developed by AeroCool, now boasts a really offbeat representative: the DS Cube. It is primarily famous for an unusual form-factor. This is not a mini-tower, since its compact exterior does not match spacious interior, ready to house full-format components. The other peculiar feature pertained to the model is a decreased noise level. Altogether, the final user receives an uncompromised PC chassis with a stylish design and contemporary layout. Let’s see what other facilities this ‘Cube’ might offer.



Basic Specifications


AeroCool DS Cube features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 411x265x391 mm, weight – 7 kg;

— chassis: cover – steel/plastic, side window (optional), detachable top panel, color variations – red, black, black-and-white, white, orange, and gold-shinning;

— supported motherboard formats: mini-ITX, micro-ATX;

— number of supported expansion cards: 4;

— storage: 1x …

Review of Network Drive IconBIT I-Stor IS308

Production of a new model is positioned as a replacement for modern routers with features of sharing USB-carriers. IS308 — the budget class — single-disk storage is a good device for visiting friends for movies, or for backup. In general, it is used for tasks which are not mission-critical of data loss. The speed and functionality are secondary, the main thing — the price and design. At a price of 90 $, IconBIT IS308 offers the buyer an autonomous Torrent-downloader, a network drive, support for protocols Samba and FTP, gigabit network interface and USB 3.0 port.



The device has stylish black aluminium hull and comes with a stand for vertical installation. IconBIT iS308 looks more like a normal external hard drive rather than the NAS. And if for someone Synology design seems too plastic, and QNAP — too angular, the iconBIT iS308 looks modern, simple and stylish.


The next thing that catches an eye — is the lack of a fan. Finally, there is a NAS with passive cooling. …
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