Urban S21: a New Mid-Tower Case from Thermaltake

Thermaltake Technology introduces a new PC case codenamed Urban S21. This is a regular mid-tower chassis with, as usual, high-quality framework and wide spectrum of destinations. Urban S21 is developed in a minimalistic design with all black coverage (external and internal) and little detailing. The model is housed in a steel casing (SECC) and contains a single transparent side window. Its overall dimensions equal to 438x185x497 mm.



This PC case is expected to accommodate motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers of up to 155 mm in height, and graphics cards which length does not exceed the admissible 320 mm. The layout offers seven PCI expansion cards, three external 5.25-inch drive bays, one external 3.5-inch drive bay, and five internal bays for the integration of 3.5/2.5-inch drives.


Urban S21 is equipped with a frontal interface panel that is represented by a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio slots. The top panel contains handy ‘Power’ …

Processors Intel Haswell to Rival Accelerator NVIDIA Tesla

Intel Corporation has the intentions to introduce DDR4 memory into their server processors of Haswell series. The launch of such technological approach is planned for the 2014, however the developments in this sphere have already started. Intel’s server solutions will become a part of Grantley platform and the samples of their new series will allegedly be announced next autumn. The preview of new processors makes it clear that some of the chips will be distinguished by the increased heat generation performance which will reach 160 W.



Hence, 16-core processors Haswell-EP will rival parallel computing accelerator NVIDIA Tesla but not AMD server solutions. Intel is going to provide various working frequency options and options with different number of active cores. At the same time, TDP will fluctuate within ranges of 160, 145, 135, and 120 W. In its turn, accelerator NVIDIA Tesla, which is based on GK110 processor, consumes approximately 300 W.


In accordance with the …

‘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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