Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part I)

MSI motherboards game series enjoys steady popularity, so let’s start getting acquainted with the updated line of products based on Intel Z270 with a simple average model having the M5 index.


Technical Characteristics

This is a full-featured product with few bonuses and no sharp simplifications in its design. The power subsystem looks quite convincing and an additional controller for USB 3.1 ports on the rear panel is engaged.


The total set of possibilities is as follows:


Model: MSI Z270 Gaming M5 (MS-7A78 VER: 1.0) Chipset: Intel Z270 Processor sockets: Socket 1151 Processors: Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron (Skylake-S, Kaby Lake-S) Memory: 4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM 2133/2400/2600 */ 2800 */ 3000 */ 3200 */ 3600 */ 3800 *(OC), a maximum of 64 GB PCI-E slots: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 + x0, x8 + x8) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4)3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 M.2: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280/22110)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280)

New Thunderbolt Edition Graphics Card from Zotac

Zotac, a well-known designer of graphics solutions, has developed a unique in design graphics card. Entitled Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt, this card is heading a new Thunderbolt Edition series that is considered to be a more affordable product than Extreme series. The novice is equipped with an original PCB and an effective cooling system.



Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt is primarily characterized by a unique cooling system that consists of a large aluminum heatsink, three cooper heat pipes which get in contact with GPU from one side, and a couple of 100 mm fans. It should be mentioned that Zotac developers have realized a dedicated Eclean technology in their card that enables a hassle-free demounting of fans and top cover with the purpose of cleaning the cooler from dust.


GK106 chip, designed on Kepler architecture under 28 nm technological process, functions as the basic element in GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt card. It involves 960 CUDA cores and operates at 980 MHz …

Overview of the CPU cooler Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1

Calling card of manufacturer is the low noise level, as evidenced by even the name. Product quality is also located at the highest level. In addition, the arsenal of the company has processor solutions of various designs and price ranges. Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1 comes in strong, but very stylish black box. Inscription is indicating the ability of cooler to dissipate heat up to 150 watts. The bundle includes the following accessories: stiffening plate (backplate) for the motherboard; a set of bindings for the Socket 939/940/AM2 (+) / AM3 (+); a set of bindings for LGA775/1155/1156/1366; mounting screws and washers; steel brackets for mounting fans; syringe with thermal grease; User's Guide.



Radiator Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1 is a classic tower. Four heatpipes 6 mm in diameter pass through the copper base. In the heat pipes 42 aluminium plates are threaded. The entire structure is covered with nickel. The mass of the cooler is 740 grams, along with a complete fan, …
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