MSI Z97 Overclocking Motherboards are Ready for High Scores

MSI has replenished the lines of companies with a few series of motherboards based on a fresh Intel Z97 chipset. MSI Z97 Overclocking series is a peculiar one, ready to marvel by high scores. It is introduced by three hi-end models: MSI Z97 MPower, MSI Z97 XPower AC and MSI Z97 MPower MAX AC. In keeping with the idea, the triple offers high functionality, combined with an unprecedented stability and a striking design.

Being the basis for an overclocking system, these motherboards ensure a long-lasting durability in extreme loading conditions, primarily due to the premium hardware base. Hence, the models are equipped with Military Class 4 components with Guard-Pro core, which provides for the highest protection against high temperatures, humidity, electromagnetic distortions, and electrostatic discharge. Besides, Guard-Pro features MSI ECO Power technology that disables power on idle controllers for a more power-efficient operation.

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Power Module Chieftec A80 650W Review

The requirements of customers towards contemporary power modules are quite tough. They should own good performance characteristics and high coefficient of efficiency level, as well as 80Plus marker. The latter speaks about quality and ability to satisfy the needs of any PC. However, all PSU are classified according to different criteria, so one can find appropriate product even without 80Plus standards. The compliance with those standards is realized on 115V and 230V conditions but there are a number of standards applied to 220V-240V. Power module Chieftec A80 650W doesn’t belong to the army of 80Plus products, though can boast outstanding performance and efficiency. It is primarily targeted at the segment of affordable PSU solutions.

Design and Framework

Chieftec A80 650W design is developed in a classical template common for the models with a solid frontal fan. The casing consists of a ventilation perforation, decorative grid with the brand logo, sockets for module …

Meet New Nifty Qs-240 Chassis from Aerocool

The lineup of Aerocool’s chassis has been replenished by a new classy PC case – the Qs-240. The model is designed in mini-tower format targeting micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboards with maximum of 4 expansion slots. The inventory of external interfaces entails a pair of audio ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports as well as a single USB 3.0 port.

Internal layout of Aerocool Qs-240 provides for two 3.5-inch drive bays & three 2.5-inch drive bays. Absence of high storage cages allows installing quite lengthy videocards (up to 320 mm) and quite high CPU coolers (up to 160 mm). ATX-compatible power supply unit is to be located in the bottom section of the chassis.

The case comes equipped with one 120-mm fan (rear). In addition, it’s feasible to integrate a pair of top fans and a pair of front ones (all of 120-mm dimensional type) which are accompanied by dust filters. Instead of frontal fans the customer might install 240-mm heatsink that is a part of a liquid cooling …
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