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 …

BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X Are the Two Novelties with SATA 6 Gbps from Pioneer

Recently the Pioneer Co. has announced the release of its two Blu-ray Disc optical drives. Those are BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X models with SATA 6 Gbps interface meant for playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.



The Pioneer BDR-S11J-BK sample will obtain the glazed black front panel, and BDR-S11J-X – the refined audio quality for AudioCD PB. Both products fit in the 5.25-inch drive bays.


The supreme write speeds are the following: BD-R — 16х, BD-R LTH — 8x, BD-RE — 2x, DVD-RAM — 5x, DVD+RW — 8x, DVD±R — 16x, DVD±R DL — 8x, CD-R — 40x, CD-RW — 24x. The supply kit will include the Cyberlink software. However, reproduction of 4K movies requires the availability of Windows 10 operating system, the Intel 7th-Gen Core i5 processor alongside with a display with HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0, connected to the CPU integrated graphics card.


The Pioneer BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X will come in retail in February at the lowest price of $195.

Top-Tier Chassis Zalman H1 Review

Zalman has long been deprived of a full-tower flagship PC chassis, after it discontinued the line of GS1200. The anticipation of a new etalon was accompanied by an overall market uncertainty as for the future of desktop platforms. Luckily, laptops and tablets couldn’t fully satisfy the customers’ growing needs, so Zalman decided to fire off with a new top-tier case, entitled H1. Stylish and magnetic from outside, this model has a lot of interesting options in the bins. Let’s have a look at them.



Key Features


Zalman H1 is a full-tower case, featuring 561x238x570 mm dimensions. The chassis is made of steel, aluminum and a high-quality plastic, with exterior and interior totally painted black. Internal layout allows for the installation of motherboards with elongated PCBs, including E-ATX and XL-ATX models. The model houses three external bays for 5.25-inch drives, seven internal bays for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives as well as nine expansion slots.


The case boasts some …
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