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)

A Solid Jonsbo U1 PLUS Gaming ITX PC Case Makes a Real Difference

Gaming Mini-ITX PC Cases are becoming more and more popular from day to day. At present, among them we can distinguish the latest U1 PLUS model from Jonsbo, which is notable for its inner space optimization.



This framework weighs only 2.77 kg, and its 170 × 220 × 320 mm dimensions allow to install graphics cards up to 195 mm long and CPU coolers up to 133 mm high. The SFX format power supply units can be utilized with this product. There’s also a potential for embedding two 2.5” drives and an M.2 storage device. In the lower part of the chassis one can find enough room to mount a 80 mm fan for additional cooling and a dust filter.


The sturdily constructed Jonsbo U1 PLUS is manufactured out of 4 mm aluminum-magnesium alloy; and its side panel is made out of the 5 mm tempered glass.


The novelty is designed in two colour variants – black and silver, so users can choose any to their liking. Shockproof legs advantageously contribute to the exterior.

TUL Unchains Radeon R9 Nano Graphics Card

TUL Corporation announces the release of its own version of Radeon R9 Nano videocard (within the framework of PowerColor brand). The model preserves reference PCB and cooling design, implying its compatibility with mini-ITX PC systems and high-performance home media centers. The new-comer is about to launch at the price tag of $650.



PowerColor Radeon R9 Nano is developed on AMD Fiji XT GPU with 4096 stream processors based on GCN 1.2 architecture, 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs. The core operates at 1000 MHz frequency. It is accompanied by 4 GB of multilayer HBM1 memory with 4096-bit bus and 1000 MHz efficient frequency. The connection to the PSU is realized via a single 8-pin PCI Express Power connector.


To continue, this graphics card is known to support the latest DirectX 12 standard as well as a huge list of AMD technologies: HD3D, FreeSync, Async Shaders, Mantle, CrossFire, Frame Rate Target Control, etc. The TDP index makes up 175 W.


Despite small-sized form-factor, the …
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