MSI Introduces A88XI AC Motherboard for FM2+ Platform

The product line of MSI’s mini-ITX motherboards now welcomes a new-comer: the MSI A88XI AC. It takes AMD A88X chipset for Socket FM2+ platform as the basis; this implies the support for AMD Athlon and AMD A series CPUs (of all generations). The PCB offers two DIMM slots for the integration of DDR3-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB). Upon the whole, this model is able to offer much more than other small-sized boards.

The MSI A88XI AC accommodates 4x SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the connection of drives and 1x PCI-e 3.0 x16 socket for the implementation of an add-on card. Network options are secured as by gigabit Ethernet controller, so by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac modules. External I/O panel houses three audio ports, one S/PDIF out, one RJ-45, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, one PS/2 Combo port, and three video ports (HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub).

Moreover, the support for 8-channel sound production (due to Realtek ALC887) and HDMI video port entails the playback of 4K Ultra HD …

NZXT Rolls Out a New Chassis Phantom 630 Windowed Edition

NZXT has proudly announced the release of its newest PC chassis, codenamed Phantom 630 Windowed Edition. Being a modified version of Phantom 630 model, the ‘greenhorn’ is developed in ultra-tower form-factor, featuring a side-panel window. The case supports quite large motherboards (ATX, EATX, XL-ATX, and micro-ATX) and offers nine expansion slots.

Despite visual discrepancy with the original model, Windowed Edition preserved some of its basic features. Therefore, it allows for the integration of four 5.25-inch drives and eight 3.5/2.5-inch ones. The latter are installed into modular bays which can be removed if necessary. The chassis is ready to accept CPU coolers of 200 mm in height and long graphics adapters (up to 325 mm in length). In case the user decides to remove the internal drive bays, it will become possible to employ much longer adapters, up to 507 mm!

The other peculiarity of Phantom 630 Windowed Edition is the feasibility to incorporate two 2.5-inch …

Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige: Liquid Cooler with Advanced Facilities

The majority of liquid cooling systems are developed with the implementation of practically identical hardware base. Nonetheless, Cooler Master stepped forward with introducing a cooler that involves the components of a higher level and that can be supplemented by some other components (if necessary). Codenamed Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige, this model is an efficient tool in the hands of true cooling connoisseurs. Still, in order to judge about its efficiency, it’s necessary to review it from different angles.


Liquid cooler Eisberg 240L Prestige features the following specifications:

1. heatsink: dimensions – 276x125x30 mm, material – copper;

2. pump: dimensions – 65.7x66.66.9 mm, bearing type – CFF1, performance – 400 liters/hour, nominal voltage – 12 V, noise level – up to 25 dB, recorded power consumption – 6.2 W, MTBF – 50.000 hours;

3. waterblock: material/structure – copper/micro-channel JetStream structure, …
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