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 …

‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.

Design and Ergonomics

Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …

Graphics Card Zotac GTX 650 Ti AMP! Edition Review

The demand for a separate graphics solution relies greatly on its performance in correlation to its price. High-end cards usually go at high price, but still it's feasible to detect a model that would also be acceptable in cost. Zotac has recently released, as claimed by the manufacturer, the most powerful graphics card in the series. Codenamed Zotac GTX 650 Ti AMP! Edition, it is delivered with the factorial overclocking parameters. This signifies that the card operates at heightened frequencies from the very beginning. Moreover, this product is ready to gladden the potential audience with an affordable price in combination with an utmost performance.

PCB Design and Delivery

Following the general tendencies, Zotac implemented its singular facilities in the design of a printed circuit board. Microcircuit chips are soldered on both sides of the board; this implies that graphics card Zotac GTX 650 Ti AMP! Edition houses 2GB memory with 128-bit bus interface. The chips are …
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