MSI AM1I: Motherboard with Military Class 4 Hardware Base

MSI is one of the first manufacturers to introduce a motherboard for the newly launched AMD AM1 platform. The MSI AM1I features rather compact dimensions (170x170 mm) but its mini-ITX form-factor does not affect the specified functional possibilities for entry-level systems. The model supports AMD Athlon/Sempron processors for the above-mentioned socket.



The employment of Military Class 4 hardware base is supposed to be a major advantage of AM1I motherboard. It involves dark chokes, dark capacitors and other crucial components, which are backed by Military Class Essentials technology. The latter is called to protect the PCB from varied unfavorable happenings, i.e. high humidity, electrostatic discharge or high temperatures.


The PCB comes with two DIMM slots for the incorporation of one-channel DDR3 memory modules (up to 32 GB) with 1333/1600 MHz frequency. Storage is organized by means of two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas expansion of functional is due to two PCI …

ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Enermax Unveils Ostrog ADV Chassis with Off-Beat Backlight

Enermax has designed a new PC case, targeting demanding customers. The Ostrog ADV is differentiated from all rival chassis by the implementation of a brand MaxBriteTM LED Technology backlight. It ensures bright and even illumination along the outline of the case. Enermax offers models with three colors of backlight (green, red & blue) which can operate in six different modes (All on, Off, Flash, Sparkle, Vegas, Dimmed).



The new-comer is developed in a mid-tower form-factor, featuring 516x493x215 mm dimensions. The layout is estimated for the mounting of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. There is a possibility to install quite long videocards (up to 414 mm), standard ATX PS/2 power supply units, and a quite high CPU cooler (up to 174 mm).


Enermax Ostrog ADV is able to accommodate three external 5.25-inch drives as well as six internal 3.5-/2.5-inch drives. Cooling is ensured by a set of pre-installed/optional air fans. A pair of …
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