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 …

QUMO Enters SSD Market with a New High-End Series

QUMO, a Japanese manufacturer of various PC components, decided to enter the SSD market to expand its production line. Its new SSD series is going to compete for potential customers throughout the world with already established and renowned suppliers to this industry. The series comprises 4 models of 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacity. All of them are based on SandForce SF-2281 controller and use MLC NAND flash-memory (synchronous). Those SSDs are also known to support SATA III high-speed interface.

The advantage of QUMO drives is primarily seen in their reduced power consumption and heat dissipation. The drives are equipped with a range of dedicated technologies that protect them from overloading, humidity, and other unfavorable impacts. All models promote for the quick 'cold' activation, while traditional HDDs require some time for the spindle spinning. The user receives a chance to get quick access to a random sector, without the necessity of moving the head. Stable data …

Zalman Unveils Nifty Z9 NEO Chassis

Zalman comes out with a new jaunty PC case – the Z9 NEO. The model is available in two paintwork variations (black and white) and is compatible with mini-iTX, micro-ATX as well as full-format ATX motherboards. The mid-tower chassis features 490x482x205 mm dimensions to fit any environment.

Zalman Z9 NEO is estimated for the installation of 7 expansion cards, a pair of 5.25-inch drives, 4x 3.5-/2.5-inch drives, and two solid-state 2.5-inch drives. The layout provides for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 420-mm long graphics cards, 220-mm long PSUs (ATX PS/2).

The model allows the user to incorporate an efficient cooling system. Hence, there is room for two front fans (120 mm), two top fans with LED backlit, and one rear fan. The other peculiarities of the chassis are as following:

— the employment of soundproof materials on the front panel;

— the integration of a side acrylic window;

— the availability of swappable air filters on the front …
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