Spire Launches Ridge 6601 and Ridge 6602 PC Chassis

Spire has officially launched a new line of budgetary PC chassis, codenamed Spire Ridge. At the moment, there are only two models within the series – the Ridge 6601 and the Ridge 6602. Both are characterized by the support for ATX motherboards and have many other identical specifications: i.e. mid-tower form-factor, 192x415x418 mm dimensions. Still, there are some differentiations as well.

The first distinction between the two models lies in the frontal panel design. Therefore, Ridge 6601 features a laconic panel made of plastic without additional ventilation. In its turn, Ridge 6602 features a half-perforated metallic frontal panel that allows for a more intense cooling of internal components.

The couple boasts identical expansion facilities with two 5.25-inch buckets for optical drives, four 3.5-inch buckets for HDD/SSD, and seven expansion slots. Connectivity options are introduced by a set of frontal interfaces, including two audio slots, one USB 2.0, and one USB …

MSI B75IA-E33 - cost-effective Mini-ITX board for processors Ivy Bridge

In early August, it was mentioned about the fact that MSI developer of motherboards is preparing to release three new products in the form factor Mini-ITX on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77. As it turned out, the first low-cost board will be MSI B75IA-E33 — it will start selling in Europe at the end of this week at prices ranging from € 95.

The functionality of this product is limited with respect to the other two models; however, a set of components in B75IA-E33 is very decent. LGA1155 processor socket is energized by three phases (provides additional power to the ATX12V 4-pin), hidden under a small cooler chipset Intel B75. Available one connector PCI Express 3.0 x16, two slots for memory modules DDR3-1066/1333/1600 total up to 16 GB, SATA port 6Gb / s and SATA 3 Gbit / s (3 units) to connect storage devices.

A pair of USB 3.0 on the rear panel are completed with a 19-pin connector on the PCB, through which on the front panel I / O can be taken two SuperSpeed USB. The …

Revel in Gaudy Images with PC Monitor Asus VX239H

All devotees of high-quality imaging are now able to satisfy their need for accurate, bright and sharp color representation with the help of a new PC monitor, elaborated by Asus. Codenamed Asus VX239H, this monitor is a combination of ultimate facilities, elegant design and perfect ergonomics. In order to create a truly high-end product, the manufacturers employed an ultra-thin frame (0.8 mm depth) and an original display stand. It should be mentioned also that the maximal depth of the entire case makes up 14.5 mm only.

Monitor VX239H is based on AH-IPS array and features 23-inch display with the maximal resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD quality). The implementation of IPS panel ensures prominent color rendering, wide viewing angles (178/178 degreed H/V), perfect brightness (250 cd/m2), and a rather fast response time of 5 ms. Such specifications provide for a comfortable display of dynamic scenes. Besides, this model supports Asus Smart Contrast Ratio technology that allows …
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