MSI Outs ECO Motherboards for Socket LGA1151

Launched first in 2014, ECO lineup of motherboards from MSI has recently been replenished by a triplet of models for socket LGA1151. The new-comers boast a wide range of power-efficient facilities as well as an optimal performance level. Thus, the users will enjoy the most advanced technologies without sacrificing performance. All three mainboards are developed in micro-ATX form-factor and employ Military Class 4 hardware base, although their other specifications differ.

MSI H170M ECO is designed on Intel H170 chipset, ready to accept Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium & Celeron CPUs for socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Storage subsystem offers 6x SATA III ports, while expansion is supported by 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

Audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller. The organization of network is entrusted to Intel I219V controller via LAN port. The …

Scythe SCIOR-1000: a Comprehensive CPU Cooler with Top-Flow Design

Scythe is going to start the sales of its newest CPU cooler, entitled SCIOR-1000. It is honored for a comprehensive nature, since it might work with all contemporary CPUs, except for Intel Socket LGA2011 models. The other remarkable thing ascribed to the product is the employment of Top-Flow design.

Therein, the fan is localized over the heatsink, directing the airflow towards the whole framework, including the nickel-plated base. This way, it promotes for a better cooling effect.

Scythe SCIOR-1000 embraces also three 6 mm heat-pipes, along with a 100 mm fan. The latter supports PWM technology, so is able to reach the speed of 1800 RPM. The maximal noise level achieves 26.7 dB. Release date is scheduled for the final days of 2013. Some other specifications about the cooler are described below:

— framework dimensions: 136x117x107 mm, weight – 400 g.;

— supported platforms: Intel – LGA1366/115x/775 and AMD – FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heat-pipes: …

Graphics Card MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC Review

PC hardware of average price category is traditionally in demand with a wide range of customers. Graphics cards are not exception, especially if the manufacturers offer truly outstanding facilities for comparatively medium price. The launch of GeForce GTX 650 Ti adapter raised an army of graphics solutions based on it; still, each company tries to deviate in some terms from the reference model. Thus, MSI introduced N650 Ti Power Edition 1GD5/OC model which takes GTX 650 Ti adapter as the basis, but employs fundamentally original printed circuit board and cooling system.


Graphics card MSI N650 Ti PE 1GD5/OC features all attributes ascribed to Power Edition series. Printed circuit board has been elongated to 230 mm, as compared to the 154 mm in reference GeForce GTX 650 models. Along with the PCB elongation, MSI implemented a reinforced 5-phase VRM scheme (4+1) that is intended at operational intensification on heightened frequencies. The connection of additional …
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