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 …

Thermalright to Release a New Venomous X RT Rev.SB-E Cooler



Less than a week is left till the official launch of a new CPU cooler from Thermalright, codenamed Venomous X RT Rev.SB-E. The product is going to hit the market already on 12 April and will cost around $69. One of the key peculiarities assigned to the novel lies in its universal bracket system that promotes for a hassle-free installation into the majority of present-day platforms: AMD Socket AM2(+), FM2, FM1, AM3(+), as well as Intel Socket 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011.


This tower-type CPU cooler consists of a large heatsink, six heat pipes and a single fan. The heatsink is made of aluminum and has got nickel-plated cooper base. Its dimensions feature 127x60x160 mm. The integrated heatpipes boast nickel-plated coverage that ensures longer durability and better heat removal performance.


Thermalright Venomous X RT Rev.SB-E is equipped with TY-120 fan, featuring 120x120x25 mm dimensions and 95 g weight. Its operation is monitored by means of PWM technology that …

Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X (v1.0) Review

The inventory of motherboards designed by ECS is quite ample for the user to get confused. There are various series with a number of models in each, and each of these series is replenishing with new products at enviable frequency. Still, 'Black' series differentiates itself from all other lines by an eye-catching design and remarkable performance. Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X is an outstanding representative of 'Black' series that is notable by premium design, premium implementation, and premium performance.



Design and Layout


The first thing that stands out a mile is the delivery box which features goldish coverage and speaks of the motherboard's high-end destination. The board itself is packed in an antistatic box, while all other components found their places in a separate box. This box contains DVD with dedicated software and drivers, user's manual, I/O shield, LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology usage guideline, a set of plugs for USB and video sockets, six SATA cables with …
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