Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.

Design and Layout

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …

Welcome in MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition Video Card

MSI has finally gladdened its gaming fans with a new ‘golden’ graphics card, entitled GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition. The model is based on Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU (Maxwell architecture) with 1644 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 13 SMM units. Connection with visual devices might be realized via dual DVI ports, a single HDMI, and one DisplayPort.

Thanks to the support of MSI Gaming App, users are free to select one of the working modes: Silent, Gaming or OC. Each of them is differentiated by nominal and dynamic clock frequencies, Hereby, in Silent mode this adapter runs at 1051 MHz/1178 MHz (nominal/dynamic); Gaming mode provides for 1140 MHz/1279 MHz frequency, while OC allows increasing both indices up to 1165 MHz/1317 MHz correspondingly.

The integrated GPU cooperates with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface, 224 Gb/sec throughput index). Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1751 MHZ, but its efficient index rises up to 7010 MHz.

MSI GTX 970 Gaming …

SilverStone Primera PM01: Top-Notch Gaming Chassis

SilverStone is glad to announce the launch of a first-class chassis, entitled Primera PM01 (dimensions: 571x560x220 mm). The key design specification is freedom from front sections; this allows installing up to three 140-mm fans with blue or red LED backlight. One of the side panels features an acrylic observation window that serves up all hardware in details.

SilverStone Primera PM01 is ideal for the build-up of micro-ATX/ATX systems. The layout configuration offers place for 7 expansion slots, 9 storage solutions (4x 2.5/3.5-inch, 5x 2.5-inch), quite long graphics cards (up to 419 mm), high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm) as well as typical ATX PSUs of 240 mm in length.

The steel-and-plastic case is primarily equipped with a 140-mm fan. The top panel is ready to accommodate 2/3 additional fans. In order to organize a high-performance air cooling, the manufacturer has integrated a 10-slot hub. The chassis boasts a well-designed cable management, dust filters and a 4-zone LED …
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