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 …

MSI is preparing new model - Radeon HD 7970 with a water-block

The well-known in IT-maker Company MSI announced about appearance of new videoadapter based on GPU Tahiti XT chipset. Its diversity from the other Radeon HD 7970 can be seen with the naked eye, instead of an air cooler practically the entire surface of the PCB is covered with waterblock brand EK. It differs markedly from the original version, since it is designed specifically for the MSI R7970 Lightning model. Relation of adapter to the Lightning series is easily determined by the inscription at the interface connector PCI-E 3.0 x16, as well as non-standard set of video outputs (2x DVI, 4x Mini DisplayPort) and configuration of additional power connectors (2x PCI-E Power 8-pin).



Obviously, the accelerator is positioned as the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and has a nominal frequency of at least 1050 MHz. Will MSI risk, like Sapphire did, and provide the card with 6 GB of memory? Probably not. The «advanced» composition of the printed circuit board and water block of full coverage …

Chieftec Unveils Gaming GP-01B Chassis

Chieftec replenishes its lineup of gaming cases with the Gaming GP-01B model. The middle-tower chassis is targeting micro-ATX/ATX platforms with up to seven expansion slots and a wide set of storage, cooling & connectivity options. The new-comer is housed in a SECC steel case, painted black, with four different LED inserts on the fascia. The release is scheduled for the end of July, 2016.



Chieftec Gaming GP-01B comes fitted with a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, four 3.5-inch bays as well as a couple of 2.5-inch bays. Six out of eight slots support tool-free drive mounting. The list of included external interfaces involves 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x 3.5-mm audio ports.


Featuring 516x450x210 mm dimensions, internal layout allows for the installation of graphics cards of up to 430 mm in length & a standard ATX PS/2 power supply unit (200 mm).


To continue, the case is shipped with two preinstalled 120-mm front fans and a single 120-mm rear fan. Optionally, …
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