MSI Introduces A88XI AC Motherboard for FM2+ Platform

The product line of MSI’s mini-ITX motherboards now welcomes a new-comer: the MSI A88XI AC. It takes AMD A88X chipset for Socket FM2+ platform as the basis; this implies the support for AMD Athlon and AMD A series CPUs (of all generations). The PCB offers two DIMM slots for the integration of DDR3-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB). Upon the whole, this model is able to offer much more than other small-sized boards.

The MSI A88XI AC accommodates 4x SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the connection of drives and 1x PCI-e 3.0 x16 socket for the implementation of an add-on card. Network options are secured as by gigabit Ethernet controller, so by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac modules. External I/O panel houses three audio ports, one S/PDIF out, one RJ-45, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, one PS/2 Combo port, and three video ports (HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub).

Moreover, the support for 8-channel sound production (due to Realtek ALC887) and HDMI video port entails the playback of 4K Ultra HD …

Fractal Design Unveils Define Nano S Chassis

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish hardware vendor, introduced no less remarkable ITX chassis, entitled Define Nano S. The new-comer features 412x344x203 mm dimensions, targeting mini-ITX motherboards with the maximum of two expansion slots. Customers will be able to acquire as a standard case with all blind panels, so a windowed version Define Nano S Window.

The model houses four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives. Habitual 5.25-inch bays are absent. Interior spacing is sufficient for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 315-mm long video cards as well as typical ATX PS/2 power supply units. The reverse side of the motherboard tray hides a dedicated slot for efficient cable management.

As far as cooling is concerned, the chassis comes bundled with two preinstalled fans: frontal 140 mm and rear 120 mm solutions. Additionally, it’s feasible to mount one more frontal fan, two top items and a single bottom propeller. Four fan seats employ ModuVent plugs & dust …

ASRock H87 Fatal1ty Performance: Affordable Gaming Motherboard

The launch of Intel Haswell processors was the push for motherboard manufacturers to introduce the products of a new generation. ASRock was not an exclusion, since it offered a lineup of boards for various customer groups. This way, Fatal1ty gaming series has gained two new representatives: high-end Z87 Fatal1ty Professional and more affordable H87 Fatal1ty Performance. The latter is targeting those customers who would like to kill two birds with one stone: create a highly efficient PC system and save the hard-earned money.

Therefore, ASRock H87 Fatal1ty Performance is designed in a standard ATX form-factor. It is based on Intel H87 chipset and features LGA1150 CPU socket. The board is compatible with already introduced Intel processors of the fourth generation (Core i7/i5), as well as with only announced Core i3, Pentium and Celeron. The implemented PCB accommodates four DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules.

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