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 …

LC Power Gaming 986 Series Сhassis Have Side Panels Made Out of Tempered Glass

The new LC Power chassis family has been presented. This line includes such models as Gaming 986S White Shadow and Gaming 986B Dark Shadow of the Midi-Tower type.

These products are made out of aluminum, and side panels are manufactured out of darkened tempered glass. Dimensions are the following: 482 × 223 × 467 mm, the weight is approximately 9 kg.



The LC Power Gaming 986 Series frameworks allow to mount the ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX typical size motherboards. There’s enough place for seven expansion cards, including discrete graphics accelerators of up to 420 mm length.


Users can embed up to five 3.5-inch drives and up to three 2.5-inch storage devices. The CPU cooler must be not higher than 170 mm.


In general these chassis can hold up to seven 120-mm fans – three on the front, two on top, one on the back side and one additional. There are two fans with backlighting in the supply kit.


The Gaming 986S White Shadow model is produced in the silver-white …

PSU Evga 500B: a Perfect ‘Price-Quality’ Combination

Evga, a merited designer of a large spectrum of PC components, is about to release a new power supply unit, entitled 500B (codename: 100-B1-0500-KR). As seen from the title, this model features 500W power and is oriented at saving users, rather than enthusiasts. The unit is already marked by 80Plus Bronze certificate, due to 80% efficiency level on ordinary loading. Upon the whole, 500B is thought to be a perfect ‘price-quality’ combination, ready to comply with all basic users’ requirements.



Evga 500B employs a single +12V rail that ensures a stable power supply to the connected components and guarantees compatibility with new equipment. The unit is estimated for 40A current at +12V rail. Stability of operation might be secured also by means of an onboard protection system; it saves the system from power disruptions, overloading, low input voltage, high voltage, and from short circuit.


To continue, quiet and reliable PSU operation is a merit of a low-noise fan. It …
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