Overview of the Chieftec FI-03B Case

Ever since with the light touch of the VIA Technologies the Mini-ITX motherboard standard has entered the consumer market, ample opportunities have opened up for fans of compact computer systems. However, the main problems of the still new form factor were quickly identified then. The most painful among them were issues of components compatibility (which were all produced for a more common ATX format), the problem of their cooling and, of course, the complete absence of sane small cases capable of taking such systems in.


In solving problems with the chassis, the industry initially chose two parallel paths. On the one hand, tiny boxes supplied with an external power supply were put into production. The maximum that they were able to accept was the processors from VIA and Intel with TDP not more than 20 watts. On the other hand, cases where it would be possible to assemble a good game system based on the Mini-ITX motherboard were created. But in size, they often reached the …

A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka Motherboards by Micro-Star International

Customers have an opportunity to put to the test two new motherboards from the Micro-Star International Company. These products, based on the A320 chipset and performed in the microATX form factor, are meant for the AM4 platform. They are called A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka.



Both novelties are equipped with the six-phase CPU power system, two expansion slots, two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. DDR4-2667 RAM of up to 32 GB (for the A320M Grenade model) and up to 64 GB (for the A320M Bazooka sample) capacity can be installed. Drives can be connected via four SATA 6 Gbps ports and one 32 Gbps M.2 slot. The Realtek RTL8111H controller ensures the wired network interface functioning; and the audio is delivered due to the Realtek ALC892 (ALC887 when referring to A320M Grenade) codec. HDMI, DisplayPort and D-Sub serve for the image output.


Considering aforesaid, one may conclude, that MSI A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka motherboards are intended for …

MS-CH01FV2, a New Mini PC by Mouse, Resembles a Key Breloque

MS-CH01FV2 is a new mini PC from the Mouse Computer Company, which outwardly resembles a breloque, relies on Windows 10 Home OS and costs around 180 USD.



The device operates at the Intel Cherry Trail platform, represented by an energy-effective Atom x5-Z8350 processing unit. This 14 nm chipset possesses 4 compute cores and the Intel HD Graphics 400 accelerator card. The assigned clock rate is 1.44 GHz, the boosted value equals 1.92 GHz. The active cooling system with a small fan disseminates heat.


The specialty offers 2 GB of RAM and the 32 GB flash module (eMMC) for storage. Optionally one can utilize a microSD card. MS-CH01FV2 ensures IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless connection and features an HDMI interface, an embedded Bluetooth 4.1 + LE controller, alongside with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.


The fob computer weighs about 60 g only and is of 113 × 39 × 13 mm dimensions.
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