Intel DH77DF - motherboard of Mini-ITX format on chipset Intel H77 (Socket 1155)

Motherboard Intel DH77DF is a part of a series Media, which focuses on working with media content, including the creation and viewing of video. Support for high-performance processors and the availability of high-grade graphics card slot allows use it for building a compact gaming systems.

DH77DF uses a blue color PCB material, like many other Intel products of mass series. There is only one indicator green LED of power supply. The board looks very good good, mainly due to the dense deployment of a large number of elements in a limited space. This integration continues to amaze also in the age of quad phones.

The manufacturer managed to install on board two standard slots for memory modules, so that the total amount up to 16 GB — this is also more than enough for most usage scenarios. Officially supported speeds up to DDR3-1600. Test modules by default worked in 1333, but after selecting in BIOS Setup XMP profile it could start in 2000, but with the 2133 system it was not …

Spire Debuts with Gaming PC Chassis X2.6019

Spire Corporation put itself on record with a new gaming PC chassis, codenamed X2.6019. The new-comer is developed in mid-tower form-factor, featuring 520x215x508 mm dimensions, and is made of 0.6 mm cold-rolled galvanized steel (SECC). Despite medium dimensions, it might easily accommodate motherboards of miniITX, microATX and ATX standard. According to Spire, this model belongs to MOD solutions, since it ensures an easy access to the hardware components during modification or update of the system.

Spire X2.6019 houses four external bays for 5.25-inch drives, six internal bays for 3.5-inch drives, as well as seven slots for PCI expansion cards. Its internal layout is divided by linear plates into three sections; such framework promotes for a better heat removal. It should be mentioned that this chassis is able to lodge nearly any CPU cooler and any high-end graphics card. Moreover, drive mounting can be realized without any dedicated tools.

To continue, this PC chassis …

NAS QNAP TS-469 Pro Review

Contemporary network storage units have already undergone the evolution era, and nowadays new emerging models do not differ so much from their predecessors. This basically touches upon external integration and major functional. Still, hardware and software layout is constantly changing, offering more advanced, more efficient, and more comprehensive facilities. QNAP has recently launched a series of four-disk stations, with TS-469 Pro model leading the series.

Design and Integration

NAS QNAP TS-469 Pro is based on a steel frame. The casing is made of dark aluminum, while the frontal panel is made of black plastic. The larger part of this panel features a bay for the HDD installation; HDD bay consists of metallic frames and external plastic straps. Right above the bay there is a block of two-array indicators, two control panels and eight LED lights signifying the work of each hard drive, general device status, network connection, USB connection, and eSATA connection.

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