Meet Tiny B150M Night Elf Mainboard from MSI

MSI has added a new micro-ATX motherboard to its Performance Gaming series of products. Entitled B150M Night Elf, the new-comer is differentiated by an outstanding black-and-red PCB design with a stylish LED lighting. The model is based on Intel B150 chipset and supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs on Skylake architecture.

MSI B150M Night Elf receives power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The VRM system is organized according to 4+2-phase scheme with passive cooling. The PCB offers four slots for the mounting of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 64 GB capacity), two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, one PCIe 3.0 x16, and one PCIe 3.0 x16@4.

Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas for the connection of various external devices there are six USB 3.1 ports (10 Gb/s). Network facilities are ensured by means of Intel I219-V controller. At the same time, audio subsystem Audio Boost 3 employs Realtek ALC1150 controller.

Furthermore, the rear panel …

Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional Review

Requirements of customers towards computer hardware differ relying on their needs. People with modest desires tend to gather systems with average specifications, while gamers and enthusiasts try to wring every possible bit, MB, GB, etc., from their PCs and hardware. Motherboard integration is usually given a special attention, since it will directly influence the overall performance. ASRock understands the desire of people with heightened demands, primarily gamers, and offers an efficient solution in the form of motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional that will be a perfect match for high-end systems within middle-sized chassis.

Design and Integration

The application of black-red color scheme is supposed to be a distinctive feature of Fatal1ty series. At the first glimpse the customer won't see any extraordinary approaches in design; nevertheless more close look will unveil all the facilities ASRock motherboard offers. The first distinctive feature is digital …

Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.

Chief Peculiarities

Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …
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