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Video card MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G: review and testing 

Continuing our familiarity with the various modifications o recently announced AMD Radeon R7 370 the basic features are available in the review of ASUS STRIX R7 370, we will talk about the MSI’s product which is equipped with high-quality element base and proprietary cooler MSI Twin Frozr V. Another difference of MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G is ability to switch between three operating modes, allowing a single click to obtain the necessary performance or reduce noise. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The specs:

Model

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G 

Graphics core

AMD Radeon R7 370 (Trinidad PRO)

Quantity of shader CPU

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, AMD Mantle, AMD Eyefinity, AMD App Acceleration, AMD HD3D, AMD CrossFireX, AMD PowerPlay, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, AMD Virtual Super Resolution, AMD Frame Rate Target Control, Vulcan, OpenCL 2.0

Basic/dynamic frequency of graphics core, MHz

Mode «Silent»

925 / 975

Mode «Gaming»

980 / 1030

Mode «OC»

1000 / 1050

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

Mode «Silent»

1400 (5600)

Mode «Gaming»

1400 (5600)

Mode «OC»

1425 (5700)

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

256

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

182,4

Memory type

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

4096 x 2160

Screening interfaces

1 х DVI-D

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI

1 х DisplayPort

Support for HDCP and HD-video decoding

Yes

Max capacity of PSU, W

500

Dimensions from official website (according to our measurements), mm

258 x 132 x 37 (276 х 135)

Drivers

Available drivers MSI or  GPU

Producer website

MSI

Package and content

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The printing of the packaging of MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G is realized in a design typical for series MSI GAMING: red and black colors, and a series of logo (a stylized dragon). In addition to video card name and the manufacturer here is the information about the presence of the logo «OC Edition», indicating about the factory overclocking of key parameters. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages:

  • Gaming App – a proprietary software that provides quickly switching between three different operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design, which has replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design sports two rows of blades with different designs, which helped to achieve such impressive results.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of two copper heat pipes with a balanced arrangement contributes to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - fans of cooling system stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fans.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

A list of system requirements is located on the back of the packaging. Based on these recommendations, the power supply shall have a capacity of at least 500 W and supports 6-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In the box with the card we found not only the usual instructions and a CD with software, but also an adapter to connect an analog monitor.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

To display an image there is the following set of video outputs:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Design and cooling system 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The product is realized in the traditional style of the series MSI GAMING, with a predominance of black and red colors in the design.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In addition to the PCI Express x16 slot, its power is supplied via an optional 6-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t make any difficulties to disconnect the power cord.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In order to implement the technologies AMD CrossFireX the MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G uses a single connector for the corresponding bridge that allows you to combine two video accelerators for the joint calculation of graphical effects.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The reverse side of the printed circuit board features mounting screws of cooling systems, one of which is covered by a warranty sticker. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The basis of MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G is graphics chip AMD Trinidad PRO, which is determined by the utility GPU-Z 0.8.5 as the «AMD Pitcairn». It is produced according to of 28-nm process and consists of 1024 stream processors, 32 ROP units and 64 texture units. The GPU operating frequency was increased to 1050 MHz with respect to the recommended 975 MHz.

As for the video memory subsystem, it is realized byGDDR5-chips Samsung's with total volume of 2 GB, which operate at effective frequency of 5700 MHz. Communication between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 256-bit bus, which is capable of carrying 182.4 GB of information per second.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

Branded cooling system is not only quite stylish, but also relatively compact. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 258 mm according to the official website of MSI (276 mm as measured in our lab).

The cooler comprises a radiator, two copper heat pipes coated with a layer of nickel, as well as two axial fans with blades 95 mm in diameter, mounted on the plastic housing.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In case of automatic speed control of fan blades at maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 66°C, and cooler is very quiet just 24% of its maximum capacity. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

Under the maximum fan speed GPU temperature dropped to 54°C. The noise rose to an average level, but remained quite comfortable for extended use. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory were automatically reduced, allowing to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation of video card in general. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 52°C because the fans stopped to rotate, and the cooling system has moved in a completely passive mode. Here appears the aforementioned technology MSI Zero Frozr, which provides a silent mode of video caed at low loads.

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Review of video card MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Over the time NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is one of the best solutions in terms of price and performance for building of midrange gaming system. Its main features are available in the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra, as well as in article dedicated to microarchitecture NVIDIA Maxwell. We are going to review version MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G, which is characterized not only by the presence of factory overclocking, qualitative element base and a proprietary cooling system, but also an increased video memory up to 4 GB.  

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The specs: 

Model

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Quantity of CUDA-cores

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Basic / dynamic graphics core frequency, MHz

Mode «Silent»

1127 / 1178

Mode «Gaming»

1190 / 1253

Mode «OC»

1241 / 1304

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

1753 (7010)

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

115,4

Bus

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening interfaces

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI

3 х DisplayPort

HDCP support and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Additional power sockets PCIe

1 x 8-pin

Dimensions from the official site (measured in our lab), mm

267 х 139 х 40 (279 х 140)

Drivers

Available drivers  MSI or GPU

Producer website

MSI

MSI has paid much attention to the improvement of standard video card, because, in fact, new product obtained the reference graphics core and video memory subsystem. Its structure contains: the original circuit board, brand cooler and quite interesting ability to switch between three operating modes, allowing you to flexibly control the performance and power consumption depending on the current task.

Package & content

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The printing of package MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G is made in the typical series MSI GAMING: red and black colors, and presence of a series logo (a stylized dragon). In addition to title of the video card and the manufacturer it is worth noting the presence of the logo «OC Edition», indicating that about factory overclocking key parameters.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages of video card, such as:

  • Gaming App - bundled proprietary software that provides a function to quickly switch between three different operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design, which replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design uses two rows of blades with different designs.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of three copper heat pipes with a balanced arrangement contributes to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - cooling system fans stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fans.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

A list of system requirements is located on the back of the packaging. Based on these recommendations, the power supply should have a capacity at least 400 W, as well as to support the 8-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In the box with the video card we’ve found not only the usual instructions and a CD with software, but also for the power adapter for connecting an analog monitor.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

To display the image the next set of interfaces is provided:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 3 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Appearance & cooling system 

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

New product is made in the traditional style of the series MSI GAMING, with a predominance of black and red colors in the design.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In addition to the PCI Express x16 slots, its power is provided via the optional 8-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t make difficulties to disconnect the power cord.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI for 960 MSI GeForce GTX GAMING 4G the manufacturer has provided one connector for the appropriate bridge. It allows you to combine a pair of graphics cards for the joint calculation of graphical effects. Recall that you can see the results of testing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 in mode 2-Way NVIDIA SLI in review of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 WINDFORCE OC.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The reverse side of the graphic adapter is covered by a massive metal support plate, which significantly improves the reliability of the structure and prevents damage of the printed circuit board under the weight of the cooling system.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The tested model is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell), produced according to 28-nm manufacturing process. It includes 1024 CUDA-cores, 32 blocks of rasterization and 64 texture units. As we have said, the video card features factory overclocking of graphics core, the maximum operating frequency of which is 1241 and 1304 MHz.

Also, the novelty has an increased video memory up to 4 GB using the microchips of company Samsung, which operate at effectively frequency of 7012 MHz. Communication between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of carrying 115.4 GB of information per second.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The cooling system has not very large dimensions. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 267 mm according to the official website of MSI (279 mm as measured in our lab).

The cooler features a radiator, three copper heat pipes coated with a layer of nickel, as well as two axial fans with 95 mm blades, mounted on the plastic case.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of automatic speed control of fan blades at maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 64°C, and cooler works virtually silent for 40% of its maximum capacity.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Under the maximum speed of fan blades rotation the GPU temperature dropped to 52°C. This noise exceeded the average level, but in a closed PC case it did not stand out too much compared to other components.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory are automatically reduced, allowing you to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 45°C because the fans stopped to rotate and cooling system transferred into a fully passive mode. Here technology MSI Zero Frozr is activated, which provides a silent operation mode at low loads.

tags: msi   geforce gtx 960   gddr5   full hd   cuda   nvidia sli   maxwell   gm206   samsung   pci express 3.0   directx 12   
Read the full review >>>

Review of video card MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Over the time NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is one of the best solutions in terms of price and performance for building of midrange gaming system. Its main features are available in the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra, as well as in article dedicated to microarchitecture NVIDIA Maxwell. We are going to review version MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G, which is characterized not only by the presence of factory overclocking, qualitative element base and a proprietary cooling system, but also an increased video memory up to 4 GB.  

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The specs: 

Model

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Quantity of CUDA-cores

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Basic / dynamic graphics core frequency, MHz

Mode «Silent»

1127 / 1178

Mode «Gaming»

1190 / 1253

Mode «OC»

1241 / 1304

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

1753 (7010)

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

115,4

Bus

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening interfaces

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI

3 х DisplayPort

HDCP support and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Additional power sockets PCIe

1 x 8-pin

Dimensions from the official site (measured in our lab), mm

267 х 139 х 40 (279 х 140)

Drivers

Available drivers  MSI or GPU

Producer website

MSI

MSI has paid much attention to the improvement of standard video card, because, in fact, new product obtained the reference graphics core and video memory subsystem. Its structure contains: the original circuit board, brand cooler and quite interesting ability to switch between three operating modes, allowing you to flexibly control the performance and power consumption depending on the current task.

Package & content

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The printing of package MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G is made in the typical series MSI GAMING: red and black colors, and presence of a series logo (a stylized dragon). In addition to title of the video card and the manufacturer it is worth noting the presence of the logo «OC Edition», indicating that about factory overclocking key parameters.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages of video card, such as:

  • Gaming App - bundled proprietary software that provides a function to quickly switch between three different operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design, which replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design uses two rows of blades with different designs.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of three copper heat pipes with a balanced arrangement contributes to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - cooling system fans stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fans.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

A list of system requirements is located on the back of the packaging. Based on these recommendations, the power supply should have a capacity at least 400 W, as well as to support the 8-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In the box with the video card we’ve found not only the usual instructions and a CD with software, but also for the power adapter for connecting an analog monitor.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

To display the image the next set of interfaces is provided:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 3 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Appearance & cooling system 

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

New product is made in the traditional style of the series MSI GAMING, with a predominance of black and red colors in the design.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In addition to the PCI Express x16 slots, its power is provided via the optional 8-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t make difficulties to disconnect the power cord.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI for 960 MSI GeForce GTX GAMING 4G the manufacturer has provided one connector for the appropriate bridge. It allows you to combine a pair of graphics cards for the joint calculation of graphical effects. Recall that you can see the results of testing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 in mode 2-Way NVIDIA SLI in review of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 WINDFORCE OC.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The reverse side of the graphic adapter is covered by a massive metal support plate, which significantly improves the reliability of the structure and prevents damage of the printed circuit board under the weight of the cooling system.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The tested model is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell), produced according to 28-nm manufacturing process. It includes 1024 CUDA-cores, 32 blocks of rasterization and 64 texture units. As we have said, the video card features factory overclocking of graphics core, the maximum operating frequency of which is 1241 and 1304 MHz.

Also, the novelty has an increased video memory up to 4 GB using the microchips of company Samsung, which operate at effectively frequency of 7012 MHz. Communication between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of carrying 115.4 GB of information per second.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The cooling system has not very large dimensions. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 267 mm according to the official website of MSI (279 mm as measured in our lab).

The cooler features a radiator, three copper heat pipes coated with a layer of nickel, as well as two axial fans with 95 mm blades, mounted on the plastic case.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of automatic speed control of fan blades at maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 64°C, and cooler works virtually silent for 40% of its maximum capacity.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Under the maximum speed of fan blades rotation the GPU temperature dropped to 52°C. This noise exceeded the average level, but in a closed PC case it did not stand out too much compared to other components.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory are automatically reduced, allowing you to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 45°C because the fans stopped to rotate and cooling system transferred into a fully passive mode. Here technology MSI Zero Frozr is activated, which provides a silent operation mode at low loads.

tags: msi   geforce gtx 960   gddr5   full hd   cuda   nvidia sli   maxwell   gm206   samsung   pci express 3.0   directx 12   
Read the full review >>>

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 video card: review and testing

In August 2015 the company NVIDA has pleased fans by announcement of a new graphics card, which is designed to be a solution for the mid-level gaming systems for Full HD-resolution. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 will take its place among the novelties in the architecture of NVIDIA Maxwell (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti) and more productive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The company is positioning its new product as a substitute for video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650. As you can see, under medium graphics settings and resolution of 1920 x 1080 the new model should demonstrate a stable 60 frames per second in today's games, while NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 is three times behind.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GOther distinctives feature of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 are the support of useful functions API DirectX 12 (Volume Tiled Resources, Conservative Raster, Raster Ordered Views), a doubling of GDDR5-memory and twice the best performance.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GAlso the producer has focused on the performance of video card in MOBA games, where it shows a decrease of response time almost twice that is important in network battles, as the battle depends on character of the speed of response.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GUsing proprietary software GeForce Experience, you can optimize system performance of your favorite MOBA game due to one click, thereby reducing response time by increasing the frame rate, as well as to choose the optimal graphics settings.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Also this software allows to keep the gameplay to the computer or broadcast the video on the popular Internet services.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The base of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 is a graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-250, which includes 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units and 32 units rasterization. The amount of video memory is 2 GB, which operates at a frequency of 6600 MHz. The memory bus is 128-bit.

Summary comparative table of graphics cards spec NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960:

Model

NVIDIA GeForce

GTX 750 Ti

NVIDIA GeForce

GTX 950 

NVIDIA GeForce

GTX 960

GPU

NVIDIA GM107-400

NVIDIA GM206-250 

NVIDIA GM206-300

Manufacturing process, nm

28

Quantity of CUDA-cores

640

768

1024

Quantity of texture blocks

40

48

64

Quantity of rasterization blocks

16

32

32

Basic / dynamic clock frequency, MHz

1020 / 1085

1024 / 1188

1126 / 1178

Video memory

Type

GDDR5

Capacity, GB

2

2

2

Nominal / effective clock frequency, MHz

1350 / 5400

1650 / 6600

1752 / 7010

Bus size, bit

128

128

128

Carrying capacity, GB/s

86,4

105,6

112,16

Additional PCIe power sockets

-

1 х 6-pin

1 х 6-pin

As you can see, we have a little cut version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, which has received less computing power, but a slightly higher dynamic graphics core frequency and more affordable cost.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GLet’s move on to a detailed study of the trends on the example of the video card MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G:

Model

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206-250

Quantity of CUDA-cores

768

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12 (Shader Model 5.0), OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Nominal/dynamic frequency of graphics core, MHz

Mode «Silent»

1026 / 1190

Mode «Gaming»

1102 / 1279

Mode «OC»

1127 / 1317

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

Mode «OC»

1663 (6650)

Modes «Gaming» and «Silent»

1653 (6610)

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

106,4

Bus

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening interfaces

1 x DVI-I

1 x HDMI

3 x DisplayPort

Support of HDCP and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal capacity of PSU, W

350

Additional power sockets PCIe

1 x 6-pin

Dimensions according to official website (measured in our lab), mm

270 х 137 x 37 (287 x 137)

Drivers

Available drivers MSI or GPU

Producer website

MSI

MSI has paid much attention to the improvement of standard video card, because the new solution has got only reference graphics core and video memory subsystem. It includes: the original circuit board, corporate cooler, enhanced power system and a very interesting switch option between the three modes, allowing you to manage the performance and power consumption depending on the current task.

Package and content

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe package of GeForce GTX 950 MSI GAMING 2G is realized in typical style for the series MSI GAMING: red and black colors dominated and also a logo of series (a stylized dragon). In addition to video card and the manufacturer, it contains the logo «OC Edition», indicating that the factory overclocking of key parameters.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages:

  • Gaming App a proprietary software with switch option between operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design which replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design uses two rows of blades with different designs, which helped to achieve such impressive results.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of two copper 6 mm heat pipes with a balanced arrangement to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - cooling fans stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fan.

We also note a number of advantages, the description of which did not fit on the package:

  • Military Class 4 - product features high quality electronic components with high performance and reliability (ferrite chokes, and solid tantalum capacitors).
  • Twin Frozr V - new proprietary cooling system that provides lower noise and better cooling compared to the reference cooler.
  • MSI Predator – due to utility you can save any game play in full screen mode. Utility MSI Predator is positioned as a free alternative to the highly popular program Fraps.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

A list of system requirements is also located on the back of the box. Based on these recommendations, the power supply should have a capacity of at least 350 W, as well as to maintain a 6-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GIn the box with the video card we found not only the usual instructions and a software CD, but also adapter from DVI to D-Sub.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe following set of video outputs is used to display an image:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 3 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Appearance and circuitry

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe video card MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G is realized on the original printed circuit board with a black matte finish. The logic arrangement of the key components is quite familiar: all memory chips are soldered around the GPU, and power system components are located on the left side of it.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GPower features a reinforced five-phase scheme: four phases are responsible for the power of the graphics core, and one is designed for video memory subsystem. It uses high-quality components corresponding to the concept of MSI Military Class 4.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe power system of core is implemented on a digital PWM controller NCP81174 produced by ON Semiconductor, which has some protection from excessive supply voltage, as well as energy efficiency.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GIn addition to the PCI Express x16 slot, here is an optional 6-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t cause discomfort to disconnect the power cord.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GIn order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI the MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G uses a single connector for the appropriate bridge. It allows you to combine a pair of graphics cards for the joint calculation of graphical effects.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The reverse side of the PCB is notable for two memory chips, some of the electrical components and fixing screws of the cooling system, one of which has a special sticker.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The news product is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-250 which is produced according to 28-nm process technology. It consists of 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units and 32 ROP units. In nominal mode (mode «OC») basic graphics core frequency is increased from 1024 to 1127 MHz and dynamic averages 1317 MHz instead of 1188 MHz reference.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GMemory of test video card (total 2 GB) is realized using four chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 with capacity of 4 GB each. According to the documentation, their nominal effective frequency is 7000 MHz, but in our case it was reduced to 6650 MHz, which allows them to hope for a good overclocking potential. Communication between the graphics core and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of carrying of 106.4 GB information per second.

Cooling system

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe tested model with including installed cooling system MSI Twin Frozr V occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 270 mm according to the official website of MSI (287 mm as measured in our lab).

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe cooler consists of a sufficiently large radiator that uses 44 aluminum nickel-plated plates, two 95 mm axial flow fans designed by Torx Fan, and a plastic housing, which covers the entire structure.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe fans are manufactured by Power Logic and are labeled «PLD10010S12HH». They are based on sliding bearings with increased service life. Their rated operating voltage is 12 V, and the current is 0.4 A.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GTo improve the heat exchange efficiency two 6 mm heat pipes are used. They are in direct contact with the surface of the graphic processor. They are covered with a layer of nickel, which is used to minimize the effectiveness of the drop due to the oxidation of copper. Contact of heat pipes with improved copper base is realized by means of solder. It is also used in places of contact with the edges of the radiator pipes.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Separate low-profile heatsink is applied for heat dissipation from elements of the power subsystem.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

In case of the automatic speed control of fan blades under the maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 65°C, and cooler works at the same time 43% of its maximum capacity. The noise level was very low. It absolutely did not stand out against other components.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Under the maximum speed fan blades GPU temperature dropped to 53 ° C. At the same time the noise rose to an average level, but remained quite acceptable for long-term daily use.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory were automatically reduced, allowing you to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation of video card in general. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 38°C because the fans stopped to rotate and cooling system turned into a fully passive mode. Here the aforementioned technology MSI Zero Frozr is activated. It provides a silent mode of video card operation at low loads.

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MSI Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard: review and testing

As you know MSI has decided to divide the whole range of gaming motherboards on three lineups: MSI Z170 Arsenal GAMING, MSI Z170 Performance GAMING and MSI Z170 Enthusiast GAMING. The first is designed for casual players that do not require special advantages. The second one provides a number of important features. The third one pleases gaming enthusiasts due to improvements to each subsystem.

In turn, lineup MSI Z170 Enthusiast GAMING is divided into several series: MSI Z170 GAMING M3, MSI Z170 GAMING M5, MSI Z170 GAMING M7 и MSI Z170 GAMING M9.  It is easy to guess that the higher the index number, the greater the benefits of various integrated into the model.

MSI Z170A GAMING M5

So we can say that the motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 is designed for fans of computer games that are looking for a balance between the high functionality and the ultimate cost.

Novelty has an excellent network subsystem, which will be appreciated by fans of online battles, high-quality sound subsystem that allows you to catch the steps of the enemy before it appears on the screen, as well as ample opportunities for the organization of graphics and disk subsystems.

However, but firstly let's consider the detailed technical specifications of the motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5:

Producer 

MSI

Model

Z170A GAMING M5

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPU

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 6th gen

Memory frequency

3600* / 3200* / 3000* / 2800* / 2600* / 2400 / 2133 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR4 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8 / x8+x4+x4)

4 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supports:

2 x M.2 32 Gb/s (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280)

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 х SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400 (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC1150

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

24-pin ATX connector

8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminium radiators on the processor power subsystem elements

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.1 Gen1

1 х USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.1 each with support of two USB 3.1 Gen1

2 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express

1 х socket TPM

1 х COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

2 x sets of front panel connectors

1 х switch «Slow mode»

1 x CMOS reset

1 x diagnostic LED-indicator

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP 1.0а, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.8

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

4 x SATA cables

1 х bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 x 244 mm

Producer website

MSI
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available at support page

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Motherboard MSI Z97A GAMING 6: review and testing

The hero of this review the motherboard MSI Z97A GAMING 6 takes a middle position in the lineup MSI GAMING, which continues to develop thanks to the interest of users. This model has an excellent network subsystem, which will be appreciated by fans of online battles, high-quality sound subsystem, as well as ample opportunities for the organization of graphics and disk subsystems. A particular note is given to the advanced interface USB 3.1 Type-C put on the interface panel.

MSI Z97A GAMING 6

The specs:

Producer 

MSI

Model

Z97A GAMING 6 (rev 1.0)

Chipset

Intel Z97

CPU socket

Socket LGA1150

Supported CPU

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron of 4th and 5th gen: Intel Haswell, Intel Haswell Refresh, Intel Devil`s Canyon, Intel Broadwell

Memory frequency

3300* / 3200* / 3100* / 3000* / 2800* / 2666* / 2600* / 2400* / 2200* / 2133* / 2000* / 1866* / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR3 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 32 GB

Expansion slots

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8 / x8+x4+x4)

4 х PCI Express 2.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z97 chipset supports:

1 x M.2 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280)

1 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 x SATA 6 GB/s)

4 x SATA 6 GB/s (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10)

LAN

1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2205 (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC1150

7.1-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

24-pin ATX connector

8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminium radiators on the processor power subsystem elements

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x D-Sub

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C)

2 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

6 x audio jacks

Internal I/O

2 x USB 3.0, each with support of two USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х TPM

1 x COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

2 x sets of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS

1 х LED-indicator

1 x socket Direct audio

1 x switch Audio Power

9 х V-Check sockets

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, DMI 2.0

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

2 x SATA cables

1 х bridge NVIDIA SLI

1 x set MSI M-Connector

1 x door hanger

1 х sticker MSI GAMING

1 x power cord Direct audio

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

MSI
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available at support page

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Features of modern Intel processors overclocking 

For many years the processor overclocking features are their integral part. Of course, due to the productivity growth this procedure has become less popular, but it didn’t lose its relevance. The CPU is still a major component of the PC, and therefore the rest of the components in the system are highly dependent on its performance. Moreover, the higher configuration level, the more dependent it is. The second reason, forcing users to look towards overclocking, is a lack of software optimization. So, after buying a multi-core processor, you will not guarantee to ensure maximum productivity. For example, in games very frequent situation is a model with several cores, but higher frequency that performs better than its more expensive counterpart. 

GECID Intel OC

So the overclocking today is not just entertainment, and has a real practical benefit. These words were proved many times after testing of processor with different performance. However, the standard doesn’t contain all the nuances related to the optimization of process parameters. Therefore we have decided to devote a separate article, or rather, a series of materials to such an issue. The first part will be this article where we will try to unlock the full features of the acceleration of modern processors from Intel. We will focus on models based on microarchitecture Intel Haswell: families Intel Haswell, Intel Haswell Refresh, Intel Devil's Canyon abd Intel Haswell-E.

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Motherboard MSI A68HM-P33: review and testing

New product from MSI is the entry-level solution. It is made in a compact microATX board and combines a number of useful technologies, traditionally high quality and quite decent equipment for this price segment.

According to the title the basis MSI A68HM-P33 is a new chipset AMD A68H, which replaced the AMD A58, designed for entry-level motherboards. It is used to work with processors of series AMD Kaveri or solutions of lineups AMD Trinity / Richland.
MSI A68HM-P33

Let’s take a closer look to the features of this motherboard with the price tag of about $ 50.

The specs:

Producer

MSI

Model

A68HM-P33

Chipset

AMD A68H

CPU socket

Socket FM2+

Supported CPUs

AMD A / AMD Athlon

Memory frequency

2133 / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 MHz

Memory support

2 x DDR3 DIMM- slot with memory support up to 32 GB

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16

3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

Disk subsystem

AMD A68H chipset supports:

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111G (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

2 / 4 / 5.1 / 7.1-channel sound

Power

24-pin ATX main power connector

8-pin ATX12V power connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

2 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

4 x USB 2.0

3 x audio jacks

1 х PS/2 (for mouse or keyboard)

Internal I/O

2 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x socket COM

1 x socket TPM

1 х socket LPT

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP 1.0а, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.8, DMI 2.8

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty description booklet

Driver and utility disc

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

microATX

244 х 174 mm

Producer website

MSI
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

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MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G graphics card: review and testing

Graphics cards and motherboards of MSI Gaming series are designed to build gaming devices capable to bear prolonged gaming sessions. This is achieved through the use of components corresponding brand concept Military Class 4. Another important component is the good overclocking capability and a set of related software.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

Graphics card MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G, which will be discussed in this review has enough performance to create a balanced gaming and multimedia midrange computer. In this case, it is based on reliable and high-quality components that will prove its high reliability.

The specs:

Model

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

Graphics core

AMD Radeon R9 285 (Tonga Pro)

Technology process, nm

28

Quantity of universal shader processors

1792

Technologies and API support

DirectX 12, DirectCompute 11, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2, AMD Eyefinity, AMD CrossFireX, AMD HD3D, AMD PowerPlay, AMD PowerTune, AMD Eyespeed, AMD ZeroCore, AMD Mantle, AMD TrueAudio, AMD PowerTune, AMD FreeSync

Rated/dynamic frequency of graphics core, MHz

«OC»

973

«Gaming»

954

«Silent»

918

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Basic / effective memory frequency, MHz

1375 / 5500

Memory bus width, bit

256

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

176

Inner interface

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Screening  interfaces

1 х HDMI 1.4a

1 x DisplayPort 1.2

1 х DVI-I

1 х DVI-D

Minimal PSU capacity, W

500

Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

260 x 127 x 37 (270 x 130)

Drivers

 MSI or  GPU

Website

MSI

Package and content 

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

For testing we have a version of the graphics card MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G without decorative package and delivery set. According to the official photos, box is fully consistent with the design of other adapters of Taiwanese game series, for example MSI R9 280X GAMING 3G. That is the main color gamut is black and red, and a key element of the front side is a stylized dragon emblem. On the reverse side you can get acquainted with the main advantages of this model.

According to the information provided on the official website, it has the following features:

  • cooling system Twin Frozr IV Advanced, which includes two axial fans with a special curved blade shape Propeller Blade, productive nickel plated heatpipes with the design SuperPipes and radiator with design Airflow Control (to create air flow direction);
  • qualitative circuitry Military Class 4, which consists of solid capacitors Solid CAP, tantalum polymer capacitors Hi-C CAP SFC and coils with a ferrite core;
  • proprietary software MSI Gaming App for quick and easy switching of preset profiles;
  • complete utility MSI Predator with functions to capture game play, screenshots or videos record.

Supplied set of MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G includes a set of paper documentation, CD with drivers and proprietary software, as well as an adapter DVI↔D-Sub.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

The interface panel contains the following connectors:

  • 1 x HDMI 1.4a;
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2;
  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x DVI-D.

Given the presence of adapter DVI↔D-Sub we can talk about all the most popular video outputs, allowing to connect almost any modern digital or analog display.

Design and circuitry

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G is built on black PCB with height of 122 mm. Around the GPU there is a protective frame, which can prevent it from damage when installing or removing the cooling system.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

The GPU power subsystem is made by 7-phase scheme. The controller is a chip ON NCP81022 from the company ON Semiconductor.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

In addition to the features of slot PCI Express 3.0 x16, there are two additional 6-pin PCIe designed to provide power. Their connection and disconnection is free due to the arrangement of latches only on back side (the PCB has special slots).

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

The reverse side of the printed circuit board contains a number of electrical components and the fastening screws of the cooling system. Also do note the graphics accelerator is not equipped with connectors for bridges AMD CrossFireX, as this functionality is implemented at the program level (two graphics cards for collaborative computing graphics is supported).

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

The basis of MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G is a graphics chip AMD Radeon R9 285 (AMD Tonga Pro). It is produced by a 28-nm process process and consists of 1792 unified shader processors, 112 texture units and 32 ROP units. The nominal clock frequency of the GPU determined by utility GPU-Z 0.8.1 is 973 MHz. That is the profile «OC» of software MSI Gaming App is applied.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

The graphics card is equipped with 2 GB of video memory, collected by using 8 chips ELPIDA W2032BBBG-6A-F with the effective frequency of 5500 MHz. Data exchange with the GPU is realized through a 256-bit bus with bandwidth of 176 GB/s.

Cooling system   

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

Graphics accelerator is equipped with a proprietary cooling system Twin Frozr IV Advanced and occupies two slots for expansion cards. The total length of the graphics card with installed cooling system is 270 mm, which ensures its compatibility with a large number of case of different form factors.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

Blowing is realized by two fans Power Logic PLD10010B12HH (12 V; 0.4 A) with a diameter of 95 mm and the design of the blades Propeller Blade. This creates a good air flow and improved airflow of components. The fans are built by 2 ball bearing, which promises a higher lifetime.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

Radiator fins are covered with a layer of nickel for long service life with maximum performance and spectacular appearance. They are characterized by a special smooth design Airflow Control, which creates the directed air flow for better heat dissipation.

The heat exchange takes four copper heat pipes: three 6 mm and one 8 mm. They are coated with nickel for protection from oxidation during prolonged use.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

The heat pipes are soldered to the fins of the radiator and to its base. This greatly improves the heat transfer and increases the efficiency of the cooling system.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

Another important component of the cooling system is a metal plate with a double functionality. It reinforces the printed circuit board to protect it from damage and deformation and at the same time removes heat from the memory chip and the power supply subsystem. To improve the contact using special thermal spacers.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

In case of the automatic rotation of the fan blades (1505 rpm) the GPU temperature was 71°C. This value is not low, but there is a significant margin of safety till critical point. Noise was below average.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

After fixing the fan speed at maximum value (2885 rpm) heating of the GPU during prolonged load was dropped to 60°C. Noise of cooling system rose to an average level, but still remained comfortable enough to work in the afternoon.

MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

In idle mode the GPU temperature dropped to 37°C. In this mode the cooler worked quietly (1047 rpm) and almost did not stand out against other components.

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MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard: review and testing

«Dare to be different» these words can be found on the official page of the MSI new motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition. Nominally, it belongs to a series of MSI Z97 Classic is the midrange solution. It has two key advantages: support for two slots PCI Express 3.0 x16 with lines distribution according to scheme x8+x8 for ligament AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI and original design in white and black colors, perfectly suited to fans of modding. You can also note an excellent opportunity for the organization of the disk subsystem, a large number of USB 3.0 ports and high-quality sound system. But let's look at its detailed technical specifications.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition

The specs:

Producer

MSI

Model

Z97S SLI Krait Edition (rev 2.0)

Chipset

Intel Z97

CPU socket

Socket LGA1150

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron of 4th and 5th gen: Intel Haswell, Intel Haswell Refresh, Intel Devil`s Canyon, Intel Broadwell

Memory frequency

3200* / 3100* / 3000* / 2800* / 2666* / 2600* / 2400* / 2200* / 2133* / 2000* / 1866* / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR3 DIMM- slot with memory support up to 32 GB

Expansion slots

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16

х16

х8+х8

3 х PCI Express 2.0 x1

2 x PCI

Disk subsystem

Intel Z97 chipset supports:

1 x M.2 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280)

1 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 х SATA 6 Gb/s)

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10)

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111G (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC892

7.1-channel sound

Power

24-pin ATX main power connector

8-pin ATX12V power connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Aluminum radiator on CPU power system elements

Extenral I/O

1 x HDMI

1 x D-Sub

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

6 x audio jacks

1 x PS/2 (for mouse or keyboard)

Internal I/O

1 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

2 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х socket TPM

1 х socket COM

1 х socket LPT

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, DMI 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty description booklet

Driver and utility disc

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

MSI
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

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MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro gaming laptop: review and testing

The acquisition of a gaming laptop is important and quite complicate task, as the purchase requires a special demand. And if the choice of "workhorse" for the daily needs is more or less clear, due to a variety of gaming models and values in their prices the head of buyer is spinning. And it's not so much due to high price which often accompanies the devices in this category, but in the number of advanced technologies used in modern gaming laptop. In addition, an important factor when choosing a gadget is its reliability, because in most cases the device to be used in a very active mode to perform time-consuming tasks and modern games.

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro

In this review we aimed to find out what is a true gaming laptop, using a laptop MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro. According to the manufacturer, this model is a classic representative of the family of gaming laptops, because it occupies a central position in the famous lineup of MSI Gaming. We will start our acquaintance with this very interesting device from the traditional consideration of the technical characteristics.

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MSI 970 GAMING motherboard review and testing

It's not a secret that Intel dominates in the segment of x86-processors. Especially confidently it feels in the category of high-performance solutions that are often used by gamers to build their desktop systems. It is not surprising that the first motherboards of series MSI GAMING were developed precisely on the basis of Intel chipsets. In spring 2014 the first models of series MSI GAMING for platform Socket FM2+ were appeared. It only in the early summer 2014 the first solution in this series for the platform Socket AM3+ was released. 

MSI 970 GAMING is based on a chip of bridge AMD 970, which is added by traditional bridge and AMD SB950 and designed to work in tandem with the families of processors AMD Phenom II, AMD Athlon II, AMD Sempron and AMD FX. At the time of reviewing the new product was available for purchase but only abroad where it costs is about $ 100. Since MSI GAMING 970 refers to the game lineup, it has a good network controller and flagship sound subsystem. But let's not jump to conclusions, but traditionally turn to the study of the test specification of the model.

MSI 970 GAMING

The specs:

Producer

MSI

Model

970 GAMING (rev 1.0)

Chips of bridges

AMD 970 + AMD SB950

CPU socket

AMD Socket AM3+

Supported CPUs

AMD Phenom II / AMD Athlon II / AMD Sempron (Socket AM3)

AMD FX (Socket AM3+)

Memory frequency

2133* / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

(*OC)

Expansion slots

4 x DDR3 DIMM-slots with the support up to 32 GB

 

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16

x16

x8+x8

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

2 х PCI

Expansion slots

AMD SB950 supports:

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2205 (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Audio subsystem

Realtek ALC1150 codec

7.1-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power connectors

24-pin ATX main power connector

8-pin ATX12V power connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

4 x system fan connectors (2x4-pin and 2x3-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiators on the elements of processor power subsystem

Aluminum radiator of north bridge

Aluminum radiator of south bridge

External I/O

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

8 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

6 x audio ports

1 х PS/2 (for mouse and keyboard connection)

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

3 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x COM

1 x TPM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS

1 x switch Slow mode

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.7, PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty description booklet

Driver and utility disc

2 x SATA cables

1 х bridgeNVIDIA SLI

1 x door hanger

1 х sticker MSI GAMING

1 х interface panel plug

Form factor,

Dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

MSI
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

MSI 970 GAMING

Motherboard MSI 970 GAMING is traditionally shipped in a cardboard box which is decorated with high-quality and stylish graphic of MSI GAMING series. Most of the front side is reserved for the logo of the series, which is a stylized image of a dragon.

The useful information on the front side of the box contains the name of the board and the manufacturer, as well as the presence of a network controller Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2205 and audio subsystem with design Audio Boost 2.

MSI 970 GAMING

On the reverse side of the box, in addition to diagramming interface panel and brief specifications, there is a description of the key features and supported technologies:

  • Audio Boost 2 – sound subsystem in addition to the flagship codec Realtek ALC1150 includes special Nichicon audio capacitor, two amplifiers with the support of studio headphones with impedance up to 600 Ohms, and gold-plated audio outputs on the interface panel and cover for protection against electromagnetic interference. Also note a nice bonus in the form of shielding strips with LED-backlit.
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2205 - network controller, which has the ability automatically detect game traffic and raise its priority with respect to the low-level system traffic ensuring low latency during game data transfering.
  • OC Genie 4 - automatic overclocking function, which is activated by pressing a button in the supplied software.
  • Multi-GPU - motherboard offers the support of technologies AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI for combining computing power of two graphics cards.
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 2 – due to this technology the quality of sound in games and when playing back multimedia content is significantly improved.
  • Military Class 4 - in the design of new products uses only high quality components such as solid capacitors Dark CAP with increased to 10 years service life and SFC chokes with ferrite core.
  • Gaming Device Port - USB 2.0 and PS/2 ports have three times increased volume of the gold coating, therefore,have greater reliability and durability. They are optimized for manipulators with high sampling frequency (from 500 to 1000 Hz), thereby reducing the response time from 8 to 1 millisecond.

MSI 970 GAMING

MSI 970 GAMING

Scope of delivery of the MSI 970 GAMING, in addition to the standard documentation and a disk with drivers and utilities includes two SATA cables, bridge NVIDIA SLI, interface board plug, the label on the system unit with the logo of the series MSI GAMING, as well as cardboard hanger with series logo and inscriptions: "I’m sorry busy gaming" and "I'm not here”.

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