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Smartphone Lenovo S60: review and testing 

Just few years ago we have met the technology expansion, when the company Lenovo entered the mobile phone market. Due to a very reasonable price policy and constant introduction of advanced technologies it could to gain loyal fans around the world and make tangible nervous most famous competitors.

Lenovo S60

This article will be focused on a stylish and multifunctional smartphone Lenovo S60, which, thanks to attractive design, modern hardware platform and more than adequate cost is a perfect solution for a fairly wide audience of users. But let's begin our review with a review of the specifications.

tags: lenovo   wi-fi   gps   4g   android   qualcomm   micro-sim   ips   microsd   snapdragon   cortex-a53   micro-usb   nfc   multi-touch   bluetooth 4.0   
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Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7: review and testing

An updated series of devices for gamers GIGABYTE G1 GAMING includes not only the mid-level model, such as the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3, but the flagship cards. And one of them will be described in this review. GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 has a very good equipment, including the traditional advantages of this series: gaming network controller supplemented company Intel; a good sound system, as well as a number of overclcking opportunities that will help you get an extra performance boost in games.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7

The specs:

Producer and model

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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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Review of motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 on Intel Z170

5 August 2015 is a significant date on the calendar in the IT-industry. After all, this day brought not only the announcement of the sixth-generation Intel Core processors under code-named «Intel Skylake», but also we have an introduction of a new platform Intel Socket LGA1151 and a new chipset Intel Z170. We will devote a separate review for processor family Intel Skylake, but in this material on the example of motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 we offer a more detailed look at the possibilities of the chipset Intel Z170.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3

Conceptual scheme of platform Socket LGA1151

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3

Conceptual scheme of platform Socket LGA1150

First of all let’s consider the conceptual scheme of platform Socket LGA1151. The general structure has not changed: the board still contains two major components (CPU and chipset), the data exchange between them is done by a bus DMI. However "the main thing is in the details." Indeed, the analysis of the individual units of the scheme shows that the platform Socket LGA1151 is a big step forward compared to the Socket LGA1150. Firstly, the chipset Intel Z170 had the transition to the use of interface PCI Express 3.0, which has twice higher the bandwidth than PCI Express 2.0. Moreover, the new standard will be used for communication with external devices (expansion slots and the controller), and for "dialogue" with the processor. In other words, performance of bus DMI 3.0 also increased about twice compared with DMI 2.0. Such upgrading at chipset ensures that during operation any part of this scheme will not be the bottleneck and will not limit the performance of its individual components.

Another important development was the increase the number of lines PCIe in the chipset to communicate with peripherals. Intel Z97 features 8, while Intel Z170 has 20. Such a large amount should help the developers of motherboards in terms of implementing a set of interfaces for multi-graphics configurations, and the use of third-party controllers. Also don’t forget that the processor also has its own 16th lines PCIe 3.0, that will give us a grand total of 36 lines. In other words, any board equipped with the flagship chipset Intel Z170, theoretically, be able to support modes 4-Way NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFireX in format х8+х8+х8+х8.

As for the supported connectors, the Intel Z170 also took the lead of its predecessor. For the needs of the user here are 10 USB 3.0 port versus 6 in Intel Z97. The number of available slots USB 2.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s has not changed - 14 and 6, respectively. Also, here is support for interface SATA Express and drives M.2 PCIe (NGFF SSD). Moreover, by increasing the number of lines and the transition to PCIe 3.0 standard now the motherboard can contain not one, but two or three corresponding slots. Also, minor changes were made for supported technologies. Thus, the Intel Rapid Storage options has added full support for PCIe-storage, and will have access to technology to improve sound quality (Intel Smart Sound).

In general, the chipset Intel Z170 has a rather large functionality.

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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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Wireless router TP-LINK TL-WR842ND: review and testing

Wireless router in our Internet-dependent world is a necessity, especially for owners of mobile gadgets. For modern user the functionality of Wi-Fi-router, which only works with the routes and permissions is not enough. Therefore, the manufacturers try to make it more attractive and versatile, adding functions that had previously been developed for a specialized server.

For example, pay attention to the functionality of file server that provides shared access to network file storage or the functionality of print server, providing access to a network printer.

This review focuses on the Wi-Fi router with advanced functionality TP-LINK TL-WR842ND.

TP-LINK TL-WR842NDThe specs:

Model

tags: tp-link   wi-fi   usb 2.0   atheros   qualcomm   802.11 n   
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Smartyphone HTC Desire EYE: review and testing 

The decision to allocate top smartphones in a separate lineup of HTC One, of course had a positive effect from the Taiwanese mobile giant. On the one hand, it is possible to carry out an extensive advertising campaign to attract new and potential customers, and on the other - to reduce the serious competition within its own product lineup, and to express themselves to others, at least a promising model.

HTC Desire EYE

In this article we will talk about a very interesting and flagship smartphone HTC Desire EYE, which is the main representative of a slightly forgotten lineup of "desirable" devices. What interesting features has new product and can it oppose to more famous solutions?.

tags: htc   wi-fi   android   gps   ips   qualcomm   lte   nfc   microsd   snapdragon   bsi   miracast   micro-usb   3g   4g   dlna   arm   full hd   bluetooth 4.0   multi-touch   
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Smartphone Sony Xperia Z3: review and testing

urrently Sony is upgrading its mobile business, and shifts the focus to the decisions of the upper and middle price range. In this fiscal year Sony Mobile Communications plans to sell 38 million smartphones. Despite rumors about the rejection of the strategy of issuing new flagship models every six months, the Vice-President of Global Communications and Public Relations Tim Harrison in a recent interview said that the company decided to produce flagship models more frequently than once a 12 months. On the one hand, this solution allows to quickly take into account errors and to impose compete with other manufacturers. But is it possible in this case to rely on the fundamental improvements over the previous model? It can also lead to competition within the lineup. We will try to find out the example of Sony Xperia Z3 is it true in the current market conditions.

Sony Xperia Z3

 

In terms of technical characteristics, this model is a little different from its predecessor Sony Xperia Z2. There is the same 5.2-inch Full HD IPS-display, processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and the main camera of 20.7 megapixels. So what's the difference? It lies in a number of design improvements, branded shell Xperia Home and several technical nuances. All this will be explained in more detail below. Let's start from the technical specifications Sony Xperia Z3:

Producer

Sony

Model

Xperia Z3 (D6603)

Type, form-factor

Smartphone, monoblock

Communication standard

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+)

850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE)

700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 MHz

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Kb/s), EDGE (236 Kb/s), HSDPA (up to 42,2 Мb/s), HSUPA (up to 5,76 Мb/s), LTE Cat.4 (up to 50 Мb/s UL, up to 150 Мb/s DL)

SIM-card

Nano-SIM

CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC): quad-core Krait 400, up to 2,5 GHz, L2 cache − 2 МB, manufacturing process 28-nm HPm

GPU

Qualcomm Adreno 330: up to 578 MHz, support for OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.1 and DirectX 9.0c 

Display

IPS, 5,2" TRILUMINOS, 1920 x 1080 p (423 ppi), multi-touch up to 10 presses, protective Asahi DragonTrail X, technologies X-Reality and Live Colour

RAM

3 GB, dual-channel LPDDR3

ROM

16 GB

Card-readers

microSD (up to 128 GB)

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Sound processing

ClearAudio+

Speaker

Stereo

Microphone

Stereo

 

FM-radio

+

Camera

Main

Exmor RS (1/2,3"): 20,7 МP, BSI, aperture f/2.0, AF, LED flash, Image stabilization system

SteadyShot, «HDR»-shoot, video recording in format 4K Ultra HD (30 FPS)

Front

2,2 МP, aperture f/2.8, fixed focus, video recording in format 1080p

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2,4 / 5 GHz)

(Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot)

Bluetooth

4.0

GPS/GLONASS

+/+

NFC

+

ИК

DLNA/Miracast

+/+

MHL

+ (MHL 3.0)

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, light sensor, LED, a geomagnetic sensor (compass), barometer

Battery

Lithium-ion cell, non-removable: 3100 mАh

Charger

Input : 100~240 V AC 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC1,5 А

Other

Dust and moisture protection according to IP65 and IP68

Dimensions

146 × 72 × 7,3 mm

Weight

152 g

Color

Black / White / Olive / Copper /Purple

OS

Android 4.4.4 KitKat + Xperia Home v7

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Sony Mobile Communications AB

tags: sony   wi-fi   ips   qualcomm   full hd   mhl   gps   snapdragon   4k ultra hd   nfc   micro-usb   android   exmor   bluetooth 4.0   3g   lpddr3   hdmi   bsi   cortex-a7   802.11 ac   asahi dragontrail   
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SmartphoneBenQ F5: review and testing

Probably for most users the Taiwanese company BenQ is primarily associated with monitors, projectors and various computer peripherals. Some may remember the mobile phones under the brand BenQ-Siemens, which were issued from 2006 to the second half of 2008. After five year break the company decides to return to the rapidly growing smartphone market with two models: BenQ F3 and A3, which received good specifications and were aimed at the local market. For now the arsenal of the Taiwanese manufacturer includes two current smartphones - BenQ T3 and BenQ F5, designed for the international market in the medium and high price range, respectively. The older model was tested in our test lab and we will try to understand how it is interesting to potential buyers.

BenQ F5

The novelty has a modern look with qualitative materials, 5-inch HD IPS-display, common quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, the main camera module 13-megapixel Sony Exmor sensor and a number of other equally interesting features.

The specs:

Producer

tags: benq   wi-fi   qualcomm   ips   gps   snapdragon   android   3g   4g   nfc   dlna   microsd   sony   exmor   micro-usb   bluetooth 4.0   multi-touch   micro-sim   cortex-a7   802.11 n   
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Smartphone ZTE Nubia Z7 mini: review and testing

Over the past few years Chinese mobile phone manufacturers made a huge burst in development. Until recently their products had a plain design, low-quality build quality, slurred hardware and software with uncomfortable control aspect. The appearance of Android OS greatly simplified life of the creator of such devices and at the same time increased competition between them. "Fashion" OS applied in smartphones of world-known manufacturers strongly pulled Chinese devices in terms of functionality, but at the same time has increased demands to the hardware. The Chinese unnamed devices became popular for user with higher demands in terms of performance and design.

After a few years of competition for buyers in the domestic and foreign markets the Chinese smartphones were completely transformed. Companies whose names are in our area were not popular now offer phones with flagship systems, high-quality screen and uninteresting design. This is complemented by current versions of the Android OS with useful add-ons from the manufacturer and affordable price.

Against the background of bold newcomers more notable Chinese companies are in an interesting position. On the one hand, their image doesn’t allow to skim the cream like global brands, often offering overpriced smartphones with outdated features. On the other hand, they cannot make price dumping as the cost is higher than that of their younger compatriots with a small staff and advertising costs.

ZTE Nubia Z7 mini

In such circumstances some Chinese brands try to offer smartphones with good quality equipment and technical support at a price slightly higher than "anonymous" devices, but much lower than that of identical offers from international companies. This class of solutions includes the smartphone ZTE Nubia Z7 mini. This model was bought by the author for personal use, and now will try to tell you about the pros and cons of this model.

tags: zte   android   qualcomm   wi-fi   4g   lte   snapdragon   3g   micro-usb   gps   microsd   ips   exmor   4k ultra hd   dts   corning gorilla glass   bluetooth 4.0   micro-sim   widi   dlna   multi-touch   
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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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Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM smartphone: review and testing

Last year Microsoft has completely closed the deal with the Finnish company Nokia concerning the acquisition of its mobile phone business. And in the end of the year the software giant released the first smartphone under its own brand Microsoft Lumia 535. Novelty has familiar design and relatively affordable price tag. Smartphone had visited our lab, so we are ready to share the results of own acquaintance with this model.

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

The device is the embodiment of the concept of “5×5×5”. Where the first five is the key integrated services and applications Microsoft (Skype, Office, Cortana, OneDrive and Outlook). The second and third five is a wide-angle 5-megapixel front camera and 5-inch IPS-display with qHD resolution. Lets’ start from the specifications:

Producer

tags: microsoft   lumia   wi-fi   windows   ips   nokia   micro-usb   micro-sim   gps   qualcomm   3g   microsd   snapdragon   cdma   cortex-a7   bluetooth 4.0   dlna   multi-touch   802.11 n   soc   
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE tablet: review and testing

It's not a secret that today's mobile technology gradually and irrevocably intrudes on the lives of every person without exception. And this, in our opinion is a very positive occurrence. Try to figure it out for yourself, it’s not bad to have at own disposal a device with a good performance and a relatively large screen and at the same time in a rather small and lightweight case. Well typing and editing the text, watch videos, play your favorite games and at the same time you don’t need to screw up own eyes to the small screen of the smartphone or carry a heavy laptop. Recently, these features were combined in one device named tablet. Totally "have killed" the laptop market, it has become an integral part of the modern person. And it is worth to note that one of the leading roles in this situation played a Korean company Samsung. The range of devices from this manufacturer is expanding every year, constantly introducing advanced technology and giving users new opportunities.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Confirmation of the above said is Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE which came to us for testing. This 8-inch device is a bright representative of fourth generation tablet from the Korean manufacturer. The gadget has a good hardware platform provided by the tandem of quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and graphics accelerator Qualcomm Adreno 305, which are running under the latest operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat. But the main highlight of the new product  in our view is the support of a new generation of mobile networks - 4G LTE.

tags: samsung   4g   lte   galaxy tab   qualcomm   wi-fi   microsd   gps   snapdragon   android   tft   micro-usb   pls   arm   cdma   multi-touch   3g   micro-sim   bluetooth 4.0   dlna   
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ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ smartphone: review and testing

In 2004 the French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent specifically its department engaged in mobile devices, has joined hands with the same department of the Chinese company TCL Communication. As a result now we have joint company of TCL & Alcatel Mobile Phones Limited (TAMP), where 55% of the stock owned by TCL and 45 % by Alcatel-Lucent. All plants for the production of phones have been moved to China. And in 2005 TCL had completely bought safety stock and renamed the company as TCT Mobile and conclude an agreement that allows it to produce phones under the brand Alcatel. Now the company developings smartphones under the brands TCL and ALCATEL ONETOUCH for markets in Asia, Latin America, Europe and other regions. It is actively cooperating with the big operators and distributors. TCL Communication is among the top ten fastest-growing mobile phone manufacturers.

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

For testing we have smartphone ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ which bears the title of leader and meets all the canons of the market. Novelty can boast the newest platform MediaTek MT6592, 5-inch Full HD IPS-display, progressive audio decoder Hi-Fi ES9018 and a number of other interesting features which will be discussed below. We suggest to start with a review of the technical characteristics of new item:

Producer

tags: wi-fi   gps   mediatek   arm   full hd   ips   micro-sim   dlna   snapdragon   micro-usb   qualcomm   bluetooth   sony   nfc   802.11 n   multi-touch   corning   alcatel   alcatel onetouch   tcl communication   
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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
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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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