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Philips 288P6: monitor review

Standard 4K Ultra HD continues to gradually conquer only gaming audience. According to practice, a large screen space can be claimed by different spheres of human activity: from the usual entertainment and finishing work in the professional applications. This is especially true for engineering, graphic and other specialized packages with a lot of different tabs and windows with tools. In short, the producers of monitors have all grounds to saturate the market with solutions supporting resolutions 4K Ultra HD.

Philips 288P6

This time or testing we have a 28-inch Philips 288P6 with a retail price of about $ 560.

The specs: 

Model

tags: philips   tn   4k ultra hd   d-sub   hdmi   usb 3.0   srgb   mhl   usb 2.0   adobe rgb   wled   
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Motherboard ASUS H170M-E D3 based on Intel H170: review and testing 

Less than a month after the announcement of a new family of processors Intel Skylake for platform Socket LGA1151 and flagship chipset Intel Z170, when Intel introduced another chipset Intel H170, intended for the midrange. The new product is the successor to last year's new Intel H97. It offers similar opportunities with high-end Intel Z170, which will enable manufacturers to produce well-equipped motherboard models at a more reasonable cost.

Unlike Intel Z170, the new chipset supports only 16 lines PCI Express 3.0, and one SATA Express and two USB 3.0 ports less. Additionally, there is no possibility of distribution lines between slots PCI Express 3.0 x16. According to the company Intel Overclocking features should be limited by the GPU overclocking.

As a result, comparison table of the two chipsets is as follows:

 

Intel Z170

Intel H170

Chipset lines PCI Express 3.0

20

16

Distributions schemes of CPU lines PCI Express 3.0

х16 / х8+х8 / х8+х4+х4

х16

Max quantity of SATA 6 Gb/s ports

6

6

Max quantity of SATA Express (x2) ports

3

2

Support for technology Intel RST intended for drives (M.2 x4 and SATA Express x2)

3

2

Maximum quantity of USB 3.0 ports

10

8

Overall number of USB (USB 2.0 + USB 3.0) ports

14

14

Let us move on to a detailed description of the product ASUS H170M-E D3, which is a little more affordable version of the ASUS Z170M-E D3 and designed for the building of compact average models.

ASUS H170M-E D3

The specs: 

Producer and model

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Motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO: review and testing 

It is not a secret that ASUS has updated its flagship lineup of motherboards for gamers ASUS ROG in connection with the announcement of a new family of processors Intel Skylake (Platform Socket LGA1151) and the flagship chipset Intel Z170. And the first model of the updated line, which will be described is ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO. The solution is aimed for demanding users and experienced gamers who want to get a model with balanced performance, high quality, well equipping and moderate cost.   

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The specs: 

Producer and model

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO (rev 1.01)

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPUs

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

Memory frequency

3800* / 3733* / 3600* / 3500* / 3466* / 3400* / 3333* / 3300* / 3200* / 3000* / 2800* / 2666* / 2400* / 2133 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

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

Expansion slots

 

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4)

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supports:

1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

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

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

ASMedia ASM1061 controller supports:

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

LAN

1 x Intel WGI219V (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec SupremeFX 2015

8-channel sound

Power

1 х 24-pin ATX connector

1 x 8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

4 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

1 x water cooling tank connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum heatsink on the chipset

Aluminium radiators on the elements of power system connected with a heat pipe

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-A)

4 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

1 х button «USB BIOS Flashback»

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 ROG_EXT

1 x EXT_FAN

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express

1 х socket TPM

1 x diagnostic LED-indicator

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 х connector to connect temperature sensor

1 x «CMOS reset»

1 х «Power» button

1 х «Reboot» button

1 х «MemOK!» button

1 х socket Thunderbolt

1 x 4-pin socket for connection of tank of water cooling system

1 х switch to mode «LN2»

1 х socket to connect temperature sensors

BIOS

128 MbFlash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 3.0, DMI 3.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

1 х tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

6 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

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

Package and content 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The motherboard comes in a cardboard box with a flip-up lid with the design of corporate style of lineup ASUS ROG. In addition to the names of the manufacturer and model of the device the front side features a series of logos at the bottom, showing the support for Windows 10, NVIDIA SLI and technology AMD CrossFireX, as well as the display image with a resolution of 4K Ultra HD.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

On the reverse side of the flip-up cover with a viewing window you can find a description of ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO advantages:

  • SupremeFX 2015 - preinstalled audio codec offers support for high quality eight channel sound thanks to the DAC ESS ES9023P and audio capacitors Nichicon. In order to avoid the negative impact of electromagnetic interference shielding technology is used. Also note the presence of an amplifier TI R4580I, able to improve the audio playback on headphones with an impedance of 600 Ohms. Proprietary software comes bundled with Sonic Studio II, allowing to activate a virtual reproduction of sound in 7.1 format, as well as offering a wide range of audio settings.
  • Intel Ethernet - preset network controller has an increased capacity and consumes less CPU resources than competing solutions.
  • LANGuard - LAN-port uses a special guard to help prevent damage to the system due to static electricity or shock during an electrical storm.
  • ROG GameFirst III - technology designed to optimize Internet traffic in order to increase the priority of online games, which should reduce the delays and, accordingly, make the gameplay more comfortable. You can also select a priority “media-streaming”, VoIP or file sharing.
  • ROG KeyBot II - a unique technology that allows you to record macros and create function keys, even for conventional keyboards.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The reverse side of the package in addition to a brief technical specification of new item and diagramming interface panel contains a mention of the support for SupremeFX 2015, Intel Ethernet, as well as digital power subsystem Extreme Engine DIGI+.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Package of ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO includes:

  • six SATA cables;
  • set ASUS Q-Connectors, which greatly simplifies the process of connecting of the case's front panel;
  • sticker with the logo of ASUS ROG;
  • bridge NVIDIA SLI;
  • tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool;
  • door hanger.

Design and features 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO features quite original and stylish decor, which is important for a gaming solution. The familiar black color is added by the splashes of red color on the chipset and the protective casing on the interface panel.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

As for the layout of on-board elements, all is performed at the highest level: all key connectors and ports are concentrated on the edges of the printed circuit board, SATA ports are parallel to PCB and-DIMM slots are equipped with latches on one side. As a result, the design and layout of the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO deserve only the highest grade.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The reverse side of the motherboard meets us not only by the usual base plate of the socket and fastening screws of the radiator, but also two support plates placed under the components of the power subsystem processor. Additionally, they serve as low-profile radiators.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The bottom of the printed circuit board ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO has the following connectors: connecting bock of audio connectors on front panel, block «TB_HEADER» (for the implementation of the interface Thunderbolt), the button “Clear CMOS”, “Enable” and “Reset”, the port TPM, and the connecting block of the front panel. Additionally, we note two pads to activate the ports USB 2.0, one of which is connected with the connector ROG_EXT, and one USB 3.0. Total number of USB 2.0 ports is eight: four internal and four on the interface panel. As for USB 3.0, there are only six: four internal and two external. All of them operate through a set of system logic.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The possibility of organizing a disk subsystem is presented by connector M.2 x4 Socket 3 (supports SSD-drives M.2 2242, 2260 M.2, M.2 M.2 2280 and 22110), four ports SATA 6Gb/s and two SATA Express where each is compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/s. There is support for arrays RAID 0 SATA, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. In this case, there is one restriction: if connector M.2x4 Socket 3 operates in mode «SATA», the two SATA 6 Gb/s (on the scheme «SATA6G_12 ") will be disabled.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Mainboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO is equipped with four DIMM-slots for modules RAM standard DDR4, which for convenience are equipped with latched on one side only. RAM can operate in dual channel mode. Its implementation is realized by installation either in the first and third or second and fourth slots (or takes all available ports). Modules operating at frequencies up to 3800 MHz in overclocking mode are supported. The maximum amount of memory can be up to 64 GB, which is enough for almost any tasks.

Additionally note the module for connecting remote panel with ports USB 3.0, button «MemOK!», which allows you to automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the RAM to the successful launch of the system and diagnostic LED-indicator.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The cooling system of this motherboard has three major aluminum radiators, one carries out the removal of heat from the chipset Intel Z170, while the other two connected by a heat pipe cover the elements of the power subsystem processor.

In the process of testing we’ve recorded the following temperature:

  • heat sink for cooling chipset – 31.1°C (during acceleration - 33°C);
  • upper radiator of cooling elements of the processor power subsystem – 37.1°C (during acceleration – 38.8°C);
  • lower heat sink of cooling elements of the processor power subsystem - 36°C (during acceleration – 37.5°C).

These results clearly indicate the higher efficiency of the cooling system, indicating the proper selection of materials and design.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

CPU power is carried out by a reinforced 10-phase scheme for cores and additional nodes. Converter is based on a digital PWM controller ASP1405I with built power control subsystem Extreme Engine DIGI+. All components have a high degree of reliability: durable Japanese solid capacitors, effective MOSFETs and chokes NexFET MicroFine, providing stable operation even at high amperage. The main 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are used to provide supply voltage. 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The possibility of expanding the functionality of the motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO is presented by six slots:

  1. PCI Express 3.0 x1;
  2. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 mode or x8);
  3. PCI Express 3.0 x1;
  4. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x8 mode);
  5. PCI Express 3.0 x1;
  6. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4 mode).

Due to the support for technologies NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX this configuration offers the user to organize the graphics subsystem of the two or three cards. The location of the slots will allow to easily connect two video cards with three-slot cooling system. And you have access to one connector PCI Express 3.0 x1.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

If you decided to take advantage of the graphics core integrated into the CPU, you have two video outputs: HDMI and DisplayPort operating by the chip ASMedia ASM1442K.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Multi I/O opportunities are based on chip NUVOTON NCT6793D, which controls the operation of the system fan, port PS/2, and provide monitoring. 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Correct operation of the two USB 3.1 ports on the interface panel is provided by the chip ASMedia ASM1142.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Two additional SATA 6 Gb/s ports are realized due to the controller ASMedia ASM1061.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

To support network connections there is a gigabit LAN-controller Intel WGI219V. Proprietary technology ROG GameFirst III provides the distribution of network resources and prioritization of traffic.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Sound subsystem of motherboard based on the 8-channel HDA-codec design SupremeFX 2015, which supports the audio formats 2/4/5.1/7.1 and has a number of proprietary features.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Interface Panel of model ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO includes the following ports:

  • 1 x PS / 2 Combo;
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 2 x USB 3.0;
  • 4 x USB 2.0;
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C);
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-A);
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DisplayPort;
  • 1 x Optical S / PDIF out;
  • 1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»;
  • 5 x audio ports.

This configuration can be safely described as excellent, because here are not only everything you need, but even more: two digital video output, a large number of ports USB (including two high-speed USB 3.1), as well as easy connection of multi-channel speakers and support the periphery PS/2. Additionally note the function of the firmware update BIOS from a USB flash drive using the corresponding button.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO features wide opportunities for the organization of the cooling system inside the case. There are seven 4-pin fan connectors, two of which are for cooling the CPU, one is designed to connect the water block, while the other four are for system fans.

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Case be quiet! SILENT BASE 800: review and testing

The German company Listan GmbH & Co. KG, better known under the brand be quiet, did not deal with the production of case for a long time. Of course, this brand includes power supply units, fans and CPU coolers, but an appropriate place for all of these components had to look for among the assortment of other manufacturers. And one day it was decided to correct this unfortunate omission. And the company be quiet! had released the case be quiet! SILENT BASE 800.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The novelty is released in the most popular brand black color. It is designed for installing full-size ATX-boards, large CPU coolers, a great number of disk drives and graphics cards up to 410 mm. And, of course, the case includes three brand fans, which should ensure proper efficiency at a comfortable level of noise. Let's move from theory to practice and learn this remarkable creation.

The specs: 

Producer and model

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 Black (BG001)

Case dimension-type

Middle Tower

Supported form-factors of motherboards

ATX / microATX / Mini-ITX

Color

Black (options with orange and silver inserts are available)

Bays

3 х 5,25” (external)

7 х 3,5” (internal)

4 х 2,5” (internal)

Expansion card slots

7

Max length of video card (our measurement)

Including installed modules

290 mm (295 mm)

Without modules 

400 mm (410 mm)

Max height of CPU cooler (our measurement)

170 mm (187 m)

Max length of PSU

Including bottom fan

160 mm

Excluding bottom fan

290 mm

Dimensions

2 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

2 х audio jacks

Preset fans

Front panel

2 х 140-mm

(be quiet! Pure Wings 2, 1000 rpm)

Back panel

1 х 120-mm

(be quiet! Pure Wings 2, 1500 rpm)

Possibility to install fans

Front panel

2 х 140-mm

Back panel

1 х 120-mm

Top panel

2 х 140-mm / 2 х 120-mm

Left panel

1 х 120-mm

Bottom panel

1 х 140-mm / 1 х 120-mm

PSU

No

Materials

Front and top panel

ABS-plastic

Chassis

0,66 mm steel

Side panels

0,8 mm steel

Case dimensions

Including stands

559 х 266 х 495 mm

Excluding stands

542 х 230 х 495 mm

Weight (net)

9,31 kg

Producer website

be quiet!
Product page 

Package and delivery set 

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Black, orange and white colors are proprietary options of brand be quiet!. It is not surprising that they are present on the case package, which is made of cardboard and contains quality printing. Here you can estimate the appearance of new item, and get basic information about it in nine languages.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

For example, here is a combination of efficient cooling and good sound insulation, the ability to install several components without the use of screws, the availability of space for hidden cable management and a number of air filters. And for fans of overclocking here is the possibility of mounting a water cooling system.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Packaging of the test body is quite extensive and includes the following components:

  • set of screws and a pair of racks for installation of the motherboard;
  • set of screws to fix the power supply and drives;
  • 4 ties for wires (a pair of long and short);
  • plastic holder for easy cable management;
  • 14 slides for the installation of seven 3.5-inch drives;
  • manual.

As you can see, the manufacturer made sure that the buyer can easily install a large number of drives, as well as convenient to lay power cables used.
By the way, on the cover of the complete guide you can see all three variants of color execution of the case: with silver and orange accents or completely black.

Appearance 

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Despite the use of only black color, be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 will attract attention. Interest is provided by original form of the front and top panels, and the design of the sidewalls and legs. We have great original in many respects.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Thus, the front panel at first glance may seem quite solid, but in fact it consists of two doors. The sides feature grating that play not only decorative role. Although from this point of view, their use seems to be quite reasonable.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Behind the top door there are three compartments for 5.25-inch devices (first top performs a decorative role). It is fixed by magnets and characterized by a sound-absorbing insert, so the noise in case the rotation of the disc in the optical drive should be minimal.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The second door is located below and is also equipped with an acoustic protection. This time it mutes the sound of rotating fans.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Frame with a dust filter ( 290 x 150 mm) is removed flick of a finger. The filter clears the cool air coming through vertical perforated grille on both sides of the front panel.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Active air intake into the body be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 is provided by two 140-mm fans be quiet! Pure Wings 2 (BQ PUW2-14025-LS-10), rotating at a speed of 1000 rpm. They differ in the original form of the blade and the presence of anti-vibration fixing pads.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Preheated air is discharged through the back panel using a 120 mm fan. Under it there are three holes for water cooling hoses, and lower you can find traditional seven slots for expansion cards. Here, they are covered by removable plugs, each is screwed with shaped heads. At the bottom there is a seat for the power supply, and under it there are seen opening for lower tunnel for cool air and cooling source. Exactly the same tunnel and is used under the top plate.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Plastic hook allows you to remove the lower air filter, which cleans the air from the power supply and the adjacent fan (if it is installed). So its regular service does not cause any difficulties.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The rear fan is represented by a model be quiet! Pure Wings 2 (BQ PUW2-12025-MS-15), which is also characterized by the presence of anti-vibration pads at the corners and aerodynamic shape of the blades.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The maximum speed of the propeller is 1,500 rpm, and the use of the complete adapter reduces it to more comfortable 1150 rpm.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

As support be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 uses two plastic strips lengthwise. These functional elements of the exterior are removable, but they are easily and completely securely mounted on the body itself. Placed on them rubber inserts have dimensions 33 x 18 mm, while they provide a safety surface on which is placed the system unit.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Supports lift body over the floor. Unlike many other models, it is quite possible to put on nappy carpet, as ventilation at the bottom is used to supply cool air. Its height is approximately 5 cm, and cool air flows through the vertical holes located on the back side. 

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

A top panel has the same principle of construction. It uses a perforation at the rear side where the heated air will be removed outside the case. Like the front panel, it is quite firmly secured with latches.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Here you can find external interfaces provided by a set of two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and a pair of audio jacks for connecting a microphone and headphones.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Near you can find the power button and hard drive activity light, which has a pleasant and moderately bright white glow. By the way, the latter also serves as a reset button.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The case be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 is characterized by an interesting side view through a beveled top, bottom and front. But also the sidewalls are quite distinctive (there are also versions with clear acrylic window). So, in the center there are square plugs, but a seat to 120-mm fan is available only on the left side.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Plugs have three positions: fully closed, half-open and intermediate. Thus, you can choose the most appropriate mode or even remove them.

Sidewalls are attached by screws with shaped heads, and vertical protrusions are used for their easy removal. The edges of the panels are bent at 180°, which is well reflected in their degree of rigidity.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The side covers, as well as the rest of the inner surface of the sidewall feature layer of sound-absorbing material. Air supply ports are equipped with removable air filters with meshes.

Internal device 

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The chassis and all metallic elements of be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 are covered with a black matt paint, so they are perfectly combined with external panels, including plastic. In case of removed end cap you can draw attention to the high position of the switch.

As you can see, the delivery set includes only two racks for installation of the motherboard. In other places it is carried out directly to the mounting tray, but to existing elevations on it with the screw holes.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Slots for 3.5 and 2.5-inch drives, and optical drives, and other devices that require installation of 5.25-inch bays are on the right. For the last the fastening is provided by plastic clamps.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

There are two detachable modules to install the drives: top can house three drives, and the bottom is intended for four devices. Of course, they can be interchanged or used in any convenient configuration. When you install two modules video cards is limited by the length of 295 mm, and their removal allows you to place even in the case of 400-mm overall solutions.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Installation of drives in inside the modules be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 is realized by means of the slides, which are attached to the drive by complete screws. In future they can be easily removed and installed without the use of additional tools. All slots for 3.5-inch drives are equipped with softening silicone inserts that absorb vibration.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Both modules can accommodate one 2.5-inch drive, which is attached with screws to the top of each of them. Sports for another two 2.5 inch drives are located on the back side of the pallet. Thanks to the balanced design the install and removal is realized without removing the motherboard.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The top panel of the case allows you to install two 140 or 120 mm fans to remove the hot air out of a PC. Also you place the radiator of water cooling system with length of up to 280 mm.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

The bottom of the case is reserved for the installation of power supply and 140 or 120 mm fan. When using the last the maximum length of the power supply will be limited to 160 mm. In case of fan absence this value is increased to 290 mm.

At the spot of power supply installation the manufacturer has carefully arranged four pads that reduce vibration transmitted to the body.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

A set of cables to connect the front panel includes a connector HD Audio (wiring length is 670 mm) connectors for buttons Power/Reset and LED-indicators (520 mm), as well as cables for connecting ports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (670 and 650 mm respectively). Three 3-pin connectors and cable length of 550 mm is sufficient for easy connection of complete fans.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Building the system be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 is realized without any difficulties and complications. It is provided the availability of space for laying cables for motherboard tray. A cutout in the upper part allows you to install and remove the overall cooling system without dismantling the main board.

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800

Inside you can easily place not only the overall video card and power supply, but also the powerful processor cooler up to 187 mm. Consequently, the majority of coolers available on the market will be suitable for this model.

The structure features a very good rigidity, all parts fit well, and the gaps and backlash are absent. The same can be said about the quality of edging.

tags: be quiet!   usb 3.0   usb 2.0   atx   mini-itx   microatx   middle tower   
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ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 motherboard: review and testing

The hero of this review is the model ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0. First of all it interest fans of reliable average motherboards. It is designed to work in tandem with the processor of families AMD Phenom II, AMD Athlon, AMD FX combines a relatively inexpensive and modern equipment. With the price of $ 120 ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 offers enhanced digital power system, the ability to use up to 32 GB of RAM standard DDR3-2133 MHz interface SATA 6 Gb/s for connecting disk drives, connector PCI Express 2.0 x16 to installing a video card, as well as interfaces USB 3.0 and eSATA. But this is not the full list of its features.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The specs: 

Producer  

ASUS

Model

M5A97 EVO R2.0 (rev 1.01)

Chips of north and south bridges

AMD 970 + AMD SB950

CPU socket

AMD Socket AM3+

Supported CPUs

AMD Phenom II / AMD Athlon II / AMD Sempron / AMD FX

(up to 140 W)

Memory frequency

2133* / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

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

Expansion slots

 

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (in mode x4)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

2 х PCI

Disk subsystem

AMD SB950 supports:

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

ASMedia ASM1061 controller supports:

2 x eSATA 6 Gb/s

LAN

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

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC892

8-channel spund

Power

24-pin ATX connector

8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator of north bridge

Aluminum radiator of south bridge

Aluminum radiator on elements of processor power subsystem

Extenral I/O

1 x LAN (RJ45)

8 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0

2 x eSATA 6 Gb/s

1 х IEEE 1394a

6 x audio jacks

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

1 х PS/2 Combo

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0

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 IEEE 1394a

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 х button «MemOK!»

1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»

1 х button «DirectKey»

1 x switch «TPU»

1 x switch «EPU»

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 2.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, PnP, DMI 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

3 x SATA cables

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

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

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MotherboardASUS Z170 PRO GAMING: review and testing  

Continuing our acquaintance with the motherboard to work with the new family of processors Intel Skylake (Socket LGA1151 Platform), realized on the basis of the flagship chipset Intel Z170, we will talk about the model of the lineup ASUS PRO GAMER. ASUS did not create a separate lineup of gaming motherboards for the new family of processors, but renamed ASUS Gamer intp ASUS PRO GAMER including a model on the platform Socket LGA1150, for example, ASUS Z97-PRO GAMER.

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As for ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING, it is a logical continuation of earlier branded gaming solutions with a number of significant improvements, new proprietary technologies as well as more modern equipment, such as support for interface USB 3.1.

The specs: 

Producer  

ASUS

Model

Z170 PRO GAMING (rev 1.04)

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPUs

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

Memory frequency

3400* / 3333* / 3200* / 3100* / 3000* / 2933* / 2800* / 2666* / 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+x8+x4)

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supports:

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

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

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI219V (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec SupremeFX

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

1 х 24-pin ATX connector

1 x 8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Aluminum radiator on the elements of the processor power subsystem

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x D-Sub

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.0

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

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

1 х ROG_EXT

1 x EXT_FAN

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express

1 х TPM

1 х COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 х connector for temperature sensor connection

1 x CMOS

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 3.0, DMI 3.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

1 х tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool

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

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

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Case ZALMAN Z11 NEO: review and testing

In this review we will focus on the case which will be an interesting solution for gamers and for lovers of modding. The history of this device dates back to 2012 when predecessors ZALMAN Z11 and Z11 Plus appeared. They had an aggressive design the clearly distinguished them from the rest of the game models. New products offer excellent opportunities for effective cooling of internals space (including the possibility of installing two-fan water cooling system), and the presence of the blue illumination and an acrylic window on the side panel allows you to enjoy views of components in the dark. The difference between them is availability of two pairs of USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 connectors instead of the standard 2.0 in ZALMAN Z11 on the interface panel of the model ZALMAN Z11 Plus.

Another model is ZALMAN Z11 Plus HF1. In fact, it is a solution ZALMAN Z11 Plus, but instead of blue backlight manufacturer used red LEDs. So we cannot talk about any really fundamental differences between these three models.

 

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

But after a few years, the company ZALMAN has revised its vision of aggressive case, presenting a model ZALMAN Z11 NEO. It refused a ventilation grille at the bottom of the front panel, and its shape became smoother. Nevertheless, this did not eliminate the attraction, but in terms of usability for the user, it can boast of a number of positive changes. For example, unlike their predecessors, allowing to install the graphics card up to 290 mm, the new product can accommodate a solution longer than 400 mm. At the same time the body became even more compact. Other changes of the gaming lineup ZALMAN Z11 with the advent a model with the prefix «NEO» will be described in the current review.

The specs: 

Producer and model

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Case type

Middle Tower

Supported form-factors of motherboard

ATX / microATX

Color

Black

Compartements

1 х 5,25” (external)

8 х 3,5”/2,5” (internal)

1 х 2,5” (internal, under tray)

Expansion card slots

7

Max length of video card

Including installed baskets

270 mm

Excluding baskets (according to our measurements)

400 mm (430 mm)

The maximum height of CPU cooler (according to our measurements, taking into account the convexity of acrylic window)

175 mm (185 mm)

Max length of PSU

250 mm

Sockets

2 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

2 х audio jacks (headphones, microphone)

Preset fans

Front panel

1 х 120-mm

Back panel

1 х 120-mm

Top panel

1 х 120-mm

Side panels

2 х 80-mm

Ability to install fans

Front panel

2 х 120-mm

Back panel

1 х 120-mm

Top panel

2 х 140-mm / 2 х 120-mm

Side panels

2 х 80-mm

Bottom panel

1 х 140-mm / 1 х 120-mm

PSU

No

Materials

Front and top panels, strips on sides

Plastic

Chassis

Steel with thickness 0.73 mm

Sides

Steel with thickness 0.65 mm

Case dimensions

515 х 205 х 465 mm

Net weight

7,7 kg

Producer website

ZALMAN
Product page 

Package and content 

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

It comes in a cardboard box, which provides a lot of information on the rooms inside the device, despite the simplicity of design. Thus, the front side in black and white colors shows the appearance of the body, listing its most important advantages in English. The same information is duplicated in one of the side walls on eight languages. The second side provides a sufficiently detailed specification of the unit.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Inside box the case is fixed by using foam inserts and plastic bag that protects the novelty from moisture. The set also includes a number of components that will be useful during building of the system. A total delivery set of ZALMAN Z11 NEO includes the following components:

  • set of screws and racks for installation of the motherboard;
  • set of screws to fix the power supply and drive;
  • plug into the expansion slot;
  • extension cable to supply additional power to the CPU;
  • 5 tie wire;
  • manual.

Such a large number of complete screws should be enough to install all the necessary components, including a plurality of storage devices. Comfortable holders allow to gather the cables in groups for their more accurate arrangement.

Design 

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

ZALMAN Z11 NEO is an ingenious solution, with a set of interesting exterior elements, which we will introduce you in detail below. Gamers, who are the main target audience for new product, will like this design.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Unlike ZALMAN Z11 Plus, where the bottom of the front panel contains a ventilation grille, the novelty has received a more rigorous look through the use of plastic metal finish. Thus, practicality was sacrificed to design.

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But the removal cool air in front is still carried out by means of nozzles, which also play a significant role in giving the body of aggressive species, increasing its width.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Air supply is provided by 120 mm fan ZALMAN ZA1225CSL with blue LED-backlit. It is based on Sleeve Bearing. Power is supplied to the fan via a 3-pin cable, and its power is less than 2 W (12 V at 0.16 A). The rotation speed of the blades was at 1130 rpm, which is quite comfortable in terms of indication of the noise emission.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Also, you can install another 120-mm fan and removable dust filter is responsible for cleaning of air.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Despite the very large size, case ZALMAN Z11 NEO is equipped with only one external compartement for 5.25-inch devices, which is effectively opened in case of shift spring-loaded lid. External bays for 3.5-inch devices are absent.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

The reverse side has familiar layout. Lower power supply arrangement, seven expansion slots (including disposable plugs), two holes for hoses of water cooling system and 120-mm spinner - all is done in good traditions of gaming cases. But here the solution of ZALMAN can be found due to a very specific form of the top panel.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

The fan on the rear panel is represented by a 120 mm model ZALMAN ZA1225CSL that provides the use of the white impeller. According to its characteristics it is similar to the solution used on the front wall of the body, but is made of opaque plastic and devoid of LED-backlighting. As a result of the measurement, it rotates slightly faster - at the speed of 1330 rpm.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

The bottom of the case ZALMAN Z11 NEO is characterized by the presence of two dust filters that can and should be removed for regular cleaning. One of them is designed to clean air coming into the power supply through the perforated area of 10 x 8 cm. The second is useful for additional 140 or 120 mm fan installed on the bottom.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

When using a long power supply (in this case the model length 193 mm), it is impossible to mount the fan. But the pleasing fact is that the novelty can house even the overall power supply of up to 250 mm.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Along the edges of the bottom panel you can find plastic legs with height 20 mm with the rubber base of 3 mm thick that eliminate the sliding the case and scarring the surfaces.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

One of the most interesting items is the top panel. It is made of plastic and has an original form, inherited from its predecessors. Toward the back we found perforated grille and plastic edges. On the one hand, it allows them to collect dust and on the other is not to hinder the flow of cool air inside.

Also here is a 120mm spinner ZALMAN ZA1225CSL, which is completely similar to the model on the front panel. However, if you wish, you can install another fan, two 140mm solutions or radiator of water cooling system with length of up to 280 mm.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

The top panel is easily removed and disassembled, which greatly facilitates cleaning.

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Closer to the front panel ZALMAN Z11 NEO has a glossy platform designed to accommodate a smartphone or portable drive. On both side there are controls and components of interface panel presented by reset button, two pairs of ports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, and also two 3.5mm audio jacks.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Power button is located in the center above the front panel. It has a nice blue glow.

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For lovers of modding the left side contains acrylic window size of 31 x 30.5 cm.

The sidewalls are mounted using screws with curly heads and there are vertical ridges in the back part for their easy removal. Plastic top and front panel are fixed using standard latches.

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Quite a spectacular view of the novelty is provided by side nozzles, which also have practical benefits. Thus, under the plastic covers we found the low-profile 80-mm fan ZALMAN ZA0815ASL (12 V; 0.08 A) of 15 mm thick. Unlike the other three fans using a 3-pin connector, these solutions are powered by a 4-pin peripheral interface (Molex). Thus, the three connectors on the motherboard and one PATA connector on the power supply should be enough to connect all preset cooling system ZALMAN Z11 NEO.

Internal device 

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

The chassis and all metallic elements are covered with a black matt paint, which makes them perfectly blend in with the plastic parts. The interior space is visually divided into left part for installing the motherboard and power supply, and right which contains compartments for drives and other devices.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

Two baskets are intended to install drives. Each can house three devices. Fastening of 3.5 inch solutions is realized by means of screwless clamps while 2.5-inch drives will be secured via screws. The baskets cannot boast of good rigidity (when installing the drive, this feature becomes less noticeable), and when mounting there is a small gap. 

Therefore, if you are not going to create file storage within the ZALMAN Z11 NEO, then one or both baskets can be removed. In this case it is possible to use metal brackets arranged in the two bottom 5.25-inch drive bays, which are designed for 3.5 and 2.5-inch drive. However, they are provided by the fastening screws. The absence of baskets allows to install video cards up to 430 mm (in the original layout the value is limited by 270 mm).

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

On the bottom, in the place of the power supply installation there are four heights with gaskets, which reduce the vibration transmitted to the case.

ZALMAN Z11 NEO

A set of cables to connect the front panel includes a connector HD Audio, connectors to connect buttons on/reset, and LED-indicator, 4-pin peripheral connector and cable for connecting ports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.

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The tray contains a small perforation, placed on the attachment of 2.5-inch drive. As we see, novelty supports three drives without the use of baskets, but using the provided screws.

Assembling within system ZALMAN Z11 NEO is realized without any difficulties and complications. It is provided by the presence of free space for laying cables under the tray of case. And the cut allows you to install and remove the overall cooling system without dismantling the system board.

The structure itself sufficient rigidity, all parts fit well, and clearance and backlash were not observed. Considerable body sizes allow you to set the overall video length to 430 mm, and high CPU coolers up to 175 mm (185 mm with the convexity of the acrylic window).

LED-backlight

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tags: zalman   usb 2.0   usb 3.0   моддинг   atx   microatx   middle tower   
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Review and testing of gamin mouse Mionix NAOS 7000 and pad Mionix Sargas 900

This sample of computer peripheral doesn’t need colored advertising or other not legitimate methods to influence the user. The most important are highest scores on specialized sites and forums, as well as numerous positive reviews of huge gaming community that had tested all the virtues of this very interesting manipulator.

Mionix NAOS 7000

Fortunately, thanks to the company Syntex, Mionix’s official distributor in Ukraine, we had an opportunity to get acquainted with gaming mouse Mionix NAOS 7000 and make sure the highest functional properties. So let’s proceed to the consideration of the technical characteristics of the examined model.

tags: mionix   arm   windows   usb 2.0   mouse   
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Keyboard Gembird KB-6250LU-BL-RUA: review and testing

Very often work, study or just fun to be continued till dusk. In such situations, it is extremely useful to illuminate the workspace of keyboard.

Gembird KB-6250LU-BL-RUA

This situation can be solved due to table lamp, but its light will prevent the perception of the information on the screen. You can do by glow of the monitor, but in this case it is necessary to think about health, because the excessive brightness of the screen in the dark too annoying vision and increase eye activity. The perfect solution is the the keyboard with backlit Gembird KB-6250LU-BL-RUA.

tags: gembird   windows   usb 2.0   keyboard   
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Gaming keyboard ACME AULA BEFIRE: review and testing

Professional gamers are pretty rigorous for the selection of gaming accessories and have increased demands. Typically these solutions offer great convenience and high functionality with the ability to customize to the needs of a particular user. The reverse of the medal is quite high price. However, there is always a category of people who want to acquire gaming accessories that offer reasonable combination of price and features. Such solution is a gaming ACME AULA BEFIRE.

ACME AULA BEFIRE (SI-859)

It received a stylish appearance, high quality performance, LED illumination and good functionality. In this review we will try to find out how interesting it is the ordinary user and the modern players. We will start from its traditional detailed review of the technical characteristics:

Producer and model

tags: acme   aula   windows   usb 2.0   keyboard   
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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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Motherboard ASUS AM1I-A: review and testing

ASUS has continued to expand the lineup of motherboards for the platform AMD AM1, which is primarily designed to build the most affordable and energy-efficient PCs. One of the key ideas of this platform is a relatively small set of the final cost of the processor and motherboard from $ 65 to $ 95 (depending on the used APU model). Also note that processors intended for AMD AM1 are made in the design of SoC. They include not only computers, but also the graphics core and a number of controllers that eliminated the need for a separate set of system logic as well as the need to buy a discrete graphics card.

ASUS AM1I-A

More information about platform AMD AM1 is available the reviews of the processors AMD Athlon 5350 and motherboard MSI AM1I, and we will proceed to the ASUS AM1I-A that is a compact solution in size Mini-ITX, with an average cost of about $ 35 - 40.

The specs:

Producer 

ASUS

Model

AM1I-A (rev 1.02)

CPU socket

Socket AM1

Supported processors

AMD Athlon / AMD Sempron

Memory frequency

1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

Memory support

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

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4

Disk subsystem

Controller SATA into APU supports:

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

LAN

1 x Realtek RTL8111GR (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

2 / 4 / 5.1 / 7.1-channel sound

Power

24-pin ATX connector

4-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

1 x system fan connector (4-pin)

Extenral I/O

1 х DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

4 x USB 2.0

1 x COM

3 x audio jack

2 х PS/2

Internal I/O

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

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 х TPM

1 х COM

1 х LPT

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors 1 x S/PIDIF Out

1 x CMOS

BIOS

UEFI AMI BIOS

64 Мb Flash ROM, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

Mini-ITX

170 х 170 mm

Producer website

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

tags: asus   amd   usb 3.0   usb 2.0   realtek   amd am1   athlon   mini-itx   ddr3   kabini   soc   uefi bios   usb 3.0 boost   sempron   windows 8   
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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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Motherboard ASUS J1900I-C: review and testing

Continuing our meeting to motherboards with integrated quad-core processor Intel Celeron J1900, we will talk about a compact model ASUS J1900I-C in format Mini-ITX. In addition to size, it compares favorably with a diverse set of ports and connectors, traditionally high build quality, as well as the support for modern digital video output HDMI.

ASUS J1900I-C

But before we go directly to its review, we recall that the detailed characteristics of the installed Intel processor you can learn from the material devoted to the GIGABYTE GA-J1900N-D3V. But in the meantime we look at the characteristics of the hero of this review.

The specs:

Producer 

ASUS

Model

J1900I-C (rev 1.02)

CPU socket

Socket BGA1170

Integrated processor

Intel Celeron J1900 (4 х 2,00 − 2,42 GHz)

Graphics adapter

Intel HD Graphics: core frequency – 688 MHz (max up to 854 MHz); is located from RAM

Memory frequency

1333 MHz

Memory support

2 x DDR3L SO-DIMM-slots with memory support up to 8 GB in dual channel mode

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

1 x mini-PCIe

Disk subsystem

2 x SATA 3 Gb/s

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 connector

4-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

1 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x D-Sub

1 х HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45)

1 x USB 3.0

4 x USB 2.0

1 х COM

3 x audio jacks

1 х PS/2 Combo

Internal I/O

1 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х COM

1 x LPT

1 х TPM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors 1 x S/PIDIF Out

1 x CMOS

BIOS

1 х 64 Мb AMI UEFI BIOS

PnP, DMI2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, WfM 2.0

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

Mini-ITX

170 х 170 mm

Producer website

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

tags: asus   intel   celeron   mini-itx   icontrol   usb 3.0   pci express   ddr3   usb 2.0   so-dimm   uefi bios   intel hd graphics   soc   htpc   
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Review and testing of mouse Mionix AVIOR SK and mouse pad Mionix Sargas 450 SK

Probably every other user who following the various cyber activities from time to time have a question: "What computer peripherals are used by successful professional players to achieve such good results?"

Mionix AVIOR SK Mionix Sargas 450 SK

In this review we will get acquainted with the typical "workhorse" of the progamer, gaming mouse Mionix AVIOR SK. Developed in collaboration with the famous German team SK Gaming, this mouse is the reference model that will allow us to step behind the scenes of the professional gaming community.

tags: mionix   arm   windows   usb 2.0   mouse   
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Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-H81M-D3H: review and testing

GIGABYTE GA-H81M-D3H is a budget microATX model, designed to work with processors from Intel. It is logical that in the course of its development it was decided to use the youngest chipset (Intel H81) as the basis, making it possible to significantly reduce the final cost.

GIGABYTE GA-H81M-D3H

We would like to note that the chipset Intel H81 nominally does not support CPU overclocking and has less features. The key is its advantage, besides the price, is the support of interfaces USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s, which is important for the modern user who wants to save money, but not going to refuse high-speed data transfer methods.

The specs:

Producer  

GIGABYTE

Model

GA-H81M-D3H (rev 1.0)

Chipset

Intel H81

Processor socket

Socket LGA1150

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 4th gen

Memory frequency

1600 / 1333 MHz

Memory support

4 x DDR3 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 16 GB

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (mode х16)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (mode х4)

2 x PCI

Disk subsystem

Intel H81 chipset supports:

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s (white)

2 x SATA 3 gb/s (black)

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111F (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

8-channel sound

Power

24-pin power socket ATX

8-pin power socket ATX12V

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

1 x system fan connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x HDMI

2 х PS/2

1 x COM

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

4 x USB 2.0

3 x audio jacks

Internal I/O

2 x USB 2.0, with support of two USB 2.0

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA 3 Gb/s

1 x LPT

1 х CMOS

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

BIOS

AMI UEFI BIOS

2 x 32 Мb

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

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

microATX

244 х 225 mm

Producer website

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

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Wireless Router TP-LINK Archer C2: review and testing

Despite the fact that the network equipment is significantly different from the video cards, processors or monitors, the specific of markets in all cases remains the same, regardless of the type of components. First of all the market is extended by top devices, and then more affordable solutions.

The same situation was observed after the announcement of wireless router standard IEEE 802.11ac. The first of this class of routers were impressive not only due to its performance and capabilities, but also the price tag. When the new mode has gained certain popularity and all legal issues were resolved, computer equipment shops were flooded with low-cost solutions.

TP-LINK Archer C2

One is the TP-LINK Archer C2, which nominally belongs to the class AC750. By the way, this is not the cheapest router in theup line of the network equipment TP-LINK Archer. For those who do not need gigabit ports, the manufacturer offers a "lite" version of the device - TP-LINK Archer C20i. It uses a simplified hardware platform, and the maximum speed of transmission via LAN-interface limited to 100 Mb/s. Let us hope that this model will soon fall to us for testing, and we now have the router TP-LINK Archer C2.

The specs:

Model

tags: tp-link   wi-fi   usb 2.0   mimo   4g   3g   ces   ddr2   gigabit ethernet   
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Gaming manipulator Tesoro Gandiva: review and testing

From time immemorial people surrounded themselves with a variety of household items, giving them a kind of sacred meaning. By purchasing a certain history, they ceased to be just a means for everyday tasks, and received unusual, sometimes even magical properties.

For example, the famous Gandiva bow of Arjuna, the great warrior and hero of the Mahabharata, was a very rare for that time. A bow was decorated with hundreds of gold jewelry. Arjuna used it for Kurukshetra battle. It is believed that Arjuna was the only one, apart from Krishna, who used the bow in the mortal world.

Tesoro Gandiva

No, we're not crazy! But for today testing we have unusual gaming manipulator Tesoro Gandiva, which in addition to a superior design and advanced technical features, has a tremendous history of advertising. So if you are interested in such a bizarre and rather intriguing name, and you want to quickly reveal all the secrets of this device, we suggest you read our further review.

tags: tesoro   windows   usb 2.0   mouse   
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Motherboard ASUS H81M-K: review and testing

Motherboard ASUS H81M-K is one of the most affordable microATX models in the range of Taiwanese companies. Under an average cost of about $55, it offers a number of significant advantages, such as support for modern interfaces USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s, high performance, as well as some useful proprietary technologies.

ASUS H81M-K

We would like to note that this model is made on the basis of the youngest chipset (Intel H81), which is largely accompanied by a low final cost. Let's take a look at the detailed specs.

The specs:

Producer 

ASUS

Model

H81M-K (rev 1.01)

Chipset

Intel H81

Integrated processor

Socket LGA1150

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 4th gen

Memory frequency

1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

Memory support

2 x DDR3 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 16 GB

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel H81chipset supports:

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s (yellow)

2 x SATA 3 Gb/s (dark brown)

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111G (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

8-channel sound

Power

24-pin ATX connector

4-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

1 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

2 x USB 2.0

3 x audio jacks

2 х PS/2 (foe mouse and keyboard)

Internal I/O

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

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA 3 Gb/s

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors 1 x S/PIDIF Out

1 x CMOS

BIOS

64 Mб Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP, ACPI 2.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

microATX

226 х 175 mm

Producer website

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

tags: asus   pci express   intel   usb 3.0   usb 2.0   intel h81   ddr3   microatx   d-sub   dvi-d   icontrol   uefi bios   celeron   pentium   socket lga1150   intel core   usb 3.0 boost   windows 8   
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Gaming keyboard SPEEDLINK PARTHICA: review and testing

In this article we continue to acquaint you with game accessories from German brand SPEEDLINK.

SPEEDLINK PARTHICA

The next is a new tested sample keyboard SPEEDLINK PARTHICA, which admittedly will support a high level of quality specified by the manufacturer in the previous device, and can please us with own technical capabilities. But for now let’s start with traditional detailed consideration of technical characteristics.

The specs:

Producer

tags: speedlink   windows   usb 2.0   keyboard   
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