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MSI B85M ECO Board – Review

Those of us in a position to build PCs for businesses and everyday people should consider using a board like we will see today when the opportunity warrants it. The MSI B85M ECO is aimed at trimming power usage down to a minimum level without costing performance as a trade off.



 
 
 
 
 

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Big Tower Case

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Big-Tower case, designed by a company well known in Europe for their Legendary Green Nanoxia Nano-bearing fans and peripherals. Nanoxia has now entered the enthusiast arena with a brand new arrival, called the Deep Silence 6. It is the big brother to their well-known Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower Chassis, and it is truly a big tower chassis and a huge HPTX case from the next generation of Silent PC cases. It is taller, deeper, and wider than any of their current cases, while still keeping with their simple but classic design. This huge tower offers the user enormous space with new and innovative technologies, such as the "Active Air Chimney" to improve the ventilation of the case. Along with these latest innovations Nanoxia has always focused on minimizing noise and system temperatures. The side panels and top cover are fitted with specially designed, noise reducing insulation materials to minimize and absorb any noises. The solid 1mm left and right doors like the predecessor's. They use sound absorbing materials that contribute significantly to the most effective noise reduction achieved by the Deep Silence series to date. Also responsible for the quietness of the case are the pre-installed 140mm Nanoxia fans of the brand new DS-Series. This most recent Nanoxia fan-series features a new impeller design, optimized for the best possible mix of silence and high CFM cooling capacity. The Deep Silence 6 case i...



 
 
 
 
 

BitFenix Prodigy M

The desktop PC has evolved into a platform for enthusiasts and modders to cram as much gear into a case as they can. Sometimes it is just not practical for taking to a LAN or using as an HTPC due to the size and weight of a custom PC. There has been a concerted effort by some case manufacturers to reduce the footprint of the desktop without leaving the features of a larger chassis behind. We all have grown spoiled to the conveniences of cable routing, drive bays and countless cooling options. This is where the ingenuity and innovation of BitFenix comes into play. BitFenfix, the creator of the popular mini ITX Prodigy case is looking to fill a gap in the small form factor market. Many complained the original Prodigy did not support the larger micro ATX board and felt left out. The Prodigy M with full support for micro ATX and mini ITX boards is said to offer the same flexibility and style of the original Prodigy case with the same small footprint. Let's take a look into how BitFenix pulled this off.



BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX

Introduction Styled after the legendary BitFenix Colossus, Colossus Mini-ITX and Colossus Micro-ATX bring a futuristic yet refined design to the mini-ITX and Micro-ATX form factors. The top and sides feature our signature SofTouch™ Surface Treatment for an undeniably quality finish, and exclusive LiteTrak™ Technology forms a virtually unbroken line of light across the front and sides of the case that can not only switch color, but also pulsate at the touch of a button. On the inside, users will be treated to an epically flexible interior that can accommodate multiple expansion cards and storage options. Two USB 3.0 ports enable lightning-quick file transfers, while small refinements such as rolled-edge cable pass-throughs, magnetic heat shield, and a powder-coated interior make Colossus Micro-ATX and Colossus Micro-ATX a joy to build in. Delivering aggressive looks with the flexibility to match, the small yet powerful Colossus Micro-ATX and Colossus Micro-ATX are the next big thing.     Specifications Materials Steel, Plastic, SofTouch™ Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 330 x 374mm Dimensions (WxHxD) Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX 5.25″ Drive Bays x 1 3.5” Drive Bays x 4 2.5” Drive Bays x 3 Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional) Cooling Bottom 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional) 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional) PCI Slots x 5 I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction) Ex...



Nanoxia Deep Silence 4

Introduction Nanoxia announced that the first of the new Deep Silence cases the Deep Silence 4 is available at their distributors. The Deep Silence 4 is the smallest case of the Deep Silence series so far, designed for Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards. This unit is ready for Water cooling, it has modular HDD-cages, a full noise-insulation, a stepless 2-channel fan control, front USB 3.0 connectors and tool free mounting of optical devices. By removing the upper two HDD cages, users can also install VGA cards with a maximum length of 395mm. With all HDD cages in place, graphic cards of up to 265 mm can be accommodated. After removing the upper two HDD-cages it is also possible to install a compact 120mm water cooling solution behind the front Panel.This case is available in three color schemes: Dark Black ,Anthracite and White. It also has the distinct European style.It is an elegantly styled case that would look great as the basis of a home theater system or a small footprint gaming system. Deep Silence 4 specifications as follows Specifications Model Deep Silence 4 EAN Dark Black 4260285296406 EAN Anthracite 4260285296451 EAN White 4260285296475 Housing Type Minitower Form Factor Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX 5.25-inch external bays 2 x 3.5 inch external bays 1 x (optional) 2.5 / 3.5 inch internal bays 6 x 2.5 / 3.5 “+ 1 x 2.5” Case fans (front) 1 x 120 mm Case fan (rear) 1 x 120 mm Case fans (top) optional 1 x 120/140 mm Height (approx.) 380 mm Width (approx.) 200 ...



 
 
 
 
 

NZXT H230 Silent Mid-Tower

Introduction: Today I was given the opportunity to look at and review yet another offering from NZXT. Among the many different cases they manufacture, their H series in particular has become one that has truly sparked my interest. Over the past several years, NZXT has become one of the premier manufacturers. They have been ahead of the pack with innovative designs and features while targeting both the gaming and enthusiasts’ arena. Today we will be looking at a new budget oriented Mid-Tower chassis, the H230 which is also part of their H or silent series of cases. If you’re not familiar with the NZXT H series line of cases, the NZXT H230 brings some of the same sound deadening abilities as its two predecessors, only this time it’s in a more affordable package. The new NZXT H230, a Mid Tower Chassis fits right in alongside NZXT’s award winning H2 and H630 silent series of cases. The NZXT H230 comes complete with a tool-free 5.25” latch design, removable HDD cage, seven expansion slots and USB 3.0 connectivity. Read on to see if it brings all of the essentials together for a silent, cool, hassle-free computing experience.   Our Thanks goes out to NZXT for providing us with the review sample. “NZXT, a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedicati...





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