MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC [7C04-001R] is a small (Mini-ITX, 17 × 17 cm) and at the same time quite nice MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC board on the Z390 chipset, which belongs to the overclocking class. In addition to the “gentleman’s set” of a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, a pair of DDR4 DIMM connectors (with support for DDR4-4600 modules) and four SATA 6 Gb / s ports, two M.2 Key M slots are wired on the PCB connectors, Realtek ALC892 controllers (8-channel audio) and RTL8111H (10/100/1000 Mbps network). The MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC chipset cooler is located under the slot for one of the two M.2 drives, which is cooled by a heatsink. The second connector M.2 Key M 32 Gbit / s is soldered on the back of the PCB.
In Samsung SSD 970 Evo, the manufacturer only slightly increased its performance compared to the “people’s favorite” 960 EVO, but the new drive has a two-year warranty period more than the drives of the previous series. In addition, SSDs also differ in TBW, which in the old version was only 100 TB for every 250 GB of capacity, and in the Samsung SSD 970 Evo it was increased to 150 TB TBW. SSD received a new controller Phoenix, which is used in drives of the top segment.
There are also the differences between the “PLUS” version and the usual 970 Evo: it is much faster, less heated, and its chips have 96 layers, unlike the old version with 64 layers. All these innovations should affect not only the performance of SSD, but also its reliability.
You can buy Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe Retail-Version 250GB [MZ-V7S250BW] for the price 80,90 €. Don’t forget to use discount coupon on computeruniverse.net: FWNNROU (How to use it?).
Kingston HyperX Predator is a memory for enthusiasts from one of the market leaders. It has an attractive design, assembled from high-quality components, has broad compatibility, undergoes pre-sales testing and is endowed with a lifetime warranty. Therefore, the HyperX Predator series can be safely recommended for any high-performance systems, including quite powerful gaming assemblies. The modules are equipped with rather bulky radiators, and, therefore, they may conflict with massive processor cooling systems.
TP-Link TL-SG1005D V6.0 5-Port Gigabit Desktop-Switch is an inexpensive five-port switch that can be considered an anti-crisis option and, as tests have shown, is quite performance and reliable. The updated model uses the latest energy-saving technologies that allow you to increase network bandwidth while using the minimum amount of energy. The network switch is in a black plastic case and can be mounted on the wall or installed horizontally. Switch ports support the Auto MDI / MDIX function, which allows you to use any type of cable, both cross-cords and patch cords. TP-Link TL-SG1005D is based on a non-blocking architecture, which means that it switches and filters packets without losing speed.
You can buy TP-Link TL-SG1005D V6.0 5-Port Gigabit Desktop-Switch for the price 11,85 €. Don’t forget to use discount coupon on computeruniverse.net: FWNNROU (How to use it?).
Core i3-8100 – Intel’s budget quad-core processor from the Coffee Lake family. In contrast to the “stones” of the previous generation Kaby Lake, it operates at lower base frequencies, but it has a larger number of cores. By performance, the processor is practically not inferior to its Core i5 counterparts from the previous Kaby Lake generation, but it is sold for a lower price.
There is no Turbo Boost technology in the Core i3-8100, which means that the chip operates at a constant frequency regardless of how many cores are active at current moment. The processor is worse than the Core i3-7100 when lightly loaded, however, thanks to the four physical cores, there is a noticeable performance increase in heavy distributed loads, where the advantage will be on the side of Core i3-8100.
A larger number of cores use more electricity, so the TDP of i3-8100 is 65 W, as opposed to the 51 W consumption of Core i3-7100.
The processor Core i3-8100 demonstrates surprisingly balanced performance characteristics, especially given its retail price. But due to its mass character and popularity, after two years of selling it did not become cheaper.
You can buy Intel Core i3-8100 “Coffee Lake” 4 core (Quad Core) CPU with 3.60 GHz for the price 116,90 €. Don’t forget to use discount coupon FWNNROU (How to use it?).