GeForce GTX 670, SSD and HDD
The motherboard has the Intel H87 chipset, positioned below the more deluxe Z77. It's an MSI MS-7796 equipped with a riser that's connected to the graphics card, a GeForce GeForce GTX 670 with 2 GB video memory. The X51 R2 is also available with a GeForce GTX 760 or GTX 760Ti with 2 GB. So while ours didn't have the most recent card, it's still pretty powerful thanks to the 1,344 915 MHz Cuda cores and the 6 GHz (1.5 GHz) 2 GB GDDR5 memory connected via a 256-bit bus.
The interior of the compact enclosure is pretty full, as you can see on the photo. Under the video card the hard disk is located, in our case a 5400rpm 1 TB 2.5-inch disk from Western Digital. It's assisted by a 256 GB LiteOn M6S SSD. It's a very nice storage combination, even if you now only have the choice of a 1 or 2 TB disk (7200 rpm) or a 256 GB SSD, perhaps due to availability issues. In order to use the system as an HTPC, our sample was also equipped with a Blu-ray player that also serves as DVD burner. Network connectivity is provided by a Realtek gigabit adapter and a single-band 150 Mbit Dell 802.11n card. Fortunately the latter has now been replaced in several models by a 2x2 802.11ac card. We would have liked to see Killer network technology, however.