‘Mini-Mighty’ MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

Ever-increasing popularity of mini-ITX mainboards is accounted for the augmentation of small-sized PC systems, work- and multimedia stations, as well as gaming platforms. The latter lay down specific demands towards hardware base, requiring the combination of high performance, durability and price-efficiency. MSI is ready to satisfy those demands, by offering ‘mini, but mighty’ Z97I Gaming AC system board. Being a part of Intel Z97 chipset family, this tiny tot owns all ‘Gaming’ series facilities, despite compact dimensions. Let’s check them out.



Specs Overview


MSI Z97I Gaming AC is based on Intel Z97 chipset targeting Haswell-based CPUs for Socket LGA1150 platform (Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series). The implemented PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules (16 GB volume) with the clock frequencies from 1333 MHz to 3300 MHz. Expansion facilities are introduced by a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with no backup from PCI slots. The board comes …

Asus Showcases a Stylish VX238N-W Monitor

Asus has enriched its production line with a new PC monitor, entitled VX238N-W, that is characterized by an elegant design. The model is peculiar, first of all, by a totally white display frame and stand, which does not change coloring under the influence of UV or sunrays. The heart of 23-inch VX238N-W is TN panel with LED backlight and 5 ms response time. It features a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, Full HD resolution, 80M:1 dynamic contrast (1000:1 static contrast), 250 nits brightness, as well as 170/160 degrees (H/V) viewing angles.



The monitor is equipped with two video interfaces – D-Sub and DVI-D – that allow for the connection either to analog or digital signal source. One more peculiar feature ascribed to VX238N-W is the support for a number of advanced technologies. For instant, it supports Smart Contrast options that guarantee some unbelievable contrast ratio. Splendid Video Preset Modes options involve six pre-calibrated display modes that correspond to different …

Processors Intel Haswell to Rival Accelerator NVIDIA Tesla

Intel Corporation has the intentions to introduce DDR4 memory into their server processors of Haswell series. The launch of such technological approach is planned for the 2014, however the developments in this sphere have already started. Intel’s server solutions will become a part of Grantley platform and the samples of their new series will allegedly be announced next autumn. The preview of new processors makes it clear that some of the chips will be distinguished by the increased heat generation performance which will reach 160 W.



Hence, 16-core processors Haswell-EP will rival parallel computing accelerator NVIDIA Tesla but not AMD server solutions. Intel is going to provide various working frequency options and options with different number of active cores. At the same time, TDP will fluctuate within ranges of 160, 145, 135, and 120 W. In its turn, accelerator NVIDIA Tesla, which is based on GK110 processor, consumes approximately 300 W.


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