‘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 …

MSI Introduces Newest Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard

First displayed at CeBIT 2013, MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard is now showing out in the company’s product line. As suggested by the name and attention-getting design, the board has been elaborated specifically for gaming needs. The new-comer is based on Z77 chipset, features ATX form-factor, and supports Intel LGA1155-compatible processors of the second and third generation (Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge).



Among the most attractive facilities ascribed to the model, it’s possible to distinguish the incorporation of Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 network platform. This platform provides for a substantial improvement of network connection quality, by means of defining all gaming traffic and assigning it a major priority.


The motherboard is known to employ high-quality Military Class III components, including CopperMOS elements in copper cases, gold-plate throttles with Golden SSC ferrite mandrel, tantalum Hi-c CAP capacitors, as well as solid-state capacitors with …

All-in-One PC AIO 307 from iRU with Pre-Installed Windows 8

IRU announces the release of a new all-in-one PC codenamed AIO 307. Earlier the company launched AIO 304 model that was distinguished by some prominent specifications. However, AIO 307 is a product of a new generation with more elaborated design and internal layout, as said by the developers. The promoted PC will be represented by six different configurations with the employment of various CPUs, RAM and HDD capacity.



Upon the whole, iRU AIO 307 is based either on Intel Core i3-2130 or Intel Core i5-3450 processors. RAM volume capacity might achieve 6GB, while there are configurations where HDD capacity equals to 1TB. Graphics subsystem is introduced by Nvidia GeForce GT 630M 1GB graphics adapter. But what is more striking, it's the availability of PCs with a pre-installed Windows 8 OS.


PC AIO 304 design can be characterized by elegance and functionality. Its 21.5-inch display features Full HD resolution (1920x1080). All control buttons are located under the screen; they …
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