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 …

The First Glance at MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK & Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Mainboards

MSI could not resist the temptation to officially introduce a pair of new gaming mainboards: the X99S Gaming 9 ACK and the Z97 Gaming 9 ACK. The key distinction of new-comers from analogue models without ‘ACK’ attribute lies in the implementation of dedicated gaming network controllers: Qualcomm Atheros Killer 1525 and Killer E2205. The first one is supposed to support 802.11 ac standard that guarantees 867 Mb/sec throughput bandwidth; it also ensures less data deference. This provides for a faster network traffic processing and, as a result, — for a huge advantage in online gaming.

The E-ATX MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK motherboard is based on Intel X99 chipset, estimated for Intel Core i7-5000 CPUs with Socket LGA2011-v3. The model features 8x DIMM slots for DDR4-333 MHz memory (4-channel operational mode) of up to 128 GB capacity. Storage subsystem offers eight SATA III ports, whereas expansion facilities are ensured by means of five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. The list of …

First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.

According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.

With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …
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