Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.



Chief Peculiarities


Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …

LC Power Gaming 986 Series Сhassis Have Side Panels Made Out of Tempered Glass

The new LC Power chassis family has been presented. This line includes such models as Gaming 986S White Shadow and Gaming 986B Dark Shadow of the Midi-Tower type.

These products are made out of aluminum, and side panels are manufactured out of darkened tempered glass. Dimensions are the following: 482 × 223 × 467 mm, the weight is approximately 9 kg.



The LC Power Gaming 986 Series frameworks allow to mount the ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX typical size motherboards. There’s enough place for seven expansion cards, including discrete graphics accelerators of up to 420 mm length.


Users can embed up to five 3.5-inch drives and up to three 2.5-inch storage devices. The CPU cooler must be not higher than 170 mm.


In general these chassis can hold up to seven 120-mm fans – three on the front, two on top, one on the back side and one additional. There are two fans with backlighting in the supply kit.


The Gaming 986S White Shadow model is produced in the silver-white …

‘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 …
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