MSI Offers H87I AC Motherboard for Demanding PC Builders

MSI has made a pleasing presentation for all builders and enthusiasts who would like to create a small-sized but highly efficient gaming or multimedia system. The MSI H87I AC is designed in mini-ITX form-factor, featuring 170x170 mm dimensions only. The core of the board is Intel H87 Express chipset that supports all Haswell CPUs with LGA1150 socket. According to the latest data, the model is already available in the European market for approximately 102 EUR.



The H87I AC accommodates two DIMM slots, available for the incorporation of DDR3 modules with the maximal frequency of 1600 MHz. The latter might work in a two-channel mode and reach 16 GB capacity. Disk subsystem is organized by means of four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, which allow for the creation of diverse RAID configurations (i.e. 0, 1, 5, 10, AHCI).


Expansion is realized due to a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 connector and one mini-PCI-e (half-size) connector for network modules. Network abilities are supported by one …

One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.



CPU & Memory


Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).


The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …

Asus Teases Its First Gaming Micro-ATX B85M-Gamer Mainboard

Featuring 233x206 mm dimensions, a new micro-ATX mainboard from Asus, codenamed B85M-Gamer, boasts a full range of options which would come in handy to loyal gamers. Along with rich facilities, the customers will be pleased to see an affordable price label. These two peculiarities drew huge attention, since the combination of small-sized form-factor with high-end specs and alluring price has never before stricken the market.



Asus B85M-Gamer is based on Intel B85 chipset, ready to accommodate Socket LGA1150-compatible CPUs (Core, Celeron, Pentium families). The PCB houses a powerful 4-phase digital power supply subsystem with the support for DIGI+ VRM technology. DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules of 32 GB capacity maximum might be installed into four DIMM slots.


Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Video facilities might be implemented twofold: either as an integrated GPU into the CPU or as a single graphics adapter with PCI …
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