‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.



Stepwise Overview


The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

The Mass Market Segment of 3D Graphics Cards Has Been Replenished with the Asus Expedition GTX 1070 Sample

According to several sources, the Asus Co. has introduced a brand-new 3D video card, called Expedition GeForce GTX 1070. The novelty is primarily geared toward customers willing to assemble a productive system and simultaneously to cut costs to the maximum. Reportedly, this graphics card will gain popularity among managers of PC bangs being so widespread in China nowadays.



One should highlight, that the graphics processor of Asus Expedition GTX 1070 is factory overclocked. The base clock equals to 1,607 MHz, and the overclock – to 1,797 MHz. The configuration features 1,920 CUDAs and 8 GB of memory. The manufacturer admits, that 3D Expedition cards undergo a thorough 144 hours testing, including 15 hours of 3DMark checking.


The cooling system of this graphics card is rather simple and is made of a pair of 80 mm fans, an aluminium heatsink and two copper nickel-plated heat pipes. There is no precise information about the PC-board, though, it’s supposed to possess a …

Greeting New Gaming PC Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube

Lenovo is glad to introduce a new gaming PC, featuring small-sized dimensions (252.3x393.3x314.5 mm). The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube boasts an aggressive asymmetric design that immediately compels attention. The new-comer supports 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS & is based on a powerful configuration of a 4-core Intel Core i7-6700 CPU (3.4 GHz-4.0 GHz frequency), 16 GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory as well as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics.



Storage subsystem consists of a 256 GB solid-state drive, replenished by a 1 TB HDD. Network facilities are represented by wired Gigabit Ethernet port, controlled by Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400, wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter, and Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.


To continue, despite compact dimensions, this gaming rig accommodates a bunch of external interfaces, including 5x 3.5-mm audio mini-jacks, 8x USB ports (2.0 & 3.0 versions), 1x RJ-45, a single Optical S/PDIF Out, and three video ports (DVI, D-Sub & HDMI).


Pricing is set at $2037.
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