‘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 …

Huntkey Showcases Its New PSU Series

A new PSU series, codenamed GS (Green Star), has replenished a line of products designed by Huntkey. This series is particularly targeting gamers, providing for the prime facilities and reliability. The models included into the lineup (GS550 and GS450) are equipped with two +12V buses and exclusively high-quality components that promote for the 82% PSU efficiency level. Both models house a 120 mm low-noise fan which is notable by the variable rotational speed.

Upon the whole, Huntkey GS series corresponds to ATX12V V2.3 standard and supports AMD and Intel CPUs. Both models are compatible with graphics adapters designed by Nvidia and AMD. They feature Active PFC which ensures true reliability on different loading conditions. The average time period of foolproof work is estimated at fifty thousand hours. Besides, both units have undergone two types of testing: high voltage and forced failure tests.

GS450 model operates at 200-240VA (50-60Hz) voltage and at nominal 350W. The …

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Official Release

After a line of rumors and leaks, Nvidia has officially introduced its latest powerful graphics card, codenamed GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Thanks to the implementation of a full-fledged GK110 core and the increase of clock frequencies, the card is going to compete with GTX Titan model, as well as with a top-tier Radeon R9 290X from AMD. In view of such efficiency, its recommended price goes up to $700.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is equipped with GK110 GPU that contains 2880 stream processors (GTX Titan features 2688 of them), 7.1 billion transistors, 48 ROPs, and 240 TMUs with the support for FP16/FP32 trilinear filtration. The core operates at 875 MHz (nominal) and 928 MHz (overclocked) frequencies. All major components are allocated on a black PCB, equipped with PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus. The incorporated GDDR5 modules with 384-bit interface (overall capacity – 3 GB) run at 7008 MHz with the bandwidth of 336 Gb/sec.

Power supply is realized via a single 8-pin and a single 6-pin …
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