‘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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Gigabyte Technology is about to come out with a new micro-ATX gaming motherboard. The X99M-Gaming 5 features a promising black-and-red design, an enforced VRM system, and a sophisticated cooling solution. It is powered by Intel X99 chipset compatible with Intel Core i7/Haswell-E processors for socket LGA 2011-3. Heat dissipation process is entrusted to aluminum heatspreaders, joined by a nickel-plated copper heat-pipe.

The motherboard comes equipped with Ultra Durable hardware base, including solid-state capacitors with a prolonged lifespan. Moreover, it boasts advanced tools against short circuit on USB and Ethernet ports as well as against heightened humidity. Memory subsystem is introduced by four DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Expansion facilities are backed by three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (the possibility to create 2-way CrossFire and 2-way SLI configurations), and a single PCI Express x1 slot.

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Gigabyte Brix GB-Bace-3160 accommodates a 4-core Intel Celeron J3160 CPU (14 nm) that operates at 1.6/2.24 GHz frequency; it is accompanied by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 graphics core (320-700 MHz frequency). The PCB houses only a single SO-DIMM slot for the installation of DRR3L-1600 memory.

Storage subsystem is introduced by a single SATA III (6 Gb/sec) port, intended for the incorporation of 2.5-inch SSD/HDD. Audio subsystem is supported by Realtek ALC255 controller. Furthermore, this mini-PC comes with a 4-watt power supply unit.

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