Praiseworthy Monitor Iiyama XB2779QS-S1 Review

Present-day inventory of 27-inch monitors marvels the imagination. However, not all devices are identical in image quality and color sharpness. If you are not looking for a cheap solution with average showings, then you would probably appreciate the merits of ProLite XB2779QS-S1 display from Iiyama. This is not a mainstream product as its major rivals are award-winning Apple Cinema Display and Crossover. As distinct from them, Iiyama’s elaboration comes at a more alluring price that draws various audiences. Why is XB2779QS-S1 so special?

Core Info

The monitor is based on AH-IPS panel (codename LM270WQ1-SDF1 LG Display) with W-LED backlight, WQHD resolution (2560x1440), and 16:9 aspect ratio. The implemented matrix array contributes to a quick response time (5 ms GtG), a marvelous brightness index (440 nits), the widest viewing angles (178/178 degrees in both aspects), and an outstanding contrast ratio (1000:1/5M:1 S/D). The estimated color gamut demonstrates some striking …

‘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 …

MSI is preparing new model - Radeon HD 7970 with a water-block

The well-known in IT-maker Company MSI announced about appearance of new videoadapter based on GPU Tahiti XT chipset. Its diversity from the other Radeon HD 7970 can be seen with the naked eye, instead of an air cooler practically the entire surface of the PCB is covered with waterblock brand EK. It differs markedly from the original version, since it is designed specifically for the MSI R7970 Lightning model. Relation of adapter to the Lightning series is easily determined by the inscription at the interface connector PCI-E 3.0 x16, as well as non-standard set of video outputs (2x DVI, 4x Mini DisplayPort) and configuration of additional power connectors (2x PCI-E Power 8-pin).

Obviously, the accelerator is positioned as the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and has a nominal frequency of at least 1050 MHz. Will MSI risk, like Sapphire did, and provide the card with 6 GB of memory? Probably not. The «advanced» composition of the printed circuit board and water block of full coverage …
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