‘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 …

Zotac Announces Magnus 10 Mini-PC with Pascal GPU

Zotac International is proud to announce a new lineup of mini-PCs, equipped with Nvidia Pascal GPUs. The Magnus 10 lineup so far consists of two series: the Magnus EN1060 & the Magnus EN1070. Consequently, the first item is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 videocard, while the second one – with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 adapter. Despite this fact, all models feature identical case dimensions: 210x203x62.2 mm.

Each series includes three models. Zotac Magnus EN1060/1070 are barebone systems, void of RAM, storage subsystem & OS. Zotac Magnus EN1060/1070 Plus PCs boast the availability of 8 GB RAM (DDR4), 1 TB HDD, 120 GB M.2 SSD. The third version, Zotac Magnus EN1060/1070 Windows 10 models add support for Windows 10 Home OS.

All mini-PCs come fitted with Intel Core i5-6400T 4-core CPU that operates at 2.2 GHz (base) & 2.8 GHz (dynamic) frequency. Power supply is realized with the help of an external 180-watt PSU. All models support the installation of SD/SDXC/SDHC …

ECS Debuts with a New GTX660TIA-2GR5-WFM Graphics Card

ECS, a well-known designer of graphics solutions, announces the release of its new graphics card GeForce GTX 660 Ti, also known as GTX660TIA-2GR5-WFM. The card is elaborated on the basis of a reference adapter from Nvidia. GPU GK104 (designed according to 28 nm technological process) is the heart of the model. It consists of 1344 CUDA cores and features 915 MHz nominal frequency that can be dynamically overclocked to 980 MHz.

Memory subsystem of ECS GeForce GTX 660 Ti embraces 2 GB of GDDR5 memory that runs at the nominal 1502 MHz frequency but can be increased to the effective 6008 MHz mark. The manufacturer decided not to alter recommended by Nvidia parameters in their own version. The connection with GPU resources is realized via 192-bit rail.

This graphics card employs PCI-e 3.0 x16 internal interface. A set of external video interfaces totally corresponds to the etalon requirements and involves one DisplayPort, one HDMI, and a pair of DVI ports.

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