‘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 …

Gammaxx S40: a New Budgetary CPU Cooler from Deepcool

Deepcool is going to amplify its product line with a new CPU cooler known as Gammaxx S40. This model features 120x81.3x143 mm dimensions and a traditional for contemporary cooling systems framework. But its recommended price of €25 is going to become the major attraction for the potential audience. Moreover, due to the availability of various fixing clips, Gammaxx S40 demonstrates support for various actual desktop platforms, including Intel's Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775, and AMD's FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+.



Deepcool Gammaxx S40 consists of six copper heat pipes covered by a nickel layer, a clamping plate that functions also as an additional heatsink, a set of aluminum plates with perforations, and a fan. The developers have realized Core Touch technology in their new product that allows the heatpipes to get in direct contact with the CPU lid.


The integrated fan of 120 mm dimensional type is based on a hydrodynamic bearing. It is known to support PWM …

Solid-State Drive Verbatim SATA III 240 GB Review

With the appearance of first SSDs in the market the battle between traditional HDDs and new products has started. Manufacturers tried to implement ever better technologies in their creations or began developing both directions at once to succeed. Today the rivalry between the two types of drives has reached its peak, since each product offers advanced facilities and embrace practically all spheres where the need for data transfer and storage is required. Verbatim marches in step with contemporary requirements and launches SSD with SATA III interface and quite voluminous capacity.



General Peculiarities


SSD Verbatim SATA III 240 GB is delivered in an unobtrusive cardbox. The delivery kit is void of any accompanying components, so users will have to acquire SATA III cable or adapter for the installation into 3.5 inch bays by themselves. Nevertheless, it's possible to find a detailed user manual and 3-year limited warranty. This SSD model is distinguished by a simple design …
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