‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.



Stepwise Overview


The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

LG to Release a Stylish PC Monitor 23ET63V

LG Electronics, a South Korean tycoon in consumer electronics market, is going to release a new stylish monitor, codenamed 23ET63V. This model features 23-inch display and Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. However, its basic flavor is an ultra-thin case (555x338x53 mm) and a touchscreen AH-IPS panel with the support of 10 multi-touch dabs. The latter also boasts a high gloss surface with 3H rigidity.



The other parameter that might be of interest to all potential users is absence of a traditional stand. Instead of it, there is a dedicated holdup that allows for tilt adjusting only (from 15 to 58 degrees). Such holdup positioning might be rather convenient to work with applications supporting a touchscreen data access. The display can be employed as a wall screen, thanks to the availability of 75x75 VESA bracket.


The rear panel of the display houses D-Sub, HDMI and USB 2.0 (for touchscreen input) ports for the connection of varied devices. Generally, 23ET63V consumes …

Spire Showcases New Cylinder-Shaped Swirl IV CPU Cooler

Spire is going to release a new extraordinary cooling solution: a cylinder-shaped CPU cooler, entitled Swirl IV. It is targeting Intel processors for Socket 2011/1366/115x/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3 platforms with the maximum TDP level of 130 W. The new-comer has received RoHS and CE certification that proves its environmentally-friendly nature. An official release is postponed to January 2015.



Spire Swirl IV features 131x125x62 mm dimensions and weighs 690 g. Its heatsink consists of 45 aluminum fins, pierced by three copper zinc-plated U-shaped heatpipes (8 mm). Inside the heatsink one can find a 60 mm fan with blue LED backlit. Its rotational speed is controlled by PWM technology so that the blades could run between 600 RPM up to 2000 RPM.


The fan is equipped with a slide bearing, estimated for 50.000 hours of fool-proof operation. It is powered by means of a 4-pin connector, ensuring up to 83.12 CFM airflow at 26 dB noise. Besides, at the highest rotational speed the …
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