‘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 …

The Introduction of Transparent Chassis from Scythe

Scythe has recently amazed the community by the introduction of absolutely transparent chassis. ACB-Type3 model preserves the cutout of the standard Mid-Tower chassis solutions, but is made of transparent acrylic plates. One more peculiarity of this model is the parallel to the base localization of motherboard. Besides, ACB-Type3 is compatible with motherboards of various form-factor, including mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and ATX.

The motherboard is accommodated on a special tray. Right under this tray the customers are able to find a set of bays designated for the installation of PSU, three 3.5-inch drives, a couple of 2.5-inch drives, and three 5.25-inch drives. The chassis is compatible with CPU coolers of up to 190 mm in height.

At the same time, this model goes without any fans or side panels; this attributes the model to Open-Air segment. The product can content itself with practically noiseless passive system.

Scythe ACB-Type3 is equipped with sufficient number of …

Thermaltake Unveils Chaser A71 Full-Tower PC Chassis

Thermaltake has lately made an official presentation of a new full-tower chassis, entitled Chaser A71. The model features 565x205x537 mm dimensions and a rather stylish design. Its side panel contains an L-shape acrylic window that makes an exposure of all internal components. Moreover, the two out of four pre-installed fans are furnished with a bright blue LED that enigmatically illuminates the framework.

Being a full-tower solution, Chaser A71 is housed in a quite spacious case. It gladly welcomes ATX, mATX and Extended ATX motherboards, eight expansion cards of up to 344 mm in length, six hard drives or solid-state drives, three optical drives, a heatsink (of a liquid-cooling system) up to 240 mm, and a compatible power supply unit. The maximal supported CPU cooler height should not exceed 160 mm.

I/O panel is represented by a dense group of ports, indicators and keys: Power button, HDD activity indicator, a pair of USB 2.0 and the same number of USB 3.0 ports, and …
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