‘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 …

LEPA NEOllusion CPU Cooler with an extraordinary LED backlighting

For the first time the LEPA NEOllusion CPU Cooler was demonstrated during the Computex 2016 exhibition. And the WOW moment is in its unique backlighting: LEDs are located not on the fan, but on the sides of the construction. Besides, their colour and work mode can be modified with the help of the control unit, which can be attached to the metal framework by magnetically charged legs.



The LEPA NEOllusion cooling system features the base, four 6 mm copper heat pipes with a direct contact to the CPU heat dissipation lid, the aluminum radiator and the 120 mm fan (its rotative speed range is 600–1800 rpm or 400–1000 rpm with a set adapter). With the special blades shape and excellent aerodynamic qualities it can pump the air flow of up to 128.12 m3/hr (up to 78.31 m3/hr with an adapter) at the static pressure of 2.41 mm H2O (0.9 mm H2O) and the noise grade of 33 dBA (19 dBA).


LEPA NEOllusion dimensions are 161.7 х 126 х 40 mm, and its weight is 645 g. It is compatible with …

Biostar Announces N3150NH Mainboard with Integrated CPU

The inventory of Biostar’s mini-ITX motherboards was replenished by a new uncommon model – the N3150NH. Its key peculiarity is the availability of a 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU onboard. The processor (Intel Braswell family, 14 nm technological process) comes equipped with an integrated Intel HD graphics core and a passive cooler. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1.6 GHz, while on overclocking it accelerates up to 2.08 GHz frequency.



Biostar N3150NH houses two SO-DIMM slots, estimated for 8 GB DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel operational mode). The connection of drives is realized via a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. There is a possibility to install one expansion card thanks to a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. Network facilities are ensured due to Realtek RTL8111H controller that supports SmartSpeedLAN utility, whereas audio production becomes possible due to the integration of Realtek ALC662 controller.


The connection of peripherals is enabled via …
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