‘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 …

Eizo Intros Professional ColorEdge CS240 Monitor

Eizo, a well-known Japanese designer of professional visual solutions, is about to launch its newest CS240 monitor that replenished ColorEdge series. The model features 24-inch display and 575x553x245 mm overall dimensions. It is intended at those professionals who require the utmost color rendering (i.e. photo/video editors, graphical designers), due to the availability of an in-built correctional sensor for color calibration. Pricing is so far unknown, although shipping contents will definitely include a 5-year’s limited warranty.

Eizo ColorEdge CS240 offers 1920x1080 display resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, and is based on an advanced IPS panel. The latter ensures the ultimate brightness of 350 cd/m2, a quite fast 7.7 ms response time, the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in both planes), as well as 1000:1 static contrast. The integrated visual facilities allow for displaying up to 99% color gamut in Adobe RGB environment. The model consumes not more than 27 W power at …

Sharkoon Showcases Small-Sized QB ONE PC Chassis

Sharkoon Technologies GmbH come out in the European market with a new extraordinary PC chassis, entitled QB ONE. The model features 368x225x180 mm dimensions, ready to welcome mini-ITX mainboards. The layout offers two PCI expansion slots, two bays for 5.25-inch drives and three 3.5-/2.5-inch ones (all are installed without tools).

Sharkoon QB ONE is targeting graphics cards as long as 315 mm, PSUs (ATX & SFX) of 145 mm in length, CPU coolers as high as 150 mm, and heatsinks of 145 mm in height. Connectivity options include four USB ports (2x 3.0 version and 2x 2.0 version) and two audio ports. One of the most outstanding features pertained to the framework is a smart arrangement of all controls; this enables dual case positioning: horizontal and vertical.

This chassis boasts an optimized ventilation system. Hence, it is equipped with one pre-installed 120 mm fan on the top panel; additionally, it’s possible to mount one more top fan, one 80 mm fan on the rear panel, …
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