‘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 …

Meet a New Masterpiece from Cooler Master: Storm Stryker Casing

Cooler Master developers have recently voiced good news for their most exacting customers: the sales start of casing CM Storm Stryker is round the corner. The new model takes the design of its predecessor CM Storm Trooper but has several striking peculiarities which make the product a real design masterpiece. CM Storm Stryker is developed in a Full-Tower form factor and is distinguished by the prevalence of white color combined with black inclusions. The framework is made of solid steel that serves the protective shield for the casing ‘filling’. In addition, the casing is equipped with a handle which makes the casing transportation rather hassle-free.

The availability of an acrylic window in the left faceplate and the cooling cages for hard drives are considered to be the major peculiarities of CM Storm Stryker. What is more, this casing is destined for the integration of more fans for the efficient cooling activity. There are a couple of fans on the clipboard, two more …

ECS Develops Haswell-Compatible Motherboard Z87H3-A2X Extreme

At the cusp of an official release of Intel’s fourth generation processors each hardware designer tries to elaborate new Haswell-compatible components. Motherboard manufacturers are probably the ones to introduce the lion’s share of such products. ECS is not an exception. According to the data provided by a reputable source, ECS is soon going to release its newest prime-class board codenamed Z87H3-A2X Extreme. The first meeting with the new-comer is planned within the boundaries of Computex 2013 exhibition taking place in June.

As seen from the codename, ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme is based on Intel Z87 Express chipset covered by a black-and-red heatsink. The model employs full-sized printed circuit board, Socket LGA1150, and 12-phase VRM for CPU power supply with gold-plate solid-state capacitors. Power subsystem elements are cooled down by a voluminous CoolTech V heatsink. This heatsink is connected with a chipset one by means of a nickel-plated copper heat pipe.

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