Liquid-Cooling System Zalman LQ315 Review

A few months after the last release of water-cooling systems, Zalman introduces a new series of products with a title attribute LQ3xx. The series consists of three models, LQ320, LQ315 and LQ310, which differentiate themselves primarily by dimensions. The senior cooler (LQ320) features 32 mm water block and 52 mm heatsink, the medium LQ315 cooler features 38 mm heatsink and analogous in dimensions water block; the junior cooler (LQ310) is the tiniest one and features 28 mm heatsink and water block. Zalman LQ315 greatly resembles its predecessor, CNPS20LQ, in design, however, is ready to offer some improved options, if compared with the previous cooler generations.

Design and Framework

Like any other water-cooling system, Zalman LQ315 consists of a water block combined with a pump and joined with a heatsink by means of flexible tubes. The water block is notable by the availability of 'Z' logo on its surface that is lighted blue during operation. Its round base, made of …

SSD Kingston HyperX 3K Review

The opulence of solid-state drives in PC market promotes for a sufficient supply to all potential customers. Irrespective of the rich choice, some products prove to be inefficient in coping with certain tasks. Durability and fool-proof work are one of the major SSD identifying features that worry the targeted users. It should be underlined that with the development of ever newer technologies ascribed to the design of micro chips, SSDs increased their work immensely. Kingston HyperX 3K is a product with outstanding parameters and prolonged life. It is estimated for three thousand cycles of cell rewriting and predestined for mid-market sector.


SSD Kingston HyperX 3K goes in several capacity variants: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. All the drives are developed in 2.5 inch form-factor and employ SATA 6 Gb/sec interface. Other specifications of the model line include:

— memory chips: memory type – MLC (synchronous), interface – ONFi2, technological …

‘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 …
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