Aerocool Preps Originally Illuminated DS 230 Chassis

Aerocool announces the DS 230 PC case. According to the manufacturer, it is going to win the hearts of customers by an off-beat illumination that operates in two modes: permanent light & breathing effect. The lighting system embraces several color schemes and several intensity modes. The middle-tower steel chassis itself is painted black. Its internal layout is intended for mini-ITX, micro-ATX as well as full-format ATX mainboards.



Aerocol DS 230 offers 7 expansion slots, a pair of 3.5 inch drive slots (undermount) & three 2.5 inch drive slots (side allocation). The maximal length of the supported graphics cards makes up 413 mm, whereas the maximal height of the CPU cooler should not exceed 170 mm. The case supports standard ATX PS/2 power supply units (180 mm in length).


To continue, the model comes with a preinstalled rear 120 mm fan. Optionally, it’s feasible to mount two top 120/140-mm fans & three front 120/140-mm fans. If there is need, the customer can substitute …

The Launch of New Generation Core i3 is Planned for Early September

The recent launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors based on a new microarchitecture has touched upon Core i5 and Core i7 series. Currently, the company is working vigorously on the advancement of its Core i3 series, as well as, Pentium G2100T and G2120 models. The latter will be designed on similar to its 'brethren' architecture. In accordance with the voiced information, the new processors will be released in early September.



The nominal lineup of Core i3 processors will include five models; processors with T index (i3-3220T and i3-3240T) will be characterized by low power consumption (up to 35W) and average frequencies which will fluctuate in the ranges of 2.8-3 GHz. Senior models (i3-3220 and i3-3225) will operate at 3.3 GHz and have TDP index of 55W, while the superior model Core i3-3240 will achieve the frequency index of 3.4 GHz. These models are distinguished by the availability of more efficient integrated HD 4000 graphics type.


Upon the whole, the third …

‘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 …
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