‘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 …

VivoPC X by ASUS Is a Small Desktop for Newbies Among VR-Gamers

The VivoPC X desktop computer by ASUS is not bigger than an Xbox One and weighs approximately 2.3 kg only, however, it’s a fully-featured PC, operated by Windows 10 and supporting VR. At the same time, it’s worth admitting, that the hardware is intended rather for beginners than for old hands at the game.



ASUS VivoPC X is equipped with a Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and 8 GB of RAM memory. The 512 GB SSD is used for data storage, and the connectivity possibilities are provided by four USB 3.1 and two USB 2.0 ports. In addition, this novelty features 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the Gigabit Ethernet, two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort with the NVIDIA G-Sync technology support.


Inner components of the device are protected from overheating due to the heat pipe cooling system and plenty of vents.


ASUS VivoPC X will be on sale in March 2017 at the price of $800.

PC Chassis Aerocool Qs-200 Lite Review

PGS Q series of chassis supplied by Aerocool is supposed to be rather successful. Currently, it counts a few different models and Qs-200 Lite is one of them. The very case is a lightweight version of an old-timer Qs-200. Chassis Qs-200 Lite is delivered in two versions: totally black and totally white. Color is their only distinction, since all internal and design parameters are identical.



Design and General Specifications


Aerocool Qs-200 Lite is developed in mini-tower form-factor and features 368x185x405 mm dimensions. Its design is void of any notable details. The frontal panel is made of a dull plastic; it's fixed by six plastic claps that facilitate its easy removal. This panel covers a solid dust filter that contains additional combs, a bay for the installation of a fan (80 mm, 92 mm, or 120 mm), a pair of bays for the installation of 5.25-inch drives, and a single bay for the 3.5-inch drive. The lower part of the panel is taken by a fine-meshed metallic grid with …
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