‘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 …

Chieftec Launches Flyer Series FS-01B-U3 Chassis

Chieftec, a well-known German designer of prime-class hardware pieces, advertises the launch of a new budgetary mini-tower PC chassis, entitled Flyer Series FS-01B-U3. The model features 420x175x360 mm dimensions and is ready to welcome mATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The case boasts a totally black exterior with a glossy frontal panel and metallic patches on it.



This chassis comes with a pre-installed iArena power supply unit of 350/450 W capacity. It is based on CWT platform. The inventory also includes a pair of 5.25-inch optical drive bays, four 3.5/2.5-inch HDD/SSD bays. The case accommodates four PCI expansion slots that support the installation of rather lengthy graphics cards (up to 320 mm). Internal layout allows for the employment of standard CPU coolers of up to 130 mm in height.


I/O panel is located on the frontal facet. It is represented by two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks. In terms of cooling, Flyer Series FS-01B-U3 provides for quite versatile fan …

Two New SSD Series for Corporate Clients from Samsung

Samsung has recently announced the release of two new SSD series, intended basically for the employment in corporate segment (for servers and large data storages). The first series, codenamed SM843, will be represented by models of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacity; the second series, codenamed SM1625, will contain models of 100GB, 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB capacity.



All the models within the series are based on MLC NAND flash-memory, developed under 20 nm technological process. This allowed the company to increase the writing speed index and SSDs durability three times as much, if compared with rival drives and items of the previous generation.


SM843 solid-state drives are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor. They are notable by 28% lower power consumption in active mode and 80% lower retention time. The models employ SATA 3.0 interface and demonstrate the following speed showings: consecutive Read speed achieves the point of 520 Mb/sec, consecutive Write speed equals to 420 …
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