‘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 …

Greet Fractal Design Kelvin Liquid Coolers in Various Configurations

Fractal Design comes out with a new series of liquid coolers. The ‘Kelvin’ lineup is introduced by three models – T12, S24, S36 – which are differentiated by the amount of fans. The triple is targeting any up-to-date system based on Intel or AMD CPUs (Intel LGA 2011/1366/1150 and AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM2+/AM2/AM3+/AM3). Their price is set at $99.99, $119.99 and $139.99 for one-fan, two-fan and three-fan model correspondingly.

Fractal Design Kelvin coolers boast an enclosed design that does not require additional maintenance during operation. They consist of a waterblock with a copper base, a powerful pump with a ceramic bearing, a copper heatspreader, and 1/2/3 Silent HP fans (of 120 mm dimensional type). The latter support PWM technology that adjusts rotational speed within 700-1700 PRM ranges; they are ready to produce up to 62.4 CFM airflow at 26.9 dB noise.

It should be noted that ‘Kelvin’ coolers might be expanded by new components. For instance, the T12 is …

Company XFX is preparing Radeon HD 7970 GE with Double Dissipation cooler

American vendor XFX is about two weeks to release a Radeon 7970 Edition Double Dissipation (model code — FX-797G-TDF). It combines the capabilities of GPU Tahiti XT2 with a higher overclocking potential and the TDP, rather than at Tahiti XT, PCB reference design, but without a single phase power supply (6 +1), and the cooling system in the vaporizing chamber, an array of aluminum fins, PA plate (the same heatsink for the VRM and memory), as well as the two fans standard size 90 mm.

New model will get the recommended for the Radeon HD 7970 GE frequency ratio 1000/6000 MHz for core and chips GDDR5. The graphics chip will operate at 1050 MHz in the load. Recall that the “usual” HD 7970 was limited to regular frequencies 925/5500 MHz and did not support dynamic overclocking.

The configuration of video outputs is almost standard: from the five of DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and 2x Mini DisplayPort for some reason excluded DVI-D. The additional power is supplied by one 8-pin and one …
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