‘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 …

Welcome In New LPDDR4 Memory Chips from Samsung

Samsung settles down to a large-scale production of LPDDR4 mobile memory chips. Elaborated according to 20 nm technological norms, the new-comers boast the integration of an advanced technology that ensures 8 Gb crystal density and twice the performance compared with LPDDR3 chips. Currently, the company produces models of 2 GB and 3 GB capacity, however in early 2015 it will set to the development of 4 GB solutions.

New LPDDR4 memory modules are targeting various mobile devices with thirst for lightning-fast data transfer speed. The latter index might accelerate up to 3200 Mb/sec; this will allow employing chips for the implementation of resource-intensive tasks, such as recording and playback of high-resolution video or serial filming.

Samsung developers claim that 2 GB LPDDR4 DRAM is 40% more power-efficient than counterparts with 4 Gb crystal density. This became possible due to the adopting of low-voltage swing-terminated logic for I/O signaling. As a result, the …

Review of GeminII S524 from Cooler Master

Cooler plays a vital role in the computer operation activity and it’s necessary that every person should choose the appropriate model. This is not an easy task to select the cooler which would comply with the computer’s design, framework, and, at the same time, which would show good performance rate. The market of coolers for HTPC and low-profile computers is not pampered by the abundance of products from cooler manufacturers. However, Cooler Master company takes the challenge to satisfy the needs of contemporary customers and offers an efficient solution for PCs of such a kind in the form of their cooler GeminII S524.

Basic Peculiarities

Cooler GeminII S524 corresponds to the aggregation of a high-end radiator and a fan. Radiator is responsible for the effective cooling of all elements; in its turn, fan is responsible not only for the cooling activity but also for good performance. The availability of five heat-conducting pipes, which are called to secure an additional …
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