‘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 …

Cooler Master Releases GX II Power Supply Units

Unveiled earlier this year, the GX II PSU series from Cooler Master has been officially released. The series, targeted primarily at gamers, consists of five models with the power index of 450 W, 550 W, 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W. All the products feature 150x140x86 mm dimensions and are characterized by a non-detachable cable design. Moreover, all the models without exception boast the awarding of 80 Plus Bronze certificate, due high efficiency level of 85% on load.

Cooler Master GX II power supplies fully support Intel Core (Haswell-based) CPUs with APCF scheme. All the units are equipped with a sole +12V bus and support a range of protection functions, including OVP, UVP and SCP. A set of non-detachable cables varies depending on the power efficiency. There is a core set of sockets, consisting of the main 24-contact ATX and a pair of 4-contact EPS sockets; all other sockets differ from model to model (four 6+2-pin, three Molex, and nine SATA sockets).

The incorporation of …

New CPU Cooler for Small-Sized PCs from Thermalright

Thermalright boasts the release of a new CPU cooler AXP-100. The new arrival is targeting small-sized PC systems, featuring 121x105.5x58 mm dimensions. Similar to other items that take responsibility for proper CPU cooling, this model is able to provide an efficient heat extraction from processor surface and its surrounding crucial components. It is compatible with the majority of AMD and Intel sockets to guarantee its universal utilization. Hence, it supports AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and Intel LGA (2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) platforms.

Thermalright decided not to apply the so popular nowadays 'direct contact' technology, implying the direct contact of CPU cover with heat pipes. Instead, the cooler's framework has been given a bit different approach.

Model AXP-100 consists of a copper, nickel-plated base, six copper heat pipes, a set of aluminum ribs located parallel to the motherboard, and an atypical in its nature fan TY-100. The heatpipes spring from the …
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