‘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 …

Handheld Drive Corsair Voyager Air Review

In view of a violent growth of mobile devices, the interest towards independent external storage solutions has increased immensely. Smartphones, tablets and other laptop devices do not have enough inbuilt memory to cope with the enlarging multimedia inventories. The emergence of handheld external drives with a wireless adapter and charger battery onboard is called to efficiently solve the problem of data storage. Corsair, a renowned manufacturer of storage and other hardware products, has recently introduced its own vision of handheld drives. Codenamed Corsair Voyager Air, this drive is able to operate in an autonomous mode, providing for enormous storage opportunities.

General Peculiarities and Delivery

Voyager Air comes into the market in several versions, which are differentiated by the capacity (500 GB and 1 TB models), case coloring (black or red), and a type of network power supply (for the USA and Europe). The drive boasts an inbuilt Wi-Fi adapter and features …

DAS Promise Pegasus R4 Review

Data storage units have become an integral part of PC hardware in recent years. Such conjuncture is simply explained by the rising necessity to store huge amounts of information and transfer the data to various devices. NAS and DAS units have been developed with the intention to solve all storage problems, however, the efficiency of their work is much dependent on the interfaces they use for data transfer. USB 2.0 interfaces are unable to cope with voluminous info; the prevalent now USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces are efficient only for a single winchester. But when it comes to the management of really huge data blocks, there appears a need for a more advanced solution. Promise Technology dares to solve all vital issues by releasing DAS Pegasus R4 with Thunderbolt interface which is notable for the high and stable data transfer speed with the retention of compatibility.

General Characteristics

DAS Promise Pegasus R4 series does not differ so much in design terms from other …
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