The First Glance at MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK & Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Mainboards

MSI could not resist the temptation to officially introduce a pair of new gaming mainboards: the X99S Gaming 9 ACK and the Z97 Gaming 9 ACK. The key distinction of new-comers from analogue models without ‘ACK’ attribute lies in the implementation of dedicated gaming network controllers: Qualcomm Atheros Killer 1525 and Killer E2205. The first one is supposed to support 802.11 ac standard that guarantees 867 Mb/sec throughput bandwidth; it also ensures less data deference. This provides for a faster network traffic processing and, as a result, — for a huge advantage in online gaming.



The E-ATX MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK motherboard is based on Intel X99 chipset, estimated for Intel Core i7-5000 CPUs with Socket LGA2011-v3. The model features 8x DIMM slots for DDR4-333 MHz memory (4-channel operational mode) of up to 128 GB capacity. Storage subsystem offers eight SATA III ports, whereas expansion facilities are ensured by means of five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. The list of …

HDD-Box with Futuristic Design from Icy Dock

The market of external enclosures boasts a number of products from different companies. Nevertheless, Icy Dock decided to stand out against the background of others and introduced its HDD-box codenamed MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard. It seems that the manufacturer went beyond the realism and created a really futuristic dock for hard drives: instead of standard square shape Icy Dock made diamond-shaped detachable clipboard.



The dock is made of metal and plastic, and goes totally in black color. The clipboard covers 80 mm fan which is called to cool down even hot drives. This is unusual fan localization for the external enclosures but the manufacturers explain their move twofold. Firstly, this way the fan is able to dissipate cool airflow to all sides of HDD. This ensures the longevity of the cooling fan and increases the cooling system efficiency. Secondly, it promotes for hassle-free installation without any screws or other tools. The ejection of the clipboard is enabled due to the …

Kingmax to Amaze the Customers with mSATA MMP20 SSD

Solid-state drives with mSATA interface have become an efficient tool for the improvement of laptops and nettops performance. Kingmax has joined the ranges of companies that develop SSD technologies in mSATA form-factor. Its fresh model line, MMP20, is primarily targeted at the small form-factor systems and hybrid solutions like HDD+SSD. The SSD model line features ‘Premium Selected’ certificate and has undergone thorough testing challenges.



Kingmax mSATA MMP20 is a compact and effective solution not only for laptops and desktop systems, but also for embedded systems like tablets. Kingmax SSDs comply with JEDEC MO-300B requirements and have SATAII 3 Gb/sec interface. They are furnished with a controller which optimizes the memory monitoring to ensure the most appropriate performance and reliability. SATA interface is called to align the connection between the flash-memory and host-system; this is supposed to improve data reading and writing speed, OS and applications …
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