‘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 Readies a New Silencio 452 PC Chassis

Cooler Master has added a new PC chassis to its Silencio series. The Silencio 452 is developed in a mid-tower form-factor and features 194x451.4x494.7 mm dimensions. It is peculiar by a sleek design with totally black interior and exterior. The case boasts soundproof side panels and anti-vibration rubber props. The greenhorn is supposed to come on sale in early January, 2014, though the pricing is currently unknown.



Cooler Master Silencio 452 is intended to accommodate motherboards of a standard ATX, as well as a micro-ATX standard. Storage is introduced by two 5.25-inch racks and six internal 3.5/2.5-inch racks. This is quite enough for the assembling of a powerful platform.


Internal layout allows for the installation of quite lengthy graphics adapters (up to 386 mm) and, if necessary, a voluminous liquid-cooling heatsink (240 mm). The latter is supplemented by dedicated rubber grommets on the rear facet.


Initially the chassis is furnished with a pair of low-noise …

HIS Adds a Couple of Middle-Yielding Graphics Cards to Its Inventory

The inventory of HIS production line has been refilled with a couple of new graphics cards that belong to middle-yielding solutions. The couple enters HIS 7770 IceQ X Blue series and is targeting those users who would like to enjoy all the privileges of gaming process for a sensible price. Codenamed HIS 7770 IceQ X Blue and 7770 Ice Q X Blue Turbo, these entries are able to provide for an outstanding viewing effect, while playing the most up-dated games.



The heart of both graphics adapters is AMD Cape Verde TX core with 640 current processors, developed under 28 nm Graphics Core Next architecture. Model HIS 7770 IceQ X Blue runs at reference clock frequency of 1000 MHz, while its Turbo colleague is factory-overclocked and runs at 1100 MHz frequency. In respect to video memory, this couple accommodates 128-bit GDDR5 modules. Their nominal clock frequencies make up 1125 MHz and 1200 MHz (for Turbo model), while their effective frequency index achieves 4500 MHz and 4800 MHz …
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