‘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 …

Cooler Master V4 GTS Review: CPU Cooler with a Horizontal Vapor Chamber

The emergence of high-efficient processors incited the necessity to provide high-efficient cooling. It’s not a secret that utmost system performance directly depends upon CPU conditions. The more intense the loading is, the more appropriate thermal environment should be. Here everything is interrelated. Cooler Master, being one of the foremost global manufacturers of cooling solutions, always tries to comply with the rising demands to CPU thermal conditions. Thus, the launch of another cooler intended for extreme heat dissipation was quite an expected event. Codenamed V4 GTS, the product differentiates itself by the availability of a horizontal vapor chamber that enhances the cooling effect.

Design and Integration

Cooler Master V4 GTS features an unusual design, resembling a truck’s engine. Its surface is totally covered by a plastic shield, except for bare heatsink ribs at both sides. The overall framework has got symmetric elaboration with a well-considered …

Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.

Design and Layout

Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …
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