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 …

SilverStone Primera PM01: Top-Notch Gaming Chassis

SilverStone is glad to announce the launch of a first-class chassis, entitled Primera PM01 (dimensions: 571x560x220 mm). The key design specification is freedom from front sections; this allows installing up to three 140-mm fans with blue or red LED backlight. One of the side panels features an acrylic observation window that serves up all hardware in details.



SilverStone Primera PM01 is ideal for the build-up of micro-ATX/ATX systems. The layout configuration offers place for 7 expansion slots, 9 storage solutions (4x 2.5/3.5-inch, 5x 2.5-inch), quite long graphics cards (up to 419 mm), high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm) as well as typical ATX PSUs of 240 mm in length.


The steel-and-plastic case is primarily equipped with a 140-mm fan. The top panel is ready to accommodate 2/3 additional fans. In order to organize a high-performance air cooling, the manufacturer has integrated a 10-slot hub. The chassis boasts a well-designed cable management, dust filters and a 4-zone LED …

Asus Comes Out with B85-Pro Gamer Motherboard

Thrifty enthusiasts willing to build up an efficient gaming system are given a chance to enjoy the privileges of a new motherboard from Asus: the B85-Pro Gamer. The model employs an affordable set of components, although it is highly competitive with more powerful solutions. This ATX board is based on Intel B85 Express chipset for Socket LGA1150 platform and supports Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron and Pentium (Haswell gen.) CPUs.



Asus B85-Pro Gamer comes with 4x DIMM slots that are ready to welcome up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel). Storage section is represented by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Expansion of functional facilities might be realized due to three PCI slots, two PCI-e 2.0 x1, and two PCI-e x16 slots. The delivery of power supply is organized by means of 1x 24-contact socket and 1x 8-contact socket.


The hardware base also embraces network gigabit Intel I217V controller with an integrated GameFirst II technology; the …
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