‘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 …

Gigabyte Intros Micro-ATX Motherboards on Intel H81 Express Chipset

Gigabyte Technology introduces three new motherboards of micro-ATX form-factor, based on Intel H81 Express chipset. The new-comers, entitled GA-H81M-DS2, GA-H81M-D3V and GA-H81M-D2V, are equipped with LGA1150 socket that supports Intel Haswell CPUs. Their efficiency and durability is the result of the implementation of Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus concept, On/Off Charge and UEFI DualBIOS technologies, as well as of prime capacitors with a solid electrolyte. Each motherboard is unique, so the specifications of each item are worth of being detailed.



Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2 features:

— 226 x 170 mm dimensions;

— the possibility of integrating up to 16 GB of two-channel DDR3 memory with up to 1600 MHz frequency;

— a pair of SATA II and SATA III ports;

— a pair of PCI Express x1 slots and a single PCI Express x16 slot;

— gigabit Ethernet port;

— Realtek ALC887 controller with the support of HD Audio sounding;

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Aresze Unveils New Chassis PureFlow Healthy 7629

Aresze has recently unveiled a unique chassis codenamed PureFlow Healthy 7629. It is primarily characterized by the implementation of up-dated PureFlow technology on fine air. Chassis PureFlow Healthy 7629 is developed in mid-tower form factor and allows for the installation of multi-slot graphics adapters of up to 300 mm in length. PureFlow system is located under a removable frontal lid and presupposes the inclusion of a dedicated switch for the modification of filtering mode.



Internal layout of PureFlow Healthy 7629 is developed with a note of rationality. PSU is localized on the bottom part of the casing, while all cables are managed on the rear part of the motherboard. This speaks of the rational space distribution to provide for a more rational cooling effect. This model is furnished with a single external 5.25-inch bay and a couple of internal bays for 2.5/3.5-inch drives. The upper panel contains a standard set of interface facilities: Power and Reset buttons, filtering …
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