MSI Offers H87I AC Motherboard for Demanding PC Builders

MSI has made a pleasing presentation for all builders and enthusiasts who would like to create a small-sized but highly efficient gaming or multimedia system. The MSI H87I AC is designed in mini-ITX form-factor, featuring 170x170 mm dimensions only. The core of the board is Intel H87 Express chipset that supports all Haswell CPUs with LGA1150 socket. According to the latest data, the model is already available in the European market for approximately 102 EUR.

The H87I AC accommodates two DIMM slots, available for the incorporation of DDR3 modules with the maximal frequency of 1600 MHz. The latter might work in a two-channel mode and reach 16 GB capacity. Disk subsystem is organized by means of four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, which allow for the creation of diverse RAID configurations (i.e. 0, 1, 5, 10, AHCI).

Expansion is realized due to a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 connector and one mini-PCI-e (half-size) connector for network modules. Network abilities are supported by one …

Meet New Strike-X Coupe Gaming Chassis from Aerocool

Enthusiasts and gamers are pleased to learn that Aerocool has launched a new professional PC case, entitled Strike-X Coupe. The high-end invention features 448x180x460 mm dimensions (mid-tower form-factor) and is differentiated by a strict aggressive design with a top X-shape ventilation grid, a qualitative steel chassis, and a side acrylic window. The model is already available in retail stores at the price tag of $54.

Aerocool Strike-X Coupe comes equipped with a red LED backlight at the frontal panel. The chassis accommodates three external 5.25-inch drives, the same number of internal 3.5-inch drives and a single internal 2.5-inch drive bay. It should be noted that some drives have to be fixed with the help of screws at an angle of 90 degrees to the bottom. Seven expansion slots add to the enhancement of PC’s functionality.

The model is ready to house as mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards, so full format ATX items. There is a possibility to install three two-slot …

Motherboard Asus Z97-Deluxe Review: Getting to Know a New Intel’s Chipset

Intel’s Z-series chipsets have been recently supplemented by a new Z97 Express companion. Its release coincides with the launch of an updated Haswell Refresh CPU line for LGA 1150 socket. The new platform is thought to support PCI Express M.2 interface that substitutes an old-fashioned mSATA one. It is also supposed to support SATA Express interface and the forthcoming Intel Core 5th generation CPUs. What are the real differences between Z97 and preceding chipsets? Let’s find it out through the example of Asus Z97-Deluxe motherboard.

Basic Specifications

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— chipset and CPUs: Intel Z97 Express, 4th/5th gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors for Socket LGA 1150;

— interface: DMI 2.0, 20 Gb/sec;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, two-channel, 64 GB ultimate capacity, 1066 MHz-3300 (OC) MHz frequencies;

— multi-GPU support: AMD CrossFireX, Nvidia SLI;

— expansion slots: 3x PCI-e 3.0 x16, 4x PCI-e 2.0 …
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