‘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 …

Aerocool Cruisestar Advance Case Overview

Many manufacturers of budget-friendly PC cases adore expanding their line-up by a banal change of the plastic case kit without dramatic changes in the filling or framing structure of the chassis. The Aerocool Company is also saddening with this approach, although, for the sake of justice, it is worth noting that in recent years this has happened quite rarely. Nevertheless, the subject of today's review – the Cruisestar Advance is just the result of a change in appearance based on the simplest PGS-V series frames. Let’s see what the consequences of this metamorphosis from the point of view of the ordinary buyer are.


Features

Case type: Midi-Tower

Dimensions, mm: 483 (H) x 200 (W) x 441 (D)

Material: ABS plastic, steel

Weight, kg: 3,5

Color: black

Form factor: ATX

Devices 5.25": 1

3.5" external devices: –

3.5"/2.5" internal devices: 3/2

Supported number of expansion slots: 7

Front fans: 1 x 120 mm (installed)

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EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Due to the unknown paparazzi the photos of the upcoming graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 T leaked to the Internet. As it can be seen it is made almost on the reference design of Nvidia. The main differences of EVGA board from the reference — design of the casing of the cooling system, the logo on the fan housing and the clock frequency.



The video card is made on the printed circuit board on the PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus and is equipped with a proprietary dual-slot cooler of active type. Its «heart» is created on 28-nm chip with 1344 GK104 CUDA cores and advanced architecture Kepler. On board there is a 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory with 192-bit and a frequency of 6008 MHz. In fact, core graphics core frequency is 980 MHz, and accelerated by the NVIDIA GPU Boost function value is equal to 1023 MHz.


Dimensions of the cooler are the same as the GeForce GTX 670, but the circuit board is expected to be shorter. It is believed that the card uses the GPU GK104-325-A2 analogically to …
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