‘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 …

Graphics Card MSI N680GTX Lightning 2 GB Review

Graphics cards from MSI Ltd. enjoy popularity among customers due to high-quality components and utmost performance. Currently, there are several company's model lines available in the market, but Lightning series deserves special attention. This is explained by the fact that the manufacturer managed to realize in its products the most advanced technologies to provide for complete satisfaction of various consumer needs. Its latest creation, graphics card MSI N680GTX, also belongs to the Lightning series and is targeting to marvel potential audience by outstanding specifications and facilities.



Overall Specifications


Graphics card MSI N680GTX Lightning is based on GK 104 Kepler GPU developed according to 28 nm technological process. Its working frequency approximates 1111 MHz in nominal mode and 1176 MHz in Turbo Boost mode. It accommodates 3540 million transistors and 1536 current processors. The model supports GDDR5 memory type with 256 bit interface. Memory working …

The growth of laptop shipments in the second quarter was 5%

Global laptop shipments have faced with glut stocks in March and a weakening global economy in May. That caused the situation of reaching a growth of supply in the second quarter of the year only for 5% compared with the previous, and it fell by 1.8% compared with this period year ago. Shipments totalled just over 50 million units, according to analysts.



Numbers of Acer and Lenovo laptop shipments were at the average level on the world market in comparison the first quarter of the year. Shipments of mobile PCs from HP, Dell and Toshiba have fallen to 4-7%. Most of all with the increase of supply by 36% managed its shipment the ASUS Company.


It is interesting that HP may soon lose its title of leader in the laptop market — China's Lenovo breathes down its neck, lagging behind only with 500,000 units. ASUS surpassed Dell, becoming the fourth largest producer of mobile PCs in the world with a share of 11.3%, and Apple and Samsung are in the seventh and eighth places …
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