‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.

Stepwise Overview

The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

Meet a New 1200 W PSU SuperNova P2 from Evga

Evga, an award-winning American designer of hardware products for enthusiasts, is about to release a really hard-hitting power supply unit of enthusiast-level – the SuperNova 1200 P2. The model strikes the eye by 80Plus Platinum efficiency, backed by 10-year’s limited warranty. The recommended by the designer retail price won’t trespass the height of $270.

Evga SuperNova 1200 P2 features 1200 W power and 90% efficiency on a typical loading. It teases a totally modular layout system, therewith all cables have an atypical design; the latter is called to optimize the airflow within the PSU case. A set of available cables includes 24-pin ATX, a pair of 4+4-pin EPS12V, ten SATA Power, five MOLEX 4-pin, six 6+2-pin PCI Express Power, and a single FDD Power.

The following power supply unit is furnished with a single +12V rail that is estimated for 99.0 A current intensity. The layout houses first-rate Japanese capacitors with a solid electrolyte, a vertical two-layer main …

Thermaltake Readies Armor A30i and A30i Speedy Edition PC Cases

Thermaltake gets ready for the release of two new PC cases, codenamed Armor A30i and Armor A30i Speedy Edition. Both models feature 266x291x456 mm dimensions and boast an original modular framework, known as Bulletproof Armor Design. The cases are housed in a stylish enclosure with a small transparent window on the side panel, ventilation grids on the frontal and top facets. Their prime target is gamers, as well as enthusiasts and LAN Party devotees, who prefer small-sized PC systems.

Thermaltake A30i and its modified version are known to support motherboards of mini-ITX and micro-ATX standard, graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length, and CPU cooler of up to 90 mm in height. Internal layout is ready to offer four expansion slots, a couple of 5.25-inch drive bays (external), one 3.5-inch drive bay (external), a pair of internal 2.5-inch bays and analogous number of internal 3.5-inch bays. The frontal I/O panel consists of two standard audio slots and a couple of USB 3.0 ports. … …
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