‘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 …

Preview of Intel Itanium 9500 Specifications

The Internet community is actively discussing new Intel's development, processors Poulson, that belongs to the tenth generation of Intel Itanium. All previous data about the upcoming product were vague and void of official proofs. Currently, the data are more ample and allow the community to study the future processor in more details. Thus, Intel Itanium 9500, codenamed Poulson, will be presented by four models the release of which is planned for early autumn.

The crystal of Poulson processor will consist of 3.1 billion transistors that are called to form eight computing cores. Each core counts up 89 million transistors and the pipeline width is doubled to twelve instructions. This way CPU developers implement more efficient approach towards transistor budget. Just for comparison purposes, Poulson's predecessor, Tukwila, counted 109 billion transistors per core.

To continue, Poulson CPUs will accommodate a couple of cache memory arrays, five channels of QPI bus, system …

Aresze Announces Chassis with Noiseless Cooling System

Enthusiasts and gamers might sigh with relief after their prolonged attempts to find the chassis for the creation of high-performance gaming systems. Aresze is going to release chassis, codenamed Seediq 8003, of new generation which is a perfect match for high-end gaming systems with unique cooling facilities. The chassis is developed in midi-tower form factor and features 520x215x508 mm dimensions. The casing is made of steel alloy, and is ready to accommodate motherboards of micro-ATX and ATX standards.

Despite the average dimensions, Aresze Seediq 8003 is compatible with CPU fans of 175 mm in height, large graphics adapters of up to 300 mm in length with HDD bays and up to 430 mm – without HDD bays, as well as, power supply units of ATX/EPS standard. This chassis has got quite efficient internal layout. Hence, it's equipped with ten sections for drives (four external 5.25 inch drives and six internal 2.5- 3.5 inch drives) and eight PCI slots for four graphics adapters.
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