‘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 to Advance Project 7-Chassis 1

Aerocool has just announced the release of a new stylish chassis, codenamed Project 7-Chassis 1. The greenhorn is distinguished not only by a catchy exterior but also by a spacious interior. The case houses a side window, made of a tempered glass, as well as a LED backlight on the front panel; the latter is regulated by means of dedicated buttons on the top facet.

Featuring 550x446.4x244.6 mm dimensions, Aerocool Project 7-Chassis 1 is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX format with up to 7 expansion slots. There are six slots in total for the mounting of drives: a pair of 3.5-inch bays and four 2.5-inch items. The layout allows for the integration of a 165-mm high CPU cooler and a 400-mm long video card (+ a standard ATX PSU).

The model comes equipped with a single pre-installed 120-mm fan on the rear plate. There is a possibility to enhance cooling with the help of five additional fans, mounted on the front and top panels. The user is able to manage …

TUL Takes Up Producing Brand PowerColor Graphics Adapter

TUL Corporation has announced the release of its brand high-performance graphics adapter, codenamed PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 Boost State Edition. The major peculiarity of the new product is the integration of GDDR5 memory type with 384 bit interface and support of multiple advanced technologies.

The model is based on black circuit board with the integrated Tahiti PRO chip, developed under 28 mm technological process. This chip accommodates 1792 current processors designed on Graphics Core Next architecture. This graphics adapter is compatible with PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus and DirectX 11.1 facility. The overall volume capacity of GDDR5 memory equals to 3072 MB. Heat management process is realized due to the two-slot cooling system of active type. The rear panel of the adapter is alloted for HDMI and DVI slots, as well as, for a couple of mini-DisplayPort ports.

The nominal frequency of graphics core equals to 850 MHz; nevertheless, the implementation of AMD PowerTune …
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