A Pair of New Graphics Cards Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition from MSI

MSI has replenished its series of Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards with a pair of new Boost Edition models. Codenamed R7950-3GD5 BE and R7950-3GD5/OC BE, both adapters feature practically identical to the first two releases (of the very series) design. Nonetheless, the novels are known to support AMD ZeroCore with Boost technology that provides for an automatic GPU clock frequency boost on conditions of an increased computing loading. Dynamic clock frequency indices of both models are not so dramatic, since they exceed the nominal showings at 10 MHz only; still, the support of a brand MSI Afterburner utility enables a raise of frequencies to the required level.

The two representatives of MSI Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition series employ GDDR5 memory with an overall capacity of 3 GB and 384-bit interface. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 1250 MHz, while its efficient frequency achieves 5000 MHz. Memory modules, as well other critical components, are cooled down by a two-slot …

Zalman Unveils Nifty Z9 NEO Chassis

Zalman comes out with a new jaunty PC case – the Z9 NEO. The model is available in two paintwork variations (black and white) and is compatible with mini-iTX, micro-ATX as well as full-format ATX motherboards. The mid-tower chassis features 490x482x205 mm dimensions to fit any environment.

Zalman Z9 NEO is estimated for the installation of 7 expansion cards, a pair of 5.25-inch drives, 4x 3.5-/2.5-inch drives, and two solid-state 2.5-inch drives. The layout provides for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 420-mm long graphics cards, 220-mm long PSUs (ATX PS/2).

The model allows the user to incorporate an efficient cooling system. Hence, there is room for two front fans (120 mm), two top fans with LED backlit, and one rear fan. The other peculiarities of the chassis are as following:

— the employment of soundproof materials on the front panel;

— the integration of a side acrylic window;

— the availability of swappable air filters on the front …

‘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 …
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