‘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 …

Overview of the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Duke Video Graphics Card

MSI Company always offers a wide selection of quality non-reference video cards. However, the range of MSI products is even higher than it is presented in our domestic retail chains. Some models are produced for the Asian market, including the GeForce GTX 1070 Duke. Recently, these cards have appeared on sale and with us, so it is quite interesting to look at their capabilities.


MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8G Duke Outward and Equipment

The video adapter in question is supplied in a medium-sized box. Hieroglyphs are actively used in design, which is not surprising given the initial regional orientation. The equipment is the simplest, there is a CD with software and a small booklet-instruction among the accessories.


MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Duke looks original on the background of the same manufacturer’s video cards. A large cooler with three fans is used here, while all other MSI video adapters use a system with two fans.


Cooling system is covered by a black curved case. In …

Biostar G330 SSD Drives Are Compatible with Desktop PCs, Laptops and Ultrabooks

The Biostar Co. has announced SSD drives of the G330 Series, which are compatible with desktops, standard notebooks, as well as ultrabooks, operated by Windows, macOS and Linux.



These storage devices are performed in the 2.5-inch form factor. The case is 6.8 mm in thickness.The specialties by Biostar are manufactured with the use of 3D TLC NAND flash memory microchips from Micron and the SMI 2258 controller. The default Serial ATA 3.0 interface allows to connect the SSD to the computer.


The Biostar G330 line incorporates samples of 128, 256 and 512 GB capacity. The read response time claimed equals to 560 MB/sec (in the minor version) and 565 MB/sec (in the two other versions). The ultimate writing speed is 500 MB/sec and 515 MB/sec respectively.


The 128 GB Biostar G330 SSD costs $60. The models of 256 and 512 GB capacity will be available at the price of $100 and $170.
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