‘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 …

Corsair Outs ML Series of Fans

Corsair officially launches a new lineup of air fans, entitled ML. The greenhorns are introduced in two form-factors – 120 mm & 140 mm – as well as in three types: ML, ML Pro, ML Pro LED. The first version includes a pair of fans in the kit, the second one supports anti-vibration rubber pads in corners, whereas the third series comes equipped with LED backlight (white, blue or red). Consequently, the price range varies from $24.99 to $39.99.

The key advantage of Corsair ML fans is the incorporation of Magnetic Levitation Bearing. Thanks to magnetic levitation, the fins do not touch the motor, thus eliminating any frictions. This serves for the reduction of noise level and the enhancement of performance.

All 120-mm models rotate at 400-2400 RPM speed; they are supposed to be ideal companions to CPU coolers. At the same time, all 140-mm fans rotate at 400-2000 RPM; they are thought to act perfectly as system fans. On top rotational index the fans produce up to 75-97 CFM …

Buffalo Comes Out with HD-PLFU3 HDD Series

Buffalo Technology has invigorated its devotees by launching a new series of external HDDs, entitled Mini Station HD-PLFU3. The series embraces three models of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacity to satisfy the needs of varied customer groups. All the devices are available in two color variations, black and white, offering a sleek and stylish design. Along with outstanding functional, the manufacturer offers a rather alluring pricing for the devices; hence, the 500 GB comes at the price tag of $98, the 1 TB model costs $140, and the 2 TB model — $208.

Buffalo Mini Station HD-PLFU3 are based on 2.5-inch drives and does not require additional power supply. All the drives employ a high-speed USB 3.0 interface that ensures truly marvelous data transfer speed characteristics. The maximal Read/Write speed on sequential operations is supposed to achieve 100-120 Mb/sec; this provides for trouble-free transfer of various types of data.

It should be noted that all the drives support …
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