‘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 …

SilentiumPC Debuts with Pax M70 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC enters the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled Pax M70 Pure Black. The model features 467x230x483 mm dimensions and weighs 8.55 kg. As seen from the title, the case boasts purely black paintwork that adds elegance to the styling. The chassis is made of SECC steel; side panels as well as decorative lid are coated in soundproof dual-layer materials. Pricing is set at $80.

SilentiumPC is targeting mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX systems. Front and top panels are rich in perforated surfaces, while one of the side panels accommodates a transparent acrylic window. Interior layout offers a couple of bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and three bays for 2.5-inch storages. All cages boast the implementation of anti-vibration system. Expansion is ensured due to seven PCI-slots.

To continue, the chassis is roomy enough for CPU coolers of 175 mm in height, graphics cards of 415 mm in length and liquid cooling heatsinks of 280 mm in …

New details about SSD-drives from MSI company

SSDs designed by MSI Company, which are based on the controller LSI SandForce SF-2200 will soon be announced officially. MSI company is known by producing of effective hardware components and laptop series, now they decide to show their abilities in developing new products: they are storages SSD series. Such decision by the company is not surprising, as it has certain knowledge and position on the computer market.

New SSD will have commercial codename Reflex Series and will be available in three options of 60, 120 and 240 GB.

According to preliminary information, the drives provide maximum read / write speed at 560/525 MB / s for the flagship 240GB, 550/515 MB / s for 120 GB and 525/495 MB / s for 60 GB. The claimed amount of IO with 4 KB data blocks (IOPS), respectively, will be 90,000, 90,000 and 85,000.

According to the high performance, the success of the debut SSD MSI Reflex will entirely dependent on the stability of the firmware, as SandForce (with 32nm NAND …
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