‘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 …

LEPA to Release MX-F1 and MaxGold 1000 PSUs

LEPA is ready to release a new series of entry-level power supply units entitled MX-F1. The series counts three models of 400 W, 500 W and 600 W capacity: N400-SA-EU, N500-SA-EU and N600-SA. In addition, the company has expanded its MaxGold line with a flagship 1000-watt model. It corresponds to Intel ATX12V 2.4 standard and employs an optimized hardware design.



To begin with, MX-F1 PSUs offer 87% of ultimate efficiency. Operating at 20%/50%/100% loading, they are able to achieve 82%/85%/82% efficiency correspondingly. Nonetheless, the models cannot receive 80Plus Bronze certificate, since they feature limited voltage input range. All the models within the series employ a single +12V rail and boast a non-modular design.


This promotes for the connection of middle-efficiency components. They support Active PFC and a wide spectrum of protective functions (over-voltage, over-current, over-power, short-circuit). Cooling of internal components is ensured by a single 120 mm fan. …

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Aerocool Advanced Technologies has introduced its new series of PC cases, codenamed VS-92. The series replenishes the PGS-V line and is attributed to a budgetary segment. The cases will be delivered in two color variations (white and black) to comply with the majority of working environments (offices or home-based gaming stations). Aerocool promises to put both models on sale already this month.



PC chassis VS-92 are designed in mid-tower form-factor, featuring 455x200x460 mm dimensions. The cases themselves are made of steel and have got a window on their side facet. Their exterior design is notable by the availability of three 5.25-inch drive bays covered by dedicated grids, two high-speed USB 3.0 ports, two conventional 3.5 mm audio ports, and LCD display connected with temperature-sensitive element.


Internal configuration is estimated for the installation of ATX and micro-ATX motherboards, CPU coolers of up to 158 mm in height, as well as graphics cards of up to 400 mm …
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