The First Glance at MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK & Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Mainboards

MSI could not resist the temptation to officially introduce a pair of new gaming mainboards: the X99S Gaming 9 ACK and the Z97 Gaming 9 ACK. The key distinction of new-comers from analogue models without ‘ACK’ attribute lies in the implementation of dedicated gaming network controllers: Qualcomm Atheros Killer 1525 and Killer E2205. The first one is supposed to support 802.11 ac standard that guarantees 867 Mb/sec throughput bandwidth; it also ensures less data deference. This provides for a faster network traffic processing and, as a result, — for a huge advantage in online gaming.



The E-ATX MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK motherboard is based on Intel X99 chipset, estimated for Intel Core i7-5000 CPUs with Socket LGA2011-v3. The model features 8x DIMM slots for DDR4-333 MHz memory (4-channel operational mode) of up to 128 GB capacity. Storage subsystem offers eight SATA III ports, whereas expansion facilities are ensured by means of five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. The list of …

Intel to Release CPU Avoton in Late 2013

Intel is known to develop CPU solutions for different types of systems, including home-based compact platforms, as well as corporate server systems. Not so long ago the company announced the decision to introduce its new solution for micro-servers, codenamed Bordenville, which is based on Centerton CPU. A new platform is going to provide good performance characteristics in combination with multifarious facilities. Still, Intel decided to move on and improve the platform for this segment by a more efficient product. Under the preliminary data, the company is going to develop another platform, codenamed Edisonville, based on Avoton processor.



According to the forecasts, Intel Avoton will be able to demonstrate a better performance per watt, as compared with Centerton or Haswell CPUs. Avoton will be notable for the integration of USB, SATA and GbE facilities; thus, the platform will accommodate a couple of SATA III ports, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0, and four gigabit Ethernet …

Chieftec Unveils Gaming GP-01B Chassis

Chieftec replenishes its lineup of gaming cases with the Gaming GP-01B model. The middle-tower chassis is targeting micro-ATX/ATX platforms with up to seven expansion slots and a wide set of storage, cooling & connectivity options. The new-comer is housed in a SECC steel case, painted black, with four different LED inserts on the fascia. The release is scheduled for the end of July, 2016.



Chieftec Gaming GP-01B comes fitted with a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, four 3.5-inch bays as well as a couple of 2.5-inch bays. Six out of eight slots support tool-free drive mounting. The list of included external interfaces involves 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x 3.5-mm audio ports.


Featuring 516x450x210 mm dimensions, internal layout allows for the installation of graphics cards of up to 430 mm in length & a standard ATX PS/2 power supply unit (200 mm).


To continue, the case is shipped with two preinstalled 120-mm front fans and a single 120-mm rear fan. Optionally, …
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