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 …

Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.

The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.

As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …

Antec Announces Classic P70 PC Case

Antec, a well-known multi-profile hardware designer, is about to release its newest mid-tower case, entitled P70. The model attracts attention by a strict classic design with a solid steel framework, polycarbonate coating, and low noise level. Featuring 458x205x465 mm dimensions, it supports as mini-ITX/micro-ATX mainboards, so full-format ATX ones. The recommended retail price will probably make up $70.

Antec P70 comes with two external 5.25-inch bays, one external 3.5-inch bay as well as four 3.5/2.5-inch internal bays for HDD/SSD. Expansion facilities are backed by seven slots. It should be underlined that all drives and cards might be installed without accessory tools due to the implementation of a tool-free mounting system. With flexibility of application in mind, HDD bays are rotated 90 degrees.

The case is able to accommodate graphics cards of up to 380 mm in length, ATX power supply units, and CPU coolers of up to 170 mm in height. Top I/O panel cannot boast any …
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