‘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 …

MSI Unveils AP16 Flex All-in-One PC for Professional Use

MSI comes out to the market with a new all-in-one solution – the AP16 Flex – targeted enterprise, scientific and commercial environments. The new-comer joined MSI Professional line of products and boasts an elegant but strict design. Featuring 381.6x264.1x25 mm dimensions, this model might be employed as a desktop PC (thanks to a multifunction stand that takes three positions), so as a wall display (due to the support of 100x100 VESA bracket).

The heart of MSI AP16 Flex is 4-core Intel Celeron J1900 CPU (2-2.41 GHz clock frequency) with an integrated Intel HD Graphics. The device consumes only 10 W power, thus it employs a noiseless passive cooling system. The 15.6-inch LCD display is equipped with two 2 W speakers, a top-tier web-cam as well as LED and Multi-touch technologies; the latter supports 10 multi-touch options.

The availability of 2 SO-DIMM slots allows for the installation of 8 GB DDR3 memory modules. Storage subsystem might consist of 32/64 GB eMMC drive …

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Merger: Operational Joint Working Plan

Microsoft representatives have recently announced the intentions of the corporation to merge with Barnes & Noble company. Barnes & Noble has established reputation for being the global leader in the production and sale of electronic books, as well as other Internet services dedicated to the sale of various goods. The company is currently working at production of electronic book entitled Nook which operates on Android platform. Specialists and analysts declare unanimously that the main goal of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble merger is the creation of a new company; the company will be oriented on the production of electronic books which will operate on Windows 8 platform.

Both companies’ representatives keep from commenting on the detailed structure of the future company. The unveiled info shows that both companies will continue working at creation and production of Nook electronic books. The merger is called to bring benefits to all involved parties: Microsoft will enter into …
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