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 …

Graphics Card Sapphire Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition Review

Up-to-date facilities provided by graphics cards manufacturers allow customers to create various graphic configurations, including the activation of several monitors within a single card. Indeed, contemporary technical approaches transform traditional video adapters into video gurus. The latest development of Sapphire, a flagship model Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition, offers up to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory and promotes for the activation of six monitors in Eyefinity. Such options exceed those integrated into a reference model, AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and are able to ensure a dramatic increase in performance.

Technical Peculiarities

Sapphire decided to base its flagship model on GPU AMD Tahiti with an integrated delimiter which lowers the clock frequency on the overshoot of thermal threshold. Its standard frequency equals to 1050 MHz, nominal frequency – 1100 MHz; sill, this GPU features Lethal Boost options that increase the frequencies up to 1200 MHz. This graphics card is …

TUL Unchains Radeon R9 Nano Graphics Card

TUL Corporation announces the release of its own version of Radeon R9 Nano videocard (within the framework of PowerColor brand). The model preserves reference PCB and cooling design, implying its compatibility with mini-ITX PC systems and high-performance home media centers. The new-comer is about to launch at the price tag of $650.

PowerColor Radeon R9 Nano is developed on AMD Fiji XT GPU with 4096 stream processors based on GCN 1.2 architecture, 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs. The core operates at 1000 MHz frequency. It is accompanied by 4 GB of multilayer HBM1 memory with 4096-bit bus and 1000 MHz efficient frequency. The connection to the PSU is realized via a single 8-pin PCI Express Power connector.

To continue, this graphics card is known to support the latest DirectX 12 standard as well as a huge list of AMD technologies: HD3D, FreeSync, Async Shaders, Mantle, CrossFire, Frame Rate Target Control, etc. The TDP index makes up 175 W.

Despite small-sized form-factor, the …
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