Low-Profile Cooler Noctua NH-L12 Review

Noctua, an Austrian developer and supplier of high-end cooling systems, is well-known for the design of versatile products which are able to satisfy the needs of any consumer, starting from average home users and finishing with devotees of overclocking. The recent Noctua creation is the low-profile CPU cooler destined to be employed in HTPC systems and other compact chassis. This cooler is characterized by the horizontal localization of radiator that allows its installation into a quite narrow casing. At the same time, the model is efficient enough to manage high-performance advanced processors.



Design and Framework


Noctua NH-L12 is notable for the classic design and framework. It features 150x128x93 mm dimensions (with two fans) which barely speak of low-profile form factor. NH-L12 is compatible with different CPU sockets, including Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, LGA 2011/1366/1156/1156/775. This cooler consists of horizontal radiator, four copper heat pipes which pierce …

‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.



Stepwise Overview


The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

Power Supply Unit Huntkey GS550 Review

Huntkey Enterprise Group is a comparatively new player in the global PSU market. However, its products are already well-known to the mainstream customers in different corners of the world. GS series is the one to compete with an army of items from acclaimed manufacturers, featuring so far only two models: GS450 and GS550. Giving names to the models, Huntkey applied a popular marketing approach, where the figure index in the codename exceeds actual wattage index of the unit. Thus, GS550 model is estimated actually for 450 W power. What other surprises are hidden in this model? Let’s find out.



Key Specifications


Power supply unit Huntkey GS550 is housed in a solid case, made of a thick dark-gray steel with a wiry ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on the sticker, so that the user can easily integrate it within the system. The +12VDC rail is claimed to provide 384 W power at 32 A current. The interrelation of power on this rail with an overall efficiency …
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