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 …

Fractal Design has announced Define R4 hull

In nearly two years after the announcement of the hull Define R3, Fractal Design Company announced the release of its ideological successor. New, executed in the same minimalist style, has received the designation Define R4.



The hull is designed to install motherboard sizes ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ATX, and eight expansion cards. Define R4 design provides for two external 5.25-inch bay size, as well as ten internal, eight — to set the size 3.5-inch HDD, two — for the installation of SSD size 2.5 inches.


As the creators say, inside Define R4 can be used CPU coolers up to 170 cm, power supplies up to 270 cm, and graphics up to 295 or 430 mm (respectively, with basket for the HDD, and without it). As for the cooling system, it involves the installation of up to seven fans: two front, one rear, two top, one bottom and one side. The package includes two fans Silent Series R2, front and rear. Both are characterized by a diameter of 140 mm and speed 1000 r / min. Interestingly, …

SilverStone Primera PM01: Top-Notch Gaming Chassis

SilverStone is glad to announce the launch of a first-class chassis, entitled Primera PM01 (dimensions: 571x560x220 mm). The key design specification is freedom from front sections; this allows installing up to three 140-mm fans with blue or red LED backlight. One of the side panels features an acrylic observation window that serves up all hardware in details.



SilverStone Primera PM01 is ideal for the build-up of micro-ATX/ATX systems. The layout configuration offers place for 7 expansion slots, 9 storage solutions (4x 2.5/3.5-inch, 5x 2.5-inch), quite long graphics cards (up to 419 mm), high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm) as well as typical ATX PSUs of 240 mm in length.


The steel-and-plastic case is primarily equipped with a 140-mm fan. The top panel is ready to accommodate 2/3 additional fans. In order to organize a high-performance air cooling, the manufacturer has integrated a 10-slot hub. The chassis boasts a well-designed cable management, dust filters and a 4-zone LED …
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