‘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 …

Premium Chieftec Navitas 650 W PSU Review

Announced several months ago, Chieftec Navitas series of PSUs has managed to win the hearts of PC enthusiasts in many areas across the globe. Unlike the majority lineups where the junior model features 450/550 W power, Navitas offers 650 W GPM-650C as the first model in the line to satisfy the needs of fastidious customers. Upon the whole, the series counts five models of 650 W, 750 W, 850 W, 1000 W, and 1250 W power. Let’s see whether the junior representative of the series deserves universal acclaim.

Basic Specs and Connectors

Chieftec Navitas 650 W is delivered in a gray cardbox that contains its basic specifications. The unit is able to gain up to 648 W power on +12VDC rail efficiency. The correlation of efficiency on +12VDC rail and an overall power makes up 0.997 points. The model itself is housed in a gray case with large texture coating. Its layout might boast the incorporation of a high-voltage Nippon Chemi-Con capacitor and as much as efficient Capxon …

Thecus Showcases N7710-G and N8810U-G NAS Models

Thecus has gladdened all PC enthusiasts by announcing two new NAS servers, codenamed N7710-G and N8810U-G. Both models are a combination of high efficiency, well-tried network platform for SMB, high-quality hardware base, and appropriate support software. The manufacturer promises to make them available in late March at the price tag of $1335 for the first model and $2400 for the second one.

The N7710-G and N8810U-G are equipped with a powerful Intel Pentium G850 processor, as well as with dedicated network modules that support 10GbE technology. The latter ensures 10 times faster transfer speeds than usual gigabit connection does. Therefore, both storages can efficiently handle all present-day tasks and are sure to handle even more hard-driving ones in the future.

The couple supports all updated RAID configurations (JBOD, 0, 1, 5, 6, 10), which allow the customer to select the most efficient storage options. Additionally, the models support RAID 50 that enables the …
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