‘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 …

Intel Unveils Power-Saving Silvermont Architecture

Intel has just unveiled its new advanced working out: power-saving and high-efficient microarchitecture codenamed Silvermont. According to Intel, this architecture is primarily targeting devices with low power consumption and can embrace a vast production segment, starting from smartphones and finishing with datacenters. Silvermont is ready to demonstrate a threefold increase of performance and fivefold decrease of power consumption (with preservation of erstwhile efficiency), if compared with the current generation of Intel Atom cores.

Intel Silvermont has been elaborated in compliance with the norms of 22 nm technological process with the implementation of 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. The employment of new progressive techniques promotes for enhancing the operation speed and reducing energy demand of products which use Silvermont as the basis. Multi-core architecture with the support of up to eight cores ensures higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient operation on …

Greeting Versa H23 and H23 Window Cases from Thermaltake

Budget-oriented series of PC cases from Thermaltake has been replenished with two new models: Versa H23 and Versa H23 Window. The mere difference between the two enclosures is the availability of a side-faceted acrylic window in ‘Window’ version. Still, both mid-towers feature 429x209x491 mm dimensions and come with a totally black coating. Their internal spacing is sufficient to include standard ATX, as well as contracted micro-ATX motherboards.

Thermaltake Versa H23 and H23 Window boast two 5.25-inch, six 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch trays for the installation of various drives. All of them might be mounted without any special tools, due to a polished clipping system. The cases offer seven PCI slots to expand the system’s functional.

Additionally, the models support the installation of CPU coolers of up to 156 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 315 mm in length, and a standard PS/2 power supply unit. The I/O panel is located in the top-front panel. It embraces …
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