‘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 …

Cooler Master Showcases G-Series PSUs



Along with the launch of new PC chassis, Cooler Master is ready to release new G-series power supply units. The series is introduced by three models – G500, G600 and G700 – with 500W, 600W and 700W power, respectively. All of them correspond to ATX12V v2.3 standard, support Active PFC option and a range of protection tools (from short circuit, overvoltage, current overload, power overload). Moreover, these units employ a dual EMI-filter and take benefit from a single 120 mm fan with automatic speed control functions.


Cooler Master G-series PSUs have been felicitated with 80Plus Bronze certificate, due to their high efficiency (approximately 85%) and an estimated mean time between failures of 100.000 hours. The two junior models, G500 and G600, are able to operate at 456W and 576W load, correspondingly, on +12V rail. They are quipped with six SATA Power sockets and a pair of PCI Express Power 6+2-pin sockets. G500 unit will come to the market at the price of €60, while …

Palit Intros GeForce GTX 750 KalmX Graphics Card

Palit, one of the world largest manufacturers of graphics cards, came up to the market with one more edition to the GeForce GTX 750 series – the GeForce GTX 750 KalmX. The model employs etalon PCB with PCIe 3.0 x16 interface and a two-slot passive cooling system. The latter accommodates a massive nickel-plated heatsink, consisting of 43 thin fins, and two heatpipes that connect the heatsink with a copper base. The unique model is already available in German online-stores for 114.9 EUR.



Plait GeForce GTX 750 KalmX is geared up by GM107-300 GPU (28 nm, Maxwell architecture) with 512 CUDA cores. Its base/efficient clock frequency makes up 1020 MHz/1185 MHz. The chip is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface; its operational clock frequency approximates 5010 MHz.


The list of external interfaces, which are located on the rear panel, includes a couple of DVI ports and a single mini-HDMI port. One should take into consideration that the card is void of an …
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