‘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 …

Kimdecent created a computer Droid Stick T4 for lovers of small devices

Personal computer — this has long been not only a cumbersome system unit and monitor, as this phrase is now called nettops and more compact devices of class «micro-PC.» For public discussion was presented the computer Droid Stick T4 from a Chinese company Kimdecent, barely surpassing dimensions of a standard USB-stick with its size.



Initially, the micro-PC Kimdecent Droid Stick T4 comes with preinstalled Google Android, updated to version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the manufacturer provides the ability to install any other distro. The only requirement is to it — the support of processors with the architecture of ARM. By the way, a modification of Linux Ubuntu can work with it.


The system in this case is on the internal flash memory of 4 GB, which can be increased through the use of cards microSD. Supported capacity — 32 gigabytes. Kimdecent Droid Stick T4 is based on the processor Allwinner A10 dual-core and 1.5 GHz. Full-time package includes a 1-gigabyte memory …

VivoPC X by ASUS Is a Small Desktop for Newbies Among VR-Gamers

The VivoPC X desktop computer by ASUS is not bigger than an Xbox One and weighs approximately 2.3 kg only, however, it’s a fully-featured PC, operated by Windows 10 and supporting VR. At the same time, it’s worth admitting, that the hardware is intended rather for beginners than for old hands at the game.



ASUS VivoPC X is equipped with a Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and 8 GB of RAM memory. The 512 GB SSD is used for data storage, and the connectivity possibilities are provided by four USB 3.1 and two USB 2.0 ports. In addition, this novelty features 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the Gigabit Ethernet, two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort with the NVIDIA G-Sync technology support.


Inner components of the device are protected from overheating due to the heat pipe cooling system and plenty of vents.


ASUS VivoPC X will be on sale in March 2017 at the price of $800.
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