‘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 …

LaCie Updates a High-End 5big NAS-Server

LaCie, a reputable French manufacturer of premium storage devices, has updated its award-winning NAS, codenamed LaCie 5big, filling it with a bunch of cutting-edge options. The greenhorn is targeting corporate field and intended at a problem-free data backup, 4K video editing, joint and remote access to data, etc. The storage is housed in a solid aluminum chassis and counts five drive bays. Nonetheless, it features 173x220x196 mm dimensions only, which makes it the most compact NAS with the largest storage capacity in the market.

LaCie 5big will be available in three versions with the maximal capacity of 10 TB, 20 TB and 30 TB. The most outstanding peculiarity pertained to the model is the support of high-speed Thunderbolt 2 interface, represented by two ports. Initially, the storage presupposes the integration of five 6 TB hard drives, designed by Seagate, with the 7200 RPM spindle operation.

All the drives might be joined into RAID 5 configuration for a better …

Meeting Soon: Two New Chassis of Luxo Series from Gigabyte

Gigabyte, a globally-celebrated PC hardware manufacturer, is going to launch two new PC chassis, embraced in Luxo series. The novels, designed in mid-tower form-factor, have been entitled as Luxo M20 and Luxo M30. Both models are housed in reliable steel cases (SECC) but have got some plastic insertions. Their dimensions are outlined as 440x192x430 mm. No information about the pricing or exact release date has been promulgated so far.

New chassis from Gigabyte are equipped with four pre-installed fans of 120 mm dimensional type. In addition, it’s possible to incorporate one more fan to enforce the existing cooling system. Traditionally, the products are available also for the installation of a liquid-cooling system; for this Gigabyte has drilled a couple of holes on the rear facet for the connection of water-cooling tubes.

Luxo M20 will be delivered in red-and-black color variation, while its companion Luxo M30 – in blue-and-black coloring. Both models are thought to …
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