The First Glance at MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK & Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Mainboards

MSI could not resist the temptation to officially introduce a pair of new gaming mainboards: the X99S Gaming 9 ACK and the Z97 Gaming 9 ACK. The key distinction of new-comers from analogue models without ‘ACK’ attribute lies in the implementation of dedicated gaming network controllers: Qualcomm Atheros Killer 1525 and Killer E2205. The first one is supposed to support 802.11 ac standard that guarantees 867 Mb/sec throughput bandwidth; it also ensures less data deference. This provides for a faster network traffic processing and, as a result, — for a huge advantage in online gaming.



The E-ATX MSI X99S Gaming 9 ACK motherboard is based on Intel X99 chipset, estimated for Intel Core i7-5000 CPUs with Socket LGA2011-v3. The model features 8x DIMM slots for DDR4-333 MHz memory (4-channel operational mode) of up to 128 GB capacity. Storage subsystem offers eight SATA III ports, whereas expansion facilities are ensured by means of five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. The list of …

Goodram Enters the Market with CX100 SSD Line

Wilk Electronic SA has just released a new line of solid-state drives under Goodram brand name. Entitled CX100, the drives are available in four capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. All of them feature 7 mm depth and support 2.5-inch form-factor. Besides, they employ SATA III interface with 6 Gb/sec bandwidth. As far as pricing is concerned, the junior model (120 GB) costs 55 EUR, the two medium models – 84 EUR and 162 EUR respectively, while the senior one (960 GB) – 348 EUR.



The nominal delivery kit contains a dedicated adapter to fit 9.5 mm slots. These SSDs are known to support TRIM & SMART options as well as Garbage Collection technology. The latter protects the drive from the failure of power supply, optimizing the boot time and ensuring overall operational stability.


Goodram CX100 models are estimated to operate some 2 million hours in a failure-proof mode. Average power consumption makes up 0.105 W (and 0.3 W in idle mode). The new-comers also support …

ASRock Showcases X99 Taichi & Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7 Mainboards

ASRock announces a pair of gaming ATX mainboards – the X99 Taichi and the X99 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7. Both new-comers are developed on Intel X99 chipset, targeting Intel Core i7 & Intel Xeon CPUs for Socket LGA2011-3 platforms. The pair employs a 12-phase digital VRM system and allows installing up to 8 DDR4-3300+ MHz memory modules. Both boards accommodate top-tier components which are accompanied by a range of advanced technologies.



The key differentiation between the two motherboards is external design. ASRock X99 Taichi boasts an original black-and-white gamut with an offbeat ornament, whereas ASRock X99 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7 employs a traditional gaming red-and-black gamut.


Both models feature three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots for the connection of VGA cards as well as a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage subsystem is represented by 8x SATA III bays, one SATA Express and 2x Ultra M.2 slots. Network subsystem is realized by means of two …
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