‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.



Stepwise Overview


The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

Preview of Intel Itanium 9500 Specifications

The Internet community is actively discussing new Intel's development, processors Poulson, that belongs to the tenth generation of Intel Itanium. All previous data about the upcoming product were vague and void of official proofs. Currently, the data are more ample and allow the community to study the future processor in more details. Thus, Intel Itanium 9500, codenamed Poulson, will be presented by four models the release of which is planned for early autumn.



The crystal of Poulson processor will consist of 3.1 billion transistors that are called to form eight computing cores. Each core counts up 89 million transistors and the pipeline width is doubled to twelve instructions. This way CPU developers implement more efficient approach towards transistor budget. Just for comparison purposes, Poulson's predecessor, Tukwila, counted 109 billion transistors per core.


To continue, Poulson CPUs will accommodate a couple of cache memory arrays, five channels of QPI bus, system …

Bending Chassis PC-Q30 from Lian Li to Amaze all Customers

Lian Li, a famous Taiwanese PC chassis designer, unveils its new, extraordinary mini-tower chassis, codenamed PC-Q30. Its extraordinary nature is manifested in an atypical framework: a bending tower with a large transparent window in the front. This model features 368x284x421 mm dimensions and is earmarked specifically for mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards.



Lian Li promises to start the sales in June for a recommended price of about $150. In order to serve the needs of various customer audiences, the manufacturer will offer the case in two color variations: silver and black.


PC chassis from Lian Li is ready to accommodate four hard drives and/or solid-state drives of 2.5-inch form-factor, a couple of PCI/PCI Express graphics adapters of up to 200 mm in length, a low-rise CPU cooler of up to 130 mm, and a power supply unit of SFX form-factor (up to 125 mm in length). The latter is located on rubber holdups in the bottom part of the case. Unfortunately, there are no …
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