‘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 …

Official Presentation of CPU Cooler Thermaltake BigTyp Revo

Thermaltake, a world-known producer of thermal solutions, chassis and PSU, has officially presented its new CPU cooler modification, codenamed BigTyp Revo. This model has already been introduced at Computex 2012 where it got a lot of encouraging reviews and good prospects for the sale campaign. BigTyp Revo is considered to be an efficient solution for the cooling down of the around-socket spacing due to the horizontal radiator localization. Thermaltake representatives underline that their new product is compatible with Intel (LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011) and AMD (Socket AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1) platforms.



BigTyp Revo framework consists of a compact radiator, low-noise fan, five heat pipes and a set of aluminum plates. The new model has got an aluminum base and is furnished with five copper heat pipes (6 mm each). Each of the pipes directly 'gets in touch' with the CPU surface, providing an outstanding heat removal power. The top of the radiator accommodates 120 mm fan which can be …

ASRock Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.



ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.


ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.


The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …
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