‘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 …

Foxconn Q77M: Effective Solution of Corporate Tasks

Foxconn introduces a new motherboard destined for the efficient solution of all basic corporate assignments. Codenamed Foxconn Q77M, the model is developed in micro-ATX form factor and supports processors from Intel: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge (Intel Core i3, i5, i7 of the second and third generations). It is peculiar for the integrated facilities pertained to the remote control and virtualization.



Motherboard Foxconn Q77M employs high-quality Japanese capacitors in its framework. The minimal error-free operational time is estimated at sixty thousand hours. Such index is going to attract those corporate clients who require stable and uninterrupted work with the utmost performance.


This model accommodates such video interfaces as VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI, gigabit LAN socket, six-channel HD audio codec and graphics core with DirectX 11 support. Additionally, the board allows employing up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory type and supports RAID standards with the …

NZXT to Launch a New Line of Powerful PSUs

Developers from NZXT decided to revive a series of prime power supply units, codenamed HALE90, launched in 2010 by designing a new line of powerful units. The line has been entitled HALE90 V2 and includes three models of 850W, 1000W, and 1200W power. All three models are notable by the availability of 80Plus Gold certificate that verifies their high-performance and reliability.



Unlike the majority of similar products, HALE90 V2 are housed in casings of white color with black insertions that add some elegance to the overall design. The units are characterized by a totally modular cabling (including 24-pin ATX connector); this is called to dramatically simplify the accomplishment of individual wire sheath on modding. One of the peculiarities of this PSU line is rigid connection of the mainboard with the cable board, while the majority of rival PSUs employ flexible wires.


Voltage 12V generation is realized by means of a single rail. The platform is developed according to …
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