‘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 …

PC-Cooling Releases a New Chassis under Cooltek Brand

All those people who look for a small-sized and classic chassis for HTPC system have got a wonderful opportunity to implement their longing into life. PC-Cooling GmbH has introduced its new PC case, codenamed Coolcube, under Cooltek brand. Such an engaging name totally corresponds to the case's framework: cubic case made of anodized aluminum and painted black. Featuring 210x200x240 mm dimensions, the product is estimated for the installation of mini-ITX motherboards. The case itself contains a large number of ventilation holes in the side and rear parts.

The number of PCI expansion slots equals to two, but there is no a dedicated bay for 5.25-inch drives. However, there is room for the installation of a single 3.5-inch drive and one 2.5-inch drive. The length of supported graphics cards should not exceed 185 mm, while the height of supported CPU coolers should not exceed 80 mm.

The most striking thing is that this chassis model is compatible with the majority power supply …

Fractal Design Unveils Define Nano S Chassis

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish hardware vendor, introduced no less remarkable ITX chassis, entitled Define Nano S. The new-comer features 412x344x203 mm dimensions, targeting mini-ITX motherboards with the maximum of two expansion slots. Customers will be able to acquire as a standard case with all blind panels, so a windowed version Define Nano S Window.

The model houses four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives. Habitual 5.25-inch bays are absent. Interior spacing is sufficient for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 315-mm long video cards as well as typical ATX PS/2 power supply units. The reverse side of the motherboard tray hides a dedicated slot for efficient cable management.

As far as cooling is concerned, the chassis comes bundled with two preinstalled fans: frontal 140 mm and rear 120 mm solutions. Additionally, it’s feasible to mount one more frontal fan, two top items and a single bottom propeller. Four fan seats employ ModuVent plugs & dust …
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