‘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 …

SSD Comay Venus Pro 3 Review

SSD market segment boasts hundreds of products supplied by hundreds of companies. That is why, it's quite difficult for a start-up manufacturer to storm into this industry and offer really unique, worthy and high-end item. Despite such conjuncture, Chinese company CoreRise Electronics Corp. has developed and released its own SSD which can rival the renowned products in performance and design. With the aim to attract as much attention to its Comay Venus Pro 3, the manufacturer took care of the product's design and technical peculiarities. Comay Venus Pro 3 is a flagship line which is represented by models of 60 GB to 480 GB volume capacities.



Design and Specifications


Comay Venus Pro 3 is delivered in a small card box which contains SSD itself, brief user manual, and SATA cable. The manufacturer did not provide for SSD installation into 3.5 inch bay due to the lack of sliding components. The casing is made of thick aluminum alloy. The cover hides planar high-end capacitor …

Dell Adds UltraSharp UP3017 Monitor to Its Inventory

Dell has enriched its inventory with a 30-inch monitor, featuring 2560x1600 resolution & 16:10 aspect ratio. The UP3017 is equipped with a high-quality IPS panel that has a power-efficient LED backlight. The display is characterized by the widest viewing angles – 178/178 degrees in both aspects and the coverage of 99% in sRGB & Adobe RGB environment.



Dell UltraSharp UP3017 is targeting professionals who specialize in animation, graphical design, image/video processing. The model supports 1.07 billion colors and allows for the combination of several monitors in a single chain, thanks to the incorporation of two DisplayPort 1.2 (in/out), one mini-DisplayPort, and two HDMI 1.4 ports.


The new-comer boasts 1000:1 contrast ratio as well as 350 cd/m2 top brightness index. It takes only 6 seconds for the panel to respond to the call (GtG). The display rests on an ergonomic stand that supports swivel, pivot and height adjustments. There is also VESA bracket for trouble-free wall …
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