‘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 …

Aerocool Preps Originally Illuminated DS 230 Chassis

Aerocool announces the DS 230 PC case. According to the manufacturer, it is going to win the hearts of customers by an off-beat illumination that operates in two modes: permanent light & breathing effect. The lighting system embraces several color schemes and several intensity modes. The middle-tower steel chassis itself is painted black. Its internal layout is intended for mini-ITX, micro-ATX as well as full-format ATX mainboards.



Aerocol DS 230 offers 7 expansion slots, a pair of 3.5 inch drive slots (undermount) & three 2.5 inch drive slots (side allocation). The maximal length of the supported graphics cards makes up 413 mm, whereas the maximal height of the CPU cooler should not exceed 170 mm. The case supports standard ATX PS/2 power supply units (180 mm in length).


To continue, the model comes with a preinstalled rear 120 mm fan. Optionally, it’s feasible to mount two top 120/140-mm fans & three front 120/140-mm fans. If there is need, the customer can substitute …

Seagate Showcases New Enterprise-Class HDD Models

Seagate, one of the global leaders in HDD/SSD market, has elaborated and showcased two new enterprise-class HDD models. Codenamed Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 and Seagate Terascale, both entries are intended to be employed in data-centers and cloud storage systems. According to the designers, the drives are an optimal combination of capacity, efficiency and price. Hence, such specifications can’t but draw huge attention.



The first model, Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, is developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and utilizes SAS 6 internal interface. It comes in 1200 GB capacity with 64 MB cache-memory on board. The maximal spindle rotational speed achieves 10 thousand RPM, while the average index of power consumption makes up 8.02 W.


This HDD is primarily notable by low data access lags, as well as by high efficiency in the majority of working modes. Besides, it supports FIPS Self-Encrypting Drive and Protection Information technologies that are called …
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