‘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 …

Here Comes a Series of Radeon R7 Graphics Cards from Sapphire

Sapphire is the company that frequently gladdens its fans with high-end advanced solutions. Thereby, it doesn’t lag behind other manufacturers who nowadays introduce their own versions of AMD’s Radeon R series of adapters. Sapphire Radeon R7 series currently counts seven models: four of them belong to Radeon R7 240 lineup, two – to Radeon R7 250 lineup, and one – to Radeon R7 260 lineup. As a result, each customer is able to choose a card, which is an optimal balance between price and facilities.



The senior model, Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU, running at 1150 MHz frequency. It is equipped with 2 GB GDDR5 memory modules (128-bit interface) that operate at 6600 MHz effective frequency. Cooling is provided by a two-slot cooler that embraces a few heatpipes, an aluminum heatsink, and a single axial-flow fan. Video interfaces are represented by DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I, and DVI-D ports.


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Thermaltake Unveils Extraordinary Core G3 PC Chassis

Thermaltake decided to gladden its fans with the release of an offbeat chassis – the Core G3. The new-comer is differentiated by a slim profile (454x371x140 mm); however, it might be used for the fitting of various gaming configurations. Despite Slim Tower framework, the model is able to accommodate motherboards of full ATX form-factor with two expansion slots.



Thermaltake Core G3 might be employed as vertically so horizontally. Inner space is sufficient for the integration of 310-mm long graphics cards, SFX power supply units as well as 110-mm high CPU coolers. Besides, the availability of PCI Express riser allows for the mounting of the videocard in dual positions: parallel or perpendicular to the motherboard.


In order to enhance cooling performance, the user is free to integrate a liquid cooling system with a 240-mm heatsink. Initially, the chassis is furnished with two frontal 120-mm fans; one more 120-mm fan can be installed on the top facet. All cooling slots are …
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