‘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 …

Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.



Integration


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Abee Launches One More Case for Mini-ITX Motherboards

Abee, a designer and supplier of high-end PC chassis, supplements its product line with one more PC case series intended specifically for mini-ITX motherboards. Codenamed Acubic C10R, the series counts five models of different coloring: casual white, black, silver, and eye-catching blue and red. All models feature futuristic cubic design with rather compact dimensions of 239x229x229 mm.



Acubic C10R is characterized by a strict design combined with elegance and grace. Its frontal panel houses a couple of USB 3.0 sockets, Power button, audio slots (for headphones and a microphone), and LED indicators for Power button and HDD activity. The panel itself is covered by a transparent acryl.


Despite its compact dimensions, this case is ready to accommodate expansion PCI Express and graphics cards of up to 190 mm in length. The maximal height of CPU cooling system should not exceed the top 55 mm; this will be quite sufficient for the integration of low-noise and low-profile …
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