‘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 …

D-Link Introduces New Storage Area Network Series DSN-6000

D-Link, a world-known manufacturer of network and telecommunications solutions, has officially introduced its two SAN models which are unified into a single series DSN-6000 iSCSI. The prime destination of this SAN series is to satisfy the needs of small and medium-sized business and to provide effective solutions of any emerging demands. DSN-6000 is characterized by the improved efficiency and performance index, as compared to the previous model lineups, on operation in virtual and physical environment.



The series is represented by two models: DSN-6410 iSCSI and DSN-6110 iSCSI. The both models go with the casing designed in 2U form factor, and is intended to be installed into a typical server frame. The models are equipped with twelve bays for drives and SAS interface. The cumulative volume capacity of the bays approximates to 36 Tb. DSN-6410 iSCSI is furnished with a couple of 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the DSN-6110 iSCSI model accommodates four Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.



Basic Features


Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.


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