‘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 …

Meeting New Chassis Sugo SG10 from SilverStone

SilverStone Technology, a celebrated Taiwanese PC hardware manufacturer, is going to release at the end of the current month its new mini-tower chassis codenamed SG10 that joined the SilverStone Sugo series. Featuring 354x295x220 mm dimensions, the novice is housed in a case made of stainless steel (totally black exterior and interior) with an aluminum frontal facet. The latter comprises a ventilation slot, covered by an anti-dust grid.



First of all, it should be noted that Sugo SG10 is predestined specifically for the assembling of small-sized but rather high-performance PC systems. The chassis is compatible with motherboards of mini-ITX/micro-ATX standard and is ready to welcome graphics adapters of up to 338 mm (length), PSUs of 180 mm (length), as well as CPU coolers of up to 165 mm (height). One of its key peculiarities is the localization of the power supply unit at the frontal part of the case, if compared with the majority of contemporary solutions with PSU bays at the …

Intel is preparing a quad-core Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM

In late September — early October, Intel plans to update the lineup of Core i7 processors on the cores generation Ivy Bridge (22 nm). It is expected that within a few months users will witness the announcement of the CPU for laptops Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM, which will replace released in April 3720QM, 3820QM and 3920XM, respectively.



According to the information from web resources, the trio will receive an increase of 100 MHz from the predecessors, retaining the previous TDP and probably the recommended price. A common feature of the new processors is four x86-cores that handle data in 8 threads (Hyper-Threading).


Core i7-3940XM operates at a nominal frequency of 3 GHz, equipped with 8 MB cache of the third level, two-channel controllers DDR3-1333/1600, graphics subsystem Intel HD 4000. There is support for dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost, Virtualization VT-x and VT-d, new commands AES and instructions AVX. TDP 3940XM is 55 watts.


Core i7-3840QM has almost …
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