‘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 …

Overview of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 Motherboard

ASRock continues to improve its devices, and now, with the release of a new series of chipsets from Intel, its specialists demonstrated an updated line of «gaming» motherboards, which is easier to distinguish among the rest of the products due to the Fatal1ty prefix introduced in the name.


The use of Z270 means the product is ready for overclocking, and massive radiators in the power scheme strengthen this image. The sound is based on the older codec from Realtek and supplemented with a functional utility from Creative. Surprisingly, the network adapter used is not produced by Killer, which has already become a habit for a number of similar boards, here the Intel's proven solution is installed.


Also, the user will have three M.2 sockets at one’s disposal. There are no more bonuses, because this model is the simplest one in the series. The backlight system was seriously modified, this was reflected in its name, now the phrase AURA RGB LED is used, actually cloning one of …

Minimalism in new Lian-Li PC-Q25 hull

The market of computer components is growing rapidly. The developers of processors integrate in them elements of system logic, graphics core and other components that were recently placed on the motherboard in the form of individual chips. Motherboard manufacturers have begun to integrate their products with network and sound chips even earlier. All this allows making motherboards, and as a result, systems based on them more compact. The company Lian-Li have understood this tendency and provided the market with the entire line of compact hull designed for motherboard size Mini-ITX.



Consider the model Lian-Li PC-Q25:

— Hull Type — Mini-Tower;

— Dimensions in mm — 280 (H) x 199 (W) x 366 (D);

— Material – Aluminium;

— Weight, kg — 3.1;

— Color: Black / White;

— Form Factor — Mini-ITX/Mini-DTX;

— Devices 3.5 "/ 2.5" internal — 7/3;

— Supported number of expansion cards – 2;

— Fans 1x 140mm, 1x 120mm;


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