New Tiny Mini-PC Zbox PA330 from Zotac

Zotac, a renowned innovator in PC hardware development, has introduced a pocket-sized nettop, entitled Zbox PA330. The new-comer is designed in Pico-PC form-factor, featuring 116.8x66x45.7 mm dimensions. According to Zotac, this mini-PC is able to satisfy the basic needs of people on the move and of those who long for a space-saving environment.



The heart of Zotac Zbox PA330 is AMD A4 Micro-6400T APU with an integrated AMD Radeon R3 graphics core. The APU is attended by 2 GB of DDRL-1333 MHz memory and an inbuilt eMMC drive of 32 GB capacity. Network facilities are represented by a native wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter as well as by Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. There is also a full-sized RJ-45 socket for the organization of a wired network with 1 Gb/sec bandwidth.


To continue, connection with the monitors and other visuals becomes possible due to one HDMI port and one mini-DisplayPort socket. A pair of USB 2.0 ports might be employed for the connection of peripherals, whereas a …

Aerocool Updates Several Mainstream PSU Lineups

Aerocool expands its mainstream- and budget-oriented PSU lineups with a batch of new models. Notably, it replenishes such series as VP, VX, and KCAS to satisfy the needs of a wider public. Without doubt, all greenhorns absolutely comply with the company’s best practices implemented within design and performance frameworks.



Hence, Aerocool VP, the most affordable series in the inventory, has been refilled with three models of 850 W, 1000 W and 1200 W power. They are distinguished by the integration of a single +12V rail, support for the Intel Haswell platform, and compliance with C6 and C7 idle states. All units are estimated for 120 thousand hours of foolproof operation, providing up to 84% efficiency in a wide range of workload. Their other peculiar feature is absence of 80Plus certification.


The VX series has been replenished with two low-power PSUs of 400 W and 500 W power. Their ultimate power on +12V rails makes up 324 W and 456 W correspondingly. Both models are …

Gigabyte Intros Affordable GA-B85M-D2V Plus Mainboard

Micro-ATX/mini-ITX mainboards keep on capturing the market due to the augmentation of small-sized PC platforms. Against this background, Gigabyte is constantly enlarging its portfolio of compact motherboards. Take GA-B85M-D2V Plus alone. This model might boast an optimized functional and an improved audio subsystem combined with a sleek design and a range of protection doo-dads.



Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Plus takes Intel B85 chipset as the basis. The latter supports Socket LGA1150 CPUs (Pentium, Celeron, Intel Core). The company’s designers employed an improved fiberglass mode of superposition on elaboration of PCB textolite; this is called to protect the board from humidity, electrostatic discharge and voltage instability.


The board’s layout supports Ultra Durable 4 Plus design that involves only high-quality components, like solid-state capacitors, transistors with low open channel resistance. The PCB is equipped with two DIMM slots ready for 16 GB of DDR3 memory (1600 …

Greet Brilliance 272P4APJKHB Professional Monitor from Philips

Philips showed up itself with a new top-tier monitor, codenamed 272P4APJKHB, that replenished a well-known Brilliance P-Line series. The 27-inch model is targeting graphics designers, geodesists, photo/video editors, and digital prepress specialists. Moreover, the implementation of WQHD resolution (2560x1440) is thought to satisfy any professional and avocational needs.



Philips Brilliance 272P4APJKHB rests on IPS-AHVA panel with WLED backlight. It boasts fast response time (5 ms in G-to-G environment), 1.07 of displayed colors, 350 cd/m2 brightness index, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit representing colors, 1000:1 static contrast, and 50M:1 dynamic contrast. Besides, the display ensures 100% color gamut in sRGB environment as well as 99% color gamut in Adobe RGB.


This monitor is equipped with three different video outputs: DVI, DisplayPort and 2x HDMI. In addition, it features an inbuilt web-cam with a microphone, two stereo speakers, and three-port USB 3.0 hub.


To …

Synology Comes Up with a Single-Drive DS115 NAS

Synology, a renowned developer of storage & network solutions, appears in the market with a new single-drive NAS, entitled DiskStation DS115. The greenhorn features 166x71x224 mm dimensions and is differentiated by an ergonomic design, noiseless operation as well as the support for power-saving technologies. The company promises to present all potential customers with a 2-year’s warranty and a reliable technical support.



Synology DiskStation DS115 might be employed in processes on music/photo/video streaming to various DLNA-compatible devices (TV-sets and gaming consoles) without any preliminary adjustments. It allows installing one 2.5-/3.5-inch drive with SATA III interface of 6 GB capacity. As for speed characteristics, the model ensures 111 Mb/sec and 104 Mb/sec on sequential Read/Write operations respectively.


This NAS is based on Marvell Armada 375 88F6720 processor with 512 MB of DDR3 memory; it runs at 800 MHz frequency. The layout also includes Gigabit network …

Asus Unveils GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black Graphics Card

Asus is about to release another addition to the GeForce GTX 970 series of adapters – the GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black. This videocard is differentiated by a totally black exterior (including PCB, fans and heatpipes) with bright-red details. Besides, it might boast the implementation of a factory overclocking as well as an advanced cooling system. Asus recommends selling the new-comer at the price tag of about 400 EUR.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black is based on Nvidia Maxwell GM204 GPU with 1664 stream processors, 64 ROPs, and 104 TMUs. It runs at 1114 MHz (nominal)/1253 MHz (dynamic) clock frequencies. The card is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface), operating at 7000 MHz frequency. The integrated rear panel accommodates three DisplayPort video ports, one DVI and one HDMI 2.0 ports.


This adapter is thought to support all standard Nvidia’s technologies, DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 standards, 4-way SLI technology (2x Nvidia SLI …

Asus Showcases Dainty Designo MX27AQ Display

Asus’ lineup of bezel-less monitors has been replenished with a new refined model – the Designo MX27AQ. This 27-inch prime-quality model features a super-thin body-frame (14.5 mm only) and a stylish stand that adds to the overall lightsome display design. It is offered in three color variations (golden, solver, gray) to satisfy the needs of different customer groups.



Asus Designo MX27AQ is based on AH-IPS panel, equipped with a power-saving LED backlight. This combination promotes for the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in both aspects), Quad HD resolution (2560x1440), standard contrast ratio (1000:1), the utmost brightness (300 cd/m2), and a super-fast response time (5 ms). The I/O panel is introduced by a single DisplayPort 1.2 and a hybrid HDMI 1.4 with MHL 2.0 port.


This monitor support Asus SonicMaster technology. It is called to ensure the highest sound quality of an inbuilt acoustic system. For these purposes, the display has been equipped with two speakers …

Top-Tier Chassis Zalman H1 Review

Zalman has long been deprived of a full-tower flagship PC chassis, after it discontinued the line of GS1200. The anticipation of a new etalon was accompanied by an overall market uncertainty as for the future of desktop platforms. Luckily, laptops and tablets couldn’t fully satisfy the customers’ growing needs, so Zalman decided to fire off with a new top-tier case, entitled H1. Stylish and magnetic from outside, this model has a lot of interesting options in the bins. Let’s have a look at them.



Key Features


Zalman H1 is a full-tower case, featuring 561x238x570 mm dimensions. The chassis is made of steel, aluminum and a high-quality plastic, with exterior and interior totally painted black. Internal layout allows for the installation of motherboards with elongated PCBs, including E-ATX and XL-ATX models. The model houses three external bays for 5.25-inch drives, seven internal bays for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives as well as nine expansion slots.


The case boasts some …

Intel Debuts with 5th Gen Core Mobile CPUs

Within the confines of CES 2015, Intel has officially introduced the fifth generation of Intel Core mobile processors. The lineup is targeting traditional laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, chrome-books, all-in-one items as well as mini-PCs. Besides, the company pin hopes for their CPUs to be additionally implemented within ‘All-inclusive Internet/Internet of Things’ embedded device concept.



New processors are designed according to 14-nm Intel Broadwell architecture. Due to the transition to a brand new technological process, the number of transistors has increased by 35%; herewith, the core area has reduced by 37%. Such innovative move provided for the enhancement of efficiency with simultaneous cut of power consumption. As a result, devices with the integrated Intel Core CPUs are called to run 1.5 hours longer in standalone mode.


The 5th generation lineup might boast the support for the latest codecs (HEVC, VP9, VP8), technologies (Intel WiDi 5.1, Intel RealSense …