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Gigabyte Shows Off a Bespoke GTX 970 Graphics Card

Gigabyte has intrigued its fans by the design of an unusual videocard – the GeForce GTX 970 (GV-N970TTOC-4GD). It is based on Nvidia GM-204-200-A1 GPU (Maxwell) but with overclocked frequencies. The core operates at 1101 MHz/1241 MHz instead of etalon 1050 MHz/1178 MHz. The GPU is accompanied with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit bus) that runs at 7010 MHz efficient clock frequency.



Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 is distinguished by the implementation of Twin Turbo Fan cooling system. It consists of three copper heatpipes with direct touch technology, an aluminum heatsink, and a radial-flow fan; the latter grasps air from both sides of the adapter due to the shortened PCB design.


As a result, the airflow increases by 24%, whereas the cooling effect enhances by 29%. Thanks to this, the card is thought to be an optimal solution for Nvidia SLI configurations.


It should be noted that this graphics card boasts a high-quality hardware base – Ultra Durable VGA. A set of external …

Iiyama Launches X4070UHS Monitor with an Unusual Base

Iiyama Corp. is not used to sit idly, delivering ever newer visual solutions. This time the company launches a 39.5-inch PC monitor with a nontrivial stand. The ProLite X4070UHS model rests on two demountable racks, instead of a single central column. Nevertheless, the display supports well-loved facilities, such as Picture-in-Picture mode and POP (split of the screen into four windows). It features a pure black case and a high gloss screen coating.



Iiyama X4070UHS is based on MVA panel with LED backlight. It is thought to support Ultra HD/4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels) as well as 5000:1 static contrast. Besides, the model ensures 350 cd/m2 brightness, the display of 16.7 million colors, the widest possible viewing angles (178/178 degrees in both aspects), and ultrafast response time – 4 ms (GtG environment).


The monitor is equipped with two speakers (6 W power in total), a pair of audio in/outputs, RS-232 socket, as well as a set of video ports: DVI-D, HDMI, …

Dual Invasion: Silentmaxx & SilverStone Show Off with New PC Cases

Silentmaxx, a well-known German developer of PC hardware components, comes out into the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled ST-360. It features 450x195x431mm dimensions and boasts a strict classic design. The chassis is made of SECC steel and ABS plastic. It is intended for the installation of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full-format ATX motherboards.



Furthermore, Silentmaxx ST-360 is ready to accommodate four 5.25-inch drives and analogous number of 3.5-inch drives. Similar to the majority of full-tower cases, this model offers seven expansion slots for the installation of graphics adapters and expansion cards. The integrated top I/O panel houses two 3.5- mm mini-jacks as well as USB ports (2.0/3.0 versions). Airflow is organized by means of two fans: 140-mm frontal fan & 120-mm rear one.


To continue, one more renowned hardware manufacturer – SilverStone – has just introduced its nontrivial PC chassis – a modernized version of Milo ML06, the Milo ML06-E …

ASRock Outs N3150DC-ITX Mainboard

ASRock has gladdened all devotees of small-sized, power-efficient & sustainable PC/multimedia systems by the introduction of a mini-ITX motherboard, entitled N3150DC-ITX. The model comes equipped with a 4-core Intel Atom N3150 CPU, running at 1.6 GHz basic frequency with the possibility to overclock up to 2.08 GHz frequency. Its key privilege is a sparing TDP level – 6 W only.



ASRock N3150DC-ITX boasts a totally passive cooling: the PCB houses a noiseless heatspreader without a fan. Memory subsystem is represented by two SO-DIMM slots which support the installation of DDR3/DDR3L-1600 MHz modules. The PCB teases only top-tier hardware components, including solid-state capacitors, ELNA audio caps, etc.


Storage might be organized due to a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports and the same number of SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. A single PCI-e 2.0 x1 slot is intended for an expansion card, while mini PCI-e Express slot – for a wireless network interface module.


Audio subsystem …

Chieftec Navitas Gets a 450-Watt Update

First launched in 2013, Chieftec Navitas series of PSUs included five high-efficiency models of up to 1250 W power. This year the company has introduced four new editions to the family which are characterized by low power: 450 W, 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W. This update is called to satisfy the needs of unpretentious customers who require stability rather than records.



New Chieftec Navitas power supply units come equipped with a single +12V bus that covers 100% power. Hence, it’s possible to integrate the models into the latest system configurations. All of them correspond to 80 Plus Gold standard, achieving up to 87% efficiency in a wide range of operational conditions.


Their other peculiarities involve a fully modular cable system, the availability of a low-noise 120 mm fan, the support for Active PFC technology and all known protection features (i.e. OPP, OTP, UVP, OVP, SCP).


To continue, Chieftec Navitas GPM-450S ensures 450-watt power on +12V rail & up to …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


All hardware base components are …

MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.



MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.


Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

Iiyama Enters into the Market with T2336MSC-2 Display

Iiyama Corp., a renowned Japanese designer of hi-end PC displays & TV-screens, enters into the market with a new touchscreen monitor that replenished ProLite family. The T2336MSC-2 model features 561x238.5x379 mm dimensions and is targeting platforms based on Windows 8.1 OS. Besides, the new-comer is distinguished by the employment of a projective-reactive technology that enables a trouble-free sensor input.



The 23-inch Iiyama T2336MSC-2 is housed in a glazed-black case. The integrated screen also boasts a glazed coating. Its maneuvering might be realized twofold: with the help of fingers or by means of a magnet stylograph that supports 10-touch interface. It should be underlined that touchscreen facilities are enabled only through USB connection.


The display is based on AH-IPS panel with 16:9 aspect ratio and in-built LED backlight. The panel ensures 1920x1080 resolution (Full HD), 5 ms response time, 213 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 degrees viewing angles, 16.7 million of …

ASRock to Release BeeBox Mini-PC with Type-C Interface

ASRock has replenished its series of Intel NUC mini-PCs with a new model – the BeeBox. Its key peculiarity is the support for USB Type-C interface. The model features 118.5x110x46 mm dimensions, satisfying basic corporate and home entertainment needs. In addition, it boasts low power consumption level combined with a strong performance.



ASRock BeeBox will be available in three versions: as a barebone PC, a full-blown system without OS and a full-blown system with OS. Each version will be housed either in a classic black, a stylish gold or a pure white chassis.


The heart of the model is Intel Braswell platform (64-bit, 14 nm) equipped with a two-core Celeron N3000 CPU, running at 1.04/2.08 GHz frequency (basic/dynamic). There will be versions with a four-core Celeron N3150 CPU. Both processors feature 4/6 TDP only. Besides, all computers come with an integrated Intel HD graphics.


The platform is also furnished with 2.4 GB of DDR3L-1600 MHz RAM (maximum up to 16 GB …