AMD FX-8300 is Already in Retail Trade

Despite the fact that AMD initially scheduled the official release of FX-8300 for 29 December, this CPU can already be found in some Japanese retail stores. Such sudden appearance in free sale allows all potential consumers to get assured in all claimed specifications. Thus, FX-8300 is an eight-core chip of the new generation that is characterized by 95W TDP level. This is a kind of a breakthrough, since its Vishera companions, FX-8350 and FX-8320, consume up to 125W power.



The reduction of power consumption is explained by the decrease of CPU clock frequencies and nominal voltage showings. Hence, the nominal clock frequency recorded with this CPU model makes up 3.3GHz, while in Turbo mode the frequency rises to 3.6GHz. Some resources state that FX-8300 is able to overclock up to 4.2GHz, however, this info is not vindicated so far. This chip is developed specifically for Socket AM3+.


Taking into account such parameters, analysts feel difficulty in predicting the future of …

Xigmatek Intros New CPU Cooler Gaia II

Xigmatek, an outstanding manufacturer of cutting-edge PC components, announces the release of a new CPU cooler, entitled Gaia II. The model is developed in accordance with a traditional tower-like framework and might be truly called a universal cooling solution. It supports a large variety of platforms for processors with TDP level of not higher than 150 W: Intel Socket LGA 775/1366/1156 and AMD Socket AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM2/FM1.



Cooler Gaia II is designed with the direct implementation of H.D.T. technology (Heat Pipe Direct Touch). This implies that all three copper heatpipes, which stem from the heatsink base, come into direct contact with the CPU surface. The heatpipes themselves have got U-shape structure and 8 mm dimensions. They pierce ‘multi-plate’ aluminum heatsink to provide for a better heat dissipation.


The model is delivered with a pre-installed 120 mm fan with bright orange blades; it is fixed to one of the heatsink sides and housed in a black frame. The fan is …

Graphics Card Asus Radeon HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 Review

The state of business in graphics market is becoming more intense, due to a prompt increase of new items and a violent rivalry between the two major players: AMD and Nvidia. Each of them regularly gladdens customers with new adapters, as well as with new technologies, which make video and gaming experience a pleasure. In their turn, graphics cards manufacturers try not to lag behind in implementing these technologies into their own products. Asus, is one of such manufacturers. Its card HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 is a bright evidence of a skilful incorporation of all novelties offered by an improved GCN architecture.



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Graphics card Asus Radeon HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 is delivered in a small-sized cardbox stuffed additionally with CrossFire bridge and DVI/D-Sub adapter. The length of PCB equals to 17 cm, while the overall length of the adapter achieves 22 cm. Power supply socket snap is turned upwards in order to prevent the hanging heatsink from interfering with power cord …
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