Background illumination PaintPack - analogue Philips Ambilight on your monitor

You've probably seen the modern TVs with dynamic backlight called Ambilight, developed by Philips. The essence of its work is to highlight the space behind the TV in different combinations of colours, depending on the events happening on the screen.

PaintPack vs Ambilight

A new development called PaintPack is presented. This model is intended to implement the same idea as the technology of Ambilight, but allows to «light around» any computer monitor. A device called PaintPack is a simpler version in a small box with ten cable-trains, which have bright LEDs at the ends. These LEDs are placed evenly around the perimeter of the back of the monitor, and provide illumination in accordance with what is happening at the moment on the screen. The second more advanced equivalent of Ambilight – is light-line PaintPack with 30 LEDs connected in separate blocks for a few pieces for easy placement on the screen, and create a more vibrant and detailed lighting. This is many times …

Scythe Offers a Universal CPU Water-Cooling System

Scythe has replenished the line of its products by a new water-cooling system Apsalus III 120. This enclosed cooler is considered to be self-contained and compatible with all contemporary CPUs from Intel and AMD. It should be mentioned that this time Scythe has joined its technological forces with the other cooler supplier. Thus, Apsalus III 120 is a modified version of one of the CPU water-cooling platforms (Gen4) developed by Asetek Inc.

The framework of Apsalus III 120 consists of a copper water block with an integrated pump, two opaque connecting tubes, a heatsink of 119x150x27 mm dimensions, and a single 120 mm fan (Scythe GlideStream 120). The latter is known to have a fixed speed of 1200 RPM; nevertheless, the noise level never exceeds the margin of 24 dB.

This water-cooling system supports the following CPU sockets: Intel (Socket LGA1155, 1156, 1366, 2011) and AMD (Socket FM2, FM1, AM2/(+), AM3/(+). The most beneficial peculiarity pertained to the new model is …

Biostar Launches High-Performance Motherboards TZ77B

Biostar has recently introduced its new series of motherboards, codenamed Biostar TZ77B, and is currently starting mass delivery of them to the market. TZ77B model is developed on Intel Z77 logics kit and goes in ATX form-factor. Manufacturers claim that the new series is able to ensure high performance and stability of operation at moderate price. These motherboards support all LGA1155 processors Intel Core (i3, i5 and i7) of the 2nd and 3rd generation.

Powerful graphics core DirectX 11, integrated into Intel Core processors (of the third generation), enables the compatibility with the majority of up-dated 3D games and HDMI 3D Visual technology. Video output is realized via digital HDMI, VGA (analogue), and DVI (with HDCP technology) interfaces. The availability of PCI-E 3.0 x16, PCI-E x16 2.0 (x4) and PCI-E x1 2.0 interfaces adds facilities for digital graphics.

Biostar TZ77B proves to demonstrate up to 95W TDP level, including unblocked CPU with K index. The motherboard …
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