Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.



Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH


What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.


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Velox V55 and Slim S55: Two New SSD Series from Silicon Power

Silicon Power, a well-known developer of flash-memory drives, as well as HHD and DRAM, has replenished its inventory with two new SSD series, codenamed Velox V55 and Slim S55. All the models included into the lineups are traditionally designed in 2.5-inch form-factor. Both series will be represented in the market by three models of 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB capacity. Their major advantage over rival products lies in acceleration of all operations connected with upload, speed boosting and general performance. Therefore, these SSDs are just perfect for ‘highly-demanding’ users.



Velox V55 solid-state drives are housed in resistant cases made of polished aluminum. All three models feature identical dimensions: 100x70x9 mm and weigh 79 g. The drives are based on SandForce controller and employ SATA III (6 Gb/sec) interface. The maximal sequential speed index claimed by the developer approximates 550 Mb/sec on reading operations and 470 Mb/sec on writing operations. Velox V55 …

New Graphics Card from Elsa with S.A.C. System

Elsa is currently preparing to launch an ingenious graphics card on the basis of Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti adapter. Codenamed Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C., is considered to be the 'quietest' card available in the market due to the implementation of Silent Air Cooling technology that keeps the noise level at the maximum of 25 dB. Under the manufacturer's ideas, its new creation will perfectly suit those people who long for low-noise desktop system operation.



Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C. is developed on two-slot printed circuit board of 145 mm in length, specifically for PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus. This graphics solution houses GK106 chip with 768 CUDA cores and Kepler architecture; it's designed under 28 nm technological process. The nominal GPU frequency is estimated at 928 MHz. The maximal index of power consumption approximates 110W.


The integration of the graphics card involves 1024 MB memory of GDDR5 type which goes with 128-bit interface. The nominal memory clock frequency …
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