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.


By and large, …

BitFenix Offers Neos Chassis in 6 Color Variations

BitFenix Design Lab announces the release of a new PC chassis entitled Neos. Its major attraction is the availability of six different color versions of enclosures. Moreover, some of the models come with an acrylic window on the side panel but the others have a blind facet. Upon the whole, Neos boasts a durable steel case of 470x185x429 mm dimensions, featuring mid-tower form-factor.



BitFenix Neos is intended to support motherboards of ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX standard. The layout offers a couple of external 5.25-inch drive seats, three internal 3.5-inch drive seats, as well as three internal 2.5-inch drive seats. Expansion facilities are maintained by means of seven PCI expansion slots. It should be noted that the chassis’ layout presumes individual placement of bays for the drives, dedicated screwless mounting for ODD, and special apertures for cable management.


All the models are equipped with a single pre-installed rear fan of 120 mm dimensional type. In addition, …

Intel Debuts with an 'Ever Efficient' Motherboard DX79SR

Intel has officially introduced its new motherboard codenamed DX79SR. According to the company's developers, this board is the most functional one among all models ever released by Intel. One won't find it difficult to guess that the release of DX79SR is devoted to the announcement of a flagship processor Intel Core i7-3970X EE which breaks all records in terms of power-efficiency: its TDP level is estimated at 150W.



Motherboard Intel DX79SR is developed in ATX form-factor. It is compatible with LGA2011 socket and operates under Intel X79 Express chipset. The manufacturer alloted eight 240-contact slots for SDRAM memory of DDR3-2400+ type; the overall capacity of system memory might achieve 64 GB. Intel HD Audio is represented by 10-channel subsystem (7.1+2 channels with independent current transfer) with five analog outputs and optical S/PDIF output.


Motherboard extension facilities include three slots for PCI-e 3.0 x16 expansion cards, a couple of PCI-e x1 slots, and a …
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