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Meet WinFast GTX 960 Hurricane Adapter from Leadtek

Leadtek expands its production line with a brand version of GeForce GTX 960 videocard. Entitled WinFast GTX 960 Hurricane, the model is differentiated by factory overclocking and a powerful dual fan cooling system. Initially, the company will launch a 2 GB version but later on there might appear a 4 GB version.



Leadtek WinFast GTX 960 Hurricane is based on GM206 GPU with 1024 CUDA cores, 10 SMM, and 64 ROPs. It runs at 1228 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1291 MHz frequency. The integrated 2 GB GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface operates at 7010 MHz index. Furthermore, this videocard consumes up to 120 W power.


Cooling system consists of two fans and a voluminous heatsink. All integrated video interfaces found their place at the rear panel: three DisplayPort ports, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI-I. By the way, the nominal delivery set offers a dedicated DVI to VGA adapter.


What is more, similar to other GTX 960 solutions, Leadtek’s graphics card is known to …

SilentiumPC Intros Small-Sized Alea M50 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC, an outstanding designer of top-tier cooling systems, comes out to the market with a small-sized PC case – the Alea M50 Pure Black. The new-comer features 410x412x279 mm dimensions and employs high-quality SECC steel as well as ABS-plastic with soft-touch coverage in the framework. The chassis is painted black inside and outside, boasting a fully perforated frontal panel and acrylic windows on both side panels.



SilentiumPC Alea M50 Pure Black is compatible with mini-ITX and micro-ATX mainboards. Its layout consists of a single external bay for 5.25-inch drive, a pair of 2.5-inch and a single 3.5-inch internal bays, accompanied with four PCI slots. Internal spacing is enough to install video cards of 360 mm in length, CPU coolers of 205 mm in height & standard ATX PSUs.


To continue, the top panel of the case accommodates I/O panel with 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x audio sockets, and a card-reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC form-factors). Cooling system is …

MSI Unveils AP16 Flex All-in-One PC for Professional Use

MSI comes out to the market with a new all-in-one solution – the AP16 Flex – targeted enterprise, scientific and commercial environments. The new-comer joined MSI Professional line of products and boasts an elegant but strict design. Featuring 381.6x264.1x25 mm dimensions, this model might be employed as a desktop PC (thanks to a multifunction stand that takes three positions), so as a wall display (due to the support of 100x100 VESA bracket).



The heart of MSI AP16 Flex is 4-core Intel Celeron J1900 CPU (2-2.41 GHz clock frequency) with an integrated Intel HD Graphics. The device consumes only 10 W power, thus it employs a noiseless passive cooling system. The 15.6-inch LCD display is equipped with two 2 W speakers, a top-tier web-cam as well as LED and Multi-touch technologies; the latter supports 10 multi-touch options.


The availability of 2 SO-DIMM slots allows for the installation of 8 GB DDR3 memory modules. Storage subsystem might consist of 32/64 GB eMMC drive …

Biostar B85Z: Micro-ATX Mainboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is about to release a new oblectation for audiophiles – the B85Z system board. Featuring micro-ATX form-factor (224x174 mm dimensions), the model combines a full-blown spectrum of facilities each full-format board has. It is developed on Intel B85 Express chipset with Socket LGA1150 for Intel Haswell processors of Core, Pentium and Celeron families. The nominal delivery kit will allegedly comprise DVD with drivers, a pair of SATA cables, a user’s manual, and a rear panel plug.



Biostar B85Z comes equipped with prime-quality capacitors, field-effect transistors, and 4-phase VRM. Memory subsystem is introduced by two slots for DDR3-1600 MHz modules (up to 16 GB overall capacity). The availability of a single PCIe x16 & a pair of PCIe x1 slots ensures sufficient expansion facilities. Moreover, the user is free to create a voluminous storage by means of four SATA III and two SATA II ports.


To continue, the major peculiarity pertained to the motherboard is an …

Plextor Debuts with M.2 6G Solid-State Drive

Plextor, an award-winning Japanese SSD designer, launches its another M.2 solution, codenamed 6G. This drive features 42 mm length only, fulfilling space requirements of small-sized but high-performance cases. The new-comer is available in two capacity variations: 64 GB (PX-64M6G-2242) and 128 GB (PX-128M6G-2242). Their retail price makes up $50 and $90 respectively.



Both Plextor M.2 6G solid-state drives come with PCI Express 2.0 interface. They are based on Marvell 88SS9188 controller and 19 nm MLC NAND flash-memory with Toggle interface (by Toshiba). The models support TRIM and NCQ technologies as well as DEVSLP power-efficient mode that reduces power consumption to 0.2 mW.


As far as speed characteristics are concerned, M.2 6G accelerate up to 520 Mb/sec on sequential Read operations; sequential Write index depends on the model: 160 Mb/sec for 64 GB model and 210 Mb/sec for 128 GB one. At the same time, random Read/Write operational index (4K blocks) makes up …

Sapphire Outs iCafe Gaming OC Graphics Card

Sapphire, the largest global retailer of graphics cards with AMD GPUs, comes out to the market with its own rendition of Radeon R7 260X adapter – the Radeon R7 260X iCafe Gaming OC. The new-comer features 215x105x35 mm dimensions and a purely black design. Its key differentiation is the integration of a two-slot aluminum cooler without heatpipes and a low-noise PWM fan. The nominal retail price makes up 124 EUR.



Sapphire Radeon R7 260X iCafe Gaming OC is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU (GCN 1.1) with 896 stream processors, 16 ROPs and 56 TMUs, running at 1050 MHz frequency. Its major ally – 2 GB GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface – operates at 6000 MHz frequency. Power supply subsystem boasts 5+3-phase configuration, while connection to the PSU is realized by means of a single 6-pin socket.


To continue, I/O panel accommodates three video ports: DL DVI-I, HDMI, and DisplayPort 1.2. The list of supported standards and technologies includes DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, …

Xigmatek to Release Dark Knight II CPU Cooler

Xigmatek, a multi-profile Taiwanese company, is about to launch its second version of Dark Knight CPU cooler – the SD1483. Featuring 120x50x159 mm dimensions, this tower-like device comes in two color variations: black and white (Frostbourne). The model supports processors with the utmost TDP level of 160 W, designated for AMD AM2/AM3/K8 & Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/2011 platforms.



Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1483 consists of a small-sized heatsink with fifty-five aluminum thin fins; the latter boasts ceramic coating that is called to enhance heat dissipation area. The heatsink is pierced by three 8 mm heatpipes which support direct contact technology.


The framework also accommodates a single 140 mm fan, based on slide bearing. It is estimated for 150.000 hours of foolproof operation. The integration of PWM technology enables the variation of rotational speed from 800 RPM to 1200 RPM. The blades produce up to 90.3 CFM airflow at the maximum 18 dB noise level. According to the …

Greet an Elegant Q2778VQE Display from AOC

AOC comes out to the market with a new striking PC monitor – the Q2778VQE. This 27-inch model offers a good balance of viewing area and functional possibilities. The integration of a high-quality TN panel ensures the maximal resolution of 2560x1440 pixels at the maximal brightness of 350 cd/m2. Besides, 1 ms response time promotes for the ultimate accuracy in dynamic scenes; this is called to gladden fans of action gaming and FPS apps.



AOC Q2278VQE features 170/160 (H/V) viewing angles at 16:9 aspect ratio. Its static contrast makes up 1000:1, while dynamic one – 80 M:1. The display is able to represent up to 16.7 million colors. Connectivity options are introduced by four video interfaces: DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub, and DVI. In active mode the monitor consumes up to 45 W power, however, the implementation of Eco mode with a brand e-Saver function helps in reducing power consumption index.


The new-comer shows compatibility with EPEAT Silver, TCO 6.0 and Energy Star 6.0 …

Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?



Specifications


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …