Brand-New Nvidia GTX 1070 Graphics Adapter Review

Immediately following the release of a graphics adapter on a brand-new architecture (the Pascal) – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 – the company has launched another Pascal-based solution: the GTX 1070. The greenhorn positions itself as a great overclocking tool that adds power to any modern gaming application. As distinct from its companion, it boasts a more affordable price ($379-$449); thus, it might be haunted by a larger audience.



Key Specifications


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 features the following specifications:

— GPU: GP104-A1, Pascal microarchitecture, 16-nm technological process, 7200 million transistors, 64 ROPs, 120 TMUs;

— clock frequency: base – 1506 MHz, boost – 1683 MHz;

— memory: type — GDDR5, 256-bit bus, volume – 8 GB, efficient clock frequency – 8012 MHz, bandwidth – 256.3 Gb/sec;

— power: peak consumption – 150 W in 3D mode, minimum 500-watt PSU;

— interface: PCI Express x16 3.0;

— video outputs: DL DVI-D, HDMI 2.0, …

ECS NM70-I Motherboard: Pioneer in Its Class

ECS decided to tackle the problem of sameness, developing a new motherboard on the basis of Intel NM70 Express chips. The implementation exactly of these chips makes the board a pioneer in its product class. ECS NM70-I is designed in mini-ITX form factor and houses Intel Celeron 847/807 CPU. The latter consumes only 17W of power to add the board power-efficient properties. Such approach to layout secures a harmonious balance between performance parameters and price ranges, and is an ideal match for compact PC systems.



Irrespective of the initial motherboard's compact dimensions, the manufacturer stipulated expansion opportunities if the user finds such a need in future employment. The availability of 1x PCI Express slot x16, SATA 3Gb/sec and 6Gb/sec sockets promote for the unimpeded upgrade of video system and data storage devices. ECS NM70-I facilities allow the customer to play back high-contrast HD and Blue-Ray multimedia content. Moreover, ECS equips its board with two …

Spire Launches Ridge 6601 and Ridge 6602 PC Chassis

Spire has officially launched a new line of budgetary PC chassis, codenamed Spire Ridge. At the moment, there are only two models within the series – the Ridge 6601 and the Ridge 6602. Both are characterized by the support for ATX motherboards and have many other identical specifications: i.e. mid-tower form-factor, 192x415x418 mm dimensions. Still, there are some differentiations as well.



The first distinction between the two models lies in the frontal panel design. Therefore, Ridge 6601 features a laconic panel made of plastic without additional ventilation. In its turn, Ridge 6602 features a half-perforated metallic frontal panel that allows for a more intense cooling of internal components.


The couple boasts identical expansion facilities with two 5.25-inch buckets for optical drives, four 3.5-inch buckets for HDD/SSD, and seven expansion slots. Connectivity options are introduced by a set of frontal interfaces, including two audio slots, one USB 2.0, and one USB …
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