Intel Broadwell CPUs will Get BGA Casing

The Internet community is energetically discussing unofficial info concerning the future Intel's Broadwell processors. According to the yet unacknowledged data, Intel will branch off from currently traditional LGA casings in favor to a more advanced BGA solution. At present all CPUs designed by Intel specifically for desktop platforms feature LGA (Land Grid Array) casings which allow the users to upgrade their systems without any hassle. On LGA implementation, the chip is housed within a socket and contacts with the motherboard. As a result, the user might change one chip to the other only with similar set of contacts.



The launch of Intel Broadwell processors, which is planned for 2014, might dramatically change the situation for customers. Most probably Intel will refuse from LGA casings and accommodate all new CPUs in BGA ones, marking the change of Haswell generation to the future Broadwell generation developed under 14 nm technological process. BGA (Ball Grid Array) …

Liquid-Cooling System Zalman LQ315 Review

A few months after the last release of water-cooling systems, Zalman introduces a new series of products with a title attribute LQ3xx. The series consists of three models, LQ320, LQ315 and LQ310, which differentiate themselves primarily by dimensions. The senior cooler (LQ320) features 32 mm water block and 52 mm heatsink, the medium LQ315 cooler features 38 mm heatsink and analogous in dimensions water block; the junior cooler (LQ310) is the tiniest one and features 28 mm heatsink and water block. Zalman LQ315 greatly resembles its predecessor, CNPS20LQ, in design, however, is ready to offer some improved options, if compared with the previous cooler generations.



Design and Framework


Like any other water-cooling system, Zalman LQ315 consists of a water block combined with a pump and joined with a heatsink by means of flexible tubes. The water block is notable by the availability of 'Z' logo on its surface that is lighted blue during operation. Its round base, made of …

‘Extreme’ Facilities Offered by Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU

Zalman seems to be relentless in its attempts to daze all potential customers, as well as rivals. In this respect, there is no doubt that the company manages to regularly indulge consumers with ever newer, ever better power supply units. One of such dazzling products is Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU which is thought to belong to the high-end segment. As seen from the codename, the unit’s total power equals to 1250 W, providing for practically unlimited opportunities for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts. Due to ‘extreme’ facilities, this model easily attained 80+Platinum standard, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency.



ZM1250 Platinum is a modular power supply with all detachable cables, except for 24-contact and 8-contact ones. Upon the whole, the unit supports five cables for ODD/HDD devices and six 6+2-contact cables PCI Express.


To continue, ZM1250 Platinum is a dual-rail PSU: one 12V rail (45A) plus one more 12V rail (65A). Their combination suggests the …
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