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) …

The Launch of AMD Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi Motherboards for Mini PCs Is Forthcoming

The AMD Co. is going to broaden the range of system boards for AMD Ryzen processors with a brand-new AB350N-Gaming WiFi model. The specialty will be of a compact Mini-ITX form factor to be utilized with mini PCs.



The card layout view supplies a description, according to which AB350N-Gaming WiFi will feature two slots for DDR4 RAM modules, alongside with several PCI Express slots – most likely, one PCI Express x16 and one PCI Express x1. As we can see, the packaging around the CPU socket will be rather tight.


Among other specifications one can highlight a high-quality audio subsystem, based on the Realtek ALC 1220 codec, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a Gigabit Ethernet adapter, two BIOS chips and RGB lighting. And finally, yet importantly, the supply set contains a wireless connectivity module, which is clear from the name of the product.


Alas, there is no information about Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi cost and the release date.

Distinctive Features of Motherboard ROG Maximus V Extreme from Asus

The past several days were marked by the official presentation of a new motherboard from Asus company. The new product, codenamed ROG Maximus V Extreme, is based on Intel Z77 chip and supports Intel Core processors of the second and third generations. The major distinctive feature of the motherboard is the availability of the integrated Thunderbolt interface and a range of exclusive overclocking and monitoring attachments. ROG Maximus V Extreme is furnished with five PCI Express 3.0 slots and is able to support such graphics technologies as AMD CrossFire, LucidLogix Virtu MVP, and Nvidia SLI.



Asus designers have taken care about the multitask capabilities of their motherboards, so equipped their products with the controller of Thunderbolt interface. Its bandwidth capacity approximates 10 Gb/sec. This interface is predestinated to attach monitors and peripheral equipment to a single Thunderbolt port at full speed. The nominal delivery set embraces a supplementary OC Key device …
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