Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.



Design and Layout


Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …

Meet the 2nd Generation of Maximus 2 Platform from Nvidia

Last November Nvidia 'shattered' the IT market with its Maximus platform. Currently, the company is officially presenting the second generation of the platform – Maximus 2. The new platform is based on the advanced GPUs which employ Kepler architecture. The major task assigned to the Maximus 2 is to provide an unmatched performance and efficiency in quite different spheres of enterprise, starting from computer graphics and finishing with oil industry. Besides, it has got improved facilities of virtualization and analyzing activities.



According to the data claimed by the manufacturer, workstations developed on Maximus 2 platform will be put into sale already this December. It is already known that there are a number of companies that will employ Nvidia Maximus 2 in their product lines. Hence, such companies as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Supermicro, and BOXX technologies will introduce their workstations based on this platform.


It should be stated that the second generation of …

Zalman Divulges Basic Specifications of PSU GoldRock XG Series

Zalman, a recognized manufacturer of cooling systems, PC enclosures and other hardware units, is going to replenish its lineup of products with a high-end PSU series. Codenamed GoldRock XG, the series will be represented by three models of 550W, 650W and 750W power efficiency, ZM550-XG, ZM650-XG, and ZM750-XG correspondingly. The preliminary data demonstrates that all models are equipped with high-level components which allow the product to gain 80 Plus Gold certificate standard. Moreover, Zalman claims that its new PSUs will comply with EPS12V v2.92 and ATX12V v2.3 standards.



GoldRock XG power supply units will be distinguished by high efficiency index that will fluctuate within the measures of 88% to 92%. All the models will be released with the implementation of heat-resistant capacitors with solid and liquid insulator. The series will also boast the integration of LLC topology and DC-DC converter. The latter will ensure the utmost reliability and profitability of the …
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