Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Water-Cooling System EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX Review

Water-cooling systems have been always supposed to be an efficacious means of managing hot temperatures within PC chassis. EKWB, a Slovenian manufacturer of cooling equipment, currently supplies not only fluid-cooling components separately (waterblocks, fans, heatsinks, etc.), but also the entire kits as ready-made solutions to be integrated within PC enclosures. Not so long ago the company introduced a flagship kit, EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX, that belongs to the high-end solutions and involves all necessary details for hassle-free employment.

Delivery Kit

EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX is delivered in a large cardbox that consists of several sections with a comprehensive kit of water-cooling elements. One can find here a voluminous heatsink with a set of fixing screws, three 120 mm fans, a pump fixing kit, a waterblock, an expansion tank, branded TUBE Masterkleer hosepipe (2 meters in length), eight nickel-plated compression fittings (EK-PSC), and 100 ml of coolant …

EKWB Launches a New Water Block for GV-N680SO-2GD

Early August of 2012 was marked for Gigabyte by the release of its one more graphics card, codenamed GeForce GTX 680 SOC (GV-N680SO-2GD). This card can boast the availability of high factory frequencies and quite mighty cooling system. The nominal frequencies have been heightened to 1137MHz, 1202MHz, and 6200MHz for memory. Such outstanding characteristics required the integration of a high-quality and high-performance cooling system which consisted of five(!) fans. This made the card rather voluminous, cumbersome and noisy. That was when EKWB decided to design a dedicated water block to be employed with this remarkable graphics adapter.

Water block EK-FC 680 GTX SOC is housed on a copper base, good-quality acetal cover, and rubber shims as a compressor. The model is delivered with pre-installed fixing stands to facilitate the installation. It should be noted that this water block entirely covers the frontal part of the graphics card, along with the adjacent RAM modules and …
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