Review of Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5

The process of PC layout is quite delicate for the majority of people, since it depends on many factors, including requirements to the PC’s performance and customers’ financial possibilities. Motherboard selection is considered to be the most difficult stage in the process because it defines the basic functional characteristics of the computer. It should be stated that motherboards, which are attributed to the top line, show rather good functional but are frequently unaffordable. Quite the contrary, motherboards of the medium line are more preferable for people with average requirements and possibilities. Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 falls under this category of motherboards and is a perfect alternative for customers with specific requirements and average wages.


Design and Deployment


Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is based on Intel X79 chip set for the platform LGA2011. Circuit board is produced in black color and perfectly harmonizes with other elements: red startup button and …

Meet a Pair of High-Efficiency M6 and M.2 SSDs from Plextor

Plextor, an established data storage manufacturer from Japan, announces the release of two new solid-state drive series – the M6 and the M.2. Both new-comers are marked by some outstanding efficiency facilities and completely new design. The M6 SSDs are developed in 2.5-inch design but are housed in ultrathin aluminum cases of 5 mm depth only. They are based on Marvell 88SS9187 controller and MLC NAND flash-memory of Toggle type (19 nm technological process).



The M6 drives feature high-speed SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and support Plextor TrueSpeed technology. It should be noted that these SSDs are thought to support up to 1 GB RAM – DDR2-800 or DDR3-800 — used as cache. With the attempt to satisfy the needs of diverse customer audiences, Plextor is going to release the M6 modifications: M6 Pro models for high-performance tasks and M6S for ordinary users.


To continue, the M.2 solid-state drives are designed in a totally new NGFF form-factor (New Generation Form …

CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12PE Review

Phanteks is the company that established reputation for developing and supplying high-end thermal solutions which can be applied in diverse areas. Recently the company has made a shift to the IT market by producing high-quality PC cooling systems and at once entered into competition with the renowned cooling systems manufacturers, like Thermalright, Noctua and others. Phanteks PH-TC12PE cooler belongs to the echelon of high-end air cooling solutions and proposes a number of benefits for the advanced PC users.



Design and Integration


Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12PE is a two-sectional thermal solution that goes in 160x140x132 mm dimensions (without fans). Edges of pipes are cut and covered by a plate. The top surface of the ribs is glossy, while the bottom surface is dull. The implemented approach to the design of fans' framework and their fixture, that allows the user to fix the fans at different height, makes the installation of this cooler even in midi-tower chassis possible. …
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