Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.

Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.

The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Welcome in MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition Video Card

MSI has finally gladdened its gaming fans with a new ‘golden’ graphics card, entitled GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition. The model is based on Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU (Maxwell architecture) with 1644 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 13 SMM units. Connection with visual devices might be realized via dual DVI ports, a single HDMI, and one DisplayPort.

Thanks to the support of MSI Gaming App, users are free to select one of the working modes: Silent, Gaming or OC. Each of them is differentiated by nominal and dynamic clock frequencies, Hereby, in Silent mode this adapter runs at 1051 MHz/1178 MHz (nominal/dynamic); Gaming mode provides for 1140 MHz/1279 MHz frequency, while OC allows increasing both indices up to 1165 MHz/1317 MHz correspondingly.

The integrated GPU cooperates with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface, 224 Gb/sec throughput index). Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1751 MHZ, but its efficient index rises up to 7010 MHz.

MSI GTX 970 Gaming …

Enermax Announces Fulmo ST ECA3270 Flagship PC Chassis

Enermax boasts a new Mid-tower PC chassis developed specifically for inveterate gamers. Codenamed Fulmo ST ECA3270, this chassis is ready to welcome the motherboards of ATX or micro-ATX form-factor, along with eight expansion slots. In retail sale the model will be available in two variations: Fulmo ST ECA3270A and Fulmo ST ECA3270B. The difference between them lies in the color of cases (black and gray-black) and in the amount of pre-installed fans.

Upon the whole, Enermax has taken care about sufficient internal spacing for the creation of a really powerful gaming system. Thus, the chassis is able to house CPU coolers of up to 185 mm height, three two-slot graphics cards with the maximal length of 286 mm; it’s also feasible to free some space for more lengthy adapters (up to 412 mm), due to the demounting of dedicated drive bays. Fulmo ST ECA3270 has got enough space for the installation of eight 3.5/2.5-inch drives. The nominal delivery set contains an additional bay for a …
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