Comprehensive Mainboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

APUs AMD Kaveri gave push to the emergence of high-performance systems, which can cope with the majority of modern Full HD games. In this light, demanding customers are preoccupied with the choice of motherboards for Socket FM2+ platform in order to satisfy their basic gaming needs. Gigabyte was one of the first companies to come forward with those demands and the launch of G1.Sniper A88X mainboard is an attempt to win the audience. Except for gaming bells and whistles, this model is ready to offer a comprehensive list of functional for high-end systems.



Key Features


Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X belongs to the G1-Killer exclusive series, featuring:

— form-factor: ATX (305x225 mm);

— chipset and APU: AMD A88X for socket FM2+, AMD Athlon/A4/A6/A8/A10 series APUs (Kaveri, Trinity, Richland);

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, 64 GB maximal capacity, 1333 MHz-2400 OC MHz frequencies;

— integrated graphics: Radeon HD R7/7000/8000 series;

— expansion …

Asus Unveils GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black Graphics Card

Asus is about to release another addition to the GeForce GTX 970 series of adapters – the GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black. This videocard is differentiated by a totally black exterior (including PCB, fans and heatpipes) with bright-red details. Besides, it might boast the implementation of a factory overclocking as well as an advanced cooling system. Asus recommends selling the new-comer at the price tag of about 400 EUR.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Black is based on Nvidia Maxwell GM204 GPU with 1664 stream processors, 64 ROPs, and 104 TMUs. It runs at 1114 MHz (nominal)/1253 MHz (dynamic) clock frequencies. The card is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface), operating at 7000 MHz frequency. The integrated rear panel accommodates three DisplayPort video ports, one DVI and one HDMI 2.0 ports.


This adapter is thought to support all standard Nvidia’s technologies, DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 standards, 4-way SLI technology (2x Nvidia SLI …

Intel Makes an Agreement with ASML to Accelerate 450 mm Wafer Development

The past several days were marked by the Intel's announcement about the celebration of a contract with ASML company. Such step has been dictated by the company's intentions to invest into the development of 450 mm wafers and EUV technologies. In accordance with the preliminary estimates, the general investment rate will reach $4.1 billion. The major target of the cooperation is to decrease the term of lithography equipment commissioning by two years, and stimulate the development of technologies targeted at 450 mm wafers. The implementation of the predesigned plans will allow the manufacturers of semiconductor components to receive a range of benefits, among which is the cut of expenses.



With the purpose to facilitate in the solution of this technological problem, Intel will take part in a dedicated program. This program includes financial backup of scientific and research projects, as well as, equity investing campaigns in ASML.


The initial stage of this program …
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