Official Release of Gigabyte Sumo Platinum Power Supply Units

Gigabyte, in cooperation with CWT contractors, is going to debut with a new line of products: Sumo Platinum PSUs. The line will consists of three models of 450 W, 650 W and 1000 W power. All of them will boast a bright design (the combination of black and red hues), the employment of APUs from AMD, and high efficiency level, verified by 80Plus Platinum certificate. In addition, their layout will embrace high-quality Japanese capacitors, Active PFC and a reliable security system.



Sumo Platinum units correspond to ATX12V v2.31 and EPS12V v2.92 requirements. They are equipped with six sockets for the connection of PCI Express Power (6+2)-pin connectors and with dedicated nodes that prevent PSU damage due to short circuit, overvoltage or current intensity. Models of 450 W and 650 W power are furnished with efficient fans of 120 mm dimensional type, based on hydraulic dynamic bearing.


One of the most attractive peculiarities ascribed to new units from Gigabyte is low power …

Release of Low-Profile Cooler Slim Silence A-Plus from Gelid

Gelid Solutions, a Hong-Kong based renowned manufacturer of thermal solutions and other PC hardware, has lately presented its low-profile CPU cooler, codenamed Slim Silence A-Plus, for AMD platform. The new cooler is compatible with AMD AM2(+), AM3(+), as well as, FM1. According to the words of the Asian manufacturer, this model is capable to manage processors with the TDP index fluctuating in the measures of 95W.



There is one peculiar feature about Slim Silence A-Plus: its design resembles the design of coolers destined for GPU due to the foveate fan. That is why, customers can sometimes confuse this cooler's destination.


CPU cooler Slim Silence A-Plus goes in rather compact dimensions; its height does not exceed 28 mm, while its weight equals to 282 g. Such compactness provides for its unimpeded installation into chassis of different form-factor, starting from Mid-Tower, and finishing with Mini-ATX, 1U and HTPC.


The cooler's casing consists of an aluminum radiator …

Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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