Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Review

Motherboards intended for gaming systems are developed and supplied by several reputable companies. ASRock belongs to their army and frequently releases motherboards with outstanding parameters. Its latest creation ASRock Z77 Extreme9 model is designed specifically for LGA 1155 socket and Intel Z77 processor. It is able to provide the users with appropriate efficiency and multiple opportunities to create a really high-performance gaming system.



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Design of motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is not peculiar for the implementation of bright colors or excessive ornamental elements. Only gold yellow capacitors and decorative stripes on radiators add some glamor to the board. One of the stripes is lighted up by white LED; this option is provided by LED Heatsink Design facility. The motherboard is developed in ATX form-factor. Power supply is realized by means of Digi Power digital system that works by 8+4 scheme. All hot converter components are covered by a solid …

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.



Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH


What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.


By and large, …

BenQ Unveils a New Professional PC Monitor BL2710PT

BenQ does not hold out a hope of overtaking its direct competitors in PC display market. In this light, the company has unveiled one more monitor, entitled BenQ BL2710PT, that is predestined to be employed by professional designers and application developers. The model features 27-inch display, aspect ratio of 16:9 and might boast a really striking original resolution of 2560x1440, due to the incorporation of AHVA panel. The latter has got a power-saving LED backlit that substantially reduces power consumption on various operational conditions.



To continue with the monitor’s specifications, it’s necessary to mention that the user will always receive qualitative imaging, as the response time equals to 4 ms only. In addition, BL2710PT boasts wide viewing angles of 178/178 degrees (down/across), 100% sRGB color surrounding, 350 nits brightness, and a quite amazing contrast ratio of 12M:1 (dynamic), whereas static contrast is typical: 1000:1.


Monitor BenQ BL2710PT is …
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