ASRock Debuts with X99E-ITX/ac Haswell-E Mainboard

ASRock places itself on record with an offbeat solution – the first ever mini-ITX mainboard for Socket LGA2011-v3 platform. The X99E-ITX/ac is developed for the most efficient Haswell-E CPUs (Intel Core i7-5000 series). The Intel X99 chipset ensures the board’s functionality, though it was limited due to compact dimensions.

ASRock X99E-ITX/ac accommodates two slots for two-channel DDR4 memory modules. Storage subsystem offers four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, a single SATA Express, and one Ultra M.2 slot that uses four PCI-e 3.0 x16 lanes. Expansion is supported by one PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot only.

This mainboard comes equipped with mPCIe 3.0 x1 socket as well as a modular unit for Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth network connections. They are accompanied with a pair of gigabit Ethernet controllers from Intel. A set of external interfaces boasts two ultra-new USB 3.1 Type-A ports. Four USB 3.0 ports, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, and five 3.5 mm mini-jacks for the …

Radeon HD 7990: postponed, can not be executed

Nvidia's half hearted established the supply of dual-chipset videoadapter GeForce GTX 690. In turn, the competing Radeon HD 7990 is seriously delayed, although previously the release for late July was planned.

According to new information, AMD will officially unveil the video card, code-named New Zealand in the second half of August. Non-reference Radeon HD 7970 X2 from HIS, PowerColor and other AMD exclusive partners will debut, apparently, even later.

Most likely, Radeon HD 7990 will be announced at the annual exhibition Gamescom (Cologne) 16 to August 19. This is one of the few Premier Advanced Micro Devices, which will take place on the European continent: usually the company prefers to organize similar events in their home countries or in countries in South-east Asia.

Radeon HD 7990 GPU is equipped with two Tahiti XT (2x 2048 shader, 2x 128 TMU, 2x 32 ROP), two 384-bit memory buses and 2x 3 GB of RAM on-board of type GDDR5. Among other things, the card will …

Kingmax Enlarges the SME Xvalue Lineup with Two New SSD Series

Kingmax, a renowned manufacturer of various data storage and memory solutions, has replenished its SME Xvalue lineup of solid-state drives with a pair of new series. Codenamed SME 32 Xvalue and SME 35 XValue, both series count three models of 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB capacities. It should be noted that the first lineup is predestined to be installed into laptops and small-sized devices, whereas the second one – into desktop PCs.

SME Xvalue SSDs are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and feature 100.5x69.85x7 mm dimensions. All of them employ SATA 6 Gb/sec interface and are based on MLC NAND flash memory. The drives can operate under 5V voltage within the temperature ranges of 0-+70 degrees. The manufacturer claims that their fail-proof operation time might achieve an unbelievable index — 1.200.000 hours.

In terms of performance, the implementation of advanced memory chips promotes for rather striking speed characteristics. Hence, the maximal sequential Read speed makes …
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