Xigmatek Unveils a Classy Vector S550 Power Supply Unit

Xigmatek expands its line of products by a new series of PSUs, entitled Vector S. Currently, the customers can acquire the 550 W model, featuring 123x150x85 mm dimensions and 80 Plus Silver certificate. Its efficiency level achieves 86% on 20%-100% load range. The new-comer is distinguished by a memorable design: it is housed in a magenta case equipped with an unusual ventilation grid and a V-shape insertion.



Xigmatek Vector S550 accommodates a semi-modular cable design: CPU and motherboard power supply cables are fixed, whereas all other cables are demountable. The list of available connectors includes 24-pin ATX, 8+8-pin EPS, a pair of 6+2 PCI Express, three Molex, one Berg, and six SATA interfaces. All internal components are cooled down by a single 135-mm low-noise fan with a stylish LED backlight.


A new PSU model from Xigmatek boasts the integration of a single +12V bus, Active PFC technology as well as a bunch of protection options: OVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, etc. In …

Scythe Showcases Asymmetric Byakko CPU Cooler

Scythe, a well-known Japanese manufacturer of cooling solutions, is about to release an uncommon CPU cooler. Entitled Byakko, the Tower model features an asymmetric design: an aluminum heatsink is superseded backwards against the nickel-plated base; such framework ensures an ideal compatibility of the cooler with high RAM modules. Moreover, the item is only 130-mm high, so it can fit any PC case.



Scythe Byakko is reconcilable with the majority of modern platforms, including Intel Socket LGA 1366/115x/775 & AMD Socket FM1/FM2/FM2+/aM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+. The cooler accommodates three nickel-plated 6-mm heat pipes, replenished by a single 92-mm fan. The Scythe Slip Stream 92 PWM is based on a sleeve bearing. Thanks to the PWM support, the fan is able to rotate within 300-2300 RPM range. Therewith, the maximal noise level does not surpass the margin of 28.26 dBA (the minimal index is 7.2 dBA).


The model is able to produce 6.70-46.55 CFM airflow, depending on the rotational speed. …

Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.



Key Peculiarities


Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …
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