Intel to Release CPU Avoton in Late 2013

Intel is known to develop CPU solutions for different types of systems, including home-based compact platforms, as well as corporate server systems. Not so long ago the company announced the decision to introduce its new solution for micro-servers, codenamed Bordenville, which is based on Centerton CPU. A new platform is going to provide good performance characteristics in combination with multifarious facilities. Still, Intel decided to move on and improve the platform for this segment by a more efficient product. Under the preliminary data, the company is going to develop another platform, codenamed Edisonville, based on Avoton processor.

According to the forecasts, Intel Avoton will be able to demonstrate a better performance per watt, as compared with Centerton or Haswell CPUs. Avoton will be notable for the integration of USB, SATA and GbE facilities; thus, the platform will accommodate a couple of SATA III ports, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0, and four gigabit Ethernet …

Gigabyte Unveils Middle-End Radeon R7 265 OC Edition Graphics Card

Gigabyte has recently announced the release of its first graphics card based on Radeon R7 265 adapter. The Gigabyte Radeon R7 265 OC Edition comes with operational overclocking and a powerful WindForce 2X cooling system. Still, it is attributed to the middle-end products with an average performance. The model will be available for customers in late March for the recommended price of $170.

This graphics card is developed on AMD Pitcairn Pro GPU (GCN, 28 nm) that embraces 1024 stream processors, 32 ROPs, and 64 TMUs. The core runs at the nominal 1008 MHz frequency but can be overclocked to 1036 MHz margin. Video memory section is represented by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory modules (256-bit interface); they operate at 1400 MHz/5600 MHz frequency (nominal/efficient) respectively.

The Gigabyte Radeon R7 265 OC Edition requires stable and uninterrupted power, provided by the PSU of not less than 500 W efficiency. The connection with the unit is realized via one 6-contact power socket. …

New Midi-Tower Chassis Series Xpredator X1 from Aerocool

The line of chassis designed by Aerocool has been supplemented by a new Xpredator series codenamed X1. The series is developed in midi-tower form-factor and will be of particular interest to gamers and enthusiasts. The chassis is ready to support the motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers up to 158 mm in height and graphics cards up to 400 mm in length. As one might see, internal layout is quite spacious and does not yield to the full-tower models.

Aerocool Xpredator X1 is delivered in black and white edition. Both editions are distinguished by a splashy and provoking design. Black edition combines black casing, scaly red top panel, and grid-like red frontal panel. White edition combines white casing with black inclusions. The casing itself is made of SPCC steel which reliably protects all internal components from adverse external factors.

Xpredator X1 is able to accommodate up to twelve 120 mm fans. Three fans can be installed on the frontal panel, …
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