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 …

HDD Segment is Given Comforting Forecasts

In consideration of mass transition to solid-state drives by large customer groups, HDD developers are deep in their thoughts about the way to promote their products. Indeed, the era of desktop computers is gradually sinking into oblivion, since more and more users give preference to more advanced compact devices, such as pads, mobile gadgets, etc., which require SSD integration. Still, analysts from some leading IT bureaus give promising forecasts for HDD industry for the upcoming four years.

According to their researches, HDD market will not die but, quite the contrary, will see a significant boost with the hit of supply in 2016. The end of 2012 is not far off, but it's already possible to estimate the overall delivery volumes by a few global HDD manufacturers. Thus, Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate will increase the rate of supply at more than 4%, as compared with 2011, delivering 502.5 million drives. This index will rise approximately to 575 million items till 2016.
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Budgetary Chassis NZXT Tempest 210 Review

Product line of NZXT, an American hardware developer and supplier, is basically targeted at gamers and enthusiasts. Its chassis and power supply units prove to demonstrate highly-efficient characteristics and, in some terms, outstanding performance. Still, the company expands its customer audience by developing products for middle-end and entry-level consumer groups. Its latest chassis model Tempest 210 belongs exactly to the budgetary sector due to the reasonable correlation: quality – price. Being an entry-level product, NZXT Tempest 210 is ready to offer quite satisfactory facilities and performance.


Design of NZXT Tempest 210 chassis can be called classical. This is confirmed by all straight lines and standard framework. Grid-like frontal panel is the only distinguishing feature of the model. The rear panel is analogous to the majority of other classical enclosures. Tempest 210 is delivered only in black version to add universality to the model's utilization. …
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