A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.



The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).


Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

MSI introduced a tandem of graphics adapters GeForce GTX 680 Twin Frozr with 4 GB memory

The Taiwanese company MSI has released a new video card N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GB, built on the basis of the reference PCB GeForce GTX 680 with double buffer memory GDDR5 and cooling system Twin Frozr III. The accelerator is available in standard and OC versions: one operates at frequencies of 1006 (1058) / 6008 MHz core (GPU Boost), and RAM chips, respectively, the second — in 1058 (1124) / 6008 MHz.



Preset cooler consists of five nickel-plated copper heatpipes, copper base, a solid array of aluminum fins and two 80-mm fans designed with blades Propeller Blade. The board is placed on two expansion slots (38.75 mm in height) and supports graphics ligament-4Way SLI. The additional power is supplied by two connectors PCI-E Power 6-pin. A set of standard video outputs: DVI-I, DVI-D, full-size HDMI and DisplayPort.


Recall, that a series of adapters GeForce GTX 680 use the chip Kepler GK104 in version of 1536 stream processors and 256-bit memory bus. Standard RAM type GDDR5 — 2 …

The “exquisite” ASUS MX27UC monitor

Recently the exquisite ASUS Designo monitors family has been expanded by Designo MX27UC. This display possesses a 27-inch AH-IPS matrix with the resolution of 3840 × 2160 px, a thin screen frame and the capacity to display 1.074 bln of shades. The device is produced in golden and black colours, among its peculiarities one can find a ring-shaped base and a thin construction. The monitor weighs 5.5 kg regarding its dimensions 614.4 × 429.5 × 225.4 mm.



The matrix used exhibits high brightness and contrast ratios – 300 cd/m² and 1300:1 respectively. Viewing angles are wide — 178° in horizontal and vertical directions, pixel density is 163 per inch, and the pixel pitch is 0.156 mm. The monitor offers 100 % sRGB coverage of the colourspace.


Designo MX27UC is very comfortable to work with. The Eye Care technology stack provides a blue light filter (Ultra-low Blue Light) and a Flicker-free option. Other benefits include the SplendidPlus pre-setting, QuickFit virtual …
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