Biostar Unveils Specifications of A55MLV Motherboard

Biostar has given its new motherboard A55MLV certain prominence, unveiling its main specifications on the official website. Relying on the claimed data, a new product is developed in micro-ATX form factor and is targeted primarily at compact desktops applied in home and office systems. What is more, this motherboard aims at drawing customers who struggle for utmost performance, limitless facilities, and moderate price.

Biostar A55MLV is based on AMD A55 system logics and accommodates Socket FM1 to be compatible with a number of high-end processors. It supports the following APUs from AMD which TDP level does not exceed 100W: E2, A4, A6 and A8 series. This motherboard contains two DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3 memory type (800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866), operating at one-channel or two-channel modes.

The model boasts the availability of four SATA II ports, a single PCI port, one PCI-e 2.0 x16 port, six USB 2.0 ports, network Ethernet LAN 10/100 (Atheros AR8152), …

Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.

Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.

The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.

Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.

This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.
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