Gigabyte Unleashes a Pair of Brix Mini-PCs for Skylake Platform

Gigabyte keeps on expanding the segment of mini-PCs with its proper Brix solutions. This time the lineup has been replenished with two models: Brix GB-BSCEA-3955 & Brix GB-BSCEHA-3955. The two differ from each other by the height of the case. The first new-comer features 119.4x112.6x34.4 mm dimensions, whereas its companion boasts 119.4x112.6x46.8 mm dimensions. The latter allows for the installation of an additional 2.5-inch drive of 7.0 or 9.5 mm height. Both models are targeting Intel Skylake platforms.

The other characteristics of these mini-PCs are identical. They are based on two-core Intel Celeron 3955U CPUs (14 nm) which operate at 2.0 GHz frequency. Processors cooperate closely with Intel HD Graphics 510 that runs at 300-900 MHz clock frequency. The motherboard PCB (110x105 mm) houses a couple of SO-DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB).

Both Brix solutions offer one slot for the installation of M.2 2280 drive and a sole M.2 expansion slot which is …

Greeting Brand New GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum Videocard from Asus

Following in-house traditions of success, Asus has developed a new graphics card on the basis of a renowned GeForce GTX 780 Ti Poseidon model. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum boasts an original design, seasoned with factory overclocking and a hybrid cooling system. The new-comer is thought to satisfy the needs of high-performance systems with powerful CPUs and multitasking environment. Pricing is unknown so far.

Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is based on Nvidia GK110 GPU (Kepler), equipped with 2880 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs and 240 TMUs. All system components are soldered on an offbeat black PCB with PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface. The card features a reinforced power supply subsystem that is designed according to 10-phase configuration with the employment of Super Alloy Power components.

The connection with the PSU is realized through a pair of 8-pin sockets. The maximal TDP level does not go beyond 250 W. The interface panel consists of DL DVI-I, three …

Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …
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