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.



Integration


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 …

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 …

HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC Graphics Card with a Single-Slot Cooler

Welcome an extraordinary and a very interesting graphics adapter solution from HIS, namely the HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC (HS-460R4TCNR). While most of competitive prototypes possess coolers with two slots, this sample is equipped with a single-slot cooling system. This highlighting moment lets HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC occupy less place in a chassis.



The new product is based on the AMD Polaris 11 graphics engine and supports 896 streaming processors, 56 texture and 16 raster units. The GPU base clock matches the benchmark of 1090 MHz, and the dynamic frequency has increased from 1200 MHz to 1220 MHz. Video RAM encloses 4 GB GDDR5 chips with the 7000 MHz effective frequency and 128-bit bus, which goes in accordance with the reference scope of functionality.


The cooling system of HIS RX 460 4GB Slim-iCooler OC consists of a compact heatsink and an axial flow fan. The front-end interface set offers such ports as DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
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