ASRock H87 Fatal1ty Performance: Affordable Gaming Motherboard

The launch of Intel Haswell processors was the push for motherboard manufacturers to introduce the products of a new generation. ASRock was not an exclusion, since it offered a lineup of boards for various customer groups. This way, Fatal1ty gaming series has gained two new representatives: high-end Z87 Fatal1ty Professional and more affordable H87 Fatal1ty Performance. The latter is targeting those customers who would like to kill two birds with one stone: create a highly efficient PC system and save the hard-earned money.

Therefore, ASRock H87 Fatal1ty Performance is designed in a standard ATX form-factor. It is based on Intel H87 chipset and features LGA1150 CPU socket. The board is compatible with already introduced Intel processors of the fourth generation (Core i7/i5), as well as with only announced Core i3, Pentium and Celeron. The implemented PCB accommodates four DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules.

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HIS Adds 7770 iCooler to Its Graphics Cards Arsenal

A new graphics card of an average efficiency has appeared in the arsenal of HIS manufacturers. Codenamed HIS 7770 iCooler (H777FN1G), the card is targeted those gamers who would like to receive a dual effect: the possibility to play all up-dated games and to satisfy all other graphics requirements for a reasonable price.

Model 7770 iCooler is based on AMD Cape Verde TX GPU, developed under 28 nm technological process and built on Graphics Core Next micro-architecture. It involves ten computing blocks and 640 current processors. The processing unit is expected to operate at the reference 1000 MHz clock frequency. The integrated GPU is accompanied by 1GB of GDDR5 memory which employs 128 bus; its nominal clock frequency starts at 1125MHz, while its effective frequency might achieve the margin of 4500MHz.

HIS 7770 iCooler employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface. A set of external video interfaces consists of HDMI, D-Sub and Dual-DVI ports that are able to ensure the …

Intel to Release Celeron Ivy Bridge Processors in 2013

CPUs designed under 22 nm technological process are present practically in all Intel product lines but for Intel Celeron and Intel Atom series. This situation is going to change in the first quarter of the coming year, when new Itel Atom Silvermount and Celeron processors of Ivy Bridge generation are going to be introduced. Celeron series will be represented by three models: G1610, G1610T and G1620; they will substitute the items developed under 32 nm process. Moreover, a more advanced technological process will be applied even to the design of budgetary CPUs with the purpose to enhance their performance and power-saving characteristics.

According to the current data, all three Celeron models will be equipped with two cores based on Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, 2 MB cache-memory of the latest level, and with graphics core Intel HD Graphics 2500. They will also employ two-channel DDR3 memory type, operating under a dedicated controller at 1333 MHz frequencies. Nominal CPU and …
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