Motherboard ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Overview

Let’s start with the general technical characteristics:


Processors: AMD Sempron, Athlon, Phenom II, FX, Socket AM3 and Socket AM3 +

Core logic chipset: AMD 970 + AMD SB950

RAM: 4 x DDR3 for DIMM socket

Supported memory: up to 64 GB (unbuffered, non-ECC); dual-mode support, AMD A.M.P. and Intel X.M.P; support for DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133/2400 (OC) + MHz

Audio: Realtek ALC1150 (up to 8 channels)

Network: 1xIntel I211AT (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion slots: 1 PCI Express x16 2.0 slot (PCIE2), physically as x16

1 x PCI Express x16 2.0 (PCIE4) slot, physically as x8

2 PCI Express x1 2.0 slots (PCIE1 and PCIE3)

2 x PCI slots

Graphics tandems support: AMD CrossFire; NVidia SLI

Disk subsystem: AMD SB950; — 6 SATA2 3Gb/s ports, support for ACHI, NCQ, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0 + 1.

USB: AMD SB950:

— 8 ports USB 2.0/1.1 (2 connectors on the board for connecting 4 ports, 4 ports on the back of the board)

ASMedia ASM1042A:

— 2 USB …

Be Quiet! Adds a Couple of Dark Base 900 Cases

Be Quiet! has supplemented its lineup of PC cases with two Super-Midi Tower models: the Dark Base 900 & the Dark Base Pro 900. Both new-comers allow for the installation of ATX/XL-ATX/E-ATX motherboards with the maximum of 8 expansion slots. The chassis is made of SECC steel with a mixture of ABS-plastic inserts. The Pro version comes with a side window made of a quenched glass.



Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 cases (585.5x577.2x242.7 mm) feature a pair of 5.25-inch drives bays, seven 3.5-inch bays as well as fifteen 2.5-inch drive bays. They are ready to accommodate CPU coolers of up to 185 mm in height, PSU of up to 284 mm in length, and graphics cards of up to 325 mm (with the drive bay)/470 mm (without the drive bay) in length. The range of external interfaces includes a single HD audio port & four USB ports (2x v 2.0, 2x v 3.0).


The difference between the two lies in the implemented cooling system. Both chassis come with an integrated fan controller. The controller inbuilt …

Intel Debuts with an 'Ever Efficient' Motherboard DX79SR

Intel has officially introduced its new motherboard codenamed DX79SR. According to the company's developers, this board is the most functional one among all models ever released by Intel. One won't find it difficult to guess that the release of DX79SR is devoted to the announcement of a flagship processor Intel Core i7-3970X EE which breaks all records in terms of power-efficiency: its TDP level is estimated at 150W.



Motherboard Intel DX79SR is developed in ATX form-factor. It is compatible with LGA2011 socket and operates under Intel X79 Express chipset. The manufacturer alloted eight 240-contact slots for SDRAM memory of DDR3-2400+ type; the overall capacity of system memory might achieve 64 GB. Intel HD Audio is represented by 10-channel subsystem (7.1+2 channels with independent current transfer) with five analog outputs and optical S/PDIF output.


Motherboard extension facilities include three slots for PCI-e 3.0 x16 expansion cards, a couple of PCI-e x1 slots, and a …
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