Distinctive Features of Motherboard ROG Maximus V Extreme from Asus

The past several days were marked by the official presentation of a new motherboard from Asus company. The new product, codenamed ROG Maximus V Extreme, is based on Intel Z77 chip and supports Intel Core processors of the second and third generations. The major distinctive feature of the motherboard is the availability of the integrated Thunderbolt interface and a range of exclusive overclocking and monitoring attachments. ROG Maximus V Extreme is furnished with five PCI Express 3.0 slots and is able to support such graphics technologies as AMD CrossFire, LucidLogix Virtu MVP, and Nvidia SLI.



Asus designers have taken care about the multitask capabilities of their motherboards, so equipped their products with the controller of Thunderbolt interface. Its bandwidth capacity approximates 10 Gb/sec. This interface is predestinated to attach monitors and peripheral equipment to a single Thunderbolt port at full speed. The nominal delivery set embraces a supplementary OC Key device …

The Designer Series of BenQ Monitors Has Been Widened by the 27-inch PD2710QC Model

A new model of BenQ monitors under the PD2710QC codename has recently broadened the Designer line. This novelty, with Animation, Darkroom and CAD/CAM special modes preinstalled, is intended for designers and professionals working with graphics and video.



PD2710QC has an IPS 27-inch LCD panel with the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. Its brightness factor is 350 cd/m2, contrast ratio – 1000:1, and the response time – 12 ms. The device covers 100 % of sRGB and Rec.709 sets of colours, as well as supports Flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies.


Among other peculiarities of this BenQ product one can notice embedded speakers of the total 2 W capacity and a convertible stand, which allows to adjust the height in the 130 mm range and to change the landscape display operation mode into the portrait one.


The interface contains an HDMI, a DisplayPort and a USB-C port.

A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.



The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).


Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …
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