Motherboard Asus P8Z77M-Pro Review

Functional possibilities of motherboards are not 100% dependent on their dimensions, as it was considered in earlier times. Quite the contrary, nowadays it's feasible to complement a high-performance system of compact dimensions. In this light, the majority of motherboard designers replenish their lineup of products with models of mATX format to propose efficiency and ergonomics simultaneously. Asus can boast a number of motherboard of various form-factors, and mATX is not an exclusion. Its latest model P8Z77M-Pro is capable to support all up-dated technologies, including multi-graphics (3-Way CrossFire, SLI, and Lucid Virtu MVP).



General Peculiarities


Asus P8Z77M-Pro is developed in mATX form factor. The predominant color gamut includes brown, blue and black tints. Capacitor fins have got composite gamut of silver-blue tints. The power is enabled via the main 24-contact ATX socket, and an additional 8-contact one. Such combination is basically applied in full-size …

New Eisblock XPX Water Units by AlphaCool

Transfer efficiency of the thermal energy flux from the CPU to the cooling liquid in the circuit depends on the water unit. The AlphaCool Company, being famous for its liquid-cooling system components, has presented a new water units series, called Eisblock XPX. They’ll take the place of the previous model, NexXxoS XP3. The series of Eisblock XPX water blocks will be released on the market featuring various colour schemes, including the mountings colour. The manufacturer has taken into account the latest trends.



In new models the heat-exchange zone microchannel structure is refined: the fin spacing is reduced to 0.2 mm, and the fins number has grown up to 81. Thus, the heat-exchange area has become larger. The brand Ramp technology is applied to the heat-exchanger, which guarantees the absence of the coolant flow vorticity and its steady passing through the microchannels zone. At the same time the hydraulic circuit has been optimized to diminish flow resistance. Eisblock XPX …

Intel Debuts with 5th Gen Core Mobile CPUs

Within the confines of CES 2015, Intel has officially introduced the fifth generation of Intel Core mobile processors. The lineup is targeting traditional laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, chrome-books, all-in-one items as well as mini-PCs. Besides, the company pin hopes for their CPUs to be additionally implemented within ‘All-inclusive Internet/Internet of Things’ embedded device concept.



New processors are designed according to 14-nm Intel Broadwell architecture. Due to the transition to a brand new technological process, the number of transistors has increased by 35%; herewith, the core area has reduced by 37%. Such innovative move provided for the enhancement of efficiency with simultaneous cut of power consumption. As a result, devices with the integrated Intel Core CPUs are called to run 1.5 hours longer in standalone mode.


The 5th generation lineup might boast the support for the latest codecs (HEVC, VP9, VP8), technologies (Intel WiDi 5.1, Intel RealSense …
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