Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

A Pair of Monitors with 5:4 Aspect Ratio from iiyama

Iiyama, a Japanese monitor manufacturer, replenished its product line with a pair of displays with an unusual aspect ratio. Models E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 feature 5:4 aspect ratio and differ from each other only by the color of casing (white and black). Along with all up-dated technologies and possibilities, iiyama offers a 3-year limited warranty that secures absolutely free servicing for all customers. The recommended price for the new entries is established at $177 mark.



Monitors E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 employ TN+film panel type and are characterized by 5 ms array response time (transfer from White to Gray). The nominal resolution of 1280x1024 ensures good viewing angles (170 degrees across and 160 degrees down), 250 cd/m2 maximal brightness, and 1000:1 maximal static contrast with five million to 1 dynamic contrast. Option iStyleColor is responsible for the improvement of image quality.


Both models are characterized by the reduced showings of power consumption. …

AMD Officially Launches FreeSync Technology

The much-talked about graphical technology from AMD – FreeSync – is already out. Its privileges over rival solutions might be seen from different angles. To begin with, it dramatically optimizes the gameplay by improving image smoothness, reducing lag time, and eliminating splitting. FreeSync enables the synchronization of screen refresh time with GPU refresh time in real time; hence, images are updated only when the graphical adapter shapes the frame.



To continue, AMD FreeSync, is an open standard which does not require calculations, since it is integrated within an updated DisplayPort 1.2a interface. As distinct from Nvidia’s G-Sync, there is no need to equip the monitor with a dedicated module. Moreover, this technology supports the widest refresh range: 9-240 Hz; therefore, monitors manufacturers receive a tool for a standalone definition of operational limits for a particular model.


Currently, FreeSync is implemented within six graphics adapters and within …
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