Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Palit to Release GTX 1070 JetStream & GameRock Videocards

Following the official release of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics adapter, the company’s partners have started unveiling their own modifications. Hence, Palit is about to launch four videocards, based on Pascal microarchitecture: GTX 1070 JetStream, GTX 1070 Super JetStream, GTX 1070 GameRock & GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition. All greenhorns employ GP104-200 GPU (16 nm, FinFet) with 1920 CUDA, 64 ROPs and 120 TMUs.

These videocards feature an 8-phase VRM system that uses a reliable hardware base, including solid-state capacitors and DrMOS chips. The GPU is accompanied by 8 GB of GDDR5 memory; its clock frequency across the line makes up 2.0/8.0 GHz (256 Gb/sec bandwidth) but for the GameRock Premium Edition model that delivers 2125/8500 MHz frequency & 272 Gb/sec bandwidth.

Cooling of all key components is provided by 2.5-slot coolers. They entail a copper base, a few copper heatpipes, a dual-section aluminum heatsink as well as a pair of 100 mm fans with …

Intel Debuts with Skull Canyon NUC Mini-PC

Skull Canyon was designed to dispel stereotypes about low efficiency of compact-sized PCs. Intel tried hard to take its mini-PC to the next level. Hence, the company furnished it with a 4-core Core i7-6770HQ CPU (Skylake) with support of Hyper-Threading. It features 6 MB L3 cache, 45 W TDP and runs at 2.6/3.5 GHz frequency. The CPU incorporates Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (GT4e) graphics core with 72 computing units and an additional eDRAM of 128 MB (frequency index: 350-950 MHz).

Intel Skull Canyon is housed in a stylish case with skull logo, featuring 216x116x23 mm dimensions & 0.7 liters capacity. The model accommodates a pair of So-DIMM DDR4-2133+ slots, allowing to install up to 32 GB of memory. Storage subsystem might be organized thanks to a pair of M.2 slots which support SSDs with SATA or PCI Express x4 interface.

This mini-PC comes with Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260 adapter that is thought to support Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The rear panel …
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