MSI Updates Its Motherboard Line with X79A-GD45 Plus Model

MSI, a global designer of different PC hardware items, updated its ATX motherboards line with a new model X79A-GD45 Plus. As it’s seen from the codename, the board is based on Intel X79 Express system logics and is estimated for the integration of Intel Sandy Bridge-E CPUs for LGA2011 socket. According to preliminary information, a recommended price for the new item will fluctuate within the measures of $200-$250.



Motherboard X79A-GD45 Plus from MSI is furnished with 9-phase power subsystem and two heatsinks of different framework template. This subsystem has been developed with the implementation of DrMOS II technology relied on high-quality components which comply with Military Class III concept. Those components totally correspond to MIL-STD-810G standard in terms of stability and reliability of operation. Memory subsystem consists of eight 240-contact DIMM slots that allow for the integration of up to 128GB of 4-channel DDR3 memory type. The system supports various …

Plextor Debuts with M.2 6G Solid-State Drive

Plextor, an award-winning Japanese SSD designer, launches its another M.2 solution, codenamed 6G. This drive features 42 mm length only, fulfilling space requirements of small-sized but high-performance cases. The new-comer is available in two capacity variations: 64 GB (PX-64M6G-2242) and 128 GB (PX-128M6G-2242). Their retail price makes up $50 and $90 respectively.



Both Plextor M.2 6G solid-state drives come with PCI Express 2.0 interface. They are based on Marvell 88SS9188 controller and 19 nm MLC NAND flash-memory with Toggle interface (by Toshiba). The models support TRIM and NCQ technologies as well as DEVSLP power-efficient mode that reduces power consumption to 0.2 mW.


As far as speed characteristics are concerned, M.2 6G accelerate up to 520 Mb/sec on sequential Read operations; sequential Write index depends on the model: 160 Mb/sec for 64 GB model and 210 Mb/sec for 128 GB one. At the same time, random Read/Write operational index (4K blocks) makes up …

Greeting New HIS R7 260 iCooler 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

The lineup of graphics cards designed by HIS has been replenished with a new Radeon R7 260 model. Entitled HIS R7 260 iCooler 1GB GDDR5, the new-comer employs a typical PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface and comes with etalon clock frequencies. The R7 260 GPU (GCN, 28 nm) with 768 CUDA cores runs at 1000 MHz. It is accompanied by 1 GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit bus) that operates at 1500 MHz/ 6000 MHz typical/effective frequency.



This adapter receives power through one 6-contact connector. Connectivity with PC monitors is realized due to three video ports: DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-I. GPU and memory modules are cooled down by the forces of iCooler. It is not differentiated by an offbeat design; it consists of an aluminum heatsink and one low-profile fan.


Still, it offers acoustic convenience while fulfilling standard tasks: the maximal noise level does not exceed the limit of 28 dB. A supplementary aluminum heatspreader can be found in power supply section.


The HIS R7 260 …
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