Lian Li to Release Irregular PC-O5 & PC-O5S Cases

Lian Li Industrial Co. gets ready to start retail sales of two extraordinary PC cases: PC-O5 and PC-O5S. Designed in mini-ITX form-factor, both new-comers boast an open-air design concept where one of the side panels has a totally transparent facet from a hardened glass. The other distinctive feature is an irregular internal layout: the integrated graphics adapter is located in the bottom section and joined with the motherboard by a dedicated card; the PSU is located on a par with the adapter.

Lian Li PC-O5 features 384x390x133 mm dimensions and weighs 5.4 kg. It is able to accommodate one thin ODD, up to four 3.5-inch or five 2.5-inch drives as well as three PCI expansion cards. The maximal length of compatible graphics adapters makes up 190 mm, the ultimate height of compatible CPU coolers – 70 mm, whereas the maximal length of compatible PSUs – 140 mm. The model is delivered with a pre-installed 140 mm fan, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and HD Audio connectors.

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Gigabyte Showcases GA-Z170X Gaming 3 Mainboard

Gigabyte expands its line of gaming products with a new ATX motherboard, entitled GA-Z170X Gaming 3. The key peculiarity ascribed to the model is the support for the latest Intel Skylake-S CPU (14 nm) with LGA 1151 socket. The new-comer takes Intel Z170 chipset as the basis and draws power via 24-pin ATX as well as 8-pin EPS power sockets. Besides, the board belongs to the mainstream customer segment, so its price won’t go higher than $188.

Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3 is furnished with 7-phase VRM, four slots for DDR4-3400 MHz RAM (two-channel) of up to 64 GB capacity, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for the installation of graphics cards (support for CrossFireX and SLI configurations), a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.

Storage subsystem might be organized due to six SATA III ports (bandwidth – 6 Gb/sec), three SATA Express ports (bandwidth – up to 16 Gb/sec), and a couple of M.2 slots with bandwidth index up to 32 Gb/sec.

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Asus Boasts One More Graphics Adapter with a Two-Slot Cooler

Asus has replenished its graphics card series based on Kepler architecture with a brand variation of one-chip GeForce GTX 680 adapter. Brand Asus GeForce GTX 680 card has been developed on an original in design circuit board and is notable by the doubled to 4GB GDDR5 memory capacity. Nevertheless, the most outstanding characteristic of a new product is the implementation of a two-slot cooling system, codenamed DirectCU II. Earlier Asus equipped its GeForce GTX 680 adapters with three-slot coolers.

The company decided to concentrate mainly on the introduction of an uncommon cooling system, leaving all frequency showings identical to the recommended by Nvidia index. Thus, graphics core operates at 1006 MHz frequency, while memory module works at 6008 MHz. Memory chips are soldered on both sides of the circuit board. The reverse side of PCB is covered by an aluminum plate that is in direct contact with GDDR5 chips.

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