AMD FX-8350 Review: Improved and Advanced

Processors AMD FX Vishera are considered to be 'heavy metal' in the AMD's inventory. They belong to the products of the second generation and employ an advanced Piledriver architecture. This architecture is intended primarily at managing multi-threading applications to provide for improved performance, if compared with CPUs of the first generation. In addition, FX Vishera chips feature reasonable correlation of power, facilities and price.



Platform and Architecture


CPU AMD FX-8350 is compatible with motherboards which contain AM3+ socket and high-performance logics AMD 990FX, AMD 970, and AMD 990X. It should be noted that boards with such chipsets are able to offer two additional PCI Express x16 sockets which are characterized by high speed index on integration of two video adapters. AMD FX series consists of four CPU models; FX-8350 and FX-8320 house eight cores, FX-6300 feature six cores, while junior model FX-4300 contents itself with only four cores.


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Asus to Release MG248Q Gaming Monitor

Asus keeps on expanding its lineup of gaming monitors. This time the manufacturer introduces a 24-inch MG248Q display, based on TN panel. The latter features 16:9 aspect ratio & supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080).The new-comer is characterized by a sleek design, an ergonomic stand with several adjustment options (height, swivel, pivot) and by the possibility to employ VESA bracket for wall mounting.



The integrated within Asus MG248Q panel offers lighting-speed response time – 1 ms. The support for AMD FreeSync technology allows the monitor to dynamically change the refresh rate from 40 Hz to 144 Hz on different conditions. The model is compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision 2 kit; this provides for an overwhelming immersion into 3D gaming world.


The MG248Q accommodates three video ports: HDMI, DisplayPort & DVI-D. The greenhorn is furnished with two inbuilt speakers (4 W). It is able to display up to 16.7 million colors at the maximal brightness of 350 cd/m2 and dynamic …

Asus Introduces a New Powerful Motherboard Z87-A

The line of Haswell-compatible motherboards from Asus has been recently replenished with a new model – Z87-A. The new-comer is supposed to be the most ‘customer-friendly’ board, due to the correlation of incorporated facilities and price: based on the prime chipset (Intel Z87) on Socket LGA1150 platform, this board boasts an extreme functional combined with the price of $150 only. Thus, it might become a perfect solution for a powerful gaming PC.



Motherboard Asus Z87-A is elaborated in ATX form-factor and supports Intel Core i3, i5, i7, Pentium, and Celeron processors. Memory is represented by four DDR3 DIMM slots that are able to run at the maximal 3000 MHz frequency. Their overall capacity might achieve 32 GB. CPU power supply subsystem involves 8 phases; this is quite enough for a full-scale overclocking. Audio facilities are ensured by the integrated 7.1-channel Realtek ALC892 controller. Network facilities are backed by a separate gigabit Realtek 8111GR controller.
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