ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.

The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.

The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

Intel to Release Celeron Ivy Bridge Processors in 2013

CPUs designed under 22 nm technological process are present practically in all Intel product lines but for Intel Celeron and Intel Atom series. This situation is going to change in the first quarter of the coming year, when new Itel Atom Silvermount and Celeron processors of Ivy Bridge generation are going to be introduced. Celeron series will be represented by three models: G1610, G1610T and G1620; they will substitute the items developed under 32 nm process. Moreover, a more advanced technological process will be applied even to the design of budgetary CPUs with the purpose to enhance their performance and power-saving characteristics.

According to the current data, all three Celeron models will be equipped with two cores based on Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, 2 MB cache-memory of the latest level, and with graphics core Intel HD Graphics 2500. They will also employ two-channel DDR3 memory type, operating under a dedicated controller at 1333 MHz frequencies. Nominal CPU and …

Offbeat Chassis Cooler Master HAF XB Review

Cooler Master is one of the companies that always amaze potential users by high-quality and, at the same time, offbeat framework of hardware items. For instance, its High Air Flow (HAF) series of PC cases is differentiated by a quite uncommon design, combined with a powerful cooling system. Cooler Master HAF XB is probably the most outstanding model within the series, since it is something like a borderland between an open stand and a modding case. However, offbeat framework is not the only attraction of this product. Let’s find out some other advantages of this case.

General Peculiarities

Cooler Master HAF XB is compatible with ATX/micro-ATX/mini-ITX motherboards and ATX PS2 power supply units. The case is made of steel with some plastic inclusions. It features two bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and six bays for 2.5-inch devices. Expansion facilities are introduced by seven slots. Internal spacing is enough to house 334 mm long …
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