Intel Debuts with an 'Ever Efficient' Motherboard DX79SR

Intel has officially introduced its new motherboard codenamed DX79SR. According to the company's developers, this board is the most functional one among all models ever released by Intel. One won't find it difficult to guess that the release of DX79SR is devoted to the announcement of a flagship processor Intel Core i7-3970X EE which breaks all records in terms of power-efficiency: its TDP level is estimated at 150W.

Motherboard Intel DX79SR is developed in ATX form-factor. It is compatible with LGA2011 socket and operates under Intel X79 Express chipset. The manufacturer alloted eight 240-contact slots for SDRAM memory of DDR3-2400+ type; the overall capacity of system memory might achieve 64 GB. Intel HD Audio is represented by 10-channel subsystem (7.1+2 channels with independent current transfer) with five analog outputs and optical S/PDIF output.

Motherboard extension facilities include three slots for PCI-e 3.0 x16 expansion cards, a couple of PCI-e x1 slots, and a …

Gigabyte to Release a New Mini-ITX GA-J1800N-D2H Motherboard

Gigabyte is going to release its latest elaboration – mini-ITX motherboard, codenamed GA-J1800N-D2H. The model is peculiar by the availability of an integrated two-core Intel Celeron J1800 CPU that runs at 2.4/2.5 GHz. In its turn, this processor boasts only 10 TDP level, so it might be efficiently cooled by a single aluminum heatsink, without fans. Upon the whole, the board is targeting entry-level desktop systems and comes to the market at the price tag of $60.

Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H accommodates two SO-DIMM slots, ready to house DDR3-1333 MHz memory modules with the maximal capacity of 8 GB. The connection of optical drives and other storage solutions is realized via two SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. Expansion facilities are not so versatile but quite appropriate for a small-sized board: one PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot and one mini-PCI Express slot; the latter is intended for the connection of Wi-Fi module.

To continue, audio subsystem traditionally operates by means of Realtek …

‘Ice-Cold’ Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 Ti HerculeZ X3 Ultra Review

The newest top GPUs designed by Nvidia and AMD are characterized by higher temperatures and higher noise levels, as compared to the GPUs of the previous generation. That is the price of more power. Nonetheless, average customers cannot be satisfied with efficiency only, so they were patiently waiting for non-reference products with more appropriate cooling. Inno3D always tries its best to comply with the demands of exacting PC enthusiasts, gamers and home users, hence the release of iChill GeForce GTX 780 Ti HerculeZ X3 Ultra graphics cards was much a desire. This model offers an ideal combination of performance along with decreased operational temperatures.

Design and Key Specs

At-a-glance new Inno3D’s creation resembles its predecessors in design matters. This is a voluminous graphics card with bright metallic elements, a three-slot cooler, and three fans with traditional to iChill series ‘snowflake’ stickers. Its side facet houses a dedicated space for iChill …
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