Comprehensive Mainboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

APUs AMD Kaveri gave push to the emergence of high-performance systems, which can cope with the majority of modern Full HD games. In this light, demanding customers are preoccupied with the choice of motherboards for Socket FM2+ platform in order to satisfy their basic gaming needs. Gigabyte was one of the first companies to come forward with those demands and the launch of G1.Sniper A88X mainboard is an attempt to win the audience. Except for gaming bells and whistles, this model is ready to offer a comprehensive list of functional for high-end systems.

Key Features

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X belongs to the G1-Killer exclusive series, featuring:

— form-factor: ATX (305x225 mm);

— chipset and APU: AMD A88X for socket FM2+, AMD Athlon/A4/A6/A8/A10 series APUs (Kaveri, Trinity, Richland);

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, 64 GB maximal capacity, 1333 MHz-2400 OC MHz frequencies;

— integrated graphics: Radeon HD R7/7000/8000 series;

— expansion …

OCZ Announces a New Vertex 460 SSD Series

OCZ Storage Solutions, a newbie integral part of Toshiba Group Company, announces the release of a new SSD series, entitled Vertex 460. The series is represented by three 2.5-inch models of 480 GB, 240 GB, and 120 GB capacity. In order to facilitate with the installation and further utilization, the manufacturer equips all drives with a dedicated 3.5-inch adapter, as well as with Acronis True Image HD software package. Moreover, the models are backed by 3-years limited warranty that guarantees durable reliability.

OCZ Vertex 460 drives are based on Toshiba NAND MLC flash chips, elaborated according to 19 nm technological process. All three models employ SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and are equipped with OCZ Barefoot 3 M10 controller. Thanks to such fusion, these SSDs demonstrate unprecedented performance results, whatever type of data is concerned.

Therefore, an ultimate data Read/Write speed in sequential operations equals to 545/525 MB/sec, whereas in 4 KB random …

MSI Announces Z170A PC Mate Mainboard

MSI has recently habituated to launching ever newer and more efficient mainboards. This time the company unveils Z170A PC Mate full ATX model that draws power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS sockets. It is based on Intel Z170 chipset and is estimated for Intel Core LGA1151 (Skylake) CPUs. The core cooperates closely with DDR4 3300 MHz memory (4 slots are available, two-channel mode), the maximal volume of which might achieve 64 GB.

MSI Z170A PC Mate comes equipped with 6-phase VRM system. The model is rich in expansion facilities: it offers one PCI Express 3.0 x16, one PCI Express 3.0 x4, three PCI Express 3.0 x1, and a pair of PCI slots. The connection of drives is realized due to 1x M.2 slot 32 Gb/sec, 1x SATA Express 16 Gb/sec, and 6x SATA III 6 Gb/sec.

As far as interfaces are concerned, this motherboard houses six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a couple of USB 3.1 ports, as well as three different video ports: HDMI 2.0, D-Sub and DVI. Besides, network connection …
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