Intel is preparing a quad-core Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM

In late September — early October, Intel plans to update the lineup of Core i7 processors on the cores generation Ivy Bridge (22 nm). It is expected that within a few months users will witness the announcement of the CPU for laptops Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM, which will replace released in April 3720QM, 3820QM and 3920XM, respectively.



According to the information from web resources, the trio will receive an increase of 100 MHz from the predecessors, retaining the previous TDP and probably the recommended price. A common feature of the new processors is four x86-cores that handle data in 8 threads (Hyper-Threading).


Core i7-3940XM operates at a nominal frequency of 3 GHz, equipped with 8 MB cache of the third level, two-channel controllers DDR3-1333/1600, graphics subsystem Intel HD 4000. There is support for dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost, Virtualization VT-x and VT-d, new commands AES and instructions AVX. TDP 3940XM is 55 watts.


Core i7-3840QM has almost …

PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …

Here Comes a Series of Radeon R7 Graphics Cards from Sapphire

Sapphire is the company that frequently gladdens its fans with high-end advanced solutions. Thereby, it doesn’t lag behind other manufacturers who nowadays introduce their own versions of AMD’s Radeon R series of adapters. Sapphire Radeon R7 series currently counts seven models: four of them belong to Radeon R7 240 lineup, two – to Radeon R7 250 lineup, and one – to Radeon R7 260 lineup. As a result, each customer is able to choose a card, which is an optimal balance between price and facilities.



The senior model, Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU, running at 1150 MHz frequency. It is equipped with 2 GB GDDR5 memory modules (128-bit interface) that operate at 6600 MHz effective frequency. Cooling is provided by a two-slot cooler that embraces a few heatpipes, an aluminum heatsink, and a single axial-flow fan. Video interfaces are represented by DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I, and DVI-D ports.


A pair of Sapphire Radeon R7 250 models is distinguished …
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