Intel Broadwell CPUs will Get BGA Casing

The Internet community is energetically discussing unofficial info concerning the future Intel's Broadwell processors. According to the yet unacknowledged data, Intel will branch off from currently traditional LGA casings in favor to a more advanced BGA solution. At present all CPUs designed by Intel specifically for desktop platforms feature LGA (Land Grid Array) casings which allow the users to upgrade their systems without any hassle. On LGA implementation, the chip is housed within a socket and contacts with the motherboard. As a result, the user might change one chip to the other only with similar set of contacts.



The launch of Intel Broadwell processors, which is planned for 2014, might dramatically change the situation for customers. Most probably Intel will refuse from LGA casings and accommodate all new CPUs in BGA ones, marking the change of Haswell generation to the future Broadwell generation developed under 14 nm technological process. BGA (Ball Grid Array) …

EK Water Blocks to Pass Out EK-CoolStream WE Heatsinks

EK Water Blocks, a renowned manufacturer of enthusiast-level waterblocks, is about to vend its newest series of heatsinks. Codenamed EK-CoolStream WE, the new-comers feature Circle SQuare (CSQ) design that shows compatibility with practically all water/liquid-cooling systems. They employ high-quality copper pipes and fins, as well as brass alloy enclosures which provide for an adequate cooling of entrusted components.



EK-CoolStream WE heatsinks are ready to welcome additional fans of 180x180x25 mm dimensions. Most notably, the company recommends using EK-FAN 180 PWM fan based on a fluid-dynamic bearing, estimated for 30.000 hours of foolproof operation. This model operates at 500-900 RPM, ensuring sufficient airflow thanks to the well-trimmed blades. The installation of fittings is possible due to the availability of G ¼ thread.


Pricing depends on the delivery kit. Therefore, a unitary heatsink of 180 mm costs 61.95 EUR, dual heatsink of 360 mm comes at 84.95 EUR, and …

MSI Launches Z87 MPower MAX AC Overclocking Motherboard

All PC enthusiasts and overclockers are now able to enjoy all the privileges of a wireless connection thanks to a new release from MSI. The company’s latest addition to Z87 motherboard series – the Z87 MPower MAX AC – might boast the incorporation of Intel Dual Band module that supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connections. Moreover, due to the employment of two frequency bands (2.4/5 GHz), the speed of wireless data transfer achieves 867 Mb/sec.



It goes without saying that MSI Z87 MPower MAX AC is based on Intel Z87 Express chipset that supports Intel Haswell CPUs for socket LGA1150. All system components are soldered on a black-and-yellow 6-layer PCB; hardware base is implemented according to MSI Military Class 4 concept. Here, one may find Solid CAP capacitors, Dark Choke throttles, and DrMOS voltage regulators.


The PCB contains four DIMM slots for the installation of DDR3 memory modules (up to 16 GB) with the maximal clock frequency of 3000 MHz. …
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