Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Nvidia Debuts with GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Adapter

Trailed by the flagship GeForce GTX 780 model, Nvidia officially launches one more high-performance graphics adapter of 700 series, codenamed GeForce GTX 770. Albeit the two products are rather similar in design (i.e. the incorporation of identical two-slot cooling system), their layout differs considerably. First of all, GTX 770 employs less efficient graphics core Nvidia GK104-425-A2 (28 nm) with 1536 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. At the same time this GPU operates at higher frequencies: 1046 MHz (nominal), 1085 MHz (dynamic).



Nvidia’s new entry comes either with 2 GB or 4 GB video memory modules of GDDR5 type. They employ 256-bit interface and ensure high bandwidth of 224 Gb/sec. Memory operational frequency is truly striking, demonstrating up to 1752 MHz (nominal) and up to 7010 MHz (dynamic) index. It should be noted that models with 4 GB modules will cost $50 more than those with 2 GB items (the recommended price makes up $399).


To continue, GeForce GTX 770 …

Transcend Rolls Out StoreJet Cloud Storages

Transcend brings to the market a pair of unique cloud storages – the StoreJet Cloud 110 & the StoreJet Cloud 210. The first new-comer is equipped with a single 3.5-inch drive bay (max. capacity – 4 TB), while the second one avails two bays, offering up to 8 TB capacity and the possibility to create RAID 1 arrays (mirroring). The bays support HDD/SSD with SATA II interface.



Transcend StoreJet Cloud storages take a two-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, running at 1.1 GHz frequency. It is accompanied by 256 MB of DDR3 memory. The advantage of such combination lies in high power efficiency and affordable price. Both models are characterized by a sleek design & the support for remote access, data backup, and stream processing options.


New cloud storages accommodate one Gigabit Ethernet port and one USB 3.0 port. They are known to support Apple Time Machine for data backup on Mac devices as well as AirPlay, iTunes & Chromecast technologies for content broadcasting. There is also a …
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