Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.

Design and Layout

Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …

New Motherboard from Gigabyte with Ultra Durable 4 Classic Design

Gigabyte has recently introduced a new motherboard intended specifically for the creation of budgetary entry-level systems. Codenamed Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3H, the model is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and features 226x174 mm dimensions. Chipset Intel H61 Express secures all key functions of the board, while the support of Socket LGA1155 empowers the incorporation of CPUs based on Intel Ivy Bridge and Intel Sandy Bridge architecture.

GA-H61M-USB3H features only two 240-contact DIMM slots for the installation of up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333 MHz memory. Video subsystem might have dual nature: it might either employ an integrated into CPU graphics core or use an independent graphics card with PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface. Audio subsystem is represented by Realtek ALC887 controller which secures 7.1-channel sounding. Network facilities are ensured by 1x gigabit network controller powered by Realtek.

The connection of external displays is realized via three video …

Goodram Enters the Market with CX100 SSD Line

Wilk Electronic SA has just released a new line of solid-state drives under Goodram brand name. Entitled CX100, the drives are available in four capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. All of them feature 7 mm depth and support 2.5-inch form-factor. Besides, they employ SATA III interface with 6 Gb/sec bandwidth. As far as pricing is concerned, the junior model (120 GB) costs 55 EUR, the two medium models – 84 EUR and 162 EUR respectively, while the senior one (960 GB) – 348 EUR.

The nominal delivery kit contains a dedicated adapter to fit 9.5 mm slots. These SSDs are known to support TRIM & SMART options as well as Garbage Collection technology. The latter protects the drive from the failure of power supply, optimizing the boot time and ensuring overall operational stability.

Goodram CX100 models are estimated to operate some 2 million hours in a failure-proof mode. Average power consumption makes up 0.105 W (and 0.3 W in idle mode). The new-comers also support …
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