Motherboard ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review

The variety of motherboards designed by ASRock is able to satisfy the whims of any customer group. All models are characterized by multiple useful facilities and different price ranges. This makes ASRock products a universal means for PC integration. These days the company has proudly released a dedicated motherboard, codenamed Z77 OC Formula, developed specifically for overclockers. This is the first model of this manufacturer designed particularly with overclocking facilities in mind.

Design and Integration

At first sight, motherboard ASRock Z77 OC Formula does not distinguish itself by exceptional design and layout. However, more intense look will uncover a range of peculiarities pertained specifically to this product. This motherboard is designed in CEB form-factor, since the number of integrated facilities would be scant for ATX standard. Still, fixing holes are located similarly to ATX boards, so there won't be any difficulties during its installation.

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Gammaxx S40: a New Budgetary CPU Cooler from Deepcool

Deepcool is going to amplify its product line with a new CPU cooler known as Gammaxx S40. This model features 120x81.3x143 mm dimensions and a traditional for contemporary cooling systems framework. But its recommended price of €25 is going to become the major attraction for the potential audience. Moreover, due to the availability of various fixing clips, Gammaxx S40 demonstrates support for various actual desktop platforms, including Intel's Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775, and AMD's FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+.

Deepcool Gammaxx S40 consists of six copper heat pipes covered by a nickel layer, a clamping plate that functions also as an additional heatsink, a set of aluminum plates with perforations, and a fan. The developers have realized Core Touch technology in their new product that allows the heatpipes to get in direct contact with the CPU lid.

The integrated fan of 120 mm dimensional type is based on a hydrodynamic bearing. It is known to support PWM …

Kingmax Enlarges the SME Xvalue Lineup with Two New SSD Series

Kingmax, a renowned manufacturer of various data storage and memory solutions, has replenished its SME Xvalue lineup of solid-state drives with a pair of new series. Codenamed SME 32 Xvalue and SME 35 XValue, both series count three models of 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB capacities. It should be noted that the first lineup is predestined to be installed into laptops and small-sized devices, whereas the second one – into desktop PCs.

SME Xvalue SSDs are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and feature 100.5x69.85x7 mm dimensions. All of them employ SATA 6 Gb/sec interface and are based on MLC NAND flash memory. The drives can operate under 5V voltage within the temperature ranges of 0-+70 degrees. The manufacturer claims that their fail-proof operation time might achieve an unbelievable index — 1.200.000 hours.

In terms of performance, the implementation of advanced memory chips promotes for rather striking speed characteristics. Hence, the maximal sequential Read speed makes …
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