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) …

Greeting New HIS R7 260 iCooler 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

The lineup of graphics cards designed by HIS has been replenished with a new Radeon R7 260 model. Entitled HIS R7 260 iCooler 1GB GDDR5, the new-comer employs a typical PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface and comes with etalon clock frequencies. The R7 260 GPU (GCN, 28 nm) with 768 CUDA cores runs at 1000 MHz. It is accompanied by 1 GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit bus) that operates at 1500 MHz/ 6000 MHz typical/effective frequency.



This adapter receives power through one 6-contact connector. Connectivity with PC monitors is realized due to three video ports: DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-I. GPU and memory modules are cooled down by the forces of iCooler. It is not differentiated by an offbeat design; it consists of an aluminum heatsink and one low-profile fan.


Still, it offers acoustic convenience while fulfilling standard tasks: the maximal noise level does not exceed the limit of 28 dB. A supplementary aluminum heatspreader can be found in power supply section.


The HIS R7 260 …

Power Supply Unit FSP Raider RA550 Review

Power supply units with 80Plus Bronze standard were rarity in earlier times and distinguished themselves by rather high cost. Nevertheless, nowadays customers are able to acquire PSU models with this standard for quite a moderate price. This is explained by the surplus congestion of products in the market and the need to supply different consumer groups with high-end, but at the same time, cheap PSU solutions. FSP Raider RA550 is characterized exactly by moderate price and high efficiency index. This allowed the very model of PSU to receive 80Plus Bronze marker.



Design and Framework


First of all, it should be mentioned that FSP Raider series is presented by several models which include RA 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W. PSU model under consideration, RA550 cannot boast a refined design template. Quite the contrary, it is developed in a classical design, with the provision of specifications on the side and rear plates. The casing is made of thin hard steel which is covered by a …
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