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 …

PC-Cooling Releases a New Chassis under Cooltek Brand

All those people who look for a small-sized and classic chassis for HTPC system have got a wonderful opportunity to implement their longing into life. PC-Cooling GmbH has introduced its new PC case, codenamed Coolcube, under Cooltek brand. Such an engaging name totally corresponds to the case's framework: cubic case made of anodized aluminum and painted black. Featuring 210x200x240 mm dimensions, the product is estimated for the installation of mini-ITX motherboards. The case itself contains a large number of ventilation holes in the side and rear parts.



The number of PCI expansion slots equals to two, but there is no a dedicated bay for 5.25-inch drives. However, there is room for the installation of a single 3.5-inch drive and one 2.5-inch drive. The length of supported graphics cards should not exceed 185 mm, while the height of supported CPU coolers should not exceed 80 mm.


The most striking thing is that this chassis model is compatible with the majority power supply …

Sapphire Launches Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM Graphics Card

Sapphire, a well-known manufacturer of top-notch graphics solutions, is glad to announce the launch of a new high-performance video card, entitled Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM. The greenhorn is available in two modifications which differ by GPU clocks (AMD Radeon R9 Fury). The first version offers 1050 MHz frequency, while the second version runs at 1020 MHz frequency. As a reminder, the etalon Fiji Pro GPU operates at 1000 MHz.



Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM rests upon an improved PCB with an enforced VRM and high-quality hardware base. The card employs 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit bandwidth. The list of integrated interfaces consists of three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI port and one DVI-D port. Moreover, the model is shipped with a proprietary Sapphire TriXX utility that allows for fine tuning of all key parameters.


As distinct from the etalon model, the modified graphics card from Sapphire boasts Tri-X cooler. It embraces three fans on ball bearings and 10-mm …
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