MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.



MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.


Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

Graphics Card Sapphire Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition Review

Up-to-date facilities provided by graphics cards manufacturers allow customers to create various graphic configurations, including the activation of several monitors within a single card. Indeed, contemporary technical approaches transform traditional video adapters into video gurus. The latest development of Sapphire, a flagship model Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition, offers up to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory and promotes for the activation of six monitors in Eyefinity. Such options exceed those integrated into a reference model, AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and are able to ensure a dramatic increase in performance.



Technical Peculiarities


Sapphire decided to base its flagship model on GPU AMD Tahiti with an integrated delimiter which lowers the clock frequency on the overshoot of thermal threshold. Its standard frequency equals to 1050 MHz, nominal frequency – 1100 MHz; sill, this GPU features Lethal Boost options that increase the frequencies up to 1200 MHz. This graphics card is …
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