A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.



The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).


Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

Motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z Review

Asus has been taking a leading position in the supply of motherboards to the PC hardware market for a long time. For example, its Republic of Gamers series has been enjoying great popularity among customers for more than six years already. Besides, the company was a pioneer to introduce ROG in its products to guarantee an unmatched performance and wide range of available facilities. Crosshair model was the first to implement ROG in its basis, and the latest Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard is a direct follower of this approach.



Background


Motherboard model Crosshair V Formula-Z is developed in ATX form-factor (305x244 mm dimensions), employs AMD 990FX/SB950 chipset and is ready to house CPUs from AMD AM3+ (Sempron 100/Athlon II/Phenom II/FX). Memory subsystem consists of four DIMM slots estimated for DDR3 memory type that is able to operate in two-channel mode at 1066MHz-2400MHz frequency. The model is known to support Extreme Memory Profile options and is compatible …

Non-reference GTX 760 Graphics Adapter with S.A.C. Cooling from Elsa

Elsa, a well-known Japanese manufacturer of graphics solutions for PC systems, is going to release its own non-reference model of Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 adapter. Codenamed Elsa GeForce GTX 760 S.A.C., the card is based on an original PCB with PCI-e 3.0 x16 interface. The heart of the model is GK104-225 chip (an estimated performance equals to 2.3 GFLOPS), designed under 28 nm Kepler microarchitecture. It features 1152 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs, 96 TMUs, and runs at the nominal 980 MHz frequency (1033 MHz on overclocking).



Graphics card GTX 760 S.A.C. carries 2GB memory of GDDR5 type that is equipped with 256-bit bus and operates at 6008 MHz clock frequency (effective index). Power supply process is realized via two 6-pin sockets. It should be noted that this model is known to consume not more than 170 W power. The reverse side of PCB contains video interface panel with four outputs: DisplayPort, HDMI, Dual Link DVI-D, Dual Link DVI-I.


As it’s vivid from the codename, this …
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