Gigabyte Unleashes a Pair of Brix Mini-PCs for Skylake Platform

Gigabyte keeps on expanding the segment of mini-PCs with its proper Brix solutions. This time the lineup has been replenished with two models: Brix GB-BSCEA-3955 & Brix GB-BSCEHA-3955. The two differ from each other by the height of the case. The first new-comer features 119.4x112.6x34.4 mm dimensions, whereas its companion boasts 119.4x112.6x46.8 mm dimensions. The latter allows for the installation of an additional 2.5-inch drive of 7.0 or 9.5 mm height. Both models are targeting Intel Skylake platforms.



The other characteristics of these mini-PCs are identical. They are based on two-core Intel Celeron 3955U CPUs (14 nm) which operate at 2.0 GHz frequency. Processors cooperate closely with Intel HD Graphics 510 that runs at 300-900 MHz clock frequency. The motherboard PCB (110x105 mm) houses a couple of SO-DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB).


Both Brix solutions offer one slot for the installation of M.2 2280 drive and a sole M.2 expansion slot which is …

Asus Adds Affordable Radeon R7 360 Video Card to Its Inventory

Asus has enriched its lineup of graphics adapters with a budget-oriented model – the Radeon R7 360 (codename: R7360-2DG5-V2). The greenhorn is based on AMD Tobago Pro GPU (28 nm), featuring 768 stream processors, 16 ROPs & 48 TMUs. The core operates at etalon 1050 MHz frequency. It is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface) which runs at 1500/6000 MHz frequency (base/efficient).



Asus Radeon R7 360 differs from the competitors’ solutions by an entirely automatic manufacturing process: Asus Auto-Extreme Technology. The card employs Super Alloy Power hardware base as well as a signature cooler. The latter consists of an aluminum heatsink & a pair of fans.


The I/O panel accommodates four video ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I & DVI-D. Power is supplied via a single 6-pin connector. It should be mentioned that all customers are free to enable invite code to World of Warships giveaway program (till the 30th of January, 2017).

Motherboard Asus Z97-Deluxe Review: Getting to Know a New Intel’s Chipset

Intel’s Z-series chipsets have been recently supplemented by a new Z97 Express companion. Its release coincides with the launch of an updated Haswell Refresh CPU line for LGA 1150 socket. The new platform is thought to support PCI Express M.2 interface that substitutes an old-fashioned mSATA one. It is also supposed to support SATA Express interface and the forthcoming Intel Core 5th generation CPUs. What are the real differences between Z97 and preceding chipsets? Let’s find it out through the example of Asus Z97-Deluxe motherboard.



Basic Specifications


— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— chipset and CPUs: Intel Z97 Express, 4th/5th gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors for Socket LGA 1150;

— interface: DMI 2.0, 20 Gb/sec;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, two-channel, 64 GB ultimate capacity, 1066 MHz-3300 (OC) MHz frequencies;

— multi-GPU support: AMD CrossFireX, Nvidia SLI;

— expansion slots: 3x PCI-e 3.0 x16, 4x PCI-e 2.0 …
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