Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.

Design and Layout

Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …

‘Extreme’ Facilities Offered by Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU

Zalman seems to be relentless in its attempts to daze all potential customers, as well as rivals. In this respect, there is no doubt that the company manages to regularly indulge consumers with ever newer, ever better power supply units. One of such dazzling products is Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU which is thought to belong to the high-end segment. As seen from the codename, the unit’s total power equals to 1250 W, providing for practically unlimited opportunities for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts. Due to ‘extreme’ facilities, this model easily attained 80+Platinum standard, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency.

ZM1250 Platinum is a modular power supply with all detachable cables, except for 24-contact and 8-contact ones. Upon the whole, the unit supports five cables for ODD/HDD devices and six 6+2-contact cables PCI Express.

To continue, ZM1250 Platinum is a dual-rail PSU: one 12V rail (45A) plus one more 12V rail (65A). Their combination suggests the …

Synology Comes Up with a Single-Drive DS115 NAS

Synology, a renowned developer of storage & network solutions, appears in the market with a new single-drive NAS, entitled DiskStation DS115. The greenhorn features 166x71x224 mm dimensions and is differentiated by an ergonomic design, noiseless operation as well as the support for power-saving technologies. The company promises to present all potential customers with a 2-year’s warranty and a reliable technical support.

Synology DiskStation DS115 might be employed in processes on music/photo/video streaming to various DLNA-compatible devices (TV-sets and gaming consoles) without any preliminary adjustments. It allows installing one 2.5-/3.5-inch drive with SATA III interface of 6 GB capacity. As for speed characteristics, the model ensures 111 Mb/sec and 104 Mb/sec on sequential Read/Write operations respectively.

This NAS is based on Marvell Armada 375 88F6720 processor with 512 MB of DDR3 memory; it runs at 800 MHz frequency. The layout also includes Gigabit network …
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