Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 425, 435 & 625 Mobile CPUs

Qualcomm has added three new mobile processors to its Snapdragon lineup. The Snapdragon 425, 436 and 625 boast improved functional, higher level of performance as well as longer-time of off-line operation for tablets & smartphones. The triplet entails 4/8 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores which run at 1.4 GHz (425, 435)/ 2.0 GHz (625 model) frequency.

The least efficient CPU is Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. It’s equipped with Qualcomm Adreno 308 graphics core and shows compatibility with eMMC 5.2 drive, LPDDR-667 MHz RAM, 16-megapixel cameras of 1280x720 resolution. Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 accommodates a more efficient Adreno 505 graphics core. It is able to cooperate with LPDDR3-800 MHz memory, internal eMMC 5.1 drives as well as external SD 3.0 memory cards.

In its turn, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is thought to be the most powerful CPU in the series. It is based according to 14-nm technological process and Adreno 506 GPU. This model can work with LPDDR3-933 MHz RAM and 24-megapixel …

New X99 Gaming 5P Mainboard from Gigabyte

Good news for inveterate gamers: Gigabyte launches a new enthusiast-level motherboard, entitled X99 Gaming 5P. The E-ATX greenhorn is designed in a traditional black-and-red color gamut, accompanied with hand-picked hardware elements, including solid-state capacitors Durable Black, server-type chokes etc. Moreover, its key peculiarity is an advanced monitoring system that allows controlling basic parameters (i.e. overclocking, clock frequencies).

Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P is developed on Intel X99 chipset, ready to house Haswell-E LGA2011-3 processors with the ultimate TDP level of 130-140 W. The VRM subsystem entails 6-phases, 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The model boasts eight slots for the latest DDR4-2800 MHz memory kits (up to 64 GB); there is a possibility to install RDIMM modules as well. Expansion slots include four PCI Express 3.0 x16 (with support for 4 video cards in SLI/CrossFireX configurations), three PCI Express 2.0 x1.

To continue, storage subsystem …

The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.

Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.

Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.

IT professionals and analysts forecast the …
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