Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Adata Boasts a Pair of Originally-Styled External HDDs

Adata strikes the storage market by a couple of external HDDs with an exotic design. The HD650X & HD710M are housed in solid cases, featuring green and camouflage coloring. The chassis of both models is totally protected from shocks, dust, humidity or electrostatic discharge. Thus, the customers can rest assured in the data integrity.

Both 2.5-inch HDDs are equipped with USB 3.0 interfaces, although their other specifications speak of diverse destinations. Adata HD650X features 121x81x21 mm dimensions and offers 2 TB of capacity. It is compatible with Xbox 360 & Xbox One gaming consoles, promoting for the achievement of new gaming records.

In its turn, Adata HD710M (132x99x22 mm) is thought to meet IP68 standards as well as MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military specifications. Hence, it’s possible to use the drive underwater without the threat of data loss. The drive is available in two capacity variations: 1 TB or 2 TB.

Both models are compatible with various OS, including …

Thermalright Readies Le Grand Macho Passive Cooler

Thermalright decided to gladden all devotees of ultra-quiet PC systems by designing an efficient passive cooler – Le Grand Macho. This is a conventional tower cooler, supporting new and outdated CPUs of up to 95 W TDP. Hence, the greenhorn is compatible with Intel LGA 775/115x/1366/2011/2011-3 as well as AMD FM2/FM2+/FM1/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ platforms.

Initially, Thermalright Le Grand Macho is void of any fan; nonetheless, its framework presupposes the installation of one or two high-efficiency fans (120/140 mm), which are able to cope with 300-watt CPUs.

The cooler consists of a nickel-plated base, seven heatpipes and a voluminous aluminum heatsink with 35 fins. The latter come with perforations which counteract air between the plates with low air resistance. The base features a convex-shaped contact surface (that optimizes cooling efficiency) and is perfectly polished. Seven 6-mm heatpipes are solidly integrated into the base, ensuring ideal heat dissipation.

The …
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