Meet Small-Sized QC5000M Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock enters the mainboard market with a new micro-ATX solution, entitled QC5000M. The greenhorn takes Kabini platform as the basis, featuring AMD A4-5000 hybrid processor (28 nm) with 4 Jaguar cores and 1.5 GHz clock frequency. The APU is accompanied by two slots for one-channel DDR3-1600 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB) and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics (500 MHz clock frequency, compatibility with DirectX 11.1 standard).



The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.


Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …

Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Be Quiet! Unveils Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler

Be Quiet!, an outstanding designer of cooling solutions, is ready to release its newest CPU cooler – the Dark Rock Pro 3. The model is distinguished by an offbeat design, a voluminous heatsink section, and an invidious efficiency. Moreover, it is characterized by the support of practically all up-dated socket platforms, including AMD FM1, AM3, AM2, AM2+, 940, 939, 754, and Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 775, 2011. This wonderwork will soon be available for customers at the price tag of €79.90.



Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 features Tower design (122x132x163 mm dimensions) and consists of a copper base, a two-section aluminum heatsink with ninety plates, seven copper heatpipes, and a couple of fans. In order to enhance the cooler’s efficiency and eliminate corrosive effect, the manufacturer has implemented a nickel-plated coating for all framework elements.


The manufacturers decided to incorporate two different fans within the framework, though brand ones – …
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