Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Frameless AH-IPS Monitor ViewSonic VX2270Smh-LED Review

Frameless monitors are on the peak of popularity nowadays, due to a sleek design. That is the main reason why all manufacturers gradually transit to new standards of visual representation. ViewSonic is not an exclusion with its line of high-end monitors, including one of the most popular models – the VX2270Smh-LED. It differentiates from direct rivals primarily by the availability of a base unit with a touch-sensor control and a number of other unique features, which will be described below.



Key Specifications


ViewSonic VX2270Smh-LED enjoys the following specifications:

— panel: type- AH-IPS (LG Display LM215WF3-SAQ2), viewing angles – 178/178 (horizontal/vertical aspects), vertical refresh rate – 76 Hz, backlit – W-LED, surface – hard coating 3H, diagonal – 21.5 inch, aspect ratio – 16:9, response time – 7 ms (GtG), resolution – Full HD, ultimate brightness – 250 cd/m2, dynamic contrast – 30M:1;

— PSU: external;

— color gamut: AdobeRGB …

Zotac Refreshes Its Inventory with Magnus ERX480 Mini-PC

Zotac launches the first ever mini-PC based on 14 nm AMD Polaris GPU. The Magnus ERX480 boasts the integration of AMD Radeon RX480 graphics card, equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The heart of the computer is a 4-core Intel Core i5-6400T CPU that operates at 2.2-2.8 GHz frequency. Hence, the model is ideal for resource-intensive applications and VR.



The new-comer is available in three versions: Magnus ERX480, Magnus ERX480 Plus & ERX480 with Windows 10 onboard. The first model is a barebone system which initially lacks RAM and storage subsystems. It supports the installation of two DDR4-1866/2133 MHz memory modules up to 32 GB. Storage subsystem might be levied by means of a single SATA III drive and M.2 SATA SSD.


The Magnus ERX480 Plus comes fitted with preinstalled 8 GB DDR4 RAM with the possibility to upgrade up to 32 GB. It also accommodates 120 GB M.2 SSD as well as 1 TB HDD. The ERX480 Windows 10 houses analogous hardware and brags about the preinstalled 64-bit OC …
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