Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

Cooler Master N300 and N500: PC Cases of Medium Price Tier

Cooler Master announces a release of two new PC cases of mid-tower form-factor. Codenamed N300 and N500, the couple belongs to the medium price tier products and is differentiated by a laconic design combined with a thoughtfully elaborated cooling. Each model features a totally black coating and grid-like frontal panel. In retail market these cases will be offered in two framework variations: with blind side panels and with a large transparent window on one of the panels.

Both models are thought to support motherboards of standard ATX and micro-ATX dimensional type. The most notable peculiarity is the cooling system that primarily consists of two pre-installed 120 mm fans (in the frontal and rear parts of the case); however, this pair might be easily supplemented by seven (with blind construction) or five (with windowed construction) fans more. Moreover, there is a feasibility of incorporating a liquid-cooling system. Some key specifications of both novices are featured below.

Nvidia Introduces Pioneer Cloud GPUs of VGX Series

Nvidia VGX platform, that aims at securing virtualization facilities in any PC system, was introduced by the company not so long ago. But this is not the only surprise from the manufacturer, as yesterday it introduced a new cloud GPU solution, a pioneer in graphics industry. Those GPUs are developed on Kepler architecture and are targeted mainly at the employment with GPU-VDI facilities. The launch of such cloud solutions will facilitate GPU virtualization in various environments.

A new series of graphics processing units feature a dedicated hardware template, known as VGX MMU (memory management unit). This is a truly unique technology which allows the Nvidia VGX hypervisor to provide for simultaneous GPU employment by a few clients; at the same time, it ensures consecutive performance, compatibility of various applications, low-latency remote display, and stability of operation. Moreover, Kepler architecture consists of a high-performance encoding facility (H.264) that is …
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