Overview of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 Motherboard

ASRock continues to improve its devices, and now, with the release of a new series of chipsets from Intel, its specialists demonstrated an updated line of «gaming» motherboards, which is easier to distinguish among the rest of the products due to the Fatal1ty prefix introduced in the name.


The use of Z270 means the product is ready for overclocking, and massive radiators in the power scheme strengthen this image. The sound is based on the older codec from Realtek and supplemented with a functional utility from Creative. Surprisingly, the network adapter used is not produced by Killer, which has already become a habit for a number of similar boards, here the Intel's proven solution is installed.


Also, the user will have three M.2 sockets at one’s disposal. There are no more bonuses, because this model is the simplest one in the series. The backlight system was seriously modified, this was reflected in its name, now the phrase AURA RGB LED is used, actually cloning one of …

Intel Debuts with 5th Gen Core Mobile CPUs

Within the confines of CES 2015, Intel has officially introduced the fifth generation of Intel Core mobile processors. The lineup is targeting traditional laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, chrome-books, all-in-one items as well as mini-PCs. Besides, the company pin hopes for their CPUs to be additionally implemented within ‘All-inclusive Internet/Internet of Things’ embedded device concept.



New processors are designed according to 14-nm Intel Broadwell architecture. Due to the transition to a brand new technological process, the number of transistors has increased by 35%; herewith, the core area has reduced by 37%. Such innovative move provided for the enhancement of efficiency with simultaneous cut of power consumption. As a result, devices with the integrated Intel Core CPUs are called to run 1.5 hours longer in standalone mode.


The 5th generation lineup might boast the support for the latest codecs (HEVC, VP9, VP8), technologies (Intel WiDi 5.1, Intel RealSense …

MSI Introduces Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX Graphics Card

All devotees of mini-ITX PC systems now can enjoy the privileges of innovative graphics solutions with a remarkable Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX adapter. The new-comer features 170x120x35 mm dimensions only and fits any modern small-sized chassis. It is based on AMD Curacao XT GPU that boasts 1280 stream processors and offers nominal, as well as overclocked operational frequencies. The card supports the latest DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 standards, in addition to the bunch of AMD’s proprietary technologies (i.e. Eyefinity, Mantle, PowerTune, Stream, CrossFireX, PowerPlay, HD3D, etc.).



MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX is able to demonstrate three different operational modes: Silent, Gaming, OC. The nominal clock frequency in all modes makes up 1030 MHz, however during overclocking this index rises up to 1050 MHz – Silent mode, 1070 MHz – Gaming mode, and 1080 MHz – OC mode. The GPU is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface); it runs at 1400 MHz/5600 MHz …
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