A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.



The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).


Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

The new version of the chassis from Zalman Z9 Plus

The company Zalman continues to utilize the design of the whole successful chassis Z9, releasing a new model Z9 Plus D4-U3. Perhaps, the only difference from the recent Z9 U3 is the lower part of the front panel, made in the form of letter D.



The list of applied characteristics has remained the same. The body is made of steel and plastic in the form factor Mid-Tower. Its dimensions are 504 (L) x 207 (W) x 464 (H) mm, weight — a little over 7 lbs. Inside can be placed the motherboard ATX or microATX, seven cards PCI-E expansion up to 290 mm, ATX-compatible power supply, three optical drives, and seven hard drives, including two SSD 2.5 format.


The set includes two 120-mm fan — in front with the LED-backlit display and on the back without it. On the input-output is a small information display, two USB 3.0 ports and USB 2.0, Mini-Jack connectors for headphones and microphone.


Zalman Z9 Plus D4-U3 will debut in Japan and perhaps in some other markets, August 19 at a …

‘Ice-Cold’ Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 Ti HerculeZ X3 Ultra Review

The newest top GPUs designed by Nvidia and AMD are characterized by higher temperatures and higher noise levels, as compared to the GPUs of the previous generation. That is the price of more power. Nonetheless, average customers cannot be satisfied with efficiency only, so they were patiently waiting for non-reference products with more appropriate cooling. Inno3D always tries its best to comply with the demands of exacting PC enthusiasts, gamers and home users, hence the release of iChill GeForce GTX 780 Ti HerculeZ X3 Ultra graphics cards was much a desire. This model offers an ideal combination of performance along with decreased operational temperatures.



Design and Key Specs


At-a-glance new Inno3D’s creation resembles its predecessors in design matters. This is a voluminous graphics card with bright metallic elements, a three-slot cooler, and three fans with traditional to iChill series ‘snowflake’ stickers. Its side facet houses a dedicated space for iChill …
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