Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Review

Motherboards intended for gaming systems are developed and supplied by several reputable companies. ASRock belongs to their army and frequently releases motherboards with outstanding parameters. Its latest creation ASRock Z77 Extreme9 model is designed specifically for LGA 1155 socket and Intel Z77 processor. It is able to provide the users with appropriate efficiency and multiple opportunities to create a really high-performance gaming system.


Design of motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is not peculiar for the implementation of bright colors or excessive ornamental elements. Only gold yellow capacitors and decorative stripes on radiators add some glamor to the board. One of the stripes is lighted up by white LED; this option is provided by LED Heatsink Design facility. The motherboard is developed in ATX form-factor. Power supply is realized by means of Digi Power digital system that works by 8+4 scheme. All hot converter components are covered by a solid …

A Pair of New Graphics Cards Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition from MSI

MSI has replenished its series of Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards with a pair of new Boost Edition models. Codenamed R7950-3GD5 BE and R7950-3GD5/OC BE, both adapters feature practically identical to the first two releases (of the very series) design. Nonetheless, the novels are known to support AMD ZeroCore with Boost technology that provides for an automatic GPU clock frequency boost on conditions of an increased computing loading. Dynamic clock frequency indices of both models are not so dramatic, since they exceed the nominal showings at 10 MHz only; still, the support of a brand MSI Afterburner utility enables a raise of frequencies to the required level.

The two representatives of MSI Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition series employ GDDR5 memory with an overall capacity of 3 GB and 384-bit interface. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 1250 MHz, while its efficient frequency achieves 5000 MHz. Memory modules, as well other critical components, are cooled down by a two-slot …

Enthusiast-Level Cooler Deepcool Lucifer Review

Deepcool is globally known primarily by the products targeting budget-oriented and mid-level customers. Nonetheless, currently the company strides towards enthusiast-level segment, offering more powerful, more efficient, and more sophisticated devices. CPU cooler with a biblical name Lucifer is a bright example of many-years’ expertise in PC cooling market. It differentiates itself by a solid performance on heat dissipation combined with an alluring price. Let’s take a closer look at the model.

Main Peculiarities

Deepcool Lucifer strikes by the following specifications:

— dimensions: heatsink – 140x110x163 mm, fan – 140x140x25 mm;

— platform compatibility: Intel LGA 2011/1366/115x/775, AMD FM1/FM2/FM2+/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heatsink framework: weight – 748 g, quantity of fins – 35, fin depth – 0.5 mm, reference area – 9300 cm2;

— fan specs: type – Gamer Storm, bearing – hydro bearing, PWM support, rotational speed – 700-1400 RPM, …
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