Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.



Integration


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.



Framework


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …

Evga Unveils More Information about Z77 Mini ITX Motherboard

Last month Evga announced the release of its new motherboard of mini ITX form-factor based on Intel Z77 chip. Currently, there is no information concerning the exact release date, although the company keeps the suspense by providing more data about the future product. The motherboard will be codenamed Evga Z77 Mini ITX and will be compatible with LGA 1155 socket. The board will own unmatched properties to provide for the extreme overclocking facilities.



Evga Z77 Mini ITX is developed on eight-channel power supply subsystem that employs DrMOS IR3550M components. Additional power is supplied by 8-contact EPS12V socket. The motherboard is equipped with Marvell controller that takes responsibility for the operation of eSATA 6 Gb/sec interface on the rear panel. This interface is represented by a couple of eSATA ports. In addition, the rear panel accommodates video slot HDMI, Thunderbolt port, RJ-45 slot (gigabit Ethernet), optical S/PDIF, five Mini-Jack slots (under control of …
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