Presentation of Workstations and Graphics Servers of ESC Series

Asus has recently presented workstations and graphics servers of the second generation ESC series. The new series includes ESC4000 G2, ESC1000 G2 and ESC2000 G2 models which serve the function of high-end platforms for GPGPU applications in such fields as medical research, financial modeling, computer-aided design, animation and 3D-rendering. The systems can boast a wide spectrum of options and outstanding integration; they are able to support high-end Intel processors and four graphics cards, and are equipped with the efficient PSU and expansion slots PCI Express 3.0x16.

All three models of ESC series are furnished with high-quality PSU which correspond to the 80Plus standard. Thereby, each of the models boasts energy-saving facilities: ESC1000 G2 and ESC2000 G2 go with a single PSU of 80Plus Gold standard in 1350 W capacity; ESC4000 G2 goes with two PSU of 80 Plus Platinum standard in 1620 W capacity (one of them is an emergency unit in case of troubles with the other unit). … …

AMD FX-8300 is Already in Retail Trade

Despite the fact that AMD initially scheduled the official release of FX-8300 for 29 December, this CPU can already be found in some Japanese retail stores. Such sudden appearance in free sale allows all potential consumers to get assured in all claimed specifications. Thus, FX-8300 is an eight-core chip of the new generation that is characterized by 95W TDP level. This is a kind of a breakthrough, since its Vishera companions, FX-8350 and FX-8320, consume up to 125W power.

The reduction of power consumption is explained by the decrease of CPU clock frequencies and nominal voltage showings. Hence, the nominal clock frequency recorded with this CPU model makes up 3.3GHz, while in Turbo mode the frequency rises to 3.6GHz. Some resources state that FX-8300 is able to overclock up to 4.2GHz, however, this info is not vindicated so far. This chip is developed specifically for Socket AM3+.

Taking into account such parameters, analysts feel difficulty in predicting the future of …

MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.

MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.

Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …
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