Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


To continue, Asus is one …

Which DDR3 SDRAM is better for Ivy Bridge

The overclocker memory is now in the category of products for perfectionists, still the common users are pleased with usual modules DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333 SDRAM. The issue appears related to the release of processors Ivy Bridge series, which in some aspects are similar to its predecessors, still have some distinctive features.



Ivy Bridge processors are restricted on the maximum frequency supported by the DDR3 SDRAM. This indicates the theoretical chance of these processors work with high-speed memory DDR3-3200 SDRAM. Developers of overclocker memory package perceived the change in rules with certain enthusiasm: there are DDR3-2400 modules available in stores. The gap in frequencies of «elite» and «running» versions of the memory has grown twice in size. It won’t have a noteworthy blow on the work of commonly used tasks in systems.


The memory controller in the Ivy Bridge can work both in symmetric mode, with delay, frequency and volume modules in memory channels, and …

Welcome in a New Professional FirePro W8100 Graphics Card from AMD

AMD has filled up its professional line of graphics cards with a new model: the AMD FirePro W8100. According to the manufacturer, the greenhorn is an optimal choice for computer-aided design, video editing, compositing, visualization, color grading, and computing tasks. The release is arranged for July, adding the variety of different versions from AMD partners, like Sapphire and others.



AMD FirePro W8100 is based on AMD GCN 2.0 graphics core with 2560 stream processors and 40 cluster units. Memory subsystem comes up with 8 GB of GDDR5 chips, featuring 512-bit interface. Its data transfer bandwidth equals to 320 Gb/sec. Upon the whole, the peak efficiency of single-precision computations achieves 4.2 TFLOPS, whereas the peak efficiency of dual-precision computations makes up 2.1 TFLOPS.


One of the major distinctive features attributed to the graphics card is the integration of four DisplayPort 1.2 ports. They allow for the connection of up to 4 monitors simultaneously; …
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