Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.

Key Peculiarities

Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …

Gigabyte Offers GA-6PXSVT Motherboard for High-Yield Workstations

Gigabyte Technology has expanded its product line of process-specific motherboards with a new model, codenamed GA-6PCSVT. Based on Intel C602 chipset, the newbie is primarily targeting high-yield workstations and rack servers. This model is thought to support Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 and Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPUs for Socket LGA 2011 with the maximal TDP level of 150 W.

The Gigabyte GA-6PXSVT accommodates eight slots for the incorporation of four-channel RAM: DDR3 standard, up to 64 GB capacity, support for 1600 MHz modules. Expansion of possibilities might be realized due to three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots; there is a chance of creating various graphics configurations (SLI or CrossFire).

Storage section offers ten SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, as well as three SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. This provides for the connection of up to fourteen hard drives or solid-state devices at a time. A part of the ports is backed by means of Marvell 88SE9230 controller. Gigabyte has taken care about …

WD to Release 6 TB Purple HDD

WD Purple, a much talked-of series of hard drives, has been replenished with a new 6 TB model. Similar to its comrades, this HDD is intended for CCTV systems. The new-comer is developed in 3.5-inch form-factor and equipped with 64 MB cache. This provides for the simultaneous interaction with 32 high-definition cameras in 24/7 operational mode.

WD Purple 6 TB is thought to support the following vital technologies:

— Advanced Format Technology (AFT) allows increasing data density on writing.

— AllFrame – if used jointly with data streaming commands via ATA bus, this technology allows eliminating the possibility of omitting the frames, due to the implementation of a unique cache management algorithm. It also supports micro-programs which help in preventing pixelization and undesirable pauses in video recording.

— IntelliSeek helps in defining the most optimal search speed, depending on the current loading. It also reduces power consumption, noise level and …
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