Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

The Designer Series of BenQ Monitors Has Been Widened by the 27-inch PD2710QC Model

A new model of BenQ monitors under the PD2710QC codename has recently broadened the Designer line. This novelty, with Animation, Darkroom and CAD/CAM special modes preinstalled, is intended for designers and professionals working with graphics and video.



PD2710QC has an IPS 27-inch LCD panel with the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. Its brightness factor is 350 cd/m2, contrast ratio – 1000:1, and the response time – 12 ms. The device covers 100 % of sRGB and Rec.709 sets of colours, as well as supports Flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies.


Among other peculiarities of this BenQ product one can notice embedded speakers of the total 2 W capacity and a convertible stand, which allows to adjust the height in the 130 mm range and to change the landscape display operation mode into the portrait one.


The interface contains an HDMI, a DisplayPort and a USB-C port.

Lian Li PC-10N: Chassis with an Extraordinary Motherboard Localization

Lian Li, a well-known manufacturer of PC cases, has officially introduced its newest chassis codenamed PC-10N. The model is designed in a popular mid-tower form-factor and is ready to accommodate motherboards of ATX, mini-ITX and micro-ATX standard. The chassis differentiates itself by an unusual motherboard localization: instead of conventional tray, the layout stipulates dedicated strips that fix the board. This was done with the aim to provide for a better airflow and to facilitate cable management process. Besides, absence of the tray makes the case much lighter.



Lian Li PC-10N is delivered in two color samples: silver (PC-10NA) and black (PC-10NB). Internal framework allows for the assembling of quite powerful PC systems. It might house rather high CPU coolers (up to 155 mm), rather lengthy expansion cards (up to 300 mm), and ATX-compatible power supply units of up to 300 mm in length. There is a possibility of removing HDD bay to free space for even more lengthy adapters …
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