Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Transcend to Announce a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SSD

Transcend Information, a leading designer of storage solutions, announces the launch of its new super high-speed SSD, codenamed ESD200. The drive employs the latest USB 3.0 interface of SuperSpeed generation and is distinguished by truly compact dimensions, providing for the most convenient utilization. The casing is void of movable parts and operates with minimum noise level. Besides, it's based on a set of flash chips and owns anti-heat, shockproof and anti-vibratory properties. The series will be introduced by models of 128GB and 256GB volume capacity.

The implementation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface ensures ten times faster data transfer speed, if compared with the previous USB 2.0 generation. On such conditions, Transcend ESD200 is capable to develop Read speed up to 260 Mb/sec and Write speed up to 225 Mb/sec. This implies that 4.7GB DVD drive full of different content will be copied for fifteen seconds only. However, a new SSD is backwards compatible with USB 2.0; so, …

Asus Showcases Radeon R9 280 Strix OC Edition Graphics Card

The lineup of Asus Strix graphics cards, in addition to GeForce GTX 780 model, has been replenished with one more representative – the Radeon R9 280 Strix OC Edition (codename: Strix-R9280-OC-3GD5). The heart of the card is AMD Radeon R9 280 GPU (Tahiti PRO) with overclocked clock frequencies. Hence, the GPU index has been increased from etalon 933 MHz (overclocked) to 980 MHz. This provides for even more striking performance on gaming and overclocking cessions.

The graphics card is equipped with 3 GB of GDDR5 memory featuring 384-bit rail. Its frequency has also been increased, demonstrating 1300 MHz at the start and reaching 5200 MHz at the toughest loading. The model boasts a rich set of video interfaces, including one HDMI, one DisplayPort, and a pair of DVI ports. This ensures the creation of multi-screen configurations.

The integrated PCB employs an improved Super Alloy Power hardware base, as well as a 10-phase Digi+ VRM system. Cooling is ascribed to DirectCU II …
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