Official Release of MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard

After several weeks of rumors and speculations, MSI has finally released its Z87 XPower motherboard. MSI Z87 XPower, a flagship XL-ATX model in a series of Intel Haswell-compatible boards, is differentiated by a high-quality hardware base, enhanced overclocking facilities, and total support of numerous advanced technologies. According to MSI, CPU overclocking options are considered to be among the strongest aspects ascribed to the new-comer. With this aspect in mind, the company equipped its flagship board with the most powerful 32-phase power supply system.



This motherboard is compatible with the 4th generation processors from Intel, which support Socket LGA1150 platform. Being an advanced product, XPower accommodates an increased amount of expansion slots: five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Such assembly allows for operating with up to four graphics cards simultaneously in AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI configurations. The board also saves …

High-Contrast Monitor BenQ BL2711U Review

There are plenty of good monitors nowadays. Nonetheless, not all of them offer a comprehensive list of much-thought facilities. BenQ decided to fill up the gap by introducing BL2711U display. The model boasts not only a remarkable image presentation but also an improved functionality. Let’s review BenQ BL2711U in more details.



Highlights


BenQ BL2711U features the following specifications:

— panel type: IPS with W-LED backlight;

— dimensions: 639x411(551)x240 mm with the stand, 27-inch diagonal;

— aspect ratio: 16:9;

— resolution: 3840x2160 pixels;

— viewing angles: 178/178 degrees h/v;

— maximal brightness: 300 cd/m2;

— contract index: static — 1000:1, dynamic – 20M:1;

— response time: 12 ms, 4 ms in GtG environment;

— amount of displayed colors: 1.07 billion;

— power consumption: maximal – 42 W, idle/standby mode – 0.5 W;

— audio: onboard speakers, 3 W each;

— interfaces: video – DisplayPort 1.2, DL …

AMD Highlights Plans for the Transition to the 28nm Process

AMD is a company known for the continual and elaborate work on the development and improvement of all product lines, as well as technological standards. Thus, the coming 2013 year is supposed to be portentous for the company in terms of the implementation of 28nm standards in their APU. AMD has recently voiced the plans for the change of the Trinity APU to a new model, codenamed Richland, and the transition to 28nm technological process.



The new APU, Richland, is presumably to be released in two versions: dual-core and quad-core. It will support a number of high-performance technologies, such as Blu-ray 3D, dual graphics, Open CL, AMD turbo core overclocking, and some others.


According to the preliminary information, Richland will employ FM2 socket (which Trinity employs) and Radeon 8000 series DirextX 11 GPU. This GPU will be furnished with 128 cores in dual-core model line, and with 384 cores in the high-end A10 APU. The same number of cores has been implemented in …
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