Introduction of MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard with chipset Intel Z77 Express

The most favourable method of attracting customers is offering products with the best functionality, overclocking potential and the retail price. This approach was used in the design of the motherboard MSI Z77A-GD80, designed to work with processors Intel LGA1155. The apparent competitive advantage of the new interface is the support of the newest Thunderbolt.



MSI Z77A-GD80 comes in a large cardboard box on the front side of which, in addition to the model name and logos of many compatible technologies, there is information about the support of the latest high-speed standard Thunderbolt. Logo Military Class III indicates using the design of the motherboard of electronic components with a high level of reliability.


The back of the pack contains detailed information about original features of MSI Z77A-GD80, such as automatic overclocking OC Genie II, the OSD firmware Click BIOS II and Support Multi BIOS II, which allows switching between the primary and backup chips with the …

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC is Available for Preorder

Sapphire is about to launch the first modification of AMD’s graphics adapter – the Radeon RX 480. The new-comer, entitled Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC, is already available for preorder at the price tag of $322. The PCB, as well as the integrated cooling system, employs a modified design. The ‘OC’ postfix implies that the card has been overclocked to provide for a better performance.



Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC comes equipped with AMD Polaris 10 GPU (14 nm, FinFet, GCN). It features 2304 stream processors, 32 ROPs & 144 TMUs. The presumptive GPU clock frequency might achieve 1350 MHz. At the same time, memory subsystem hasn’t been modified: 8 GB of GDDR5 are supposed to run at 2.0/8.0 GHz (base/dynamic) frequency.


The 2-slot cooling system employs a few heatpipes, a large aluminum heatsink, a stiffening plate at the reverse side, and a couple of 100-mm fans. The latter are able to operate in passive mode when GPU temperature is low. Moreover, the model boasts the …

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.


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