Graphics Card MSI N680GTX Lightning 2 GB Review

Graphics cards from MSI Ltd. enjoy popularity among customers due to high-quality components and utmost performance. Currently, there are several company's model lines available in the market, but Lightning series deserves special attention. This is explained by the fact that the manufacturer managed to realize in its products the most advanced technologies to provide for complete satisfaction of various consumer needs. Its latest creation, graphics card MSI N680GTX, also belongs to the Lightning series and is targeting to marvel potential audience by outstanding specifications and facilities.

Overall Specifications

Graphics card MSI N680GTX Lightning is based on GK 104 Kepler GPU developed according to 28 nm technological process. Its working frequency approximates 1111 MHz in nominal mode and 1176 MHz in Turbo Boost mode. It accommodates 3540 million transistors and 1536 current processors. The model supports GDDR5 memory type with 256 bit interface. Memory working …

Intel Claims Its Clover Trail More Efficient than Tegra 3

The stonewall in the tablet and mobile CPU segment is gradually mounting, with Intel and Nvidia increasing their influence and rivalry. Hence, Intel's developers claim that its latest tablet processor, two-core Atom Clover Trail, surpasses Nvidia's Tegra 3 in both performance and power consumption. To be precise, Clover Trail proves to be more efficient in a range of applications, but at the same time, it consumes power twice less than its counterpart. To exemplify such claims, Intel takes Imagination Technologies graphics that consumes less power than Tegra 3.

Numerous testing results conducted by Intel and some leading IT analysts demonstrate that Tegra 3 with four main cores and one additional core is slower that Clover Trail. Testing of performance and power consumption has been held on Microsoft Surface RT with Tegra 3 chip and Windows 8 tablet with Clover Trail chip. Nevertheless, Intel hasn't conducted any comparison in mobile OS from Google.

To continue, such …

Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …
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