Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

Meet Run-of-the-Mill VA209N Monitor from Asus

Asus is known for designing not only gaming or enthusiast solutions. Its portfolio is rich in products, intended for average users. The 19.5-inch monitor, entitled VA209N, belongs to this echelon. It is positioned as an office device, due to the thick frames and a run-of-the-mill stand (angle of gradient is the only adjustment option). Featuring 454.6x376.3x189.6 mm dimensions, the model fits any environment.

Asus VA209N is based on IPS panel which boasts 1440x900 resolution & 16:10 aspect ratio. The monitor comes with wide viewing angles (178/178 degrees in both aspects), a large viewing area of 418x262 mm, and 80M:1 dynamic contrast. The model’s top brightness index achieves 250 cd/m2, while the response time lags behind its competitors – only 14 ms.

The VA209N offers up to 83/76 Hz of horizontal/vertical refresh rate as well as 16.7 million of displayed colors. The I/O panel accommodates only two ports: DVI-D and D-Sub. Hence, the typical power consumption index …

MSI AM1I: Motherboard with Military Class 4 Hardware Base

MSI is one of the first manufacturers to introduce a motherboard for the newly launched AMD AM1 platform. The MSI AM1I features rather compact dimensions (170x170 mm) but its mini-ITX form-factor does not affect the specified functional possibilities for entry-level systems. The model supports AMD Athlon/Sempron processors for the above-mentioned socket.

The employment of Military Class 4 hardware base is supposed to be a major advantage of AM1I motherboard. It involves dark chokes, dark capacitors and other crucial components, which are backed by Military Class Essentials technology. The latter is called to protect the PCB from varied unfavorable happenings, i.e. high humidity, electrostatic discharge or high temperatures.

The PCB comes with two DIMM slots for the incorporation of one-channel DDR3 memory modules (up to 32 GB) with 1333/1600 MHz frequency. Storage is organized by means of two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas expansion of functional is due to two PCI …
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