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 …

Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


The …

ASRock Showcases X99 Taichi & Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7 Mainboards

ASRock announces a pair of gaming ATX mainboards – the X99 Taichi and the X99 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7. Both new-comers are developed on Intel X99 chipset, targeting Intel Core i7 & Intel Xeon CPUs for Socket LGA2011-3 platforms. The pair employs a 12-phase digital VRM system and allows installing up to 8 DDR4-3300+ MHz memory modules. Both boards accommodate top-tier components which are accompanied by a range of advanced technologies.



The key differentiation between the two motherboards is external design. ASRock X99 Taichi boasts an original black-and-white gamut with an offbeat ornament, whereas ASRock X99 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7 employs a traditional gaming red-and-black gamut.


Both models feature three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots for the connection of VGA cards as well as a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage subsystem is represented by 8x SATA III bays, one SATA Express and 2x Ultra M.2 slots. Network subsystem is realized by means of two …
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